Saturday, February 21, 2009

Birds and Railway Engines

Since delivering my last painting I met the recipients at a wedding and they were thrilled at the painting of their cottage. Always nice to get feedback on ones efforts. Despite the recession I took the plunge and bought a new telephoto lens for my camera a couple of weeks ago. An ultra zoom it enables some great opportunities for birds. I captured these Gadwalls at a local nature reserve on a very cold day.
Gadwalls at Titcheld Haven Nature Reserve (c)

This morning the preserved steam locomotive Tangmere was passing nearby so took the opportunity to get a photograph as she crossed the railway viaduct on her way to Fareham.

Bulleid Pacific steam locomotive 'Tangmere'

Friday, February 06, 2009

Deep and Crisp and even

Well the UK weather has been a little extreme this last week with unprecedented levels of snowfall that has placed everywhere in chaos. The Government seem incapable of organising things, I'm sure all that hot air could have helped solve some problems!

It did give me the opportunity to get some photographs, these are of Portchester Castle an original building project of the Romans with extensions by the later Norman occupants, bet they didn't ask for planning permission.



A bit cold for painting outside, I guess the water would freeze any way so watercolours would be a non starter.