Birds of Paradise sketches..

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DSCF5406I watched `Attenborough’s Paradise Birds` on the iplayer back in february, which inspired me to watch it back and try and sketch the amazing birds he showed on it , here are some of them. The crazy shapes that these birds have evolved into and the colours are just amazing , so colourful compared to British wildlife, not sure where these sketches will go..

I was thinking maybe a large scale painting focusing on the colours and movement of the birds…

For great clips of birds of paradise there is a great you tube channel here.

Thanks for looking, any comments or ideas would be great !


Commissioned Painting

Whoopi Final Painting, 2014

Here is a painting that I was commissioned to do for a Christmas present!

I worked from two different photos, one for the landscape, the other for the subject, Whoopi. I used oil on canvas the size is about 30 x 40 cm.

It was challenging to paint a black dog, but still have all the detail and shadows. Building up the layers of colours and brush marks, with different washes and layers of paint was how I went about this.

It would be great to hear what you think !


Lockleaze Festival

I was asked to add some work to a pop up exhibition at the new Hub building in Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze,  Bristol.

My work was amongst the work of the local art group who meet at The Cameron Centre run by Pam Sacree.




There was a lovely range of work in lots of mediums. There was lots of work done for only a short time up, but well worth it if it gets more people interested  in going along and getting creative!


A productive day!

A productive day

a busy day! three small paintings from new photos (pinned to board),

and then made compositions from leaves from the autumn,

I covered  them in wax for protection and aesthetics

Larger Mossy Trunk

Larger Painting , acrylic on brown paper approx a4

mossy trunksmaller one, acrylic on brown paper, about a5

Artist in Residence at Westonbirt Arboretum!


I am very excited to be going to spend the half term (11th feb- 15th) week in Westonbirt with all the trees.

Five days of drawing, photographing, printmaking, painting, going to be fun!!

I shall put up here the results of my toils as soon as I can from this first week.

I shall be spending a second week there in april to continue what I hope I will start this February.