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About flyingcreature

I'm a Cumbrian born painter and printmaker based in Scotland. My work is inspired by British nature. I studied on the Foundation Course at Leith School of Art in 2003 before going on to take the MA Fine Art degree at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University graduating in 2008. I now make my work from my studio in Coburg House and teach drawing, painting and printmaking at Leith School of Art and around Scotland.

A Year Reflected: Part I

I really value the days between Christmas and New Year as a time to reflect on the year just gone by and look forward to what lies ahead. This year has provided a number of clear, crisp days between Christmas … Continue reading

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Women artists I love

A number of my favourite artists happen to be women as well so I thought I would write a post about them and their work. As always, there might be a bit of a bias towards the depiction of birds … Continue reading

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The joy of sketch

I use sketchbooks as a starting point for nearly all my work. Drawing nourishes my ideas and practice. Looking at the sketchbooks of other artists can provide a way in to understanding their work, drawing is often transformative, allowing us … Continue reading

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Heroic Herons

A short post today, inspired by time spent watching a preening grey heron this weekend on the Water of Leith. After sitting down to draw the bird, I would thoroughly recommend ‘heron-watching’ as a way to spend some quality time. … Continue reading

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Combining Techniques

I recently taught a one-day workshop at Leith School of Art showing students how to combine two different printmaking techniques – collagraph and monotype. Those of you who know me and my work will be aware that I am pretty … Continue reading

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The humble dunnock…

I recently completed a sunlit dunnock screen print, after watching and drawing a pair of these beautiful but unassuming birds one cold, clear January day in Holyrood park. This prompted me to look into these birds, which have been under-represented … Continue reading

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2013: The year in review

It has been a busy year with lots of uplifting events to spur me on as an artist. My mission continues to be to appreciate nature and the natural world more myself and celebrate its wonder and diversity in my … Continue reading

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