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Great spotted Woodpeckers are the most widespread of the European woodpeckers and are quite common in the UK. They are relatively easy to view and their black and white plumage is quite striking. This painting shows an adult with a recently fledged youngster.
Image Size: 235 x 335 mm
Frame Size: 400 x 510 mm
Watercolour on paper. £235
In common with populations throughout the UK, black grouse are declining in Sutherland, although there are numerous projects aiming to restore their habitat. Males gathering at lekking sites in spring provide spectacular displays. This painting was inspired by an early morning near Lairg.
Image Size: 285 x 185mm
Frame Size: 435 x 335mm
£105 Watercolour on coloured paper
Flocks of migrant thrushes descending upon berry crops in October is one of the main signs of the changing seasons and the arrival of winter. I always enjoy watching their efforts to reach the outer berries. I painted this picture after watching a flock feeding on rowan berries near my home in Sutherland
Image Size: 310 x 215mm
Frame Size: 490 x 405mm
£120 Watercolour on paper
It is easy to overlook some of our common birds. I was attracted to this Robin by its enthusiastic singing whilst perched in a rowan tree in my garden. I decided that it would make an attractive study if I could capture the effort it was putting into its song.
Image Size: 140x190
Frame Size: 295x370
£85 Watercolour on card.
At close range the subtle blend of blues, greys and oranges on adult Nuthatches is a challenge to capture in paint. Their habit of feeding upside down also makes them stand out as an unusual subject. I have watched Nuthatches feeding in many locations, but decided to paint this one after watching it run up and down a tree in Herefordshire.
Image Size: 155x235
Frame Size: 335x410
£90 Watercolour on card.
Jays are often dismissed simply as members of the crow family. However they have an unusual combination of strong plumage colours and very characterful postures which makes them a good subject for a painting. They are fond of foraging for acorns in the autumn. These birds were painted after watching a pair searching amongst autumn leaves in Herefordshire.
Image Size: 335x165
Frame Size: 525x375
£75 Watercolour on paper.
The striking colour combinations and streamlined shape of bee-eaters make them an attractive subject for a painting. This picture followed a session watching a breeding colony in Catalonia. I aimed to capture the colours and characteristic postures without a distracting background.
Sold. Watercolour on card.