» BBC Springwatch Unsprung – RSPB Minsmere 2014

I was invited to the beautiful RSPB reserve in Minsmere Suffolk to appear for the last weeks 2014 series of the BBC’s Springwatch Unsprung. I chatted birds, painted them and drew them. Spotted adders, bitterns, marsh harriers, Savi’s warblers and the amazing bearded tits. So to celebrate i painted a huge one on a bird hide.

» Matt Sewell Passerine Cups

Here we have a selection of four Passerine Cups for my Matt Sewell’s Birds label – Bluetit, bullfinch, goldfinch and Great tit.
All 100% made and hand decorated in The Potteries – Staffordshire.
Bone china, screen printed and hand painted beaks/handles

Available individually or as a set of 4

In my shop soon

» Makegood Festival – Old Selfridges Hotel, London

Having recently completed the S4CS Creative Business course I exhibited at their fantastic Makegood Festival in central London. Unveiled my brand new cups that will be on sale very soon. They went down a bomb – 100% British – Made, screenprinted and hand painted in Stoke On Trent.
Long live The Potteries!

Big thanks to Hiten, Mediea and the team, Dan Tickner and everybody who stopped by to say hi

» Bird Of The Week – The Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Along with roads, public libraries and stinging nettles, the Pheasant was one of many wonderful things that the Romans brought to Britain. So don’t listen to the nonsense put forward by certain members of society who claim that the Pheasant was introduced only for sport – he has been dashing from the undergrowth and over roads long before the gun was even invented. Bottle green and glorious golden chestnut, with a long tail that streaks like a comet, the Pheasant is a work of celestial beauty.

Taken from my forthcoming book Our Woodland Birds (EBury Press) and taken from my regular feature on Caught By The River

» Our Woodland Birds Book Signing

I will be signing copies of my new book Our Woodland Birds at The Social on Wednesday 26th from 6 – 9pm

Also afterwards downstair we are running a Crushing Glow night where myself Neasden Control Centre and Stuart Black Maps will be playing esoteric and beautiful music till midnight.

» Donegall Street, Belfast

Ten years ago i head off on my first of many trips to Belfast for an art project. I was out to paint a skip that would later be placed out side of the City Hall and have somebody cook a seagull in it and somebody play a saw like a violin. Weird. Keeping it traditional i was picked up from the airport and took to a very decent boozer. We sat in the window and i looked at the fire damaged building opposite and thought what an amazing spot to paint… Roll on ten years and i’m up a cherry picker painting that very wall.
Massive thanks to Adam Turkington who went beyond the call of duty, The Cathedral Quarter Trust, The John Hewitt Bar, KVLR and Simon Mills who took these photos

» May 24th – A crushing Glow Launch Parties

Its a big day in London on Saturday May 24th… First up i will be at Rough Trade East in Truman Brewery to officially launch the record. We have held back a number of the limited edition prints especially so i will be doing a signing, spinning some records and the amazing, A Crushing Glow featured St Just Vigilantes will be playing live. Lots more info here.

Then we will be jumping on the Central Line and pitching up at The Social for A Crushing Glow Party. Where I will be flexing my DJ muscles with CTR head-honcho JK and guests.

Come on down!

PS. Thanks to Supernaut for the type

» A Crushing Glow – On BBC 6music

The lovely Lauren Laverne has made my A Crushing Glow LP her Comp Of The Week on her BBC 6music morning show. She will be playing tracks from it throughout her shows so tune in for the lushness and catch up here. Last few copies with the prints available at Caroline True Records, they’ve gone quick.

The ladies of the BBC are doing me proud – Big thanks to Georgia Ruth who also featured the album on her Radio Cymru show.
Go and check out her spellbinding music, welsh language and celestial harps.

» Matt Sewell’s “A Crushing Glow” – Deluxe Double Vinyl With Original Artwork (LTD. 500 Copies Only)

I have had the luck and the audacity to work on some amazing projects over the years, i work hard, pay my dues and say my thanks to to universe whenever i can. But none can quite beat being asked to compile and design your own double LP gatefold vinyl record. Wow! CTR headhoncho JK approach me about this a few moons ago and my jaw hit my desk. WOW! So here it is after months of work and frenzied emails with forgotten German record labels I am proud to reveal – A Crushing Glow compile by Matt Sewell

The first 100 come with a limited 4 colour signed & dated risograph print that features a detail form the gatefold artwork.
Available to preorder from Caroline True Records here

Only a few other stockist have the prints, they are my good friends Caught by the River
and the best record shop in the world Rough Trade East

The music held within the platters is all crushingly beautiful, mesemeric and sincere. Some songs have been with me for a long time whilst others have fluttered into my life more recently. Some are rare and many are impossible to find on vinyl but i do hope you find them as special as i do.

