I am an artist painter, fortunate to live in one of the most interesting villages in South Yorkshire - Sprotbrough. My blog is about the subjects I have painted in the past, and more recently, since 2012 when I became Volunteer Artist in Residence, to raise funds for Potteric Carr, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's flagship nature reserve, the flora and fauna of this most beautiful and interesting reserve.
For my November display in the Visitor centre at YWT Potteric Carr nature reserve I plan to show small paintings of some of the interesting birds I have seen on the reserve, most of which I have found absolutely fascinating. The title of the display is.......
Birds of Potteric Carr
.....and I will post photos of the work as I complete them. Here are the first three.....
'Goldfinches on Teasels'
Goldfinches can be seen in various places on the reserve, I saw these close by the Visitor Centre where there are lots of teasels and many other wild flowers.
'Oystercatchers from West Scrape Hide'
West Scrape Hide is at the far end of the reserve on Huxter Well Marsh where many different birds can be seen.
'Tufted Ducks' ...
I observed this small family 'having fun ducking and diving' from St Catherines Hide at the far end of Hawthorn Bank.
That's all for now. My plan is to paint a total of twenty four mix media works ....so fingers crossed....
The new visitor centre with cafe and shop has been open almost three years and is now well established at Potteric Carr. The shop stocks many useful and decorative items including binoculars, bird-food and books. The building is at the side of Decoy Lake and on a fine day visitors sitting outside on the cafe deck can enjoy a wonderful view of the woodland, wildlife and flowers, in fact the view is interesting whatever the season. My painting is a summer view from the cafe in the visitor centre.
'Kingfishers by Decoy Lake'
Four of my paintings on display in the visitor centre until 2nd September. I have a regular display of my work in the cafe, anyone wishing to purchase a painting can pay either by cash or card at the till in the shop. Sheila M Bury, volunteer Artist in Residence at YWT Potteric Carr nature reserve, Doncaster.