Monday, 21 April 2014

Event Horizon

The Spring Shows (incorporating the Red Kite Retrospective) are on the horizon, first up at Newcastle City Library from 15th - 22nd May (as above) then Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre 1st - 28th June. Hoping they are as successful as last year's events, as usual a mix of old and new, prints and originals, with prices to suit all pockets.

The Red Kite half of the show is all sorted but the assortment of the other half is still to be finalised, and just like Roy Hodgson's England Squad for the World Cup, there are still a few places up for grabs.
This fellow for instance was just finished yesterday, and might yet play a part.

'The Puffin has Landed, (almost)'
 Hopefully a few more to come, now the kids are going back to school I might be able to get weaving with some more pictures in good time for the first show.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Carry On Painting . . .

Have recently completed a set of three A4 Watercolours in an experimental way, based on the work of two of my favourite wildlife artists, Greg Poole and Carry Akroyd.
Both are primarily printmakers but their colourful style of simplification lends itself well to watercolour too, and is something I've dabbled with in the past but not on any grand scale.

The three pictures are on the subject of Red Kites, and I'll be showing them in my forthcoming exhibitions at Newcastle Central Library (May 15-22) and Washington Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Centre (June 1-28) when half of the displays will be dedicated to a Red Kite Retrospective in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the NKP reintroducing the red kites into the lower Derwent Valley.

Three New Works in a different style 

Just a taster; more about the upcoming exhibitions soon.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Every Little Helps

A short while ago I donated this Watercolour of a perched Red Kite to FoRK (Friends of Red Kites) as part of the 10th (and 5th) Anniversary celebrations.
It was one of the first red kite pictures I made and has been displayed region-wide over the years both with the Northern Kites Project and my own exhibitions, and is still available in print form.

Red Kite Perched
painted in 2004 so apt that it should be auctioned
for the 10th anniversary of the project. 

They decided to auction it at a members night at St. Bartholemew's Church the other evening and I'm happy to say it went towards raising £300 for the FoRK kitty, which I'm informed will buy a number of rings, tags and tail transmitters to keep tabs on this year's fledglings.  

Glad to be of some use to someone once in a while :-)