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The Dawn Chorus Collection

Dawn Chorus

Nature’s greatest orchestra rivals many naturally occurring miracles each morning, as bird species from around the world mark their territory, make their presence known to mates, or call upon their flock in an enthusiastic symphony. A dawn chorus.

Ranging from the beautifully delicate or well camouflaged species found in English woodlands, to the ostentatious birds of paradise parading around Indonesian forests. The intricate markings used for mating or territorial displays make perfect subjects and the plethora of species to celebrate is infinite.

By encompassing the subjects in the beautiful colour ways that make them so mesmerising, I have hoped to capture the nature of each species in full concert. With extravagant blends of bright colours and bold textures, mixed with subtle areas of calm and reserve this collection of oil paintings was created to compliment the avian subjects through thoughtful composition and a love for the elegance of birds all around the world.

For any information on this collection contact info@wishboneart.co.uk or one of the many wonderful galleries listed on my website here! (Wishbone Publishing will help you locate a gallery close to you)

Paradise

Birds of paradise / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Plumage

Flamingos / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Pretty Polly

Parrots / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Dawn

Doves / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Dusk

Doves / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Concentration

King Fishers / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Solstice

Summer British Birds / Original Oil Painting / 45 Limited Edition Prints +5APs  (2 sizes – small and regular)

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Tropics

Tropical birds / Original Oil Painting

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Ostentation

Peacocks / Original Oil Painting

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Woodland

British Woodland Birds / Original Oil Painting

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Chattering

Starlings / Original Oil Painting

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Fundraising

On Friday I will be spending the night sleeping rough for the Sleep Easy event 2017 to raise money for Lincoln’s YMCA, helping homeless and vulnerable people. 

Last year, on a very bitterly cold and rainy night, an unnamed homeless man died behind a church close to where I live. When I heard this I was stricken with the thought that if anyone had known he was there or knew his situation, they may have helped him and he could have survived the night. This played on my mind as I took a bunch of flowers to lay next to the church, I didn’t know where exactly he had died, but I was expecting to find other flowers laid by other people (ex family members, friends, anyone who cared…) only to find that no flowers had been left.

As far as reports claimed he was an ‘unnamed homeless man.’ Although before his situation declined he was a son. He may have been a father, or at once a husband, brother, friend etc. This haunted me throughout the year as I think about him often (never knowing his face/name/anything about him) in order to keep some respect alive for him, whoever he was.

There is a detrimental and damaging stigma surrounding the support of homeless charities, or the aid of homeless people. Stigmas such as “they’ll only spend it on drugs or alcohol” or “they’re not really homeless, it’s a con.”

I am taking part in the Sleep Easy campaign because I care that on cold, bitter nights, many people are sleeping rough. For whatever reason, this is a harsh reality. Some people do not have an easy life, they may not make the right choices or they may fall onto hard times or bad luck. Whatever their reasons, we should come together to help people through these vulnerable times without judgement.

I would be incredibly grateful if your were to sponsor me for my night of sleeping rough. Amongst others also fundraising for this event, we are allowed to make shelter out of cardboard, and will be sleeping over night outside Lincoln Cathedral, whatever the weather, in support of this wonderful charity!

HERE is the link for my fundraising page if you do wish to support my fundraising efforts, however your lovely messages of well wishes are equally appreciated! Thank you so so much to the incredibly generous people who have donated already, I am grateful beyond words for your support!

Evolution of my Flamingos / Katy Jade Dobson

Did anyone else laugh at the flamingos on Planet Earth II?

It is obvious then as an animal lover and colour lover combined, that flamingos would come up throughout my portfolio of work. In fact, they come up much further back than I remembered from the top of my head. Sifting through my past paintings I found a set of similar works that have evolved over time and gown in my experience. It appears that I loved flamingos just as much in 2012.

Sitting these paintings side by side will always be inspirational to me, to show myself just how far I can push my work if I want to. Working on your art, or anything at all, can take years of daily dedication and pure hard work. I have applied this to my art with patience and looseness to help me grow. I have let my gut instinct walk me, and through that I have taught myself to paint images as I want them to be seen and will continue to grow further.

Please take a look at my brief history of flamingo studies, shown below!

