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″.

My blog shows some progress pictures

This little painting was “Highly Commended” in The Artist and Leisure Painter TALP Open 2020 gallery exhibition:

17th June 2020: Congratulations! One or more of your entries has been highly commended!  The highly-commended works, along with the full exhibition will be shown online at from 10am on 9 July 2020, when the prize winners will also be announced.   Due to the Coronavirus unprecedented global crisis, the galleries at Patchings Art Centre are temporarily closed, which is why we are unable to stage The Artist and Leisure Painter TALPOpen 2020 gallery exhibitions. We look forward to returning to our normal competition, gallery exhibitions and festival format in 2021.   Thank you for your participation in our competition, and many congratulations on your success. 

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.

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