June 2011

 

Thursday 2nd

 

Kingfisher Family

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Thursday 9th

Resting - Grey Partridges
 Image size:  26cm x 32cm

 Price - £45

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Thursday 16th

Dabchick on the Gannel

 Image size: 23cm x 30cm

 Price - £38

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Thursday 16th

Yellow Wagtail and Pussy Willow

 

The yellow wagtail is a rare visitor to Cornwall with only odd birds being spotted during the spring and autumn migration periods. They do gather in larger numbers in parts of Devon though, usually in wetland areas such the fields surrounding the River Axe estuary. So when we are ‘almost certain’ we saw one back in the spring on Bodmin Moor we have to say it was an unconfirmed sighting. The bird was perched on a fence wire next to a small lake just below the Cheese Wring standing stones. It certainly appeared to be bright yellow but we were looking into the sun so showed more as a silhouette. When it flew off however, it had the typical wagtail dipping flight so we were pretty convinced as to what we had seen. Whatever, the sighting was enough to inspire this bird painting. Yellow wagtails are such beautiful birds, almost exotic and definitely a great subject to portray. I picked some flowering pussy willow from the lakeside for reference and have included one of the many small moorland streams as background.


 


 

Thursday 30th
 

Into the Light ~ Barn Owl


Here we have two of my favourite subjects to paint, the barn owl and an old barn. These old traditional wood and stone built barns and out buildings are really becoming scarce now, many having been converted into dwellings or pulled down to make way for the modern equivalents which unfortunately are not so owl or wildlife friendly. The barn owl itself, however, is holding its own here in the West Country, thanks to conservation groups such as The Barn Owl Trust (01364 653026), with their high profile awareness programs. One of the most important reasons we still have barn owls in our countryside is that they readily adapt to nest boxes so the loss of their traditional homes is not one of the contributing factors in any future decline in numbers. As to our old farm buildings, I shall continue to seek them out for inclusion in my artwork as I cannot really see me ever incorporating modern agricultural structures in my paintings.