I`m just back from Brittany/ France spending there three memorable days in Festival Art et Nature in Paimpont where I was privileged to be the guest of honour. I met old friends , many new ones, and I feel grateful for their kindness, support , generosity and hospitality. I hope to be able to go back in the nearest future! Many thanks in particular to Sebastien, Willy and Anne! Orang utan sketch based on sculpture by Anne Smith Bird head sketches from memory Great cormorant study from life Sparrowhawk sketch based on photo of Patrick Trecul A Genet study based also on a photo of Patrick Trecul who was my neighbour in the exhibition Two extinct species drawn from memory A Przewalski horse sketched also from memory various sketches explaining things
A small painting I`ve just finished based on a drawing I did lately of the biologist Johann Baptist von Spix holding the first ever collected Spix macaw , a species discovered by him in Brazil in 1819 and has been named after him. This stuffed bird still exists in the Bavarian Zoological society in Munich. Acrylics on paper
A Eurasian eagle owl study I`ve painted from life in a Raptor rehabilitation center today in the morning. This large female has been hit by a car last year but meanwhile recovered well and will be soon released in the wild. Gouache colours. The first eagle owl from life in colour after years!