BIRDS AND OTHER CREATURES OF THE A38

 

This section will house information about birds and other creatures I have encountered during my travels.  They are not always alive, The A38 Book of the Dead which is being compiled with a lot of help from Peter Chesborough tracks road kill, rail kill, and death by natural causes.  Sobbing Swan is a work in progress whose genesis was a beetroot stain on my kitchen floor, when I used CIF cream to clear it up it resulted in the following:-

 

 

 Sobbing Swan in grubby lino, beetroot and CIF cream cleanser,  3" by 2" October 2015.

Sobbing Swan in grubby lino, beetroot and CIF cream cleanser,  3" by 2" October 2015.

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I realised that I knew nothing about swans, so I researched, and a booklet will be finished soon.  In the world of anataeology (study of swans, geese and ducks) I was amazed to learn of the professional ontological tussles and animosity concerning what is and what is not a swan. Among other things I immersed myself in:

·      Swan Lake

·      Leda and the Swan

·      The tale of St Hugh of Lincoln and the Swan

·      Black Swan Theory

·      The Black Swans of Dawlish

·      How long is a Swan Song? And exactly how quiet is a Mute Swan?

·      The Slimbridge Swan “abdominal profiling” research 2011 (looking at swan bottoms to see if they are underweight; an underweight swan has a concave bottom whilst a healthy chubby swan has a double bulge).

 Book Cover of  Sobbing Swan (my altered image screen print - digitally reproduced)

Book Cover of Sobbing Swan (my altered image screen print - digitally reproduced)

I have a completed booklet called In Praise of Magpies. It was gratifying to discover that there is only one book in the university library solely about magpies, so I like to consider myself the Plymouth University expert on Pica pica, (Latin name of magpies, meaning black and white).

 

 Cover of Booklet, Gelli print and Photoshop enhancement

Cover of Booklet, Gelli print and Photoshop enhancement

I have also been surveying the creatures made of plastic and stone that people like to keep in their gardens. I am afraid that I commenced this process with a rather snooty attitude, but I am coming round to the idea of a portal at the front of our property with cement golden eagles and maybe a Serengeti-style pride of plastic lions in the back-garden.

I have also been surveying the creatures made of plastic and stone that people like to keep in their gardens. I am afraid that I commenced this process with a rather snooty attitude, but I am coming round to the idea of a portal at the front of our property with cement golden eagles and maybe a Serengeti-style pride of plastic lions in the back-garden.

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My Sheepie booklet is soon to appear in the University library both as an artist’s book in the rare book collection and in the ovine section. I believe is a personal first for any student at Plymouth University. It is the pinnacle of my artistic career thus far.

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At present I am working on Eddie Buzzard and Leighton Buzzard which is a small volume detailing my relationship with two local buzzards.  Things are hotting up between us, at one time we only met on the way out of the village, as they sat on the tall lampposts by the main road and then they started perching in the garden next door – you can just see one in the picture below. Now Eddie Buzzard has started sitting in a tree near my conservatory watching me work, more to follow soon.

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 My image, Philip Bath's Camera, and Philip Bath's Photoshop skills. Magnificent.

My image, Philip Bath's Camera, and Philip Bath's Photoshop skills. Magnificent.