Martlets Commission


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For those of us who live in Sussex the sight of the six heraldic Martlets that is included in the county’s shield is something of a familiar sight.  It was a great pleasure, therefore, to be able to work with Compass Community Arts to design and print a specially commissioned piece which celebrates this iconic bird.

No prizes for guessing that I took ‘A Natural History’s‘ very own House Martin as the main inspiration for the work and gave it a heraldic twist.

I’ll be adding more images of how the print was created later (I had two great helpers!) but for now wanted to share my latest addition.

This print has been produced in a very small edition of 12.  If you are interested in buying a copy please contact me at info@anaturalhistory.co.uk

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Cover Design for the 78th edition of Viva Lewes


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Viva Lewes March 2013 CoverViva Lewes March 2013 Magazines

What with Ghosts of Gone Birds in Brighton and an exhibition at Pelham House in Lewes it’s been a good start to 2013.  In addition I’ve also worked with Viva Lewes to design the cover for their 78th issue.  Although winter still has its icy grip here in the UK it’s heartening that, along with the coming of light, spring is just around the corner.  To help us keep this in mind I suggested that a cover based on the dawn chorus would be a good thing to do and luckily Viva Lewes agreed!!

So what’s behind the design? Well as I’m a big of the Collins New Naturalist series I wanted to do something that both gave a nod to their splendid covers and also act as a reference that readers could use.  I envisaged that people would be able to pick up a copy then maybe go for a walk and use it to help to identify some of the birds that they seen singing in their gardens or around town.

The cover is also accompanied by a lovely bit of writing by Sussex Wildlife’s Michael Blencowe (it’s on page 79 of you have a copy!) and includes my illustration of the Blackbird song.

Both myself and Michael have also put together an interactive map at http://t.co/mrQNrgU8 where you can report different birdsong as you hear it.  We’re looking for lots of input so next time when you go for a wander why not listen out for natures’ free stream and let us know which birds you hear!

Michael has also put together this rather neat guide of some of the birds that will be singing ’round your way.  Take a look here to see pics & hear the songs!

 

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Ghosts of Gone Birds Brighton November 1st 2012 – January 31st 2013

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It’s great to let you know that I’m currently exhibiting as part of the ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’ exhibition at the great new ONCA Gallery Brighton.  The ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’ is an ongoing art project dedicated to ‘breathing life back into the birds we have lost-so we don’t lose anymore’.  After seeing the project in London back in November 2011 just after ‘A Natural History (Part Two)’  I knew that it was something that I wanted to get involved in.

The show includes work from a number of artists including Peter Blake, Ralph Steadman and Jamie Hewlett and I’ve included ‘Dodo (Raphus cucullatus)’ from ‘A Natural History (Part Two)’ as the only extinct bird from the series.

I’m now working with Michael Blencowe from the Sussex Wildlife Trust to produce two brand new pieces which will be unveiled in the new year– so watch this space for further developments and updates of how we get on!

 

 

 

 

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Michaelmas Exhibition at the Trinity Gallery Hastings

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For those of you who have visited the site before you may remember that both myself and painter Andrew Redden showed together for the first time in July 2012 at the Trinity Gallery Hastings. Entitled ‘Our Common Land’ the exhibition focused on the inspiration and influence that we both draw from the natural landscapes that we find around us.

Following on from the interest and success that we had from that particular exhibition both myself and Andrew brought a selection of new work together for a festive exhibition called ‘Michaelmas’.  The exhibition ran from the 19th November -2nd December  but fear not of you missed it as it will be especially re-hung for the week before Christmas.

Here’s a few photographs I’d like to share of the bird prints shown as part of ‘Michaelmas’ exhibition.  Most of the work that I showed comes from ‘A Natural History (Part Three)’ and includes birds such as the Jackdaw (my current favourite!), Red-legged Partridge, Turtle Dove, Short-eared Owl and Collared Dove.   The full screen-printed collection of which will be shown in 2013.

A big thank you also goes out to everyone who came and to Gavin and Rachel of Trinity Gallery.

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New Cards from A Natural History

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Work is in full swing for the third series – ‘A Natural History (Part Three)‘- with some of the new additions already appearing in the range of cards which means that there are now 24 designs to choose from.  Architecture, man-made structures and the proximity that we all have to our natural wildlife is beginning to be reflected in ‘Part Three’ and some of the cards incorporate this theme.  There’s also a hint of an autumnal and winter glow about them so there’s plenty of inspiration to look forward to putting on the layers and going out to see some wildlife of your own.

In addition to the new work some old favourites such as Blue Tit, Swallow, Swift and Grey Heron are now available as cards and the full range can be seen in the card gallery here.

Remember you can buy the cards directly from me or from a number of smashing outlets including Appendage Brighton, Leadbetter & Good Lewes, The De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, Skylark Lewes and Trinity Gallery Hastings.

