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Monday, 24 February 2014

More birds - of course!

Screaming Eagle
© 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!  


  1. Your birds are great, Sharon. Love the screaming eagle.

  2. Fantastic bird paintings , love the screaming energy in the eagle !

  3. Muy bonita acuarela del águila. A la expresividad de la rapaz se añade la brillante ejecución de la acuarela. Enhorabuena.

  4. Sharon, your eagle is fantastic.. So true to life and you've captured him beautifully.
    Good luck with your new art endeavors.. I found that when l I joined with an art group there was much more exposure ..,, and it was a sharing of ideas.. You'll love it..

  5. Have to say this is one of my favorite of Gary's photos and had fun trying to do it too. Congratulations, this is so well deserved and exciting. You have come so far since the first posts I reviewed. Your confidence and knowledge of these animals comes through. Can't wait to hear more of your art adventures and am glad to see that someone gets to go to warm weather - lucky bird.

  6. These are all great paintings but I must say your eagle painting is fantastic! I can feel the power emanating from him!


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