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Kingdom of the Condor

My first single image quadtych is of an Andean Condor sailing over the vast footlandís beneath the mountains around Chuquibambilla, cattle country par excellence in the Apurimac region of southern Peru. This largest flying bird in the western hemisphere would make an impressive National bird for Peru, yet alas, itís not. That is the colourful Cock-of-the-rock you see sat quietly on the second post from the left. Certainly here as a vagrant from its usual habitat of the mountain cloud forest to the east of here, this Peruvian member of the Cotinga birds is the holder of that title.

4 x Acrylic on canvas

My first single image quadtych is of an Andean Condor sailing over the vast footlandís beneath the mountains around Chuquibambilla, cattle country par excellence in the Apurimac region of southern Peru. This largest flying bird in the western hemisphere would make an impressive National bird for Peru, yet alas, itís not. That is the colourful Cock-of-the-rock you see sat quietly on the second post from the left. Certainly here as a vagrant from its usual habitat of the mountain cloud forest to the east of here, this Peruvian member of the Cotinga birds is the holder of that title.

 

Goddess of the Harvests, Annapurna

A  Black Eagle, known to some as 'the bird that never sits down', soars over the foothills of the  Annapurna massif, or himal in Nepal. This part of the Himalayas is home to the worlds tenth tallest mountain, Annapurna I, it was originally climbed in 1950 making it the first Eight-thousander  (over 8000m high) to be climbed. This was achieved by French climber s Louis Lachenal and Maurice Herzog, who wrote a book about it called 'Annapurna 'It's also one of the most dangerous climbs in the world, in the autumn of 1999 there were 106  climbers who reached the summit, 54 never came back. The name Annapurna is  Sanskrit language that is generally translated as Goddess of the harvests, to Europeans that would sound like Demeter the Greek Goddess of the harvest, but it isn't.  I found this quadtypch one of the hardest paintings I've done.

Acrylic on canvas  12 x 10 inches each

 

A  Black Eagle, known to some as 'the bird that never sits down', soars over the foothills of the  Annapurna massif in Nepal. This part of the Himalayas is home to the worlds tenth tallest mountain, Annapurna I, it was originally climbed in 1950 making it the first Eight-thousander  (over 8000m high) to be climbed. It's also one of the most dangerous climbs in the world, in the autumn of 1999 there were 106  climbers who reached the summit, 54 never came back. The name Annapurna is  Sanskrit language that is generally translated as Goddess of the harvests.  I found this quadtych one of the hardest paintings I've done.

 

The Blue Moon

A  Blue moon is reflected off a Glastonbury flood as the  clouds from the summer storm that caused it recede, the glint of the moon on water has attracted a Magpie that will have nothing to take.  What is a Blue moon?  It certainly isn't blue, it's just a second full moon within one calendar month, or  to some it's still the third full moon in a season with four of them.  This happens every two or three years and the term 'once in a blue moon' has come to mean something that happens rarely. This painting really was completed on a blue moon, on 31st August 2012, I thought the chance to do that would be  a nice touch! The last Blue moon was by the seasonal definition and  fell on 20-21st August 2013. When is the next blue moon? The next Blue moon will be on July 31st 2015

24 x 18 inch   In private collection

 

A  Blue moon is reflected off a Glastonbury flood as the  clouds from the summer storm that caused it recede, the glint of the moon on water has attracted a Magpie that will have nothing to take.  What is a Blue moon?  It certainly isn't blue, it's just a second full moon within one calendar month, or  to some it's still the third full moon in a season with four of them.  This happens every two or three years and the term 'once in a blue moon' has come to mean something that happens rarely. This painting really was completed on a blue moon, on 31st August 2012, I thought the chance to do that would be  a nice touch! Enlarge picture

 

Reflections of a China Temple

The sun sets over a Chinese lake, reflecting itself and what may be a Ming dynasty temple, this painting I did many years ago as a gift for a friend. I recently got to see it again and it was like meeting a long lost friend in it's own way too, it always feels like that when you see a painting you did in the past again. I took the opportunity to modify it a little and photograph it.

The painting is based on a photo I remember in a magazine given to me by a Red Guard when I went to the port of Tsing Tao in north China with a British merchant ship called the Armadale in 1979.

36 x 18 inch Acrylic on wood

 

 The sun sets over a Chinese lake, reflecting itself and what may be  a Ming dynasty temple, this painting I did many years ago as a gift for a friend. I recently got to see it again and it was like meeting a long lost friend in it's own way too, it always feels like that when you see a painting you did in the past again. I took the opportunity to modify it a little and photograph it. Enlarge picture

 

Wolf Moon 2009

The Wolf Moon falls in January, and that of 2009 was the biggest and brightest of the year, even more so than the forthcoming Hunters Moon which is ordinarily the biggest of the year.
I photographed this event through the branches of a London Plane tree, the cold weather creating added glow around her. 
The Wolf Moon falls in January, and that of 2009 was the biggest and brightest of the year, even more so than the forthcoming Hunters Moon which is ordinarily the biggest of the year.
I photographed this event through the branches of a London Plane tree, the cold weather creating added glow around her. 
It next occurs on January 5th  2015 GMT 04.53

photograph

The Wolf Moon falls in January, and that of 2009 was the biggest and brightest of the year, even more so than the forthcoming Hunters Moon which is ordinarily the biggest of the year. I photographed this event through the branches of a London Plane tree, the cold weather creating added glow around her.  It next occurs on  2010 Jan 30 06:19, GMT

 

Old Crow

An old Crow perches on a post that could have been his own for decades, taking his time so as not to betray his food stash to an intruding flock of Crows , otherwise known as a Storytelling or Murder of Crows, sifts through the snow.

