original charcoal drawing of long tailed tit in charcoal
That Bird has my Wings
That Bird has my Wings
That Bird has my Wings
That Bird has my Wings
That Bird has my Wings

That Bird has my Wings

Regular price £350.00

The Original

This drawing has been pre-selected for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition.  I am withdrawing it from sale for the time being..

He is ready to fly away now and I am ready for him to leave.  It's taken a while to work on this one before movement suddenly came to life.  

He is a long-tailed tit that was coming in to land on my garden bird feeders.  I shoot the photographs of the birds in my garden with a sports filter that fires off lots of photos at once.  It's often not till later when looking through them that I discover I have captured the movement.  

There are many names for this bird - 'flying lollipops' (a personal favourite), bumbarrels, bush oven, feather poke and pudding bag.  The poet John Clare referred to them as 'bumbarrels' .... "coy bumbarrels, twenty in a drove, flit down the hedgerows in the frozen plain and hang on little twigs and start again".....

They are such beautiful birds with their amazing long tails, a firm favourite with bird lovers.  

Whilst drawing him I was listening to a story about a bird landing in a prison yard, a prisoner stopped a fellow prisoner from throwing a stone at it with the words 'don't hit him - that bird has my wings'  Since I was working on his wings at that time the title seemed just right.  

He is drawn in charcoal with a little ink around his eye and splashed over his wings.  He is 17" x 13" framed in a dark wooden frame to 23" x 19" and is ready to hang.  A very special drawing that would suit a free spirited home.