22 August 2017

St Neots plein air

I spent a pleasant couple of hours last weekend at Riverside park in St Neots. I don't often do landscapey type things, especially not plein air, but I really enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air, and I got to visit a place I'd not been to before (despite it only being a few miles from where I live, tut tut!)

Ink and watercolour, about 5 by 8"

St Neots Riverside ink and watercolour plein air

18 April 2017

Smart starling

Here's a watercolour I've just finished, inspired by a European Starling that sits in a tree outside my window, singing a good version of a car alarm...

Starling in watercolour
and a few progress shots...

22 March 2017

The remains of tulips

A guest staying with us a couple of weeks back very kindly gave me some tulips, which were gorgeous while they were flowering. Once they were past their best they were all the more interesting to draw!

Tulips in watercolour and coloured pencils
Watercolour and coloured pencil, Stillman & Birn zeta sketchbook.

10 February 2017

The fen owl

It's been a while, but at last I've made a new reduction linocut print, based on the short-eared owls at Burwell Fen...

Short-eared owl reduction linocut
A bit rough and ready I feel, think I need to get back into some regular printmaking!

02 January 2017

Common reed

The first day of 2017 in my part of Cambridgeshire was cold, grey and wet. I decided to go for a quick run and discovered just how cold and wet it really was, battling through a headwind of horizontal freezing rain (who thought that was a good idea?!!) Back home I had a nice warm shower, got myself a cup of tea and settled down for a bit of drawing...

This is (I think) a Common reed (Phragmites communis) which I picked up when I last visited Wicken Fen a few weeks back. Coloured pencils in my Stillman & Birn zeta nature journal sketchbook, which is slowly getting filled up...

Coloured pencil drawing of Common reed

A happy New Year to all, here's to a healthy, peaceful and productive 2017!

04 December 2016

A MOOC kestrel

I've been enjoying doing a MOOC - a Massive Open Online Course - in Natural History Illustration, hosted by the University of Newcastle, Australia. This was my submission for the final assessment.

Female kestrel, graphite on Bristol board

29 November 2016

An afternoon out at Wicken Fen

I had an unexpected free afternoon last week, so  popped off down to Wicken Fen with sketchbook and camera in hand...

Wicken Lode, Baker's Fen, watercolour and ink
It's a unique landscape and is stunning at any tie of the year! Watercolour and ink in my Stillman & Birn beta sketchbook. More over on my other blog, Cambridgeshire Nature Notes.

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