Feeling in a little bit merry i went and made a very short run of christmas cards featuring this snowy bullfinch with 3 different coloured backgrounds.
-105mm x 148mm
-350 gsm on FSC credited stock
- 6 cards & plain white envelopes
- Blank inside
- Only 30 packs available
For £10 including postage within the UK
Ho ho ho, get a pack from my Shop here.
Another year, another calendar, another collaboration with Caught By the River.
Featuring twelve characters from my latest bestseller Our Song Birds and useful dates for bird lovers. The design has once again been handled by Paul Kelly (designer and film director responsible for the recent BFI DVD collection Saint Etienne – A London Trilogy), the printing by the Calverts Workers Co-operative, est.London, 1977.
42cm x 15cm
The text is printed on 190g Edixion Offset, the cover on 250g Edixion Offset and the backing board on 400g Trucard Gloss – all these papers are FSC Mixed Sources from sustainable forests. They were printed litho using vegetable based ink
Available in my shop now.
I was delighted to be asked to design the brochure cover and advertising illustration for this years Off The Shelf Festival in Sheffield. I’m am also coming up to do a Spotting & Jotting talk at the University Auditorium on Sunday 26th.
More info here
Over the moon to announce i have a double vinyl gatefold LP coming out on CTR Records. Complied and designed by me – a dream project. Big thanks to John Kertland.
More info soon…
I have teamed up with Caught By The River on another delectable item.
This time an indispensable starling tote bag.
Find it in my shop here
We’ve produced another calendar for next year too… Coming soon!
A bird from the absolute elsewhere, the Kingfisher is a celestial work of art. So otherworldly that even he’s aware that looking upon his tiny frame can make mankind ask the biggest of questions and doubt all that he knows and has ever been told. So, kindly, he offers us just millisecond glances or fleeting dashes until he’s off to blow the next yawning mind.
With a miniature cloak of incandescent blue and a chest orangier than a polished satsuma on Christmas morning, one would expect a song of sublime delicacies, an ethereal paean to herald a gathering of monarchs and magi. Unfortunately, to be the king of all fishermen requires you to have a brutal dagger for a mouthpiece, resulting in a taut, high-pitched whistle of a call. Disappointing maybe, but study this whine and you will stand a much better chance of spending time with the most brilliant of all British birds.
More festival news!
This time Latitude Festival!!
I am going to be doing watercolour workshops on Friday and Saturday at the Ebury Library Does.. tent which is in The Faraway Forest.
I am now selling my new book from my shop here. YAY!
Each book will be signed and drawn in by me with any particular bird or message for any occasion that you desire!!
I got asked to paint a local skatepark as pesky vandals kept drawing on it. There wasn’t a lot of room to play with so i turned it into Godzilla rising from the depths.
I will be in Colours May Vary in Leeds on Saturday July 13th,
from 12-5pm signing my new book ‘Our Songbirds’.
The first 10 people to buy the book will receive a signed painting!
I am doing a talks at this years Glastonbury Festival at the Free University in the Crow’s Nest, everyday around midday. Check listings for correct timings.
I’ll be providing homemade jotters for all the spotters!
I’ve teamed up with the fantastic design team Mini Moderns to produce a limited collection of 4 wooden birds using a selection of amazing colours from Mini Modern’s new environmentally responsible paints made from recycled paint.
Set of 4 wooden birds, edition of 10
Individually hand-made and painted with Mini Moderns environmentally responsible paints
From FSC certified and re-appropriated wood
Approx 14cm x 10cm x 3cm
Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
Available in my shop now
The turtle dove – one of the most mellowest and beautiful of all our summer visitors is sadly in decline and been declared to be in a RED Status threat.
Operation Turtle Dove was launched last May to help combat and research against the loss. I have teamed up with the RSPB to help raise funds for the project by releasing this giclee print of the original turtle dove watercolour painting took from my new book, Our Songbirds.
Available as a 18cm x24cm, Archival pigment print on 310gsm fine art stock, signed and dated for £45 including P&P
Only available through my shop
£30.00 from each Turtle Dove Giclee Print sold will be donated to the RSPB, a registered charity in England and Wales, number 207076 and in Scotland, number SC037654
Ladies, gentleman, hawks and finches. You are here by invited to the launch of my new book – Our Songbirds, published by Ebury Press.
At The Social in central London. Music on the night will be provided by the Seahawk Pete Fowler and fingers crossed a very special guest from 6 – 8pm.
Following on from my launch Caught by the River are having a night down stairs with William Adamson playing live and Andy Weatherall djing!!
Please come to Rough Trade East in London for a book signing for my new book Our Songbirds on Saturday 8th June.
I have been painting sneaky birds around the shop, the first person to spot and jot all ten birds from 11am wins an original watercoloured painting.
Was asked again to paint a 7″ sleeve for this years Secret7″ exhibition in London. Here’s my interpretation of a rediscovered Nick Drake song. Its been sold so its safe for me to put it online without the risk blowing the whole thing.
Big thanks again to Kevin King for getting me involved and putting on a really successful show and raising lots of funds and awareness for Art Against Knives.
As a subject close to my heart I am donating this 30cm x 40cm watercolour painting to help raise funds for the Somerset Badger Group, which is at the heart of the badger cull area. All we are asking for is a donation of at least the price of a sandwich to be entered into the draw to win this and a number of other prizes.
Somerset Badger Group set up a badger vaccination initiative last year and under licence from Natural England the volunteers have successfully vaccinated 62 badgers over an area of approx 1200 acres, within the Somerset cull area. This covers 3 commercial farms and 5 other land holdings, with additional farms to include this year.
The primary aim of the group initiative is to offer farmers and land owners within the West Somerset cull area a responsible and sensible alternative to culling. It is not too late for farmers to change their mind and the group is prepared to offer badger vaccination to farmers, for a small charge based on each badger vaccinated, if they withdraw from the badger cull.
Please donate here remembering to leave your email/twitter address.
Good luck and thank you!!
PS. The subject of the painting originally came from an article I read where some idiot politician suggested a cull of Starlings to prevent the spread of Foot & Mouth disease…. Yeah right, another great idea.
PPS. Big thank you to Lou Matthews for having the get go to get going!
Marks & Spencer’s have licensed Our Garden Birds, available in store now. How Marks N Sparks is that cover!
Just found this lovely post on the Babyccino Kids blog of kids using my book to paint birds from. Great stuff!
The Three Ponies offer has been a massive hit! I’ve painted all kinds of finches and tits, wrens, wheatears and larks not to forget an indigo bunting!
This is the last week of me doing these so get your order in sharpish if you want one. (24th March)
Thanks to everybody who has order one so far.
I’ve painted and donated this painting of A Pair Of Great Tits to my friend Sam Pooley’s Charity Boob Night in Shrewsbury, raising money for UK charity Coppafeel.
You can enter the raffle from the comfort of your own home by just by donating £5 here to be entered into the automatic prize draw (Be sure to leave your email address).
WInners announced Monday 18th.