Full tracklist and promo mix and more info over at CTR’s website here

» The Crossbill – Bird of the week

Loxia curvirostra

My maths teacher used to ask me how I would tell jokes with no teeth. Likewise with this chap, how’s he going to sing with crossed chops? Not very well, is the answer on both occasions.

The Crossbill is a Scandinavian Alpine Finch, a winter visitor that has taken up residency in the arboreal beauty spots of Scotland and northern England. His beak is designed like a twisty corkscrew for popping pine kernels and not for serenading the green lady Crossbills, so his vocal repertoire is restricted to an occasional ‘chup-chup’. He’s got the scarlet jacket and the multipurpose beak, but you can’t have it all.

From Caught By The River and from my book Our Songbirds

» Our Woodland Birds – New book this summer!!

My forthcoming new book – Our Woodland Birds out in June on Ebury Press, featuring a foreword by the one and only Edwyn Collins.

Britain has some of the most beautiful woodland in the world, with some of the most beautiful inhabitants. All year round, the trees in forests, copses and wastelands offer our feathered friends food, shelter and a place to congregate and show-off. Now, in this beautiful follow-up to Our Garden Birds and Our Songbirds, street artist Matt Sewell captures Britain’s unique woodland life with his charming and distinctive illustrations. Featuring an array of enchanting scenes, from bramble picking Blue Tits, to a flight of Finches, to a parliament of young Tawny Owls, Matt’s quirky, pop-art watercolours and whimsical descriptions express the individual characters of our woodland birds as never before. A delightful gift, this book will appeal to bird-watching enthusiasts, children, adults and art and design fans alike.

Super excited about this, a lot of hard work went into it and it is lush!

Available to preorder everywhere and at amazon here

» Dreamscape Community Gardens Mural – Northern Quarter Manchester

Me and Richt spruced up The Dreamscape Community Gardens in the Piccadilly Basin in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
He did the flora and fauna i did the animals and birds.

Read a bit more about it here if you like

Photos kindly stolen from the Polkadot-Pink blog by J Davis

To see the whole thing have a look here
Thanks to Richt for the joiner

Massive thanks to Tash, Tommy and The Outhouse Project.

» Outhouse MCR Project

I got invited up to Manchester to take part in Outhouse Project in Stevenson Square. I was gonna paint an owl in honour of the parliament of owls i painted just over the road on the shutters of The Koffee Pot many moons ago. But i kept it fresh and painted a load of finches and sparrows in the cold sunshine.

Big thanks to Tash, Ben and the Fred Aldous Crew

» Unsere Singvogel

I’m very happy to say that Our Songbirds is now available in German published as my previous by Frederking & Thaler.

Featuring a Zilzalp, a Wanderfalke and an Amsel… Can you guess what they are?


» Wishing you a very merry christmas!

Wishing everybody a great Christmas and a fantastic 2014! Its going to be a great year.

*Last orders for Christmas is 19th of December

Animation as ever by the well wicked Sam Coxon

» Songbird Giclée Prints

All new 18cm x24cm Songbird giclée prints in my shop now

» Bullfinch Christmas Cards

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.

» Our Songbirds 2014 Calendar

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
14 sheets
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.

» Off The Shelf -Sheffield Festival of Words

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

» 2014 Calendar in the shop soon!

» Avocet, Norfolk. – Private Commission

Thanks Lucy

» Caught By The River – Starling Tote

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!

» Friends in Common – Manchester

I painted the outside wall of Common in Manchester with one of my most favourite practising artists – Ghostpatrol who was over all the way from Melbourne.
The wall was also featured in a BBC news item on public artwork where i said a few words on the subject.
The goldfinches also got an international audience.
See the clip here

The two top photos are used with kind permission from the Polkadot Pink Blog taken by @Pingfellow

» Songbird of the week – Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis

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.

» Barbour – 100 days of summer

I was asked by the lovely people at Barbour to contribute to the 100 days of summer blog. So heres a selection from my contributions. All of them can be seen here

» Latitude Festival

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.
Cant wait!

» Our Song Birds – In my shop

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!!

» Hole & Corner Magazine

I was delighted to be a contributor for the first edition of the amazing new Hole & Corner magazine. Not only did i get to draw Offa’s Dyke i got to draw Wetwang… Another lifetime ambition ticked off the list.
It features great articles on Craig Sams, Caught By the River and Shirley Collins with lovely photography throughout.
Plus it smells lush!

Wooden Branch