Reading about birds, painting birds, watching them.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Sunday, 22 March 2015
I grew up with Abbey Park, King Richard's Road and the strong sense of history that Richard brought to the city and county. Leicester has always felt the connection to the King in one way or another.
What ever your political leanings, the fact is this country's history is deeply enmeshed in the struggles of monarchy and the machinations of kings. So whether you feel that Richard should be interred in Yorkshire, London or Leicester - or not at all- the discovery of this body has brought the touch of ghosts to us all.
His story is rich, mysterious and bloody. The kind of story that brings the past to life.
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015
The scene has moved inside, Tsar and daughter proudly awaiting the ship that will fly.
Very dependent on photographs for this picture, I wanted an authentically Russian interior and dress.
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sunday, 11 January 2015
The second picture is now a third finished. The balance of the figures is a bit off balance, but should work once the background is in. Initially I thought I had made a major blunder with the comparative size of the figures. However, holding my nerve has paid off I think and they look ok. The old man is meant to be exaggerated anyway.
I am finding the need to draw very necessary at the moment. In fact the story has become affectionately known as my sanity project.
Have been intermittently blogging this, partly to take a break from the fiddly details