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Otmoor Sunset

Otmoor Sunset

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Otmoor Sunset is an original painting in watercolour and drypoint of a starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on a reed, as a murmuration of starlings swirls in the evening sky beyond.

The birds are handprinted from a 'plate' of perspex into which I have incised the image using an etching needle. I print from this plate, and after printing, while the paper is still damp, I flood the paper with colour.

Otmoor is my local RSPB site in Oxfordshire. In the winter, the starlings form great aggregations of many thousands of birds. They roost together in the reeds (Phragmites australis) finding safety in numbers. Sometimes, a predator, such as a marsh harrier or other bird of prey, will attack the flock as it gathers, causing the starlings to swoop and swirl to confuse the predator. This is group swooping is known as a murmuration. For me, this incredible spectacle is one of the winter's greatest delights.

In 'Otmoor Sunset' I have painted the lemon light that you only get in the winter months at sunrise and more often at sunset.

Image size 258 x 374mm on 600gsm Saunders Waterford cotton rag paper size 310 x 430mm.

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