Friday, 2 January 2015

Birds of Britain at West Boldon Lodge

A few years ago I did some workshops at an environmental education centre in West Boldon. There were some paintings I did that must still be on display as I'd heard people were asking about them. As my work has changed a lot over the years - especially with the new combination and mixed media techniques - I decided to do them a new set.

Birds of Britain comprises eight canvases depicting various species. All photographic studies were captured in the North East from Washington Wetlands up to The Farne Islands. The birds were painted and scanned, combined with original imagery and printed to canvas.

Currently on display at West Boldon the work will be travelling to other venues so watch this space!

Puffins on the Rocks, Farne Islands

Mute Swan on Lake Windermere

Robin in the Garden

Grey Heron Goes Fishing, Washington

Redshank in Shallow Water, Washington

Puffin in Blue Sky, Farne Islands

Eider Ducks Dance, Washington

Mallard on a Pond, Washington

Northern Landscapes at The Beacon, Newcastle

I've been exhibiting a number of my 2014 artworks in an exhibition called Northern Landscapes. The show opened in November and is still on for part of January. Much of the work has now sold but there's still time to purchase something if you've got any money left after the festive season!

Commissions in 2014

Throughout 2014 I was asked to do a few different commissions. These pieces were painted from images supplied by the clients. As with most of my work I combined the painting with aspects of the original image and printed the work to canvas. Finishing touches involved a final layer of acrylic paint resulting in a set of unique mixed media artwork.

Commission #2 Honda Rider

Commission #3 Cricket at Cullercoats

Commission #4 Queenborough Harbour

Commission #6 Portrait of Sasha