Crows .. or more exactly rooks of course (the lighter beak is the simplest way to know a rook)
I love these smart birds and could happily watch fool around them all day long.
Did you know they can mimic human speech and learn words just as well as parrots? (Don't believe me - Google it!)
I highly recommend the wonderful book "Corvus - A Life With Birds" to change how you see both birds and crows forever.
Lockdown projects... This is a view from the cliff tops near Blackgang Chine looking down on St. Catherine's lighthouse and the seemingly endless ocean beyond. The skies here seem really big.
I'll often take a morning run past this spot, and have photographed it many times, but never loved the result. I like it best when the sea and the sky and the earth all feel part of the same entity: shaped from the same clay so to speak.
I'm not explaining this well, but sometimes when it's misty and the light is low, it's hard to tell where the earth turns into air and the sea turns into sky. For some reason this makes me happy. This, I think, is what this picture is about.
It's a pencil sketch and a water big messy watercolour which I've then brought into photoshop and completely reworked. I like it, and I hope it pleases you too.