Not a Bird Painting, but a Bird, Painting

I was out the other day at Salthammer Odde, sketching some gulls and terns. Cold and windy, and very autumnal. Huge great black backed gulls glowering menacingly behind some delicately preening terns and black headed gulls.

I was minding my own business, sketching away, whilst sitting under a large hawthorn tree – dimly aware of the chatter of a group of starlings feeding directly above me, when…DSCF7042

…Hey Presto! My first collaborative piece, a seamless blending of avian and human creativity – an inter-species artistic comment, examining both unpalatability of autumnal forage and the inherent futility of field-based observation…