British trees and creatures

Jonathan Sainsbury - Blackbird and oak

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Blackbird and Oak, British trees and creatures series, watercolour, 22 x 30 ins, private collection

This series is painted in pure watercolour on Imperial-size sheets of watercolour paper with deckle edges, approximately size 22 x 30 inches.  The subject matter brings together native British trees and British birds or butterflies.

Jonathan was inspired by the work of the great bird illustrator John James Audubon, who illustrated birds of North America, arranging them into aesthetically-pleasing shapes on the page, rather than into naturalistic poses.

The pictures benefit from float-mounting in box- style frames.