Saturday, 11 August 2012

The British Birdwatching Fair

Where: At Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland, LE15 8BT
When: Friday17th - Sunday 19th August 2012
Opening Times: 9.00am until 5.30pm daily. Closes 5.00pm Sunday. 
How Much: 1 day £12.50, 2 days £22.00, 3 days £30.00. RSPB and/or Wildlife Trust Members, on SUNDAY ONLY, £10.

This will be my 5th year at The Birdfair and I'm hoping that the sun will be shining on exhibitors and visitors alike in mid August after the dreadful Summer we've had to endure. Once again I will be exhibiting in the Art Marquee on stand 10 with my usual mix of bird and fish originals and prints.

This is a great day out for bird and wildlife enthusiasts. Not only do you get to see some of the best UK wildlife art all under one roof but there are marquees full of books, camera equipment, binoculars, telescopes and exotic holiday destinations. Add wildlife celebrities and lectures into the mix (Simon King, Bill Oddie, Jonathan Scott & Mark Carwardine to mention a few) and you can see why over 22,000 people visited last year.

I'm going to pack my easel and paints this year and set up a painting demonstration over the three days. I'm planning to do a puffin piece (hence the preliminary studies below which will be available for sale at the Fair) that should be finished by the Sunday, so anyone who's planning to come for the full three days will see a real progression from first brush-strokes to finished painting.

Below are a few of the paintings I will be exhibiting (all in oils). I also carry a large selection of prints which will be available at 'fair prices' so if you do decide to visit make sure you say hello and have a browse!

Puffin Study 1,  7 x 16 inches (unframed)

Puffin Study 2, 7 x 14 inches (unframed) SOLD

 Puffin Study 3, 7 x 12 inches (unframed) SOLD

Bass on the Plug (study), 10 x 15 inches (unframed)

Bass & Mackerel, 24 x 34 inches (framed)

Pike in White Water Lilies, 24 x 37 inches (framed)

Perch, A3 (mounted)

Roach, A3 (mounted)

Perch Study, 7 x 12 inches (unframed)

Fishing Puffin, 10 x 18 inches (framed)

Greenshank & Mussels, 12 x 31 inches (framed)

Sunshine & Shadows, Razorbill, 10 x 30 inches (framed)

Pictures and thoughts on the fair will be on my Blog in due course. Here's hoping for good weather and great crowds!

All the Best

David Miller