It is no secret that I love birds and in particular robins. I like hearing their bird song early in the morning on the way to work and unexpected encounters with them whilst out and about. They lift my spirits on the dreariest of days. Initially, I hesitated to include birds in my work as there are lots of artists who use their imagery. However, I think that you have to be true to what inspires you and initial sketches can lead to all sorts of different outcomes as you can see here.
Meet the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome Robin.
I first came across this friendly little robin in late
August 2011 in one of the hottest parts of the Rainforest Biome on a beautiful
sunny day (remember those?). I was really surprised to see him hopping around
in there as we all associate robins with cold winter days. Maybe this one had
come to its senses and realised that the sunny, hot climes were much more
appealing? When I visited a year later he was still there and must have found
that the biome suited him very nicely!
The images above represent how much this one robin inspired
my work and has formed an important part of my Curious Clare image (see above
banner!). The painted robin study in my sketchbook has led to digital
illustration, relief ceramic tiles and laser cut details on my wedding
stationery and bunting. It also highlights the importance I place on drawing when
embarking upon new projects!