Red deer stag
Watercolour painting by Sharon Whitley
I know that many of my fellow bloggers are wildlife and nature lovers and hope that you'll be interested in this post.
Gary and I feel very privileged to be part of a charity ebook which is available worldwide on Amazon for the kindle, kindle apps and kindle reader on the pc. It features wildlife artwork and photography from all over the world with an account of the inspiration and thought processes behind each painting and photo provided by the artist/photographer. It includes 2 paintings of mine (please don't let that put you off though, there's plenty from other artists too!!) and a few of Gary's wildlife photos. It also includes 2 step by step watercolour demonstrations by the super talented Maria Balcells. Not only is it a wonderful book but it's for a very, very worthy cause, the South West Deer Rescue Centre. Every penny of the royalties from this book will go to the cause and the book itself is currently available at the reduced price of £1.29 or $2.15 for a limited period until the price goes up, that's less than the price of a coffee!
"The South West Deer Rescue & Study Centre was started by Mike Gage, who has been involved with deer management and conservation for over 35 years, and has built a true bond with all of the SWDRC residents. Caring for orphaned and injured deer of all species, he is the true deer whisperer and relayed tales of sitting in the middle of fields waiting for the deer to surround him. This has enabled him to understand and build a trust with these animals. Mike is a well-known character on Exmoor and indeed, he has some Exmoor deer at the centre; he will not release these deer back to the wild for fear of them being shot or poached . One of his stags has an impressive 31 points on the antlers and is a true giant of an animal. What is even more amazing is the fact that Mike receives no funding of any kind and uses his pension and savings to feed the deer. You can book to visit the centre and it is completely free"
Here is a link to a review of the book on Judith Farnworth's blog Her otter painting is also featured in the book.
So I urge you to please consider buying for your kindle or pc - there's no reason not to at that price and you will be making such a difference to the deer and to Mike!
I've also donated the above painting to the cause which is currently receiving offers - the painting will go to the highest bidder so if you like it please consider making a bid, you never know you might be the highest bidder, it's an original watercolour mounted in a 12 x 10 inch mount.
Here is a link to buy the book in the UK Buy a Book, Feed a Deer (UK Amazon)
and in the US Buy a Book Feed a Deer (US Amazon)
and in Australia Buy a Book Feed a Deer (Australia Amazon)
and to make an offer on the deer painting please email to firstname.lastname@example.org...
Click here to go to the South West Deer Rescue Website
Thank you for reading and hope you can help!