Contact info@wishboneart.co.uk to inquire about paintings/prints or availability

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2017 / Katy Jade Dobson

It is always exciting for me to reflect not only back on the previous year, but to look forwards at the opportunities and challenges and watching them become real. 

Currently I am working on a new collection.

Much like early last year, I am working hard on a full set of oil paintings that are interlinked, their concept is laced throughout the collection and their visuals are woven together. Working on a full set together is a piece of time that eventually reflects directly into a real, tangible ‘thing.’ I have often talked about pockets of time being mirrored in a painting, but a collection evokes both a memory of a period of time, or a feeling of de ja vu. This particular collection is exciting for me, and always, is an effort to push forward with my craft, honing, building on, and learning new skills.

As well as an impending new collection, I have other very exciting things going on this year, which I will certainly be notifying anyone interested, though this website, my Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter.

Please keep an eye out for the amazing things happening this year!

My 2016 in summery

Although on the broader spectrum of things, 2016 has been a tough year for so many people in many places, on a smaller and more personal scale I have known people to have had a great year, filled with personal achievements and good times.

Early last year I worked solidly on a collection named The 21 Grams Collection. (See in full here) which was a great achievement for me. It was a body of work, full to the brim with enthusiasm and everything I had gained in knowledge and skill of art and my craft in order to create it. It was a personal highlight and achievement for me. This collection was shown in its entirety at Robertson Fine Art Gallery in Edinburgh, a place so stunning that I ventured back for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later that year.

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Amongst this show, I visited some other beautiful galleries throughout the year to showcase new originals and prints. A standout for me was Eye Like Gallery in Beaconsfield. A wonderful gallery full of life and enthusiasm for their art that they proudly display in their family run gallery. It was a great night of talking to lovely people about art and the gallery, and I appreciated just how much time and effort they put into this event. They made me proud of my own work and in turn, I felt grateful and honoured to be working with such wonderful people.

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The lovely George Thornton Gallery were the first to showcase some very Limited Edition embellished canvas prints at his event, Artisan showed a group of darker originals which had a moodier atmosphere, and Gallery Rouge dedicated their top level of the gallery to showcasing my originals and prints. I also head to the new gallery Eaton Fine Art who I am excited to be working more with in 2017. Each were so welcoming with kind clients who were a pleasure to speak to! I found myself at the Grand Designs event in London, where I proudly displayed new originals and prints in what I liked to very obnoxiously call ‘Katy Corner’… with EyeBall Gallery

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I had the pleasure of donating a print to the Born Free Foundation to be made available for their auction, to which Gary Liniker bought a print of ‘Felid II.’ I also released a small collection of sealife pieces where a percentage of profits went to the Marine Conservation Society. I proudly donated my palette for the second year running to the amazing CRY which was sold at auction. I also donated a small painting to the Willow Foundation for their Stars on Canvas event, which was available to buy at auction, and also on the cover of their annual brochure. These connections make me so incredibly proud of what I do, and so happy that I can use something I enjoy to hopefully do some good.

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2016 also took me on a series of travels from a fun weekend in Amsterdam, to dancing through the streets of Prague. A cancelled flight left me in the UK when I should have been in Barcelona, however the highlight of my year was a trip to Cuba, An absolute dream come true starting in Havana and ending in Varadero, and whenever I look at photos my heart swells.

It was a place of raw beauty, even in impoverished areas, the soul and character was palpable. Learning about the history and way of life in Cuba was hard, and experiencing the locals in Havana and their beautiful city made me feel alive. The way of life is a happy one. It is slow paced, highly sociable, warm and lovely. We drank rum, smoked cuban cigars, swam in the ocean, took boat rides, rode horses, went to coffee plantations, rode around in vintage cars and just fell madly and deeply in love with Cuba.

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It was a wonderful year for me, making headway in personal terms in confronting an anxiety disorder which can interferre with life at times, I have made connections with people I never imagined and focused on the wonderful, warm people around me. I have reflected on my time using social media and focusing on painting as a profession and have become more inspired than ever.

There is a blog post to follow about my plans for 2017,  I am happy and confident with thanks to the wonderful support and teamwork of  Wishbone Publishing. Not everyone gets to work amongst people they consider as friends, and feel the support and trust as much as I do. Together we have great plans for the year ahead and I cannot wait to share them with you, whoever is reading this and has followed the progress of my work.

