Throughout spring I have been immersed in bird song. Rising before dawn, I worked for 2 hours, rapidly sketching my response to the birds; for the first hour I couldn't distinguish colours so worked in monochrome.
Identifying individual birdcalls was not my intention, (l can only recognize a few), but rather to weave together an integration of experience into an image, capturing "The saturated moment" (T S Eliot)
Some definitive sounds were given shape and colour eg, Cockerel -
These paintings have been worked from my sketches, some catch the immediacy of the moment while others are composite images of a particular morning.
The limestone rocks of the Peak District are riddled with caverns containing the unique Blue John quartz. I have often painted the area of the caverns.
This year I obtained permission to work inside the 4 main caves which are open to the public, spending a whole day in each, sketching and painting.
From these underground sketches and sketches from outside I produced 4 paintings