a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Teach an Old Dog

Sparrow Avenue
Looking back on old images, I've come across the drawing of the sparrow that became the logo for Sparrow Avenue. This drawing was originally done with a simple ball point pen, just scribbling around. Back in those days my son helped me with the lettering as I hadn't a clue how to do it. Boy, I've learned a lot since those days! Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Owl Petite

Sparrow Avenue, Owl Petite Pouch
Playing around with photo shoots while I have my morning coffee. The hint in this picture being that these little pouches are great for having your coffee money readily available when you're getting your cup-a-Jo.

I see that I have run out of these particular ones in the shop. Will have to re-stock the shelves, so-to-speak.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Always Working

Bit of a dreary early Spring weekend with the weather not knowing what it wants to do. Roxy, here, is more or less mimicking the same.
This is the first time (or maybe second) that I have captured her actually looking at the camera. She hates her picture being taken.

Always working though no matter what and it was on the Natural Linen Tea Towels; trying to replenish stock, now that I'm entering that phase of the year. Most of the new images have been burned onto screens and I'm glad that part is done. Now I'll just be printing and sewing.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Sparrow Avenue, New Natural Linen Tea Towel
I haven't been able to think of a title for this new design for the Natural Linen tea towels but I really love how it turned out. There is another one coming with this new approach to to my images as a composition. More about that later...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sparrow Avenue, 2017 new screen images
Surely, you must have noticed how much more light there is at the beginning and end of the day. This is a great time to see all the new birds returning. Up the street is an old tree with lots of interesting holes in the branches: great shelters and hiding places for little guys. There is a Nuthatch that I see there quite regularly. Sweet little things: Nuthatches.

Anyway, this is one of my latest screens. I'm going for more of a "composition" look that can either be printed completely or individually. Can't wait til I do the rabbits...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Snowy Owl

Sparrow Avenue, Snowy Owl Pouch
Have you ever seen The Great White Owl or Snowy Owl, (as they are also known)? I can't say that I have except for once a very very long time ago, I might have been 5 or younger. Behind where we lived was a huge field. It was farm land once upon a time. And in that field was one tall and lonely tree. It was in that tree that I'm sure I saw one. Farm fields are typical places for Snowy Owls to hang out as there are lots of mice and other small critters to catch. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Little Fox Pouch

Sparrow Avenue, Fox Pouch
I have been sewing up a lot of these little pouches. The Fox is new for 2017, and I"m rather pleased with how he's turned out. You can see him at the shop. Over the next few days I will add the others.