For any information on any of my works, originals or prints, feel free to send an inquiry to info@wishboneart.co.uk / or look the affiliated gallery list on my website 

New Release – Sea Life and Majestic Mammals

I am so excited to be donating a percentage of profits from my new sea life themed release to the Marine Conservation Society. They work hard to protect our living seas and the wildlife in them by keeping shores clean of litter, tackling overfishing of important species and offering marine life animal adoption schemes. Keeping our oceans clean and healthy for the environment and its inhabitants is invaluable work. I love what they do to proudly protect our sea life and I am thrilled to be working with them.

These 2 original paintings are particular favourites of mine, for reasons in that portraying sea life is a different challenge altogether. I had never painted turtles before working on these sea turtles which shows them swimming amongst a midst of intricate colours and textures. I had watched videos of these serene creatures on YouTube before deciding the way in which I wanted to depict them. When working on forming a mammal painting there is a logic to consider when building the subject. The light source will highlight features and muscle definition, which in turn will tell the onlooker how the animal is standing in accordance to its environment. The laws of physics can guide you into understanding the animal and how its body works and gently reminds you of an elephants sagging skin, or a deer’s slender and lithe legs. This adds the touches of likeness and care to the subject that I long to add to each painting. This shows the subject in all of its glory in what it can do in the wild and how its body works, while helping me to paint a picture (literally) of what this animal looks like in conjunction with all of this.

Sea life is weightless. Their movements are not aligned with the laws of gravity in order to get from place to place. Instead, the movements are adapted to move through the density of the ocean. Seeing how sea life have adapted over millions of years to their environment is mind blowing to consider. Sharks have their streamlined sleekness to help them glide with unobstructed speed and agility; Whereas jellyfish pulsate to continually launch themselves gently through the ocean. An octopus has the unimaginable capabilities of its tentacles and its powerfully fluid movements, which captivated me into painting my bright representation (shown above) for this collection. When researching these movements you cannot help but be in awe of nature and how perfectly adapted all wildlife and living things are, learning about these movements is one of the highlights of my job.

Another highlight is working with incredible charities who devote their time to the same loves as me. The Marine Conservation Society actively work to protect the future of these species, and at a larger scale the future of our seas which is home to such a huge proportion of important species and environmental necessities. For this reason they were a first choice in hopes of donating a percentage of profits from my new sea life release to this charity and their amazing work. In reality, such ecosystems that hold priceless importance should be respected and looked after to keep them abundant and safe for us and all the life that inhabits these oceans. However according to the MCS there are nearly 2500 items of rubbish for every kilometre on a beach. Which as a result not only looks appalling, but is also ingested by or entangles marine wildlife. Humans using these beaches are also not exempt from the effects of the pollution that makes these seas risky to enjoy, swimming in such heavily polluted seas can put you at risk of illness from the raw, untreated sewage.

It is the MCS’s work in this field that is a great inspiration to me and make them a valuable asset to the cause of wildlife and sea life protection. It makes me incredibly proud that I can work with them on this to hopefully help raise funds for their admirable work.

These Limited Edition Prints in editions of 75 are available from affiliated galleries as of Monday 19th September. To find your nearest gallery head to my website (linked here) or for assistance send an email to info@wishboneart.co.uk

Also, alongside this release are 3 other new paintings, recently shown at the wonderful Artisan Gallery in Epping.

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Courty – The Godfather of Neon

‘There’s red neon gas running through my veins.’

Much like the bold and commanding nature of neon art, Courty himself radiates a parallel presence that you simply couldn’t ignore if you tried. As an artist who has immersed himself into almost 3 decades of fine tuning his skill in the art of neon, Robert Court respectfully demands your attention through his use of light, colour and the written word.

Robert Court began his career in 1987. His rich portfolio of work and achievements have illuminated a pathway towards being one of the most prominant neon artists of proud London origin. His bold work has featured in film and tv sets, theatre, books, and businesses, as well as prestigious galleries and events. Courty is signed by Wishbone Publishing (the wonderful team who also represent my work) this has awarded me the privilege of seeing Courty’s work emblazoning gallery walls in all their brilliant glory. His work is hand made with pure passion and enthusiasm, distincly obvious from the emanating love shown in his fantastic artist interview, put together by Joshua Adams.

