The Pool – in pastelThis is one of a number of similar pictures I have done over the years of Oulton Mill Pool in Cheshire. It was Mum and Dad's favourite spot for parking the car and sitting quietly enjoying the scenery and the wildlife.
Rabbit sketchWhen we had a caravan in North Wales on the Lleyn peninsula I was forever sketching the wildlife. Nothing much so far as art goes but each one brings back pleasant memories.
Barton Bank - watercolourThis is a painting I did a couple of times. On one occasion Daughter-who-takes-photos and I did it together, each doing our own version. Her artistic skills are greater than mine but I'd just been to a painting workshop (a birthday gift from Partner-who-drinks-tea) and had picked up some watercolour techniques I wanted to share.
The Heart Unafraid - pastelThe original of this was a black and white picture in a Rosicrucian Digest magazine that Mum had. She loved it so I tried painting it in various colours but was never especially satisfied. This was probably the best of them.
Leaf in gutter – pastelThe photo doesn't do this justice – but then I would say that wouldn't I? I did this in a number of versions and cannot recall if this was the best one. I should hunt my paintings down from the loft some time and scan them in or take better photos.
Nuthatch – coloured pencil (after Basil Ede)Basil Ede is one of my favourite bird artists so I copied a number of his paintings. There is a better Nuthatch one somewhere that hung on Mum and Dad's living room wall. Again, it's probably in the loft.
Magpie – coloured pencil (after Basil Ede)
Gull – pastelOne of those that I was happy with. It's great when you actually feel happy with a picture you have created. All too often you keep looking at a painting or sketch and thinking about how much better you could have (or should have) done some aspect of it. In this case I was satisfied with the finished product.