Tag: Ikon

The Great Prince

Any copy of Rublev’s icon of the Archangel Michael is by axiomatic definition, a poor copy. At just 10x15cm this is a mere 1:100 scale version of the original masterpiece, however as Ouspensky taught, the old icons are the best teachers.


Jynx Torquilla

The idea of this work came to me from thinking about the hierarchy of birds and which species would be more likely to be witnesses to great events by virtue of their innate presence or spiritual connection. The eurasian Wryneck (Jynx Torquilla) emerged as a fascinating subject of study for a painting, and in time……


Podiceps Christatus

The interaction of birds in a ritualised and choreographed, yet innate, manner is a wonder to behold. The fact remains however that the courtship display of the great crested grebe is also beautiful. Do the birds recognise this as such? This painting seeks to communicate some of the quiet dignity of this miraculous behaviour and……


The Cave Dweller

At this time of year, the sound of autumn is for many characterised by an elusive chattering and ticking from deep within the thicket or hedge. The call of the Wren, explosive in its nature, belies its tiny size and is a hint to why for many thousands of years it has held an elevated……


Turdus philomelos

Smaller passerines appear to have richer songs. Those blessed with a particularly fine voice are blesséd indeed. The repeated phrases of the Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) are an example of this, offering an enigmatic and persuasive presence in woodland, particularly on a fine evening, and suggestive that their voice is compelled by joy as……