The pride in his craft is palpable.

Neon art is a classic genre of the modern age. A traditional and respected practice of the technologically advanced era. A contemporary art form which simultaneously parades a time-honoured essence through from the classic seedy strip club signs to the witty humour or hard hitting messages encrypted within the written neon word. There always seems to be an audacious overtone to neon. It has something to say and wants to be seen. It is created to grab you, it screams and shouts for your attention. It flaunts its colours with attitude as bright as the colliding atoms, ions and electrons that run through it.

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However some messages are incredibly gentle and moving, no matter how bold the process. Pieces such as this ‘I will always love you my friend.’ which has had immeasurable hits online for its poignant words and simply beautiful delivery.

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When such a technical process combines with an artisan attitude the result could never be anything short of magical. Glass blowing has been a long time tradition, however throwing electricity through the pipes fires up a whole other level of art. The words are no longer just made, but instead they’re spoken and more tangible than ever. The nature of this craft is not vague, it does not hide behind subtleties, nor does it aim to be elusive.

Neon is made to be seen.

Courty’s work is warm. It is witty, cutting, and as bold as the nature of neon itself.

Find the work of Robert Court HERE! Also on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Contact Wishbone Publishing for enquiries – info@wishboneart.co.ukcourty6

 

Eye Like Gallery / Exhibition

 

Last weekend I had the privilege of exhibiting my work with the wonderful Eye Like Gallery in Beaconsfield. With a gallery full of my work exclusively, a mixture of limited edition prints and originals painted especially for the occasion adorned the walls in this beautiful space.

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The family run gallery  (the glamorous mother daughter duo Mollie and Saro above, along with Mollie’s father and their dog Brody) care deeply for their clients and the artwork they provide, basing the name ‘Eye Like’ on the way they only sell work that they love themselves.

I was excited so attend this exhibition in the weeks leading towards it as I had admired Mollie’s innovative and witty take on their social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and was keen to meet in person the passionate people behind the 2 year old gallery. I found that they exuberate passion and I couldn’t have felt more welcome. I found this family to be  a breath of fresh air in such a traditional field. The care and work they put in is blatant in the amount of happy clients that I had the pleasure to meet.

The gallery itself looked phenomenal, with a red carpet entrance, wristbands with my name on, plenty of drinks flowing and a wonderful crowd of people.

Thank you very much to Eye Like for hosting a lovely evening and doing a fantastic job of curating my work on your walls and putting together such a lovely weekend. And a huge thank you to anyone who came along and said hello, it was lovely to meet each person and talk  at length one on one.

Below are images mostly taken by the wonderful Victoria Pearson Photography  who got some great images of the event. (Victoria Pearson’s website, Instagram, Facebook)

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Laura Jones / Still Life Artist / Inspiration

An artist I have admired for around 6 months via the stalking platform of Instagram, is Australian painter Laura Jones. I stumbled upon her Instagram page (@_laura_jones_ ) and immediately followed. With a meaty backlog of exhibitions, shows, awards and residencies her accomplishments have been as full as her engaging artwork.

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Although I love her whole back catalog of work including a portrait series titled ‘I woke up like this’ my favourite is her recent ‘Wildflower’ work which emphasises an expression of Australian identity.

I find her work so warm and peaceful. The colour patterns are incredibly earthy while retaining the brightness of the flowers and vases. They are full and bold in application but soft by nature. I identify most to the tactful naivety of the brush strokes as well as the simplicity of the visuals. I very much hope to own one of these originals!

This is the kind of artwork that I feel doesn’t need discussing at great length, it should be looked at and examine how you feel when you see it above dissecting at face value.   Because of this I will simply insert images of my favourites pieces and encourage you to follow her profile or visit her work on her website – HERE

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Harambe, Wildlife and Human Compassion

I love wildlife. Could you possibly tell? I am the girl who paints animals. 

This hobby of mine comes from a place of pure appreciation. I am fascinated and so wildly in awe of everything about wildlife, all species, none, no matter what size, instincts or habits they behold go without my adoration. I live in wonder at how such creatures could be of such flawless and spectacular design. Millions of years of adaptation has created so much supremacy and beauty, species that slot perfectly into their environments and know exactly how to live as a default setting. Having been moulded by evolution over such a vast period of time adds to the insanity yet absolute logic of such perfection.  All the way from a stick insect, over to a silverback gorilla.

