Just got back from a wonderful trip to my sister’s house in Spain, Cortijo Guarda, Turré, near Mojacar, Almeria. It is a lovely old farm house where historically the caretaker of the olive groves, which grew in the valley of Cortijo Grande, used to live. Unfortunately there was a devastating fire which wiped out most of the olive trees. The house is in an acre of land all on its own and it is the most tranquil and pleasant place to be creatively inspired. I said a final farewell to this gorgeous house because it is going on the market.
This is a painting I completed in three days which would have taken two months back in noisy England!
Artist Code 1902 “Incubation Calls” (Moorhen, nest and eggs)
Artist Code 1902. Completed 25th February 2019. Original water colour. 9″ x 12″, Aquarelle Arches acid free heavyweight 140lbs.
This painting evolved from an incident at Bourn Golf Club (2016) and I managed a snapshot of the scene. The nest was in the river bank amongst all the roots and leaves. The moorhen came back to the nest after I had disturbed her whilst walking on the opposite bank. I stood very quietly until she returned. She snuggled sweetly back onto the eggs in the early morning sunshine and I gently moved away to leave her in peace. But what a lovely sight to see. This painting will be included in my book about Bourn Brook.