Since writing Jenny Wren to the rescue and and illustrating the book with my paintings, I decided to paint for fun rather than for a specific purpose.
I’ve been experimenting with both watercolours and gouache. Looking back over some of my earlier works I can see improvements.
Here are some of my recent works.
I regularly walk through the nearby countryside and this hollow oak always looks so good. It is a popular place for children who can go inside and maybe visit secret places…
There is a ruined church near us that caught the morning light so beautifully.
I’ve been trying to find the best way to paint bark and leaves. Here is a study of a tree with ivy growing round it.
I often take photos of birds, both from my walks and those that visit my garden.
Last year we had Great Spotted Woodpeckers bring their young along to show them where the food is. It was great to see the parent feeding the young. This inspired the painting of the three woodpeckers.
Along the river we get many waders. This is a dunlin.
And finally, here is a composite picture of several birds that I have seen nearby. Of course Jenny Wren and Bobby Robin are here, but Jason Jay was away. Can you recognise the others?