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