Those of you who live in Lewes and manage to get hold of the fabulous monthly listings magazine Viva Lewes will be familiar with the regular wildlife features on which I collaborate with Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Each month Michael writes a terrific article and I try and do my best to illustrate it!
As we must have done over 50 features together I thought it might be a great and opportune time (what with it being New Year and all) to begin showcasing some of our favourites here on A Natural History.
So let’s start with the latest- published in the January 2015 Viva Lewes magazine here is the fascinating if a little tragic story of Nicholas Culpeper..
Just a quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas together with a peaceful and Happy New Year! 2015 has been quite an adventure with the launch of COAST for Magpie and the continuing expansion of the work now available on the Etsy site. I’ve also had the opportunity to show and continue to work with some great people including the Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Arches Printmaking CIC in Hastings, Lewes District Council, Pelham House in Lewes and of course the Viva Team in Lewes and Brighton and Appendage in Brighton.
A big thank you for your support and ,as A Natural History goes into it’s fifth Year, have a great 2016!
With Christmas just around the corner I wanted to let you know that some of my latest cards and prints from ‘A Natural History’ are now available to buy directly from the Etsy Shop! The new range includes ‘Common Tern’ (a design that is also featured in the COAST range I designed for Magpie), Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Magpie and one of my personal favorites Nuthatch ( a print which I produced almost as a companion piece to my Treecreeper design). There’s others too so feel free to check them out!
All purchases from the shop will be sent to you by First Class delivery within 3-5 working days of receiving the order so there’s still time to make someone’s Christmas a little bit wilder!
I’ll also be donating a percentage of every sale from now until Christmas to my favourite charity -the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Have a Happy & Peaceful Christmas!
Bonjour! So after months of careful planning we have finally made it to France and started our explorations here in the South West region of Languedoc-Roussion –Aude to be precise. What is to be our new home for the next few … Continue reading
I’ll be showing with Mixed Media Artist and Painter Jill Tattersall at Pelham House from the 1st April right through to the 12th May. The show will include 20 of my favourite pieces from A Natural History including Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Swallow and the newly designed Long-tailed Tit and Chaffinch. Everyone is welcome to the Launch Event on Sunday 12th April between 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm and please feel free to spread the word!
Photograph : Alamy
It was great to be approached by Isabel Choat for a few hints and tips on what to do and see when visiting Lewes. You can see Isabel’s full feature on the newly opened Skyhouse B&B on the Guardian website here.
It’s been a very exciting start to the 2015 with Magpie’s launch of COAST at Top Drawer London. The new range, which will hopefully be appearing in shops near you soon, incorporates four personal favourites that I love to see when out birding!
Those of you who are familiar with my work may recognise the Puffin, Common Tern and Oystercatcher. Added to this crew is a new addition of the Common Sandpiper which I like to think gives a small nod to my time scanning the River Ouse and catching a sight of these timid birds as they emerge from the mud flats in low tide.
The range will next be seen at the following Trade Fairs:
Spring Fair 2015
If you do see them on your travels please send me a pic of what you spotted here!
I’m very happy to let you know that packs of 5 individually wrapped contemporary greetings cards featuring the ‘Winter Robin’ design as featured in my ‘A Natural History (Seasons)’ series are now available here.
Each card is 148mm x 105mm in size and have purposely been left blank inside so as you can write your own special message!
We try to use environmentally-friendly materials where we can so all cards are printed on 300gsm FSC certified paper and come wrapped in compostable bags together with recycled envelopes.
The packs are traditionally bound with twine so also make fantastic gifts. They are ready to dispatch and will be sent to you first class so there’s still time to receive them before Christmas!
It’s been a long time coming but I’m really happy to let you know that my new Goldfinch design is soon to be available as a Limited Edition Giclée Print and Greetings Card. Having wanted to capture the essence of such an amazingly striking bird that appears almost too colourful to be a UK resident, I worked and re-worked the piece through a number of colour combinations, composition and tweaks until I was finally pleased with it. I hope you like it too!
This is just a detail but if you would like to see the complete design and are interested in ordering either prints or cards then simply get in touch here.
Yes I’m really happy to reveal that the next of my new pieces for ‘A Natural History’ is the one, the only– ‘Long-tailed Tit’! Being also known by names such as ‘Barrel Tit’ or ‘Bum Barrel’, the Long-tailed Tit has got to be one of the most characterful birds indigenous to the UK.
When rediscovering them in early noughties I was amazed that I had forgotten just how remarkably exotic yet fairly common these birds are. Seeing a group of them as they acrobatically negotiate their way through the trees can only bring extra lift to any grey day!
This is just a detail but both Limited Edition Giclée Prints and Greetings Cards of the full design will be available very soon and can be pre-ordered. If you would like to see the complete design and are interested in ordering either prints or cards then simply contact me here.