Artist Code: 1604. Completed 9th March 2020. “Three New Blades” (Fieldfares and Redwing) SOLD April 2020 to private buyer. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% hot pressed cotton rag. Unframed size 12″ x 9″.
I started this little painting way back in 2016 after receiving permission to use some lovely resource photographs of Fieldfare and Redwing from Paul Mason and Simon Stirrup. The backdrop resource was my own photograph taken at Christmas in Lincolnshire when I was staying with my eldest son. His garden was full of fallen apples and twigs and the frost was just beginning to melt on the debris around. I felt the two things would go together nicely.
However, after I had just completed the drawing, which incidentally I rather bravely drew from scratch with a paintbrush and paint instead of a pencil, several commissions came in and other publishing work so I had to put this particular painting on hold. I forgot all about it until January this year. On this frosty Lincolnshire morning there were a few little blades of bright green grass poking through amongst the winter debris which inspired the title of the work.