British birds paintings in 2018

British birds paintings 2018
17th November 2018 Jane Tomlinson
In About art, natural world

Painting British birds has been the mainstay of my artistic output in 2018.

It’s been a busy year dealing with all kinds of personal – and sometimes very sad – non-art stuff. Consequently my artistic output has been very small compared to previous years. But my drive to make art never leaves – in fact, it actively helps me through some of the difficult times. Thankfully, more than half my 2018 output has already found the wall of a loving home to grace, and that’s a pretty good hit rate for someone who doesn’t sell through galleries!

British birds paintings are a mainstay of my work – a subject I return to repeatedly. Here are some of this year’s highlights:

British tits

British tits

British tits

My first British birds painting this year was of all 9 species of British tits – great tit, long-tailed tit, blue tit, coal tit, crested tit, marsh tit, willow tit, penduline tit and bearded tit. I use my husband’s photos as my reference material. During the painting of this, I heard all the tit jokes, so feel free to chuckle – or even titter – out loud now. I won’t be offended! The original painting found a home almost immediately I posted it to my Facebook page, but I have prints.

Prints (size A2 & signed by me) of this painting are available here.

British finches painting

British finches

British finches

One painting often leads to another, and so after British tits, British finches was inevitable! They are some of the British Isles’ most familiar and best loved species. There are 11 species of British finches – chaffinch, goldfinch, linnet, redpoll, greenfinch, siskin, bullfinch, crossbill, hawfinch, and twite. The original painting found a home almost immediately I posted it to my Facebook page, but I have prints.

Prints (size A2 & signed by me) of this painting are available here.

Puffin parade

Puffin parade

Puffin parade

Back in June, to help us come to terms with our bereavements, we decided we needed some ‘puffin therapy’. So we drove to west Wales and took the boat to Skomer to spend time with these delightful birds who were busy nesting there. The result was Puffin Parade.

The original watercolour painting, and prints (size A2 & signed by me) are available here.

Our trip to Skomer also inspired two more puffin paintings: At home with Mr & Mrs Puffin and Puffins at South Haven, Skomer.

Starlings in a storm

Starlings in a storm

Starlings in a storm

Ah! Gorgeous starlings wheeling through a storm! Followers of my work will know I return to these birds endlessly.

The original painting is available here.