“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two turtle doves…” I’d be pleased to see these Lovelies any time of year.
About Two turtle doves
I stumbled across some photos of turtle doves and was immediately reminded of their gorgeous plumage and lovely colours. And thought – I’d like to paint that!
In recent years the number of turtle doves in Europe has fallen by more than 60%. Habitat loss, changes in farming practices and shooting these pretty birds for so-called ‘sport’ are blamed for their decline. I’m lucky, because one of the relatively few good places to see them in the summer is our local RSPB reserve – RSPB Otmoor.
It’s a bit odd that the turtle dove should appear in an English folk song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas‘, because the turtle dove isn’t actually here in the UK in the winter. It migrates south… and faces Spanish bullets.
Who is the real beast in this picture? This is a painting about power, territory, tigers and people's greed and stupidity. It won't be too long until there are no more tigers living wild and free.
An original painting, acrylic on paper, 30cm x30cm, framed but unglazed. Price includes shipping to UK addresses.