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 Off St. Kilda a few years ago

 

Welcome......

............to a site where I aim to convey a feeling for some of the studio processes and field experiences of an artist who takes wildlife and landscape as his main starting points.

I work as often as the opportunities arise out in the wild looking for the rhythm and restlessness that occurs among wildlife subjects and in elemental landscapes. 

Sometimes the focus includes people when they interact and overlap with species and habitats creating powerful images and dramatic themes about the natural world and our relationship to it.

Also on this site are some of the creative outcomes - pieces of finished work, work in progress, or exhibitions and other events where my paintings and prints are shown.

The starting point for me is the field experience as pure observation is the raw material from which everything else extends.  It might be a few small sketches or a larger more considered drawing; or it might be a more ambitious painting which one hopes distils something of a day’s experience. A work straight from the field can sometimes be framed and exhibited as it is.  What is left is taken back to the studio to be viewed in a new light and the snatched ideas worked through in different mediums - relief or intaglio printing, monoprinting or oil painting.

Over a period 45 years working as an artist I have travelled widely in search of subjects from the Arctic and Antarctica, to Africa, much of Europe, and the Americas.   

However, these days I spend a lot of time in my studio working through the creative debris accumulated over years travelling to wild places.  It is exciting trying to make something new out of old ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 All text & images  © Bruce Pearson 2020

July 2020

Dragonflies and Damselflies

River Ouse at Houghton, Cambridgeshire

 

With the easing of restrictions I've been getting out a little further away from home when the opportunity and weather have allowed.  Most recently that that has been to the meadows and river margins of the Great Ouse.

 

 

A male banded demoiselle.A male banded demoiselle.

 A female banded demoiselle.  At rest, damselflies typically hold their wings along the length of their abdomen.A female banded demoiselle. At rest, damselflies typically hold their wings along the length of their abdomen.

 

Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is a common damselfly that lives along the edges of slow-flowing rivers and canals, still ponds and lakes, and among lush, damp vegetation. It is a Eurasian species found throughout the British Isles, except for the Scottish Highlands.

Males are a fabulous metallic blue in colour with distinctive 'fingerprint' marks on the wings; females are metallic green with pale greenish wings.  Males are very territorial, performing fluttering display flights to win over females – so they are easy to observe and sketch as they return frequently to the same perch.

Female banded demoiselles lay their eggs by injecting them into plant stems under the surface of the water. The eggs take about two weeks to hatch and the larvae take two years to develop, overwintering in the mud at the bottom of the river or pond.