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

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Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Watercolour pencil

An Orchestra of Avocets

I have always liked Avocets. The European version, the Pied Avocet, used to be pretty rare in the UK when I started birdwatching and I remember going to see my first one. Mark said that they had bright blue legs and I didn't really believe him, but they do!  That was at Titchwell, in Norfolk,… Continue reading An Orchestra of Avocets

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…

Nova Scotia bird art

A Couple of Quick Portraits…

I'm still working through a long list of bird vignettes for upcoming Mark Dennis publications. To keep things interesting, I like to do a few birds, then switch to a landscape or wharf scene. The vignettes are deliberately quite small and simple, with little background, to enable easy insertion into e-books. There are currently two… Continue reading A Couple of Quick Portraits…