Birdbrain!

“Birdbrain”: we’ve all heard the term, bandied it around, perhaps even referred to another person as one. But where does this come from, and does it have any merit? The common notion is that birds are, to put in bluntly, dumb. But birds aren’t stupid at all. By proportion, they have pretty tiny brains (a…

Birds, Birds, Birds!

Dinosaurs in┬ádrag. That’s effectively what birds are. The scaly-legged, scaled-down and more decorative great-great-great-great grandchildren of the dinosaurs. Whether you believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs or not (but you really, really should), it’s hard not to be fascinated by these animals. Whilst some people are terrified of birds to the point of hysterics…

Cheating

Over 12 million people in the UK tuned in to watch the opening episode of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II – and if you are anything like me, you were watching and you were moved by the male buller’s albatross, waiting patiently on his nest for his mate to return to him after many months…

On the Easel: Circumpolar

So, no work in progress shots as of yet as it’s dark already, but work has begun on a brand new series of paintings, specifically a 50 x 50cm triptych. Collectively title ‘Circumpolar’ this piece tells a story; the beautiful and incredible story of the Arctic Tern, a small and inconspicuous seabird that has the…