Kruger BBQ - All You Can Eat!


I love hornbills. Any hornbill....big ones, little ones, Asian ones, African ones....and they don’t come much bigger than the Southern Ground-Hornbill. Having missed their larger-casqued cousins, the Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, in Uganda and Gambia it was an immense relief to catch up with this beast of a bird last year in South Africa’s excellent Kruger National Park. Not that they were very easy either – at Punda Maria (about as north as you can go in the park) we missed a family of 8 along the road on one day, but finally caught up with a lone male striding across the road the next. What an amazing bird!

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Peggy


I finally received the reference photos to enable me to start another equine portrait, this time of a 32yr-old mare named Peggy. I admire horses yet find them too wilful and unpredictable to fully trust them...after all, it was a horse that broke Superman!

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Three of a kind


I have just begun my latest pet portrait project for three Labradors I know and love (they’re my Mum’s!!!) The title reflects that there’s one of each colour: Seven is the golden and the oldest lady, Buffy is the black (but rapidly whitening!) and Mocha is the brown and youngest. Painting dogs is not only a case of capturing their appearance but hopefully their character too - and these three have buckets of it!

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African Paradise-Flycatcher


Started work on my latest piece and have decided to try something a little different. Hopefully, people will like it and I can do more. I love to paint full-on ‘proper’ paintings and I love coloured sketches, so I thought I’d try and combine both. The idea is to produce a refined sketchbook page with a colour study and some graphite sketches to balance it. Will it work? Let’s see!

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