I had a busy week in my hometown of Chesterfield, where I ran a workshop on creating coloured pencil pet portraits on May 9th, 2015. I also took the opportunity to catch up with family and friends. Once back in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, my partner John and I decided to take a day off from work to relax and enjoy nature. We took our bikes and brought our cameras to capture new reference material. We rode up the coastal road through Cresswell and stopped at Cresswell Pond to observe the waders. Eventually, we ended up at Druridge Pools, where we found a few hides dotted around the lake. We rode 20 miles and took some fantastic photos, despite experiencing soreness the following day.
I love immersing myself in nature and taking photographs to incorporate into my work. It's just as important to me as the quality of my art products. My goal is to capture the rawness and essence of the moment, taking into account the surroundings and weather conditions. It's truly an honour to witness wildlife in their natural habitats and be able to offer a glimpse into their lives.
Having lived in Chesterfield for 40 years (!!) close to the Peak District in Northern Derbyshire, I have never been far from nature growing up, but as many residents will admit, we very often take our home towns and cities for granted, rarely appreciating the natural beauty that surrounds us, so I feel very privileged to have seen such an abundance of wildlife in such a short space of time. These few, but much enjoyed, walks and cycles out and about have always left me thinking one thing as I stand there admiring each view "I want to paint"!
So in the next few weeks, I will be going back to my first love in art and that is birds. I taught myself to draw using coloured pencils first and foremost. Copying bird illustrations from books when I was little, and have always held a great passion for these feathered animals. So I hope to produce a collection of paintings of these beautiful creatures and offer prints where possible too. Progress images will be posted here on the news blog, and any original pieces will be available to purchase on the STORE page.
Photography by John Graham and Karen M Berisford
Karen M Berisford
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Videos from the Studio - Art in Progress