Original SOLD. Oil on stretched Canvas, canvas size 18″ x 24″. Completed June 2012. Framed size 21″ x 27″.
SOLD at the Hinchingbrooke Country Centre Christmas Fayre 2015.
Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis), Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), Blackthorn (sloe) (Prunus spinosa)
This painting was selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) 2013.
The preliminary sketch on canvas was produced in water-based oil colour whilst I was demonstrating my artistic skills in the Art Market Marquee at the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society 2011 Exhibition (in conjunction with the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition). I drew the sketch with oil paint and brush in situ at theExhibition, using natural material picked (with Landowners’permission) from the hedgerows in Hampshire, and the scene itself is a depiction of the wildlife (flora and fauna) seen whilst there. I spent so much time talking to people at the 3-day Art Market event that I only managed to complete the actual sketch at the exhibition. It took almost a year to finish it (June 2012). Unfortunately, in January 2014, the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, started by Chairman Pip McGarry, folded. Although Pip is still very much involved with Marwell Zoo and is Artist in Residence there.
A little poem:
In fields of early August Mist
Young Roe deer stands alert and tall
With eyes that beam, so nothing’s missed
He watches, pertly, over all
As Goldfinch teases out the seed
To heed themselves, there is no need
There’s goldfinch, teasel, bindweed, sloe
Scabious, hawthorn, with ‘deer’ little Roe!