Wishing you health and happiness this winter and lots of Crane sightings!
|A completed tunnel book containing 6 sections depicting Cranes in their vibrant habitat. The book formed a tunnel that when peered through was like looking into a long theatre with many proscenium arch stages.|
|Left: Pupils from Turkey assemble and design book pages. Right: Ozlem, teacher from Turkey, peers through a book page in progress.|
|Top Left: Pupils and I preparing illustrations. Top Right: Eurasian Cranes bugling against a colourful landscape. Bottom: Peering into the tunnel!|
|Tunnel books in progress with a beautiful and vibrant book cover top right.|
|Top Left: Pupils work together to create their book. Top Right: Pupils with their tunnel book which was big enough for them to stand in! Bottom: Another colourful Crane diorama.|
|Cranes, Cranes everywhere!|
|A beautiful diorama with lots of hidden details.|
|Pupils from across Europe present their finished tunnel book with Beccy Swaine from Somerset Art Works and I, after a hectic but exciting week of art!|
|Left: European teachers with one of the pupils finished tunnels. Right: A beautiful tunnel book cover.|
|Me and Adam Hawkins, a teacher from Ash School, talking about the Great Crane Project on the first day we met the pupils and teachers.|
|Reference materials we will use in Belgium to explore Crane and their habitats.|
|Metal bees, dragonflies and beetles made by pupils at Curry Mallet school.|
|Left: 'The Waiting Forest' Praxinoscope and Right: 'Somerset River' Praxinoscope. Photos © Richard Battye 2013|
|Left: Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve Zoetrope, Brandenburg and Right: Somerset Levels Zoetrope.|
|Photo on left taken today and a month earlier on the right. Me feeding the Cranes!|
|Pickpocketing Crane and a new style of Crane Yoga (or in training to be a pianist)!|
|The patterns and colours of the feathers were stunning. Some Cranes were a silvery grey and others contained a touch of red.|
|L-R: Making the zoetropes, a finished Beetle zoetrope ready for spinning and a butterfly sequential image.|
|Ash School pupils test their zoetropes out on the record players and film them themselves too!|
|Year 5 pupils with their zoetropes, spinning them on a pencil!|
|Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve Zoetrope' - depicting the forest, nesting Cranes, the mill and various animals sharing the habitat.|
|'Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve Zoetrope' - depicting Cranes in meadows, blossom trees, marsh frogs and may bugs - all of which I was lucky enough to observe whilst in the reserve.|
|Somerset Levels Zoetrope' - I wanted to paint the Cranes against a backdrop of vivid red accompanied by local flora including water parsnip, dandelions and bulrushes.|
|The beautiful Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, Brandenburg|
|Me about to enter a swamp! My desk back at 'The Mill' where the team stayed for the duration of the trip.|
|More forest jewels and a tree covered with fungi that looks as if it is straight from the pages of an Eastern European folktale!|
My new gouaches, Damon Bridge checking eggs in Brandenburg and the first chick hatched at Slimbridge on 4th May.
Photos courtesy of Damon Bridge.
|Cranes from left to right with: bulrushes and celandine, common dog violets and water parsnip.|
I found some examples of early illuminated manuscripts depicting Cranes, courtesy of the British Library. The designs are quite stylized however I think very beautiful!
|Miniatures of Cranes from left to right: England; England, N. or Central; England, S. (Salisbury?)|
Left: Cranes in field courtesy of David Kjaer Right: Damon Bridge, Great Crane Project Manager with tracking gear.