New Large Bird Paintings

Just finished, four large – for me – bird paintings, based on my observations of the local bird life. Prices and any other information on request – please email me for details on my contact page or by my facebook account if you’d like to know more.

Redshank Running Red Legs, unframed 70 x 50cm, oil and mixed media on canvas. I was fascinated to see what looked like two shadows on the beach when I watched a flock of redshank on Crail Harbour Beach. Then I realised one was a reflection on the wet sand.
Castle Walk View with Fulmars, Crail, 92 x 61cm, oil on canvas, This is my almost daily winter’s view on our walk around the town, down to the harbour with a low sun and Bass Rock way off in the distance. The fulmars come and go all year.
Curlew Take Off, 50 x 70cm, oil on canvas. Using a slowed down film I took of a local curlew, I was interested to see what they do when they take flight. Just like a human when they jump, it bobbed down before springing upwards.
Gannet Colony, 92 x 61cm oil and mixed media. Based on the experience of being eye to eye with the gannetry on Bass Rock, when the birds were nesting, using natural and found materials, which I have included in the painting.

Moths

Detail of Moths – 77 x 57cm unframed, mixed media on cotton rag paper

This is a detail of ‘Moths’ – my finished piece based on poplar moths locked in a fragile embrace – Based on a lucky half an hour of observations of a pair on a tree. This is a large mixed media on cotton rag paper, following lots of trial pieces, mostly watercolour and ink with rust marks and burnt holes. The rusting was more controllable than the burning, but I took precautions! I wanted to show the fragile nature of the delicate creatures that only live for a few weeks. I consider myself very lucky to have seen them. The artwork will be float-mounted in a box frame. One trial piece I used experienced some extra experimentation today (instead of throwing it away) as we took it to the beach and set light to it. I wanted to see what would happen if I let it burn out of control, but in a safe place!

More exploration of mixed media

I’m finding mixed media very liberating as I experiment with lots of techniques in mark making, some conventional and some less so. I have found a use for lots of old paperclips, vinegar, needles and cotton and matches so far. I have sketched a plan for a moth picture (based on a pair I observed a few summers ago in Kincraig) and I’m now exploring ways to represent their delicate bodies locked in a camouflaged embrace with subtle marks, colours and textures.