 

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Exhibition Photos from ‘A NATURAL HISTORY (Living Landscapes)’

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It was a busy July with  ‘A NATURAL HISTORY’ appearing in three exhibitions.  Here’s a few photographs of both my bird and landscape wildlife prints that were shown as part of ‘A Natural History (Living Landscapes)’ at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes between the 14th & 22nd July 2012.  The exhibition formed a large part of the Sussex Wildlife Trusts ‘Living Landscape Festival’ which ran for the whole week and I had a great time meeting lots of like-minded people.

In addition to the exhibition both myself and Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust worked together with Compass Community Arts and the Linklater Pavilion’s very own Nature Corridor Group to deliver a few wildlife related relief printmaking workshops. It was great to see people having so much interest and enthusiasm in both the birds and other wildlife we have in our local area.

Thanks  to everyone who managed to make it to the show both during the week and to the preview on evening of the 13th July.  It was a lovely evening with the Oyster Project providing the bar and music and I hope that everyone who came managed to see the talk that was given by the inspirational Michael Blencowe.

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Exhibition Photos from ‘Our Common Land’ at the Trinity Gallery Hastings

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Here’s a few photographs I’d like to share of the bird prints shown as part of ‘Our Common Land’ at the fabulous new  Trinity Gallery in Hastings.  The show was initially scheduled to run between the 7th July – 20th July 2012 but it ended up running for an extra week which meant the last day was on the 28th July!  Although I say it myself the show did look good and we had a lot of great feedback.   People thought that both mine and Andy Redden’s work very much complemented each other- so much so that there is talk that we may have another show later in the year so watch this space for details!

Thanks to everyone who managed to make it to the show both during its run and to the preview on evening of the 6th July.

A big thank you also goes out to everyone who bought work and to Gavin and Rachel of Trinity Gallery who invited us to do show in the first place and did a brilliant job of pulling it all together.

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A Natural History (Living Landscapes) Exhibition 14th -22nd July 2012

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Like buses, sometimes you have no exhibitions then three come at once!  My latest  ‘A Natural History (Living Landscapes)’  is showing at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land Local Nature Reserve, Lewes from Saturday July 14th until Sunday July 22nd 2012.  Being the latest in the series, this exhibition will bring together the some of my favourite pieces from ‘A Natural History (Parts 1 & 2)’ together with a sneak preview of ‘A Natural History (Part 3)’ which will be shown later in the year. Other illustrations that have accompanied Michael Blencowe’s ‘Viva Lewes’ wildlife features will also be exhibited.

The show also  forms  part of the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s ‘Living Landscape Festival‘ with a launch of the festival and the preview of  the exhibition happening at the Linklater Pavilion on Friday 13th July 6-8 pm.  Lewes’ very own  Oyster Project will be providing both the bar and music.  Michael Blencowe, the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Community Wildlife Officer,  will be giving presentations about some of the subjects depicted in the work. Invitations are open to all!

During its run the show will be open between 11.00am – 5.00pm weekdays and weekends.  Hope to see you there!!

The Linklater Pavilion is a centre for the study of environmental change based at the Railway Land Local Nature Reserve, Railway Lane, Lewes, BN7 2AQ.


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More information about the Living Landscape Festival is available at www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk.

 

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‘Our Common Land’ A New Exhibtion in Hastings


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It may have seemed a little quiet on the website in recent months but things have been very busy in the background!  July sees the work from ‘A Natural History’ being shown for the first time in Hastings‘Our Common Land’ runs from the 6th -9th July 2012 at Trinity Gallery the exciting new gallery space in the centre of the town where  I’ll be showing work with Camber based artist Andrew Redden who, like myself, gains inspiration from the land around us.

‘Our Common Land’ will be showing at the Trinity Gallery, 8 Trinity Street, Hastings, TN34 1HG.
Opening Hours : Mon – Friday 9.30 to 5.30pm.  Saturdays 10am – 4pm

Entry is free!

 

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Birds Show at ‘The Hawth’ Theatre


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It’s the beginning of spring and with it a number of birds from ‘A Natural History’ have migrated a few miles north of Lewes and are now showing at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley.  Having been offered the fantastic opportunity to use all the available hanging space at The Hawth it was great to see the prints from both ‘A Natural History’ parts one & two being displayed together for the first time.

The exhibition opened on Saturday 24th March and will run until Saturday 7th April so  pop by if you’re in the area!

Meanwhile work continues on ‘A Natural History (Part Three)’ which will be unveiled  in July 2012.  To keep updated on how it’s going and to make sure you get an invite to the preview why not sign up to the newsletter here!  Also remember you can keep up to date by following me on twitter.

That’s all for now – time for a walk in this lovely weather.

Enjoy the spring!

 

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