Wednesday, 20 March 2013

This picture of a Mistle Thrush is the final painting of the four Thrushes to be seen somewhere in the  British Isles at some time of the year. The song thrush is the most common and is to be seen all year with the mistle thrush also seen all year but a much rarer sighting. The redwing and the fieldfare are only seen in the winter when they can be seen in large flocks migrating south from northern europe seeking food. They are often seen in gardens where they will soon strip a tree of all its berries. These four paintings will be on show at my house, venue 8, as part of the Old Bakery Arts Trail on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 10th.,11th. and 12th. of May.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

I have been concentrating of late on the four paintings I am doing for the Old Bakery Art Trail.Three of the paintings of British Thrushes are complete and I have started a painting of a Mistle Thrush. I have broken off this work to do a bit more on this portrait of my father. I am painting from an old sepia tone photograph taken when he was in the army at the beginning of the war so I guess he was in his early thirties. At the moment the painting is in monochrome as I want to get it about right before I attempt to put on some colour.