Sunday, 15 March 2020

Bringing You Up To Date with Art 4 Sale.

These pieces of wood were bought from my local sawmill, such beautiful grains and patterning. The first piece I have completed is of a group of Long Tailed Tits, I loved the idea of using the knotted hole through the centre as a perch for the birds to be on. One of the other pieces will probably have a study of moths painted on, maybe the Hawkmoths I think!



 Turnstones at Titchwell, a common wader but one that is striking in summer plumage, the mixed  tones of brown, black and white really stand out.

 Sadly a bird you don't always see a lot, I have been fortunate to of seen a number and photograph them before moving to Norfolk.

 I love the colour and tones of the Brambling, as with the Tree Sparrow and Turnstones I kept the background subdued so as not to detract from the subject.

 Me posing with the Brambling and Tree Sparrow paintings to show the size.
 Gouache painting of a flock of Avocets, I also painted a similar group of Avocet but with just a monochrome look by only painting the black parts, regardless of no other detailing it is instantly recognisable as these iconic birds. 
This commission piece was of a much loved pet that sadly passed, it was a pleasure to paint Harry and one that had been kept quiet until christmas.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Where did those 4 months go!!

Four months passed and I cant believe how quick the year has gone, better late than never in posting some images of the work I've been doing, alongside birding, mothing, photography, stuff and more stuff!!! So that's why I have been disorganised.
This was a compilation of Clearwing Moths for a birthday commission.
 Barn Owl on Yew, these small pieces of Yew really do come up nice when sanded, such a lovely grain and nice to work on.
 Kingfisher and Barn Owl

 Pepper the Pug had been a private commission that had to be kept under wraps until owner Pete came to collect, this was a retro looking piece but great fun doing and I was so pleased how it came out, look at those eyes!
 Rob purchased this Stoat, many thanks sir.
I so like the patterning on the Bitterns, and with their elongated necks they fit perfect on quirky shaped pieces of wood.
 This was a special request from Pete (Pepper's owner) Great White Shark, some nervous times doing this, totally out of my comfort zone, but it came out good in the end.
 A pet commission piece, the scarf made it really pop when finished.
 A couple of pieces for Sarah to show at a craft fair she attended.


 This brings me more up to date and something of a different project, I do a fair share of dog portraits but these were down sized to roughly greeting card dimensions so that I can display them in a rotating card display stand. 




Sunday, 11 August 2019

Busy Times And Artwork Going To New Homes.

 A few months have passed since the May update, and continuing still in May, Sarah and I took part in the first Norfolk Bird Fair at Pensthorpe, we had a selection of Sarah's nature themed shades and lamps which were really received well with some great feedback and sales as well as future orders. Overall we did well and enjoyed meeting some lovely people and fellow art and craft sellers and a favourite for us both was chatting and meeting Bill Oddie.

 Back in the studio I was progressing from one piece to the next, I am getting very fond of Bittern artwork and think it goes so well on the pieces of wood I have, this one looked great on a beautiful piece of cherry.

 Two Common Terns in flight, some of the pieces were slightly larger than the norm but a good project to try bigger work.

 I enjoyed painting these Clearwing moths for a birthday commission, placed on a lovely piece of yew.
 This is Stan, the Dogue de Bordeaux, I photographed him myself so I could make sure I had the detail to portray this gentle giant in all his glory. Such a lovely dog. 

 This Puffin piece got a new home alongside a older Oystercatcher the owner had previously bought from me.

 I moved onto the largest wood art piece I have done to date, a group of 3 Avocets in flight on a piece of cherry wood. I love how this came out.

 These 3 small pieces of yew were completed for The Wallflower and Wallace store in Heydon, Norfolk, a great place to visit.


My next pieces to find a new home consisted of one that had been kept under wraps for some time. Above I am photographed with good friend Rob ( fantastic craft maker, check him out on Instagram as "vintagefairfan") buying this Stoat painting.
And then "Pepper the Pug" portrait was revealed, so pleased to of done this for very good friend Pete, and it looked liked Pepper was pleased with the outcome too.

Yet another Bittern, but a smaller piece on my last piece of yew, this is last completed piece, I will be having to take a trip to the sawmill this week for more wood!
Presently I am undertaking a commission piece that has thrown me from my comfort zone and a real challenge, it may still end up as kindling!!!! 
Images of what it is on the next write up.