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

Wildlife Trusts Diving Bursary Open for Applicants

An artist prepared to take the plunge and seek inspiration beneath the waves is being sought by The Wildlife Trusts and the Society of Wildlife Artists. Continue reading

Printmaking courses postscript

A personal account of the monoprint and drypoint one day workshops held at the Mall galleries learning centre on the last days of the 2015 SWLA Natural Eye exhibition.

Bruce Pearson preparing a drypoint plate – photo jon perry

Both courses were a great success I think. In the end we 3 tutors joined forces, this meant that we could share ideas/resources  and have more common ground for  future courses. Continue reading

Events update & catalogue preview for THE NATURAL EYE 2015

The full schedule for this years talks and workshops can now be seen on the EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS page.
For the first time the FBA has published the catalogue online ahead of the exhibition and this can be seen via

SWLA Drypoint Workshop – November 8th 2016

For anyone interested in the Drypoint workshop, here’s a little background to methods and materials involved.  But please ask any questions through contact page at

As a printmaking process, drypoint is rather like using a pen without the ink – literally, drawing with a dry point – to create an impression that, when inked, can be printed from again and again. It is like etching without the acid, or engraving with an etching needle. Continue reading

Drypoint Printmaking late cancellations

Sunday 8th November (10.30am – 4.30pm) – Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1


There have been a couple of late cancellations for the drypoint course, so spaces now available. To book, please email Darren Rees
This should be a great days printmaking using the  rich and easy to use medium of drypoint. The course is led by Bruce Pearson , SWLA members Kim Atkinson, Greg Poole  and Darren Rees will also be taking part. For more details about the medium, Bruce has written this post.

£75 (tuition and all materials included)