Loved Spain (it was sunny and warm!), especially a visit to the Las Salinas de la Mata y Torrevieja nature reserve. Spent a very happy day watching crested larks, black redstarts, great grey shrike and hoopoes amongst the vines. This was my second visit to the reserve; the first was several years ago and resulted in a painting of hoopoes overlooking the reserve. For those of you who don’t remember it, or have never seen it, here’s the link: http://www.jackiegarner.co.uk/online-wildlife-art-gallery_acrylics.htm
Started a painting of the reserve today. It will probably feature crested larks, though they may morph into black redstarts. I’ll see how it goes – watch this space.
The Nature in Art residency last week was fun. Had twenty four framed paintings on show, including field sketches, penguins (of course) and work from the Egypt project. Visitors could look through my sketchbooks and try out my new mindbender puzzles too. I had about 350 visitors during the week – some new faces, some old friends. Great chats with like-minded folks about art and wildlife. Perfect! Thank you all for visiting.
Ended the week with good views of a stoat in the NiA car park. Haven’t seen one for years, so it was a great end to the week. Where did I see the last one? Funnily enough, it was also in the NiA car park!