“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.
Harper Lee's book, To Kill a Mockingbird is, I believe, one of the finest novels ever written. The person who commissioned this original painting thinks so too!
Buy a digital file of this painting to print at a format and size of your choice for £35. Read more… This painting looks marvellous as a canvas print at 40cm x 40cm.