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New Zealand Kiwi Flag

New Zealand may be axing the union flag (aka Union Jack) from the current flag, that is very much a blue ensign many feel is representing a past now vanishing and it's time for something new. My own response , which I sent to the BBC, was this montage between a Kiwi fruit and the fly half of  a current New Zealand flag with it's southern cross design.

 

A new flag for New Zealand with the Kiwi fruit in the fly?

The Tree Sparrow

 The Tree Sparrow is smaller but very similar to the House Sparrow, it does mix with them when they overlap but it's much less urban, nor is it commensal  with man. Like the House Sparrow, it's in steep decline in Britain, by over 90% this past forty years putting it firmly on the Red list.  Another red list it was on of sorts was that of Chairman Mao, led to believe it was enough of an agricultural pest  to justify a purge that in 1958 he  included it in ' the great leap forward' by ordering the nation to kill all sparrows . China went  on a peoples campaign to stamp out the Sparrow, many were harassed by people banging pots and pans together, the aim being to keep them airborne until they dropped from exhaustion and could be killed, others were shot, trapped and their nests destroyed. But the mob was soon killing anything that flew and many species became very rare or even extinct in China. ....continued....

Available £150.oo

12 x 16  inch Acrylic on canvas

 

 

The Greenfinch

 The Greenfinch is  a bird with an extensive vocabulary, so I heard  pair of these birds before seeing them in a friends garden recently in Hackney, deep in London. They took a bit of sighting in their olive green and mucky yellow plumage, that happened when they came to the bird table. When painting this abstract I found myself needing caution to to produce a modern military painting, camouflage print nearly became the topic! That said nature is a battlefield and not for nothing animals often blend into their environment, so not too much caution, there's no rules in art. I liked the result.

 

24 x 36  inch Acrylic on canvas

 

 

The Mod Target

 The symbol a counter culture stole from the Royal Air Force, the RAF roundel is a common sight on scooters and Parka jackets.......

 

Available £60.oo

 Acrylic on 12" inch circular canvas

 

 

Mod Target

The Best Mobile Phone in the World

 The best mobile phone in the world...one that's been destroyed by hammer and corked in a jar. I like the result.

 

Available £100.oo

 

 

 

The Yellowhammer Reclaimed

The  Yellowhammer, a bright little Bunting, was in the past associated with Witchcraft  and had the unfortunate , strange  title 'The Devil's bird' in Northumberland, Scotland and curiously the area around Prague.  Considered to be  agents of Satan they supposedly had three drops of his own blood in their veins . When found they would be killed, their nests , eggs and young destroyed. I have to say the favoured symbol of Satanism today is the inverted Pentagram, it was stolen from Wicca where it has it's  own  special purpose and the more usual upright Pentagram, or Pentacle placed on the painting here stands to deny any link with old Nick, Satan or the Devil. For more modern reasons the Yellowhammer is now on Britain's endangered species  red list.

8 x 8 inch Acrylic on canvas

The  Yellowhammer, a bright little Bunting, was in the past associated with Witchcraft  and had the unfortunate , strange  title 'The Devil's bird' in Northumberland, Scotland and curiously the area around Prague.  Considered to be  agents of Satan they supposedly had three drops of his own blood in their veins . When found they would be killed, their nests , eggs and young destroyed. I have to say the favoured symbol of Satanism today is the inverted Pentagram, it was stolen from Wicca where it has it's  own  special purpose and the more usual upright Pentagram, or Pentacle placed on the painting here stands to deny any link with old Nick, Satan or the Devil. For more modern reasons the Yellowhammer is now on Britain's endangered species  red list. Enlarge picture

 

The Universal Seagull

I can think of no Seagull that is not grey , black and white, in various proportions of mostly the same basic silhouette breaking layout. A few will note that seasonal head plumage on some of them, the Black -headed Gull for instance, is a very dark chocolate brown That there are hundreds of types of Seagull is lost on most of us, even Merchant seamen, to whom  any gull with smaller wings than an Albatross is a ' Shite-Hawk'.  Knowing some people an  Albatross could end up being one of the  large Boobies, which really are a family of seabirds by the way! The exception to that is perhaps is the Great black backed gull, the largest gull of all is usually known  as a ' fucking great shite-hawk'. 

3 x 2 ft Acrylic on canvas

Available: £240.00

I can think of no Seagull that is not grey , black and white, in various proportions of mostly the same basic silhouette breaking layout. A few will note that seasonal head plumage on some of them, the Black -headed Gull for instance, is a very dark chocolate brown That there are hundreds of types of Seagull is lost on most of us, even Merchant seamen, to whom  any gull smaller wings than an Albatross is a ' Shite-tawk'. The exception to that is perhaps is the Great black backed gull, the largest gull of all is usually known  as a 'fucking great shite-hawk'. 

