Black Swans Preening

The Calder Valley beyond Mirfield is disappearing into the haze this morning. In the waterfowl pen at Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, black swans are preening. This disconsolate-looking West Highland terrier was sitting by a table at the the Caffe Capri. These are the first scans from my sketchbook made using Affinity Photo. Aspects of the process […]

Weaners

At Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, the piglets are getting to the stage where they’d be better being separated from the sow. She’s getting increasingly irritated by the continual rough-and-tumble of her nine little porkers. Rough-and-tumble except for the numerous occasions when they’re taking a break. Rhea Two of the rhea eggs in the incubator at Charlotte’s […]

Petra

Petra is a working cocker spaniel (although she doesn’t actually work), from Berkshire but I drew her recently in the Lake District, where she was taking a break with friends, as her owners were moving house. She’s a dog who doesn’t like being on her own but she’ll happily set off in the company of […]

The Menagerie Lion

This stone lion, reclining on the lawn, always takes me by surprise as we walk past a large evergreen oak and it springs into view. Surprisingly, a real lion was once kept here in the Menagerie at Nostell Priory, just yards from the Doncaster to Wakefield turnpike road, behind a high stone wall in an old quarry. There’s a […]