The Natural Eye, Art Book One

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John Busby seabird drawing course bursaries

We are starting to receive applications for John Busby seabird drawing course bursaries. These will be judged around mid October and the winners announced at the annual Natural Eye exhibition at the Mall galleries.
This years course was as good as ever, it is a great way of getting no nonsense field sketching experience working alongside artists with a diverse range of experience. The ‘ethos’ of the course is very supportive and we encourage sharing of knowledge amongst tutors and ‘students’ from day one.
Some recent posts that give some sense of what to expect.

Seabird Drawing Course

Last week I attended the week long John Busby Seabird Drawing Course in Scotland joining regular artist tutors Darren Woodhead, Greg Poole, Kittie Jones and John Threlfall as a guest tutor. The week was exceptional – absolutely fantastic locations, fine weather almost throughout, great company and some wonderful creative opportunities to be shared with the…

Seabirds in Scotland

Straight after my trip to Turkey, it was off to Scotland for the Seabird Drawing course. Formerly led by the late John Busby, the Seabird Course is now headed by Darren Woodhead, along with Greg Poole, John Threfall and Kitty Jones. This year Bruce Pearson was the invited guest tutor.

Seabird drawing course & Turkey sweetgum project – Greg Poole – Artist / Illustrator based in Bristol, UK

Seabird drawing course & Turkey sweetgum project   Sunday-10-July-2016 Coming down to earth after what has seemed an epic field sketching month… 10 days based in Koycegiz, Western Turkey with Nik Pollard, Esther Tyson and Ben Woodhams. The project a DKM/ SWLA collaboration.

 

Ben Woodhams SWLA posted about the Turkish Sweetgum Project

The Turkish Sweetgum Project

Earlier in June I was lucky enough to be one of four SWLA (Society of Wildlife Artists) artists invited to take part in an EU funded partnership with Doğa Koruma Merkezi (DKM), a Turkish environmental NGO. Working under the expert stewardship of an administrative team, the four tutors (myself, Nik Pollard, Greg Poole and Esther Tyson)…

Ben Woodhams is ‘Earthbound’

IMG_3840‘Earthbound’ is the name of an exhibition just opened in Gudhjem, Bornholm,  showcasing the work of SWLA member Ben Woodhams and four other Bornholm-based artists – all of whom use the natural environment as the primary source of inspiration for their work.

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Eva Brandt uses pigments and clays dug up from Bornholm’s many beaches to create organic ceramic vessels, while Hans Henning Pedersen works with discarded wood to create huge wooden bowls, which are at first turned, then purposefully exposed to humidity to create almost living sculptural vessels. IMG_3886

Lone Schiøtz works mostly in watercolour, and is known for her delicate almost Japanese brush strokes, whilst Barbara Sørensen is predominately an oil painter, who makes dark and wintry interpretations of Bornholm’s cliffs and forests.IMG_3812 Ben Woodhams’ work in ‘Earthbound’ is mostly time-based with a ripening oilseed rape field and 24 hour studies of solstice and equinoxes sitting alongside timed field sketches of ravens, hawk owls and cranes.IMG_3896

Julia Manning exhibiting with PINE FERODA

Julia Manning RE  ASWLA is one of the five members of the wood cut print collaboration called PINE FERODA.
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They have 2 exhibitions coming up at
REBECCA HOSSACK GALLERY
2A CONWAY ST
LONDON
W1T 6BA
4-28TH MAY
DEVON GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN
RIVERSIDE MILL
BOVEY TRACEY
DEVON
TQ13 9AF
21st May-3rd July
see their film  https://vimeo.com/149631666

 

http://www.johnbusbyartist.co.uk/

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John Busby’s family have set up a site celebrating John’s life and work.
Here is a link to the new site .
http://www.johnbusbyartist.co.uk/
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BTO/SWLA Flightlines – Bardsey Island/Ynys Enlli

Darren in Cristin garden

Darren at the Observatory

This September Darren Woodhead, Greg Poole and I spent a week on Bardsey to watch and draw the work of a Bird Observatory, as part of the ongoing BTO Flightlines Project with the SWLA. Continue reading