I've taken numerous photos of this particular owl at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary over the past couple of years - he is such a character! One of these photos, taken earlier this year, is the reference for my latest pastel drawing that I started last weekend at a workshop, and finished last night. I used a … Continue reading Birkett the Great Horned Owl in Pastels
I created this using a mix of conté crayons and soft pastels on 10x12" black sugar paper. Although this has been drawn on black sugar paper, I have blended a layer of black pastel in the background which I hope will protect the paper against fading. Reference photo © C L Grasby, taken at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in 2016.
Another visit to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, this time with my sister and friend, to celebrate her birthday with a Meerkat Experience. This encounter involved getting up very close with a mob of meerkats in their enclosure - some even climbed on top of us! As I joined Alison for the experience, Jon took photos … Continue reading Meerkat Encounter at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Making the most of the very rare opportunity of a sunny and mild Bank Holiday Monday, I visited Suffolk Owl Sanctuary for the first time this year. As I had already visited the Sanctuary a couple of times last year, I had an idea of what birds they had, and where they flew them. This … Continue reading Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Unfortunately due to a busy couple of weeks with other commitments, I have not made as much progress with my owl pyrography as I would have liked...though I did find the time this evening to join my housemate in some Hallowe'en pumpkin carving! I carved an owl into mine, while Jon carved … Continue reading Hallowe’en Pumpkins and Pyrography…
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary I visited Suffolk Owl Sanctuary again this month, with the aim of getting a few more photos for my portfolio and generally for inspiration - this time I was focussing more on the vibrant autumnal colours. This time I took my Samsung Gx-1L, and a Nikon D7000 along with me - and … Continue reading More Owls, Squirrels and Meerkats…
This week I started a new pyrography challenge, working on a 37x37cm plywood sheet, with the aim of reproducing a photograph of an owl I took at Suffolk Owl Santuary in August this year (shown in one of the photos). More pictures will be uploaded as it progresses!
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary It's been a while since my last blog post, and although I have taken loads of photo's: due to other commitments, I haven't had much spare time to do anything with them! In August I went with my sister and best friend/housemate to visit Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Redwings Horse Sanctuary to … Continue reading ‘Hoots and Hooves’
Banham Zoo, April 2016 I took quite a lot of photos during this visit to Banham Zoo, but unfortunately not many of them came out - I think lack of practice has made my camera skills a bit rusty! These photos were taken with my Samsung once again, with a 55-200mm lens. The conditions that … Continue reading Animals at Banham Zoo!