Painting Wagtails In Valletta

I don’t get out and paint in Malta as much as I’d like. So when the opportunity arose to do some plein air painting in the beautiful November weather, I jumped at the chance. An event organised by Bird Life Malta, Wings Over Valletta was set up to celebrate the white wagtail, a migratory bird…

The Legacy of the Blue Macaw

I don’t have many connections to Sao Paolo. Passing through it’s bustling and somewhat cold airport a few months ago, I couldn’t have felt further from Brazil’s rich rainforests, immense diversity and un-contacted tribes. Yet this place was thrown in front of me a couple of days ago, when news of extinct blue parrots started…

Photo Blog: Wildlife of Chile and Patagonia

Happy Sunday everyone, I’m currently hard at work on some new paintings, taking what I learned in Patagonia and doing my best to transform it onto canvas. Now I’m working on a painting that combines new landscapes with my cosmic nature paintings, and I’m much looking forward to sharing. In the meantime I’d like to share…

Art Diaries: Chilean Wildlife

Today I decided to do some quick and loose sketches of Chilean wildlife from my trip. Sketching in watercolour is great fun: it loosens up the wrists and allows you to create a quick impression of what it is your painting. There were several amazing wildlife spots that we stumbled upon. Of course, if you…

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…

Penguin Awareness Day

We call ourselves animal lovers, but, we have to admit, there are far fewer of us that love cockroaches than furry, four legged bundles and beats. And seeing as today is #PenguinAwarenessDay, I thought I’d talk a bit about one of my personal favourite species, and why they do (and do not) appear in my…

Birds, Birds, Birds!

Dinosaurs in drag. 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…

Art Diaries: Life at Last Light

Life at Last Light represents the resilience and adaptability of the raven to an urban environment. Ravens are highly intelligent, sociable, and highly adaptable, but even with their skills, life in an urban environment is tough, from winging your way through glass disorienting skyscrapers to traffic, pollution and an unhealthy and unnatural diet. But the…

Art Diaries: A Journey with a Kakapo

This week, I thought I’d delve into some detail about the painting that took up my easel for the last five months; for me, a marathon of a painting. I’m always fascinated to learn how other artists work, what inspires them, the materials and techniques that they use, so I thought I’d share some of mine….

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…