The International Postcard Show 2016 : Opening Night

Venue : Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DLOpening night

The International Postcard Show 2016 –  Friday 15th January – 13th February 2016.

The show opened on Friday the 15th of January; having over 400 entries, the opening was given a good response from the public.  Here are a few photographs from the opening night.  With my entry of a ‘Trio of Kingfishers’ Story-cards from the story ‘Blue Coot’, a story which talks about difference.

Opening night

The show opens...

15th January to 13th February 2016

Opening night

A Trio of Kingfishers

 My ‘Trio of Kingfisher postcards’ are for sale at £15 each which you can buy direct from the gallery…

To follow the show link up with The Surface Gallery on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/surfacegallery or follow me on facebook see link above…

SURFACE GALLERY,
16 SOUTHWELL ROAD,
NOTTINGHAM
NG1 1DL
TEL: 0115 947 0793

 

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Blackbird singing in the dead of night...

Blackbird singing in the dead of night…

Blackbird singing in the dead of night… a collaboration of artworks between Vicky Pearson and Lesley Pearson; to launch our new product range on the Jellygnomes Webshop… With Sue Lees modelling the new Limited Edition T-Shirt Range…

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The flight of the Kingfisher

Adapted to see underwater the kingfisher can see it prey.

Adapted to see underwater the kingfisher can see it prey.

The flight of the kingfisher is fast, direct and usually low over water. The short rounded wings whirr rapidly, a bird flying away shows an electric-blue “flash” down its back…

In the blink of an eye... the kingfisher is a king of fishers.

In the blink of an eye… the kingfisher is a king of fishers.

They are the king of fishers, eating a varied diet of equatic insects alongside small fish. Kingfishers usually hunt from an exposed perch; when a prey item is observed, the kingfisher swoops down to snatch it, then returns to the perch.

Kingfishers are generally shy birds, but in spite of this, they feature heavily in human culture.  As a shy bird the sightings can be rare, yet we see them quite frequently as we move about the rivers and canal networks of England and Wales.  Some kingfishers are quiet undeterred by human presence, others flitting when our boat comes to close.   The flitting electric blue is sometimes the only sighting we can record.  Kingfishers are territorial, nesting in crevices of upturned trees, in banks of rivers and canals.  Laying 2 eggs in a clutch, the flood waters can be a problem in spring.  This leads to laying more eggs to compensate for the loss if they are flooded out.

Kingfisher Perched

The kingfisher is on the Amber List of Endangers species… they are a sign of decent water quality.  In winter if the water is iced over they move to coastal regions, this causes problems for the kingfisher, it is a prime reason for the loss of the species if the bad weather is prolonged.  My drawings are a recording something I shall continue with.

Over the past year I have been writing a children’s book which largely features the coot; who has an encounter with a kingfisher.  During these past few years, I have been looking at characters, families, fall-outs, nesting seasons alongside spotting the diversity of wildlife living on our canals and rivers.

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A children's story about difference and colour.

A children’s story about difference and colour.

Leading on from the story ‘Blue Coot’ I have been privileged to be able to take part in the International Postcard Show 2016, with my Trio of Kingfishers.

My webshop has some of the drawings, which take form as prints, T-shirts, cards…

 

A Trio of Kingfishers by Lesley Pearson

Venue : Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham.  NG1 1DLPostcard show 2016

Opening Night : Friday, January 15th, 18.00-21.00

January 16th – February 13th

The Surface Gallery in Nottingham are hosting The International Postcard Show.  This year I decided to submit A Trio of Kingfishers; as story-cards, they are a precursor to a book I have been working on which tells the Children’s story of a ‘Blue Coot’.   ‘What a magnificent sight to be seen’ thought the Blue Coot as he gazed at the kingfisher sitting on a branch up above.  The Story and illustrations talk about difference.

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A Trio of Kingfishers

A Trio of Kingfishers

Follow me on Twitter : https://twitter.com/jellygnomes to see The International Postcard Exhibition 2016 unfold at the Surface Gallery in Nottingham.

 

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Over the last 12 months I began to see the ‘Blue Coot’  as an eccentric little bird, which is shy, who hides at every opportunity much like many coots we have seen over the past few years. The ‘Skating Coot’ is a carry on from the story which formed part of the Guild of Waterway Artists Christmas Card Selection which is for sale from my Webshop.

Christmas Coot