Sunday, 21 February 2010
These are the mock up drawings for one of my pieces in the new Spurn Nature Review 09.Like a lot of artists i don't believe in showing people work before it is printed as it destroys the element of surprise and the beauty of opening a journal/book etc and seeing your work printed/shown for the first time at that precise moment if you know what i mean. I thought however that it may be nice to show these preliminary/rough sketches of the bullfinches to be incorporated into my piece.
I was rooting through some of my folders in my USB's the other day and found these old photos of work i did back in the summer of 2006 whilst a Little Tern Warden at Easington Lagoons (Spurn).I did them to decorate the pages of my Tern Report as they highlight the outcome of my two seasons as warden. My first season (2006)the majority of the chicks (apart from 4 that fledged) were predated by a fox that jumped the perimeter poultry fence we had erected to protect the chicks. In my second season (2007)a combination of very wet weather, predation by foxes and nocturnal predation thought probably to be a Barn Owl resulted in no chicks fledging.
Continuing on from my last post i wanted to show you all this picture i completed a while back now 07/08 i think. It was one of the first Woodchats i drew and was printed in Yorkshire Birding and represented a spring bird that was found at Spurn and frequented the triangle.Looking back on it it is clear that i did to much work on the bird and the foliage looks to over worked. I still like it though and still provokes excitement in me when i look at it as it reminds me of the joys of spring and chance encounters with truly stunning birds like this.
I have been birding and ringing at Spurn for the past week so have not had much time to update my blog. So this afternoon i took the opportunity to draw this 1st winter Woodchat Shrike that was found last autumn at Sammy's Point, Spurn. Although i did not get to see the bird it was very obliging and from what i gather was rather a star of last year. I intend to give the illustration to a spurn regular who was very fond of this individual in the field...UNDERSTANDABLY SO...gorgeous little thing!