Mar 2009


This simple etching of a cockerel's head was hand-tinted to give the wattle and comb some colour. It turns out that the term cockerel only refers to young immature male birds up to a year old. I am hoping to put a version of this print into the tea room gallery at Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life


Baconsthorpe is a small village close to Holt on the North Norfolk Coast. Its a fabulous spot for a picnic and a sketch. A barn owl was obligingly floating around at 10am as I drew this small pen and ink offering. It was still a little cold so I didn't linger too long. I also heard my first chiffchaff singing this morning. This is two days later than last year. A sign that spring has really sprung.

Camping barns

Have just come back from a weekend staying in a camping barn in Derbyshire. Camping barns are a fabulous place to stay in a large party as the facilities are basic but homely and inexpensive. Ours was next nearly a mile from the road down a farm track but it gave us a wonderful feeling of isolation. I sketched the view from the barn. There is even a smudge from my cup of tea!


I painted this picture of the river Dee which flows through Dentdale. Hopefully I've managed to capture the movement of the water over a small weir.


Cumbrian tranquility

I've just come back from a lovely week in Cumbria. We stayed in a small cottage just outside of the village of Dent. The weather was a mixed bag but when the sun shines it drives out the broodiness of the fells and replaces it with an unrivalled optimism. I painted this small watercolour sketch of the cottage we stayed in


I have just completed 4 new drawings for the CBC which will appear in the Spring edition of the newsletter. Waxwings of course were prominent this year. I can remember struggling to see my first one back in the 1980's when their visits were less frequent and in fewer numberswaxwing2