This weekend I enjoyed an inspirational and educational visit to the wonderful Happisburgh Owls. This is brilliant for anyone who is interested in owls, as it is a wonderful opportunity to get up close and learn more about these magnificent birds - Sandra, who owns Happisburgh Owls was fantastic, and only too happy to answer … Continue reading Happisburgh Owls
Broke out my watercolours for this, as felt I needed some bright colours while looking ahead to Spring on a cold and dreary winter day! Spring Geese, Winsor and Newton watercolours and Sakura Pigma Micron pen on Daler Rowney Aquafine paper. Photo reference from Pixabay.
Between Christmas and New Year I went for a walk around Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham in Norfolk, and took some photos: The red squirrels were a challenge to photograph, as they moved very fast! I also saw a lot of wild birds while walking around the trails, including various types of duck, geese and … Continue reading Pensthorpe Natural Park
I quite often start drawings and then put them to one side for a while before going back and finishing them. I started this drawing earlier this year at a local pastels workshop, using my own reference photos that I'd taken of a black swan cygnet in Dawlish in 2017.
Most of the stuff in my sketchbooks are scribbles for ideas and inspirations, but quite often I’ll find something will start as a doodle or a rough sketch, then evolve into a 'proper' drawing! This was based on a photo and some sketches from a recent Colchester Zoo visit. I used Windsor and Newton Indian … Continue reading Doodling with a dip pen…
I started working on this drawing in a local workshop. I worked from one of my own reference photos, that I'd taken earlier this year in Suffolk.
I love magpies, and I enjoyed capturing the character of this one on paper! Using one of my own photos for inspiration, I first sketched the outline in pencil before completing the drawing using Sakura Pigma Micron pens. I then decided that it needed some colour, so used Winsor and Newton watercolours to make the … Continue reading Magpie, pen and watercolours
Following my recent visits to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, I have a variety of great photos and sketches of birds and mammals - lots of inspiration! When I first started photography, my aim was simply to take my own art reference photos to work from. This means that, as well as focussing on high quality images … Continue reading Raven
Towards the end of 2017 I was surprised and happy to find I'd won first prize in a local owl sanctuary's annual photography competition (Blog Post: Photo Competition Success). I was even happier when I found that the prize was a place on one of their 'Photo Day Experiences'! I opted to attend one of … Continue reading ‘Photo Day Experience’ at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
It's been a while since I've been out and about with my camera, so on Saturday I visited Welney Wetland Centre in East Anglia. It was a lovely mild autumnal day - perfect for a walk! As well as a huge number of swans, geese and ducks, I was lucky enough to see a heron … Continue reading Wildlife at Welney Wetland Centre