© Sharon Whitley
The photo I used as a reference for this painting was taken at the Lake District Wildlife Park near Bassenthwaite. We were within arms length of this magnificent bird and Gary captured him in full screech! Really enjoyed painting this one, it brought back memories of a great day being so close to such beautiful birds of prey.
I also painted another Magpie, the dancing Magpie from the previous post has been sold and is off to it's new home in Australia in the sun! Lucky him!!!!
I've got a few things to look forward to as far as my art is concerned. I've just joined the Association of Animal Artists and am looking forward to exhibiting with them alongside many artists I admire. I'm looking forward to an exhibition at the Castle Park Arts Centre featuring artists from all over the North of England and North Wales and I've been contacted this week regarding a charity exhibition coming up in Cheshire after one of my pet portraits was seen by a couple of the trustees - isn't that nice! I'll also be demoing at an upcoming wildlife event in Warrington and selling some small simple watercolours of birds in aid of Risley Moss Nature Reserve, here are a couple of examples of the type of thing I've been doing for that....
So that's some of what's going on in my little art world. Not got a lot to report as far as the other passion of walking the mountains goes as the weather is inhibiting us getting out and about up high! But it's given us more time to do more of the other thing we love to do - wildlife watching and I've recently seen my first Hen Harrier - a male and a female hunting on the Dee Estuary - awesome!!! and Short eared owls, beautiful birds to watch! We're off there again this weekend for another high tide, so looking forward to that!
So how are things going out there in blogland - I need to catch up with you all - not enough time in the day to do everything and I do apologise for not visiting lately. I'd love to hear what you've been up to!