‘A Host of Sparrows’


A Host of Sparrows. These little fellas have become a part of my life in such a way that I could never have imagined. I think they’ll always be there. When I am painting them ( I must have painted hundreds of them), and the studio is quiet, and there’s no one around and it’s just me, busy painting sparrows, I kind of feel a connection with them. I think it’s because they’re true caricatures of us, with their plucky dogged characters, grumpily squabbling one minute and joyously chirruping and hopping about the next. They crack me up! Then there is their subtle understated beauty, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of watching sparrows or indeed painting them. Here’s a “host” painted on some reclaimed wooden panels, that came up quite nicely after they were sanded. Effecting a simple, understated quality, much like the sparrows themselves.



35″ x 35″

Oil / Mixed media on Wood


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