“We were walking across a field, heading towards some woodland when two birds flashed past. It was the one being chased that got me excited, as I thought it was a little owl. I’m ashamed to say, I can’t remember the other bird, but it was probably a blackbird. The bird flew to a nearby tree, but I completely lost sight of it. Quickly taking a photo of the tree, just on the off chance I’d get lucky, I started walking quietly towards the tree, to try and get a closer look. Almost immediately, there was another flash of brown as the bird flew off, disappearing into the woodland.
It turns out I did get lucky, and this piece of art is the result. I didn’t want the owl to be immediately obvious. The idea being that the viewer wouldn’t see the owl initially, only discovering it after closer examination, just like I did during the briefest of encounters that inspired the work.
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.”
I make all my own frames for my original artworks, I use mouldings, paints and varnishes of the finest specification. The colours are individually selected to match each piece of art, ensuring the best finish possible.
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All the art I sell is packaged extremely carefully, to keep your painting safe for it’s journey, no matter how far. I have years of experience packaging original artworks for transport to all parts of the world, so you can have faith your unique piece of art will arrive safe and sound. This can take some time, especially with original paintings, however, I aim to ship all art within 2 working days.