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For Wild Life Enthusiasts

23 Jan

I thought my fellow bloggers would like to read something different for a change from my Linear B Studies . So this post is all about a very special gentleman,  Artist Ben  Waddams. Originally from Buckinghamshire South East England, Ben now lives in Shropshire England and is a successful British Wildlife Artist.

Ben also has a feature column in the Mid Wales Journal which I read every week, this is because my dear friend posts these papers to me from England to Crete, where I now live so that I keep up to date with what’s going on both in England and Wales.

 

Here Ben talks a little about his work.

Ben has lived in the United States for many years on several different occasions and traveled in search of  exotic wildlife across Central America and Africa. “I have been lucky enough to have lived and  traveled through some truly mesmerizing area’s of the world and this is where I take my inspiration from ” says Ben. Some people may make the point that filming, painting and writing about animals is not active conservation. Correct, its not, until the awareness and money made can be injected into projects . But there has to be that awareness in the first place. There needs to be that appreciation of wildlife, gained through the descriptions of the place or the portrait of the animal, for people to then dip into their pay- packet and change their lifestyles with the aim to conserve the species on this planet, which I think we all have a moral duty to do.This is why I paint , write and photograph. I try to paint ‘moments in nature’ Scenes where for the most part, the viewer plays no active role . My paintings aim to be windows into the natural world and they are concerned primarily  with animal behavior and potential energy – that moment caught in time before life resumes.

Ben’s  Xmas article in the Mid Wales Journal included the old favourite and now England’s National bird the robin. In winter they become rather fascinating in their movements .The robins we see in our gardens and throughout  towns and villages during the summer months are largely ‘resident ‘ but a small minority, usually females, migrate to southern Europe during the winter. Some of these migrate as far as Spain.

Scandinavian and Russian robins in turn migrate to Britain and Western  Europe to escape the harsher winters in their motherland, returning in the spring.  So, how can we tell which nationality the robin we are looking at is?   Well the migrants can be recognized by the greyer tone of the upper parts of their bodies. They are also a little more festive. They have a more orange breast, perfect for Xmas time.

Female robins move a short distance from the summer nesting territory to a  nearby territory while the males battle to keep the same territory throughout the year, a task made harder by the new arrivals.

Below are a few of Ben Waddams superb paintings.

Robin painting by Ben Waddams

The ever popular Robin painting by Ben Waddams

 

Blue tit by Ben Waddams

The Blue Tit.   I love this one.

Ben Waddams sketch of Bengal Tiger. (Tiger in the sun.)

This one is my favourite. Ben Waddams sketch of a Bengal Tiger.

Ben Waddams painting with David Sheperd

Ben Waddams painting with David Shepperd –

See more of Ben’s wild life paintings at  Benwaddams.com.

 

 

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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Wildlife

 

10 responses to “For Wild Life Enthusiasts

  1. Ancientfoods

    January 23, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for this Rita, these paintings are stunning.i am amazed at how natural these paintings are, the birds could just fly away, and the tiger walk into the jungle.i am an avid birder so I love this.

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  2. ritaroberts

    January 24, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Hi Joanna, Both I and my partner John also love birds but there are no really interesting birds here in Crete except for the Buzzards and Griffin Vultures, well not the area I live anyway . Maybe they are evident in other parts of Crete.Glad you enjoyed my post and yes I agree Ben Waddass paintings are wonderful. I did have permission from him to use his photos’ Thanks for reading Joanna Have a great week ahead.

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  3. nutsfortreasure

    January 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Beautiful post. How are you?

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    • ritaroberts

      January 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      We are fine thanks Eunice. Bitter cold winds here at the moment. Hope you haven’t had too much snow.

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  4. nutsfortreasure

    January 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I did 4 birds so far they are not easy with my basic skills though they do look like birds 🙂

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    • ritaroberts

      January 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Did you put them on your blog Eunice I don’t remember seeing any paintings of birds. !

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  5. dorannrule

    January 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderful!

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  6. frederick anderson

    January 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Exquisite art! I wish my pathetic efforts could turn out as well! Thanks for this post, and for making me aware of his work. I believe that robin may be the one from our garden…

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    • ritaroberts

      January 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Frederick. Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment. Yes Ben Waddams paintings are as you say “Exquisite” So pleased you enjpoyed the post about him.

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  7. Alice Nash

    March 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I really enjoyed the blog about Ben Waddams and loved the pictures of the birds,

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