The Gracks are a family of crows who live nearby and I often see them in the local park. Usually they keep their distance from humans but in summer, when the kids are growing up fast, they bring them down into the park to forage. There’s usually only one adult to keep an eye on the youngsters (and a careful eye on us humans). I imagine the other bird is taking a well earned rest! The kids do what all kids do, squabble and beg for food and run around having fun and the adult intervenes occasionally and tries to keep them working on their lessons, scavenging for food in the grass.
They are in the Bird Gallery.
A colourful crow coming in to land with his wings out stretched. We have a very local family of crows who live in the tree in front of our house. They are fun to watch because they are such aerial acrobats, flying upside down, looping the loop and chasing each other across the sky. They are amazing. :-)
I saw these two pigeons in the park while I was feeding the robins. They were having an argument and one pigeon effectively punched the other with his beak! I guess it’s the only way to get your point across forcefully if you’re a pigeon. :-)
I loved the cross expression on his face! I think that’s called getting beak slapped.
It’s a 16×12 inch painting in ink and watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
Some little sketches of Blue tits. they come most days to the feeder on the window. These two sat in the tree ouside and seemed very fluffy. I think they must be new fledglings.
A beautiful red kite soaring on the thermals with those gorgeous long fingered primary feathers spreading on the wind. Love those feathers! They look so expressive, you can almost see the wind as you watch them. Red kites are such beautiful, graceful birds. I loved doing this one, a semi abstract red kite in flight.
Touching The Wind
22×16 inches acrylics on canvas
This one is already sold but I do have prints in the gallery.
If you’d like a similar painting do email me, I am taking bookings for more of these semi abstract animal and bird paintings.
When we went to deliver the paintings to Obsidian Art for the Cats And Dogs exhibition the other day we stopped for lunch along the river. There were lots of ducks, moorhens and coots and of course we threw some bread for them. This one was like a feathered torpedo! It got to the bread first or it simply grabbed the food straight out of the ducks beaks. He was so fast!
32 x 27 cm acrylics on paper
His back feathers were glowing in the sunshine, rather than black they were a lovely warm rusty brown. Very handsome. He was a really colourful character. He swam backwards and forewards along the river bank keeping a close eye on us to see if there’d be any more treats so I had plenty of time to study him. And he had the last of our bread too.
Buy it here or contact me direct if you’d like him.
Little Blue Tit
4×4 inch oil on board
I felt inspired by the blue tits living in the gardens to do a little 4×4 inch oil painting. They’re really busy starting their families and they regularly come to my window feeder for a snack, so I get a close look at them. Such pretty little birds. I love their bandit style eye masks and their cheeky, confident attitude.
Starlings are such gorgeous birds, those iridescent feathers shining in the sun! I watched a small flock of starlings at Camden Lock in the summer, picking up scraps that the tourists by the canal. It’s a lovely place to be on a hot sunny day for both humans and birds.
30×24 cm acrylic on paper
This starling was a juvenile who seemed to be part way between his brown baby plumage and his fabulous adult coat. He was a glorious mix of colour.
We used to think of them as pests here in London, years ago. There were so many starlings and house sparrows in those days, yelling nosily in the trees with big flocks of starlings flying overhead in the evenings, heading for their beds. We thought they’d always be there. But we were wrong. We lost our sparrows and starlings and the skies were silent for many years. It’s true, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Recently the starlings have started to come back to the centre of the city and we’ve even see a small flock living not too far from the house. They’re back and it’s wonderful to see them again. Maybe the house sparrows will be back one day too.
The goldfinches have been around all morning, feeding in the trees and singing from the rooftops. Such a pretty song and such pretty birds too. Makes it feel like spring. :-) So here’s a little sketch of one of my visitors….