A Wall butterfly for this evenings painting session, so called because they are often found sunbathing on walls 😎☀️. I’m really enjoying painting all the different British butterflies within#100daysofbritishfloraandfauna. But reading about their reduction in numbers while researching is a real downer😞 These guys have gone from relatively common to mostly around coastal areas in the Uk and particularly uncommon in Scotland if you want to find one
Recently I launched a Birds and Botany 2019 Calendar in my shop. I illustrated 12 British Birds mostly found in the gardens and hedgerow in the areas surrounding where I live. I thought I’d show you some of my favourites from the calendar.
First up is my favourite bird to paint, the goldfinch. Perched upon a branch of teasel and surrounded by dog roses, this brightly coloured bird is one of my favourites to spot when Im out running.
Next we have the brightly yellow Linnet. I’ve caught sight of these little birds in the trees and hedgerow between fields in the countryside. Their brightly coloured chests standout in the winter once the leaves have fallen away.
Below is the wren also known as a house wren or if you remember some of the nursery rhymes as a child a Jenny wren. Even though they're a small size and have duller brown colouring compared to the brighter hedgerow birds I enjoy painting them. There is a surprising complexity to the pattern of their feathers which is enjoyable to investigate with watercolour paint. Also if you have one in your garden you will also know they can be incredibly loud for such a tiny creature.
Finally we have a European robin. I couldn’t miss this bird out in a british bird calendar. Its a perfect bird representative for the festive season and the month of December.
My 2019 Calendar is available in my shop in the lead up to the new year. I will also be selling the Original paintings in my shop. They would make a perfect gift for an art loving bird enthusiast. Hopefully in the future I will also be releasing a series of prints.
Now I have to decide what series of animals and birds to paint next!? Any suggestions?
One of my favourite mediums to use is paint and paper. I did a lot of oil painting in art school but once I graduated I fell out of love with it. It took a few years before I could think about using paint again.
When I did get back on the painting bandwagon it wasn’t oil painting i focussed on using but gouache and watercolour. Gouache was a whole new medium to me and it is now firmly my favourite. You can use it like watercolour and paint in washes. Or use a slightly thicker mixture to get a colourful and opaque mediumRead More