Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Siberian/Amur Tiger

Okay I feel as though I'm catching up with my blog now so here's an extra item to keep it ticking over ;-)

Whilst exhibiting at The Rutland Birdfair in August I started a new wildlife painting, it was lovely being able to share my art this way, and the public were genuinely interested and some alomost hypnotised while watching! ha!ha! The feedback from this alone has been wonderful!and progress so far:You can stay up to date on the progress of this painting and others on the 'Studio' page of my website
Okay that's my 'longer than usual' teabreak over, back off to the studio now :-)
Thanks again for dropping in & bye for now xx

Oh my word this year is whizzing by so fast, as always life is hectic but I thought its about time that I should update my blog while I have a spare five minutes, so with a cup of tea in hand here goes:

From April of this year onwards I was working towards the world renowned Rutland Birdfair, the pressure was on and the workload heavy but boy did I enjoy the excitement that went along with it - fantastic, it really does you good to step out of your comfort zone once in a while and push forward towards a new goal. The weeks seemed to blend together and before I knew it August had arrived, limited edition prints were ordered and required framing was underway, then the nail-biting journey to the Rutland site with cars loaded to the full, then the problem dawned on me (and thankfully it was the only problem) - Rutland is the home of Rutland resevoire, hence high humidity = damp nights!!! Now anyone who works with velour paper knows how it hates moisture, so much so it almost leaps off the drawing board and heads for the nearest door! ha!ha! So an answer had to be found, yep thats right every evening the paintings had to be packed back into the car and taken home again, much to the amusement of 'old hands' who now only hang canvases etc! ha!ha! Apart from this hiccup exhibiting at The Rutland Birdfair was an awesome experience with over 22,800 people visiting over the three days!!
Yep that's Simon King (Wildlife film-maker) collecting his SOLOMON Limited Edition Print :-)

New wildlife paintings that were completed for the exhibition included

BEST FOOT FORWARD:and THREE OF A KIND:But as the saying goes 'time waits for no man' and so I've no time to sit and reflect on what has been too much as I've a new solo exhibition opening tomorrow, commissions for Christmas to be completed and of course my next wildlife projects to work on, oh yes and one more thing (not that I'm likely to forget) the dates have now been set for The Rutland Birdfair 2010!!! So the preparations start all over again on this wonderful rollercoaster ride of living my dream as a wildlife artist - God is good & life is sweet!

Thankyou for taking the time to catch up on my blog! Take care and bye for now xx

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

'Samsam' finished!

Hi there well this is just a quick update on the Western Lowland Gorilla I've been working on and yes he's finally finished:No time to relax as I have a new commission to start and a couple of new wildlife pieces waiting to be started too!
Thankyou for taking the time to drop by and bye for now!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Twycross Zoo Commission!

Well 2009 is definitley turning out to be a year of wonderful challenges; from a deluge of private commissions and enquiries to a 'gorilla commission' from Twycross Zoo!
Authorization for the gorilla commission was granted with the zoo's intention of auctioning the painting later this year (during September I believe) in aid of the 'Gorilla Conservation Fund'.
Progress so far:
Having had approval for the main photograph I would be working from, a photograph I shot last year of Samsam - one of the zoo's resident male Western Lowland Gorillas, I began the gruelling task, for me the hardest & least enjoyable part, of sketching this hansome young chap, making sure proportions are correct and composition pleasing to the eye. My sketching method leaves alot to be desired and I must keep eraser manufacturers in business all by myself! Once happy with my results, and believe me its hard to please a perfectionist :-), I transferred the completed sketch onto my prepared velour paper and began the enjoyable part of working with my pastels which will hopefully lead to the creation of a finished painting.

So its back to the literal drawing board for me, thankyou for dropping in on my blog and please feel free to leave comments. Bye for now x

Thursday, 5 February 2009

The Home of 'Sovereign Prince'

Hi there this is a quick update from a previous post in Aug 08:
During an unforgettable day last Aug I was able to present the wildlife filmaker Simon King with the first limited edition print (1/100) of my then latest painting 'Sovereign Prince' with the understanding that he could either keep it or auction it etc.
Well yesterday I had a lovely surprize - an email from Simon's PA to let me know that Simon kept the print and has it hanging in his home in Somerset!!
Thanks for dropping by and bye for now!