Friday, April 30, 2010

Warton Crag Peregrine Watch - April 2010

I've recently joined a group of volunteers guarding the wellknown peregrine site nr Carnforth. This was only my second visit to the site, where the female is now on the nest. It was a great opportunity to study the birds without disturbance, and to watch both male and female giving excellent views whilst drinking tea and eating homemade cake (thanks hunny!)

Female bird (below). She is somewhat larger than the male, most noticably so in flight and also is distinctive in that she has paler grey plumage on the back, with buff/sienna tinging to most of her coverts.

Male Peregrine, below
He is generally darker in tone, a more gun-metal appearance with cleaner lines, lacking the pale wing coverts of the female.
Black Grouse sketches - April 2010

Here are a selection of sketchbook extracts from a recent session studying lekking Black Grouse in the north Pennines. This is the first time I've managed to obtain really good views of these wonderful birds, so a massive thanks to LW for his help and kindness in assisting me with a viewing hide.

I'm hoping to produce a series of new Black Grouse paintings for this year's birdfair at Rutland Water, so watch this space!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Male Black Grouse
Co Durham, April 2010

I spent a few hours in the north Pennines the other day, and on the way found this Black Grouse sitting on a roadside wall, which I managed to grab a quick shot of before he flew across the valley.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Miniature hen varieties, the final set of illustrations I produced. All of the hen varieties have been painted as seperate illustrations, and all are available for sale.

Some foreign (non-French) varietiies of hens illustrated for the booklet.

Here is a scan of the first folded out pages of the hen booklet, showing some of the French varieties illustrated.

'Little atlas of hens'

This is a new booklet I have recently recieved featuring over 70 paintings I have produced of hens. I have a limited number of signed copies available for sale, at £6.50 inc p&p (UK only). If you would like a copy, please email me at to confirm availability.

All the illustrations in the booklet are available for sale (£40- £60) plus £4 p&p (UK). 70 varieties of hen are illustrated, so if there is a particular variety you may be interested in, please send me a no obligation email to assess availability.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

3 final illustrations for the digestion book

3 toed sloth (top). feeding cows (middle), and brown bear in forest habitat, (bottom).

All acrylic on paper

Animal digestion - children's book illustrations

Here are some more paintings from the children's book I have been illustrating. After completing 48 pictures, I'm glad that the project is now finished!

Grass snake swallowing common frog (above)

Worms composting kitchen waste (the illustration
shows the organic waste being broken down over
time, from raw waste (extreme left), to humus, right.

Cows chewing the cud.