Darren Rees Artist in Lockdown

I’m here at home in the Forth Valley, Scotland with the family. With plenty to do in the garden, we’ve made the most of the fine weather, and with unbroken views to the Trossachs and Highlands there has been, as ever, great opportunities to do landscape painting from the studio.

It’s been unusual for me to have the whole spring at home, so I’ve really enjoyed watching the last of the geese flocks before they leave and the welcome arrival of summer migrants. Local lanes and woods have been explored by bike and there are curlews nesting close to the house, so plenty of subjects to watch and draw.

So I’ve been busy painting and even kept an element of teaching going with live online tips on bird sketching with both Chris Packham’s Self Isolating Bird Club and the RSPB – all great fun!’

Darren has produced free notes on getting started with bird sketching and drawing – send us an email if you’d like a copy.