I’ve enjoyed painting three small acrylics of local scenes that I’ll put into an exhibition at the Coach House, Royden Park, Frankby, It runs from Friday 21st to Monday 31st August. It’s good to have a change of medium occasionally, so I sometimes take work that hasn’t sold out of frames to make a fresh start, changing composition or colours.The three are called ‘Hilbre Path’, ‘Ebb Tide, Hilbre Islands’ and ‘High Tide Roost’.
I found out that the thousands of seabirds that congregate off the promenade at Hoylake in winter are known as a ‘roost’. The knot, sanderlings and others are driven in by the incoming tide and feed together in huge groups on a narrow strip of sand. It’s a marvellous sight watching them rise and fall, even for a non-birder like me. It occurs from Autumn onwards and is most dramatic at the highest tides.
I did a much larger batik on paper of ‘High Tide Roost’ a few years ago and also had cards made with the picture.