The book is totally unique. It focuses on almost 200 birds you are most likely to find in Orkney and offers outstanding watercolours of each species in an instantly recognisable island setting.
Both Tim and Tracy live in the Orkney Islands and both bring an expert eye to their subject matter.
- Tim has spent a lifetime in Ornithology and his role has been to provide a detailed and expert commentary of each bird: when and where you might see them in the islands; how easy or difficult they are to find and what local name Orcadians might have for them.
- Tracy is an award-winning watercolour artist who has created 50 stunning full colour plates depicting 178 Orkney localities in which she has reproduced each bird in meticulous detail to aid identification.
Birds and Art
One of the things I have been particularly struck by in the last two to three years is just how fond people are of paintings of birds. Actually, fond is probably an understatement - besotted might be a more accurate description!
- The wildlife art exhibitions always seem to be full of paintings of birds which always seem to sell extremely well
- The magazines for bird watchers seem very keen on giving prizes for paintings of birds and
- birders, as well as watching birds, seem to be equally enthusiastic about buying paintings of birds and collecting works by particularly well known bird artists.
Update: Tracy sent me links to a couple of other good sites for people interested in bird art
The Birds of America is the title of a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing paintings and scientific description of a wide variety of birds of the United States. It was first published as a series of sections between 1827 and 1838.
The work consists of hand-colored, life-size prints made from engraved plates measuring around 39 by 26 inches. The original edition was engraved in aquatint by Robert Havell Sr. and son, Robert Havell Jr.; known as the "Double Elephant folio", it is often regarded as the greatest picture book ever produced. A copy in excellent condition sold at Christie's in March of 2000 for $8,802,500, is still (as of 2007) a world record for any printed book.
Wikipedia - Birds of America (book)
- Birds in Art - an annual international exhibition of bird art held at the the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Each year, 60 works are selected from Birds in Art to be included in a national or international tour. The deadline for next year's exhibition is the 15th April 2009.
- Birds in Art - 2008 - a blog post by Terry Miller (Pencil Shavings) about his inclusion in the Bird in Art show. This has excellent images of the sort of art which gets into the show.