Two starlings on blue

From 'The Starling Variations' series of paintings

Two starlings on blue
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Two starlings on blue

An original painting – drypoint, watercolour and inks on paper – size 300mm x 300mm.  Price includes P&P to UK addresses.


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About two starlings on blue

A painting of two European starlings flying through a bright blue starry sky, the stars echoed in their spotted breasts. This painting is part of a series called The Starling Variations. Using the same motif over and over, I experimented with composition, backgrounds and colours. And I used a huge variety of media including watercolour, acrylic ink, decoupage and monoprinting.

My inspiration for the series is the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris).  They hang out in large flocks, especially in winter, forming murmurations of tens of thousands of birds. They know there is safety in numbers, so they gather together in huge numbers at dusk. When the time is right and they feel safe, they drop down to roost together overnight. Where I live in Oxfordshire, they roost in reedbeds. But huge flocks can be seen all over the country, for example on Brighton Pier.

Don’t let this fool you into thinking they’re a common bird! The British Trust for Ornithology estimates that the total UK population has decreased by 66% since the 1970s.