Picture Profile: 0020 Songthrush and Rusty Nail

AMATEUR ARTWORK: 2002 to 2005

Please note that all paintings listed by Artist Codes 0000 to 0020 were painted prior to my turning professional. I started to number them in this way not in any particular order, then realized that if I was to be a professional, I needed to have a proper coding practice. So I decided after these 21 pictures that I would have four-digit Artist Codes, the first two digits representing the year, and the second two digits the order in which I either painted or sketched the artworks (not necessarily completing them at the time), i.e. “1023” was painted in 2010 and was number 23 of 23 paintings started during that year.

0020 Songthrush and Rusty Nail

0020 Songthrush and Rusty Nail

ORIGINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING, Completed November 2003. Framed size 12” x 9”

Artist Code 0020.  SOLD at Newmarket Art Craft & Design Show, November 2006.


Songthrushes are getting rarer by the day. I am flattered that one still occasionally explores my little wild garden, but am perplexed that the dense habitat behind my garden where thrushes used to nest has now been totally obliterated because of new houses being built. And, very sadly, the visits of the thrush continue to decline (none at all during 2012, 2013, 2014! But at last one in 2015 – wonderful).

A tale of three ‘dickies’ (Two Songthrushes and a Blackbird)
Two little dickie-birds sitting on a stump
On the edge of their patch they met with a bump
“What brings you here?” the left one said
“This is my patch you know, so leave or your dead!”
The right one said, “You have so many snails,
There’s plenty for both, so no need for flails”
The left one said, “I’m in no mood to share
So buzz off you stranger, be off, so there”
The right one said, “But please be so kind
For your well being, and my peace of mind
Let’s pool our resources, we’ll catch more food
If we both stick together and face the feud”
But left-hand dickie was not going to crack
For manners and intellect sadly lacked
So as he argued with the intruder;
Another dickie—who appeared to be ruder— “ Who was keenly eyeing the tasty meal
Flew down in a swoop the morsel did steal
So whilst the two dickies were squabbling away
Blackbird dickie made use of affray
Cackling with laughter, he flew to his perch
Leaving two dickies quite left in the lurch!