Landscapes, Landscapes of Nova Scotia, Lighthouses

Summer at Baccaro

  I like drawing birds, and have done for years. I also enjoy the colour of the wharf scenes, but I really haven't got a feel for landscapes, so I have to rather force myself to have a go. There is always a bird that I could be drawing! A couple of weeks ago we… Continue reading Summer at Baccaro

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Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Roseate Tern

There has been a brief hiatus in my postings, and in my art, due to us hosting visitors from the UK. Indeed, we have three additional separate groups coming over the next few months, so I expect my time available to paint will be pretty limited, but every visitor is welcome and much wanted! Before our last… Continue reading Roseate Tern

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Hen and Chickens…

  Ruffed Grouse are the common 'game bird' species in Nova Scotia but they can be surprisingly difficult to see; in fact I had not managed to come across one this year before last Sunday. An exploration of a gravelly track, going inland from Shelburne (and known to us as the Wentworth Lake Road) produced this… Continue reading Hen and Chickens…

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Beachy Nuthatch

Mark has been taking a few trips to The Cape recently. For those who don't know, 'The Cape' is a sandy island off the end of The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, inhabited by sheep, birds, the automated Cape Light lighthouse and occasional mad birdwatchers. It is reached by a small boat, navigated by an indomitable 89-year-old,… Continue reading Beachy Nuthatch

Derwent Inktense, Watercolour pencil, Wharves and Boats, Wharves of Cape Sable Island

Daniel’s Head

Daniel's Head is a point of land on the south side of Cape Sable Island and is well known to birders as an 'important bird area'. Indeed, the somewhat bleak-looking landscape encompasses a beach (breeding Piping Plovers!) and saltmarsh, divided by a road and sea 'wall' (a pile of boulders that does get breached, from… Continue reading Daniel’s Head

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

An Improbability of Puffins

When is black not black? When looking at the plumage of ostensibly black and white birds, that's when. You would think that painting Atlantic Puffins would be simple, lots of black and white and some big, silly coloured bills, but no...that plumage has a lot of subtle colouration, greys, browns, blues as well as 'black'!… Continue reading An Improbability of Puffins

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

Fast and loose…

My pictures take a long time to paint, generally. Mostly because I have a very precise style, with lots of detail. I've long thought I should try being a little looser. Puffins seemed like a good subject to try out a faster painting, as the big colourful bill tends to take the eye away from the… Continue reading Fast and loose…