I was speaking to a friend recently and we were discussing Gerard Manley Hopkins, and I was reminded of the term 'windhover', otherwise known as a kestrel. Such an apt term, and I wanted to paint one. I'm enjoying the flying birds as I don't especially like putting props in the paintings but many birds … Continue reading Kestrel

A Teal

I wanted to paint a teal in flight so as to maximise the flashes of - well, teal on the bird's face and secondary wing feathers. I do occasionally find that looking for a resource photo can be problematic, especially with birds that are regular quarry, either for us humans or other species. I'm not … Continue reading A Teal


I have painted a goldfinch before but when I first started out with the birds, I hadn't formulated a set idea regarding size, paper, style etc, so although they look similar, I definitely regard these as my 'early birds'. Some are on branches or tree stumps, which I am less keen about, preferring the birds … Continue reading Goldfinch