Waxwings on my birthday!

waxwings-by-stephen-valentine

Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) may possibly be my favourite bird, and I’ve posted a couple of times about encounters with them – see: Waxwing winter and Waxwings in Northants.

So for my birthday last weekend I was stunned and delighted by a gift from my wife Karin: a specially commissioned illustration of waxwings by a very talented artist friend of ours, Stephen Valentine, who is based in Denmark.

I think Stephen has beautifully captured both the alert intelligence of these birds, always on the look-out for food and predators, and their subtle and striking colouration.  It’s such an honour to own a piece like this!

If you’re interested, Stephen regularly takes commissions; you can find him on Facebook by searching for “Studio Sejerø”, or I can put you in touch with him.

Thanks Karin, thanks Stephen! 🙂

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8 responses to “Waxwings on my birthday!

  1. Lynne

    A nice bird and a lovely present. Happy Birthday Lx

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  2. Stephen Valentine

    Thanks for your kind comments Jeff. It was a real pleasure drawing them for you and a good challenge. I’m pretty pleased with the result too.

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  3. hilarymb

    Hi Jeff – what a fantastic piece of art-work … and wax wings are so pretty … lovely thoughtful present from your wife, and as Stephen says ‘he did do a pretty good job- and should be pleased with himself’ ……. all in all a very successful and happy birthday year … cheers Hilary

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  4. Murtagh's Meadow

    Belated happy birthday. The waxwings are beautiful.

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