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Three of Jonathan’s paintings in ‘Wildlife Treasures’

Crested tit, watercolour & charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury

  Crested tit – 9 x 12 ins – watercolour & charcoal £600

Wildlife Treasure is an exhibition of sculptures and two-dimensional works at the Nature in Art Museum, at Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester. This is the first time the Society of Animal Artists, USA is holding a Members’ exhibition in Britain.  Artists from North America and around the world are participating.    Every2-D entry is identical in size, 12 x 9 inches or 9 x 12 inches.

Long-tailed tits, alder catkins, watercolour, charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury

Long-tailed tits, 12 x 9 ins, watercolour & charcoal £600

Jonathan Sainsbury is an elected member of the Society of Animal Artists and has frequently exhibited in the Annual Exhibition, held each year in America.  Jonathan’s three entries are of a Crested tit in Scots pine, Ptarmigan in a snowy, rocky landscape, and Long-tailed tits with alder catkins.

Camouflage, ptarmigan, snow, rocks, lichen, watercolour & charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury

Camouflage – Ptarmigan – 9 x 12 ins, watercolour & charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury £600

‘Wildlife Treasures’ opens on July 25th and closes on September 3rd.   Works are for sale.




“I have always loved Jonathan’s work – the delicacy and accuracy of his bird studies, and his eye for charming settings, are irresistible.  After years of wistful gazing, I am now the proud owner of one.”

Kate Green, Deputy Editor, Country Life

New Jonathan Sainsbury Limited Edition giclee print

Hedgehog - charcoal - limited edition giclee

Hedgehog charcoal drawing, also available as a Limited Edition giclee print

Jonathan Sainsbury launches a new Limited Edition giclee print of a hedgehog, costing £85 framed.

It is available from Jonathan’s stand at the BBC Countryfile Live Event at Blenheim, 4-7th August. Jonathan’s stand, ‘My Ark for Nature’ – K024 –  across from the Camera Tower by the main arena at Blenheim – is a working wildlife artist’s studio where he will paint and draw live during the event.

There will be opportunities to ask the artist questions and to interact with the resources on display.  There will be original works of art for sale, prints and cards from £3.


Jonathan Sainsbury’s ‘Gossip’ in Sotheby’s Sale of the Duchess of Devonshire’s pictures

'Gossip' - Black Hens

‘Gossip’ – Black Hens.

Jonathan Sainsbury’s charcoal drawing of hens, ‘Gossip, size 20 inches x 28 inches, sold at Sotheby’s, London, on 2nd March 2016 for £2,750 including commission.

The model for the drawing, a black hen called Edwina, belonging to a friend, was a great family favourite with the Sainsbury children.


Art workshop by Jonathan Sainsbury

Jonathan Sainsbury painting in St Serf's Church, Comrie
Jonathan Sainsbury demonstrates drawing and painting in watercolour at a workshop at St Serf’s Church, Comrie
“I chose a piece of raspberry that was growing in the wildflower meadow behind the church for my demonstration piece.  There was a mature, fruiting branch with a few leaves that were beginning to curl at the edge and a curve on the branch that had potential to create the central shape in the painting.  I drew that first as a tiny sketch in pencil, placing  a blackbird on it, eating the fruit. Behind that, I introduced a new shoot, a different green, growing straight, which is the growth and the fruiting for next year.  It’s a ‘circle of life’ picture.
On the day I used the tiny pencil sketch to demonstrate drawing with charcoal on to watercolour paper, then adding watercolour to the image.  
Lots of people came to the day and enjoyed finding inspiration in the meadow, then working out their ideas in paint and charcoal and pastel inside.  
The picture will be auctioned in the near future to raise funds.”


Jonathan Sainsbury preparing for Dorset Art Week

Quickdraw is an event launching Dorset Art Week, where invited artists have ninety minutes to produce a finished work of art.  Artists then place finished works in frames, for auction on the night.  The event is held at Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington, home of Simon and Monique Gudgeon.

For more information, see Sculpture by the Lakes.