Puffins and sea campion
An original painting – acrylic ink and watercolour on paper – size 400mm x 290mm. Price includes P&P to UK addresses.
Paintings, Watercolour, MapsAhoy there! This painting celebrates the poetry of the shipping forecast, a great British institution. I also have greetings cards, and tea towels of this painting! High quality print of an original painting on 200gsm archival quality paper, printed with UV stable inks and signed by the artist. Comes to you rolled in a sturdy postal tube. Prices included P&P to UK addresses. Choose either A1 size 594 x 841mm or A2 420 x 594mm£30.00–£45.00
Puffins and sea campion shows a pair of puffins (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage on a clifftop with sea campion (Silene uniflora) in bloom.
It’s inspired by a trip we took to the island of Skomer off the west Wales in July 2016 to visit the puffin colony there. To say it exceeded our expectation is an understatement! You could get seriously close to the birds who were so busy nesting, rearing their pufflings and flying to and fro from fishing trips that they pretty much ignored their human visitors. Sitting quietly, we were able to study and photograph them closely.
The latin name of the Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica, means little arctic brother (‘brother’ as in monk). Like so many latin names, I think this is poetically beautiful.
Puffins are one of the UK’s most recognisable and much loved bird species. However, they are in trouble from overfishing (by humans), habitat loss and climate change. In Iceland, they ‘harvest’ them and serve them up as a delicacy in restaurants. I think puffins should be cherished and not eaten, don’t you?