BBC Countryfile

I was approached by BBC Countryfile to be Featured Artist on the Spring edition, aired on 15th May, 2016.

The programme featured my work and explored my love of nature.cf

This is the piece which was shown. You can purchase Ltd Ed Prints from here: The Arrival of Summer

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Leisure Painter Magazine

Part one of five articles I have written for the magazine starts in the May’s issue and it’s called, ‘Inspired by Nature’.

The article shows you how to source and use reference material, techniques for sketching nature and how to look at your subject with an artist’s eye.

Featuring my painting, The Blackbirds’s Song has Sung.

The next article I have written will be in June’s issue.

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A Life of Birds

I posted a tweet yesterday about a sketchbook called, ‘A Life of Birds’. It’s a preliminary sketchbook of birds which is categorised into families and can be used as a guide. I have sourced information from the RSPB and other sites such as BTO and others.

It’s an ongoing project which I would like to, one day, have published into a ‘real’ book.

Here are the first three pages.

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Leisure Painter Magazine

I have written five articles for Leisure Painter Magazine. The first article will be on sale 23rd March.

A brief of the articles which will be published each month, along with step by step guides on how to paint with watercolour.

  1. Useful resources and good places/artists to look for inspiration. taking and working from reference material and life and models.
  2. Colours, materials.
  3. Sketching and painting techniques.
  4. How to create form.
  5. Texture and life.

 

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Work in progress

I have recently started a new series which depicts each month, obviously the first month I have completed, is January. The series will be published in Leisure Painter Magazine, each month, together with an article I will write about the painting processes and techniques of watercolour painting etc.

The inspiration came from a book which was bought for me by Edith Holden – ‘The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady. I find Edith’s depictions of nature very fascinating and inspiring.

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I am working on the second piece for February, here are some progress shots.

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My inspiration

My inspiration comes from my beautiful surroundings, my dogs, animals, my walks in the hills and the seasons. I am surrounded by beauty, wilderness, fauna and wildlife.

I take every opportunity to walk in the hills, with my dogs, not only does it make me feel good, I like to be with nature, it inspires me and my work.

Not all of my inspiration comes from the countryside, it can be anything from a magazine article, a photo from the internet, the birds I have in the garden, books, anything, absolutely anything can inspire me. As an artist I am quite observant with everything around me, I look at colours, the way the light changes on a branch or a leaf, colours change depending on what time of day and year it is.

I love the changing of seasons, Spring and Summer are my favourite time of year. Spring, when the birds start to sing out loud and there’s joy in the air, the ground starts to emmerse with green and flower growth and the air becomes slightly warmer. Summer is a fun time of year, the air is warm and everything is in full bloom, the light has changed and days are longer which allows for more painting and longer walks.

I find inspiration from the work of many artists which include: Picasso, Matisse, Marjolein Bastin, Arthur Rackham, John Gould, John James Audubon, Arthur B. Singer, Charles Tunnicliffe, Edith Holden, Thomas Bewick, the list is endless as there are so many wonderful artists. I also have a large selection of books, which I use for reference, too, including my favourite Collins book of garden birds.

Ellie in an abundance of garlic.

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NEW for 2018

Happy New Year to all!

I am happy to announce my new products from my Garden Birds range. I feel very lucky  to be working with a lovely company who are producing products such as clocks, placemats, chalkboards, key holders, coasters, keyrings and magnets. They are currently in production and should be out in the shops pretty soon.

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