 

The Swallow

The  Swallow (Hirundo rustica ) is in decline across Europe, the droughts in Africa, changing agricultural methods and the murderous Mediterranean 'culture' of shooting anything that flies and eating anything that flies short of a Vulture haven't helped . As a boy I was lucky enough to have them nesting within arms reach on the veranda! This agile bird arrives in Britain each summer from South Africa....

16 x 20 inch Acrylic on canvas

Fuck it

 There comes a point when it is best to give up with a painting that isn't going to plan , and recently this happened a couple of times. The first time I scrawled across the painting with my  brush the  ultimate expression of resignation....FUCK IT. This I later photographed and threw away, before putting it on social media as a light hearted topic for discussion, much objection was raised to my throwing it away. People thought it had a whole new meaning, some said they would hang it. Alas the bin men had called and there was no retrieving it. But another opportunity raised it's ugly head, and with what could look like a stroke of full moon madness  given the picture  I again  scrawled the last word in surrender on this reject... FUCK IT.  But this time I didn't throw it away and put it on the social media platforms I used. It sold within one hour. Maybe it helps to fuck things up once in a while!

10 x 12  inch Acrylic on canvas

 

 

 There comes a point when it is best to give up with a painting that isn't going to plan , and recently this happened a couple of times. The first time I scrawled across the painting with my  brush the  ultimate expression of resignation....FUCK IT. This I later photographed and threw away, before putting it on social media as a light hearted topic for discussion, much objection was raised to my throwing it away. People thought it had a whole new meaning, some said they would hang it. Alas the bin men had called and there was no retrieving it. But another opportunity raised it's ugly head, and with what could look like a stroke of full moon madness  given the picture  I again  scrawled the last word in surrender on this reject... FUCK IT.  But this time I didn't throw it away and put it on the social media platforms I used. It sold within one hour. Maybe it helps to fuck things up once in a while!

 

Romeo and Juliet

A striped  Bamboo sock, locked forever in a relationship with a Timberland deck shoe! How come? One evening while visiting a lady friend my Timberland shoe did something for the second time that a high quality shoe has no right to do, it lost it's soul...I mean sole, well nearly, I arrived at my friends house with half the sole flapping about ...

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

My Friends Bed

My friends bed must have it's attractions, after all hundreds chose to share it with him. When a Wasps nest turned up in it, I saw artistic opportunity, after all if the lovely British artist Tracey Emin can make a success of works  like My Bed  why can't I?  Alas, my friend saw only squatters and after a few days the pest controllers destroyed it as surely as the Momart fire destroyed Tracey's work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995   (also known as  The Tent)

But this unusual  even lives on in this animation.

 

 

The Mallard

The colours of the male, or drake Mallard duck are used to express it's land, sea and air environment. The Mallard strikes me as the archetypal duck not only in that it's the ancestor of most domestic ducks, but it's the one that everyone seems to know. No lake, wild or in a town park would complete without them! The female is a drab brown, her emphasis being on camouflage for nest concealment; the only colour is the blue in her wings speculum feathers. They have an enormous range in the northern hemisphere and have taken hold in eastern Australia and New Zealand too.

12 x 16 inch Acrylic on canvas £150.oo

 

The colours of the male, or drake Mallard duck are used to express it's land, sea and air environment.

 

 The Last Albatross     

 The ice blue wilderness of the southern Ocean, dotted with the occasional iceberg or floe, and down there is an Albatross, I know it’s there because I put it there, but it will take a lot of finding, as indeed the real thing will take too in the not so far future.

Long lines of the modern fishing industry are killing many tens of thousands of Albatrosses every year.

Like the also threatened Sharks, they are long lived slow breeding creatures that cannot stand much more of what is going on…high profile people like Dame Ellen MacArthur (see my links page) have taken action to raise awareness of the Albatrosses plight, alas, the long lines continue there indiscriminate plunder of the Ocean.

40 x 20 inch Acrylic on canvas.

The Last Albatross: The ice blue wilderness of the southern Ocean, dotted with the  occasional iceberg or floe, and down there is an Albatross, I know it’s there because I put it there, but it will take a lot of finding, as indeed the real thing will take too in the not so far future. Long lines of the modern fishing industry are killing many tens of thousands of Albatrosses every year.Like the also threatened Sharks, they are long lived slow breeding creatures that cannot stand much more of what is going on…high profile people like Dame Ellen MacArthur (see my inks page) have taken action to raise awareness of the Albatrosses plight, alas, the long lines continue there indiscriminate plunder of the Ocean.

 

A Pair of Blackbirds   

A pair of Blackbirds, which you’ll find in almost any British garden or hedge, urban and rural, is portrayed though a pair of minimalist paintings, one male and one female; this is why one is brown of course. Two very small paintings I enjoyed creating and I decline to apologize for the £12,000 price on them, if that German conceptual artist…wot's his name again, Joseph Boyz…. I mean Beuys, and these Tate modern types can do it, so can I.

