My chief delight is in nature, and when I look at a painting it is to find something about nature in it, especially some expression of the feeling produced in us by nature, which is, to me, the most important thing in life … After W H Hudson – ‘Afoot in England’ – 1909)
A while back, after a lifetime of watching birds, and inspired by books, and memories of childhood walks and picnics in the country, I started to collect old paintings, prints and books, of landscape and wildlife; which celebrate the British countryside, especially its birds. It is my passion!
The artists I collect are known for being the best in their field, painting and recording a time when Britain was perhaps more in tune with its traditional countryside pursuits. Through their art they can transport us back into nature and somehow keep alive those bygone days.
I have written about many of them in the posts of this blog – Thorburn, Ennion, Tunnicliffe, to name a few. Occasionally I have some of their prints for sale (see below). I will be adding more soon.
I can also help you find paintings and prints of birds for that odd corner, or for a particular room, and offer a bespoke framing service.
For more information on prints I may have for sale or if you want help finding a picture by a particular artist please message me. Your email will not be disclosed …
Welcome to my Blog – a celebration of birds, mostly – in art and anecdote, poetry and prose – part memoir, part anthology, part nature writing, with biographical snippets about favourite artists. Follow me as I ramble through the year writing about the birds I see – share your own encounters with birds, or tell me about your patch … More
2020 / 04 0745 – 1000 Cold and clear. Hard frost overnight -2C. No breeze The ground is hard at the east end this morning. All the ruts and ridges are full of frozen water, and that which lies in the ditches at the side of the track also carries a layer of ice 5-10mm […]
Black Bryony and the Jaggy Creel. Dawn, and a mist rises from the lake by the big house, and a small cloud inversion hovers over the source of the River Enborne. It lifts and mingles with a plume of smoke from the biomass wood boiler, and all is caught in the most ethereal, golden light […]
A Guest Post by Clive Bennett ‘See—the hawk, after going nearly out of sight, has swept round, and passes again at no great distance; this is a common habit of his kind, to beat round in wide circles. As the breeze strikes him aslant his course he seems to fly for a short time partly […]
It turns out that I’ve been writing this blog for ten years; ten long years of grouse, curlews and hill farming in Galloway. That’s a fair piece of work, but to me it represents a decent chunk of my life between the ages of 24 and 34. People who know me will understand that I […]
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