01/09/17Going out looking for hares in a deeply ploughed field took some time I was alerted by a raven's call to the presence of a hare hidden in the field and the hare sat up looked towards me and then galloped off eventually sitting by a hedge, I took some time exploring the hedge both sides and in the next field as quietly as I could but no sign, the hare in the way of it's lifetime habits had decided to make itself invisible.
Autumn seems to be arriving quickly leaves turning blackberries already ripened along with elder, sloes, crab apples, rose hips and various types of plums. Autumn reminds me of sharpened pencils, new pencil cases and the excitement of a new season with all it offers I love Shakespeare's reference to 'chiding Autumn' . I will be shortly launching some more prints which are Autumnal in flavour to welcome in this new season of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness', today is a glorious day of wind, rain, and sunshine - typically british in fact. The work has just gone to the printers. My new cards of the hares who enjoy the stony environment of Chesil Beach in Dorset are now ready for sale and I am really pleased with the quality.
Plans are full steam ahead for Tony Barker and myself to work closely with the ongoing project at Manor Park (Eighteenth century) Great Linford and we have organised more wildlife walks and sketchbook journals as the first course we ran was full up within a week of advertising. The first one will be 21st October 10-1pm, please book if you want to come.
Tony Barker, another wildlife artist, has agreed to do an exhibition once again with me at All Saints Church, Lathbury, North Bucks on 11 and12th November 11-5, this exhibition will feature our work on local wildlife, landscapes, handmade wreaths and thumbsticks by Tony so should be great fun, beautiful venue with medieval wall paintings and stone carvings.