Therefore only the more serious collectors should crowd my inbox. Has since been to a friend with a rather good discount, that's what friends are forr!

Two 4 x 5 inch acrylic on canvas

 

A pair of Blackbirds, which you’ll find in almost any British garden or hedge, urban and rural, is portrayed though a pair of minimalist paintings, one male and one female; this is why one is brown of course. Two very small paintings I enjoyed creating and I decline to apologize for the £12,000 price on them, if that German conceptual artist…wots his name again, Joseph Boyz…. I mean Beuys, and these Tate modern types can do it, so can I.

 

Robin our National Bird

For nearly fifty years the Robin, otherwise known as Robin Redbreast , has been our National bird in Great Britain. In 1961 the British section for the International council of birds was tasked to select a title bearer and they chose the Robin.
I think it was a good choice, great territory defenders that are in Britain brave window sill feeders and followers of the garden digger, in stark contrast they are very shy in Europe, not without good reason….they are often appreciated most with Orange sauce, that would be unthinkable to a native of the UK!
A previous painting I did of the Robin in abstract sold very quickly and gets good remarks still, so a second smaller painting has been done.

Available  £150.oo

  Acrylic on canvas 10 x 10 x1.5 inch

 

For nearly fifty years the Robin, otherwise known as Robin Redbreast , has been our National bird in Britain. In 1961 the British section for the International council of birds was tasked to select a title bearer and they chose the Robin.

 

Roller     

The European Roller is a very rare visitor to Britain as a vagrant or over shoot in summer.
It's beautiful blue and chestnut colours are applied here.

10 x 10 inch Acrylic on canvas.

 

 

he European Roller is a very rare visitor to Britain as a vagrant or over shoot in summer.

 

Bee-eater

The bright colours of the European Bee-eater are shown here. This very scarce visitor last nested as a colony in Britain in 1955 in Sussex.

8x8 inch Acrylic on canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingfisher

The tiny kingfisher is the most colourful of British birds, and they are applied in a small painting I just had to paint.

8 x 8 inch Acrylic on canvas

 

SeawitchArtist: 'Robin'

 

Shrike

Shrikes, the missing link between the songbirds and the raptors perhaps, have always been rare in Britain, not that they seem common anywhere.

Now they are the kind of visitor to Britain you can count on your fingers, that kind of rarity gives a bird of any appearance beauty, which the Red Backed Shrike , whose colours I have used and accentuated here, certainly has.
All shrikes have a practice of impaling quarry, from insects to small rodents and birds on thorns, sharp protrusions, barbed wire included. 
This is not only to store, and secure for tearing apart quarry, but sometimes to help attract a mate as well.
This detail from the top right quarter of the painting highlights that, I felt putting this into the painting would help give it identity.
That done, I would prefer to avoid the term though, it sounds derogatory some how, and it also applies to an unrelated order of Australian birds with the same practice. 

3 x 2 ft acrylic on canvas.

 

 

Butcher bird…detail 
SeawitchArtist:Shrikes, the missing link between the songbirds and the raptors perhaps, have always been rare in Britain, not that they seem common anywhere. 

SeawitchArtist: 'Robin'

 

 

Farewell Sparrow

This painting reflects the loss of the House Sparrow from cities the world throughout, the reasons unclear, but they are missed by many.

3 x 2 ft Acrylic on canvas

 

'Farewell Sparrow'   Back to original page

 

Robin

I rarely painted modern pictures when I did this in about 2002 , but this one has been done in a few forms. It sold as the paint was drying just about!

It celebrates the robins role as our national bird, as it has been since 1961 when the British section of the International Council for Bird Preservation were given the task of selection.

Much help from correspondence in The Times  newspaper had them choose the Robin , which in Britain is  uniquely  a bold   garden bird, elsewhere a much more shy woodland one.

Acrylic on canvas 3 x 2 ft

 

SeawitchArtist: 'Robin'

 

Jay

The Jay  was produced as a sister painting to Robin , and sold even faster! This most colourful of Europe's crows  is close to the pagan heart as any could be, in dream symbolism the messenger of the dead, in the natural world, the propagator of the Oak.

Acrylic  on canvas 38 x 24 inch

 

SeawitchArtist: 'Jay'

 

 

Blue Mandala

Asked to produce a Mandala for meditation that would suit myself, in a group activity, I chose to base one on two favorite  visualizations I use in meditation, planet Earth as seen from space, and the ocean, they merged to produce this. Mandala is just the Sanskrit language for  a circle. They are mostly used for ritual in Hinduism and  Buddhism, but also just about anywhere if I'm to be asked. This one is now with an American pagan.

Acrylic on paper, mounted on paper  8 x 11 inch

 

SeawitchArtist: 'Blue Mandala'

 

 

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