An old Crow perches on a post that could have been his own for decades, taking his time so as not to betray his food stash to an intruding flock of Crows , otherwise known as a Storytelling or Murder of Crows, sifts through the snow.

 

Ravens Moon

Two Ravens have arrived on full moon night at Glastonbury Tor , on the Isle of Avalon, where pagan Folk lore has it King Arthur rests.
Odin had two ravens,  Hugin and Munin...these perhaps? 
St. Michaels tower atop the Tor is silhouetted in the moonlight.

20 x 16 inch Acrylic on canvas

Two Ravens have arrived on full Moon night at Glastonbury Tor , on the Isle of Avalon, where Pagan Folk lore has it King Arthur rests.

 

Crow Moon

A crows reflection passes eerily under that of a Full moon on a lake, there is no crow to be seen in the air to cause it.
Crow moon is a Native American name for the Moon in March.

English and Celtic names include Chaste Moon and Moon of Winds. 
Crow moon is the first painting to carry my Seawitch signature., it had previously been G.Rix

Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 inch 

A Crows reflection passes eerily under that of a Full moon on a lake, there is no Crow to be seen in the air to cause it.

 

Owl Moon

Owl moon was inspired by my Crow moon painting, a witch friend asked me to paint it for her.
An ancient oak guards the waters edge that reflects the full moon and an overhead  owl that could be a resident of the oak.
All owls are sacred to the Goddess of love, Aphrodite, which has special meaning here.   

 Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 inch 

A Crows reflection passes eerily under that of a Full moon on a lake, there is no Crow to be seen in the air to cause it.

 

Golden Eagle hunting at Deuchary Hill

A  golden eagle hunts low over Scotland's Deuchary hill. Scotland is the last stronghold of eagles in Britain, a very few have settled in the lake district of north-west England .

 Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 inch

 

A Golden Eagle hunts low over Scotlands Deuchary Hill.  Back to original page

 

Flooded Field

The month of August 2004 the was wettest August

 

 

Flooded Fields

I was astonished at the popularity of the original 'Flooded field' and agreed to produce a variant  requested by friends. The second version here is larger and more detailed. Given the floods of 2012 I think flooded fields and towns are going to be the shape of things to come!

 Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 inch

 

 

 

Crow by Flooded fields

 

Osprey over Loch Faskally

Salmon have disturbed the morning calm of Scotland's Loch Faskally, a patrolling Osprey maneuvers to strike. Osprey were extinct in Britain between 1916 and 1954, they first returned to Loch Garten and have managed fairly well since.  

 Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 inch

 

 

 

'Osprey over Loch Faskally'   Enlarge picture

 

The New Bridge

A  narrowboat  with a period dressed lady at the helm approaches a modern bridge less sympathetic to it's surroundings  Once the highways of trade in Britain, canals and narrowboat's are now almost completely given over to pleasure cruising and this is what has saved most of the remaining canals today, horses on the towpath are a rarity now, but an awful lot of wildlife would also be if it wasn't for the canals.. ......

 Acrylic on canvas 

 

 

 

British Narrowboat called Avalon on canal approaching bridge

 

Journey's End

A female Atlantic Salmon has arrived at the spawning grounds of a river and now looks for an area of gravel to cut  a redd , as a salmons nest is called. Many will not survive this mass event,  but a some, perhaps 10%  will make it back to the ocean  and return to spawn again....

Acrylic on wood 36 x 18 inches

 

 

 

SA female Atlantic Salmon has arrived at the spawning grounds of a river and now looks for an area of gravel to cut  a redd , as a salmons nest is called. Many will not survive this mass event,  but a some, perhaps 10%  will make it back to the ocean  and return to spawn again....

 

 

Lake by the Schloss

Another early painting from years ago that I recently run into, reedmace  (cattail)and  reflections on water were a favorite topic those days, somewhat influenced by Monet, about 1990. This painting done on canvas board was inspired by the lake by the schloss in Wickrath, a suburb of Monchengladbach in Germany were I lived for many years as a boy.

Acrylic on canvas  board 10 x 14 inch mounted on stained  chipboard

 

 

 

 

 

Another early painting from years ago that I recently run into, reedmace  (cattail )and reflections on water were a favorite topic those days, somewhat influenced by Monet, about 1990. This painting done on canvas board was inspired by the lake by the schloss in Wickrath, a suburb of Monchengladbach in Germany were I lived for many years as a boy

 

 

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