New paintings and a forthcoming show

I have had a busy couple of weeks having my wildlife paintings reproduced. The process of high quality colour reproduction is one I am familiar with as I spent a large part of my life working in the reproduction of pages for printing. I guess this makes me the customer from hell at Reprotech; the people who have agreed to do the repro and run the giclees. Fortunately they are both patient and skillful and have tolerated my picky comments. Anyway the end products are very satisfying.

Having commited to occupying a stand at the British Falconry and Raptor Fair at Chetwynd Park in Shropshire which takes place on the 3rd and 4th May 2009, I have been trawling e-bay searching for a trestle table and some kind of exhibition type stand to hang wildlife paintings from. I seem to be just about sorted now. Never having done anything like this before; I am apprehensive about the salesman bit; but looking forward to just chatting to people who share my fascination for birds.

I am currently working on two bird paintings; the first is another Goshawk painting, I find these particular birds magnificent and am thrilled that their numbers are on the increase again. The other bird painting is a cockerel I saw when out driving, I know that sounds a bit random (my daughters word), but my wife has always wanted a painting of a cockerel and she has been a huge help with preparations for the fair. I will try to get some pictures at various stages of the process for anyone interested in how I work.