These are just a couple of paintings I did within a quick time span during one of my days off from work.
I'am usually so tired from working I struggle to find time or the stamina to paint as much as I would love to. I'am however getting better at managing the time I have to myself and the time I can asign to painting and can't apologise enough to those people who are waiting on work (namely Dougie Barr)
Its not that I don't want to do it, its finding the time to do it.
If only art payed the bills! Now What a world that would be
The 1st painting tries to depict(a very poor scan)a Buff-breasted Sandpiper which are mind blowingly cool birds and I was lucky enough to see 2 birds last autumn. It is a little more pot-bellied than I like so intend to work into it more with Gouache In the hope of correcting it and giving it more depth in its enivronment. (Watercolour from mental notes/drawings done on the evening after seeing the birds)
The 2nd painting is one I knocked up in about half hour as a celebration of the Raptor trio observed by my friends on North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory within roughly one week of each other....Incredible stuff! White-tailed Eagle (left), poorly painted Goshawk (centre) and Black Kite (right)
So far in 2011 the Observatory has observed:
Osprey (today as it happens)
and thats before May has really kicked off!
To see more or to stay at North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory visit http://www.nrbo.co.uk
Believe me it is well worth it not only for the raptors but for everything bird and non-bird related.Plus if you love waders you will be blown away!!! MAGIC