This year I will be entering three paintings into NEWA, one of the UK's most prestigious and exciting wildlife art events. 'Tawny Owl on a Dead Tree ' shown here, is one of the pieces to be submitted. Such a lovely subject to paint with its intense, black eyes and soft, russet coloured plumage. This owl is so often heard but hard to spot in the dense canopy of deciduous woodland where it prefers to live. I once followed three newly fledged chicks, scrambling through the branches of some huge oaks in a sprawling old garden in noisy pursuit of their parents. Whenever one arrived with a vole or mouse the chicks flapped and screamed their determination to grab the mouthful. The failing light eventually frustrated my attempts to watch them but I listened to their noisy progress through the trees and away.
The NEWA exhibition has grown and developed over the years and is a great showcase for many of the UK's wildlife artists and also attracts entries from further afield. Together with the MIWAS exhibition, it is one of the summer's most exciting events for artists and wildlife art enthusiasts alike.
NEWA 16th July - 1st August, 2010
Gordale Nursery and Garden Centre
Chester High Road,
Wirral, CH64 8TF http://www.-newa-uk.com/