Gorillas are my favourite species of wildlife. They are my all time favourite to paint. I love their build, their intellect, their expressive faces. I love both their strength and sensitivity, their protective nature and fierce instincts. I just love them. But I do not visit them in zoos. I do not care to see them this way.

Sadly, as I had planned to write a post of appreciation of gorillas as a species, the news broke about the shooting of Harambe. It is with such a heavy heart to move my discussion over toward a different setting.

Harambe had to be killed in this instance. I believe the zoo keepers must have tried all that they could to lure him away from the child who recently found his way into the enclosure of the gorilla family to which Harambe was the leader. I believe the loss of this creature is so painful and heartbreaking to those who had to make this decision to kill him. I understand the tranquillisers were a gamble and could have angered him/caused accidental injury to the child whilst in a state of panic or drowsiness. I understand their decisions, actions and believe they did the right thing. The child was in grave danger by being within the home of a family of gorillas.

Of course the child  should not have been in this enclosure. (So many points of blame: Enclosure design flaws? Human error? Parental negligence?) But most importantly, the gorillas should not have been in this enclosure either. Gorillas are by no means always ‘gentle giants’ but that is neither important nor to their fault. They are simply gorillas, a beautiful and strong primate. Because of Harambe’s potential strength and power, he was killed in this situation, however being killed for having the instincts to protect his family, and inquisitively attend the situation of an intruder in his home should not be the circumstance for the death of such a critically endangered animal.

Harambe showed clear signs of aggravation, but not of feeling threatened (no chest beating or vocal screaming as they do when angered). If Harambe wanted to intensionally hurt this child, ten minutes in this enclosure with him would be no time at all. A 400 pound male silverback, leader of his family and protector of his habitat could have killed the child in a mere matter of moments. instead he dragged him, moved him around, stood him up and assessed him. Whatever his intentions were, (widely debated from sizing up the child, to showing signs of protecting him from the screams of people above) this child wouldn’t have been able to withstand even playful and caring gestures for long, as Harambe was still a wild animal, not fully capable of knowing the fragility of the child in comparison to a baby gorilla, but also not needing to, as this situation should never have been before him in the first place.

I have many issues with zoos. Ever since regularly seeing a solitary, sad polar bear enclosure at a certain zoo with painted ice caps I have felt heavy hearted at the thought of these animals being locked in small spaces away from the environments they have adapted over millions of years to prosper in. As well as being able to see the opposing side in favour of. I appreciate that some often do work towards conservation and education, however all this shows me is that it is possible to work on the fleeting species to bring them back to abundant numbers. However must this be in an enclosure only a minute fraction of the size of the habitats they were born to thrive and bound around in? Must we lock up a few in order to make humans understand?  Are we that detached and indifferent as a species that we cannot reach conclusions without oogling at an animal for our speculative entertainment and a sizeable profit?

I would be happy to never see an exotic wild animal in real life, ever again. If this meant that all wildlife could thrive in the places they were meant to exist.

We see animals as a product for our disposal. We keep them in enclosures with trees painted on the walls for us to leisurely watch. We let the most magnificent of sea mammals jump around on command for our entertainment. We hunt them down for our own sense of pride and trophy. We cruelly and unnaturally breed them for our own consumption. We transfer them from zoo to zoo under the guise of conservation to turn over an immeasurable profit.

We are so quick to forget that humans are a species of mammal. Yes we are of higher brain capacity, strong emotional ranges with diverse and brilliant intellect. We are however not superior. We are not more worthy of life. Humans chase happiness as a birth given right, to enjoy their life and time on the planet, yet can easily disregard the welfare of neighbouring species. How can we be so ignorant to being of such close origins to other living things? Most have skeletons of sorts, forms of skin, pores, vital organs, nervous systems, ways of reaching the world around them through senses. (sight, smells, tastes) We all breath in ways, eat, clean and pro-create. Despite many dissimilarities in design, on the larger scale we are all of same origin and same expiration.

The case of Harmabe, Cecile and all other zoo/human related incidents of recent times are just a tiny fraction of a larger scale. But the shame above all else is the lack of compassion, and the sense of importance that humans assign themselves over our wildlife, our co-habitors of the same planet. 

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