Category Archives: Birds

Little birds on vellum

I’ve been working hard at a collection of small English birds on calfskin vellum – here are a few for your delectation.  A Coletit, a Robin and a Wren

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Painting on vellum

My final week of my botanical art course and we attempted painting on vellum.   Vellum is derived from the Latin word ‘vitulinum’ meaning ‘made from calf’ and is in fact cleaned, bleached, stretched and scraped calf or goat skin. … Continue reading

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Etching admiration

I have just completed a 2 day etching course and I’m now totally in awe of anyone who etches!  What a complicated and difficult process it is.  First you have to grind the edge of your metal plate, then polish … Continue reading

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Rowan berry bonanza

Have you ever seen anything like the Rowan berries this year? The Rowan or Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) is having a bonanza year – it makes delicious jelly with a little added crab apple – they often grow nearby. Rowan … Continue reading

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What to do when paintings go wrong

As an artist, and particularly a printmaker I frequently have paintings or linocuts that have gone wrong – what a waste of paper!  So here is a good use for it.  If you aren’t an artist you can still make … Continue reading

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Chickens, Turkeys & Eggs

I have rather a lot of hens – all in the interest of research you understand!  For my book The Illustrated Guide to Chickens I hatched, either with an incubator or a broody hen, just as many different breeds as I could … Continue reading

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A beautiful bird’s nest

Its spring at last and the birds are nesting.  Here is a Long Tailed Tit’s nest, so beautifully made with moss and lichen, but sadly if I can see it so can the Magpies and I fear for these little … Continue reading

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