Rough Sketches

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Whenever I’m asked to do illustrations or watercolours for someone and I start preliminary ideas,  I generally don’t have a sketch book to hand and often grab a sheet of paper from anything that comes within reach. I’ve always done this even from childhood and when there was  no paper to draw on my dad would tear a page out of whatever book he was reading so that he could have a bit of peace from pestering kids…Thanks Dad!
 

Pencil sketches of birds by Bill Morton

Sketches plus a copy of a review of ‘The Birds of  Frodsham Marsh’

Pencil sketches. Bill Morton

Black-necked Grebes (above) with Little Gulls (below).

Pencil sketches. Bill Morton

Aquatic Warbler, Black-necked Grebe and Waxwings.

Pencil sketches. Waders and BoP's. Bill Morton

Practice, practice, practice.

Pencil Sketches of Spot Sand et al. Bill Morton.

Spotted Sand and Shrike et al.

Pencil Sketches of birds. Bill Morton.

Birds, birds and more birds.

Pencil Sketches 7. Bill Morton

Cat with kill et al. This sketch was inspired by an extremely long wait for a Gray-cheecked Thrush on the Isles of Scilly. Just when boredom was causing a kind of birding rigormortis, the thrush hopped out of the bottom of a bush and almost immediately a cat hopped after it and the thrush was no more! 

Pencil Sketches 6.Bill Morton

Crossbill: Lump’em and Dump’em sketch. Rough sketch for a cartoon used in Birding World and some additional drawings.

Pencil Sketches 5. Bill morton

Waders and Passerines.

Pencil Sketches 4.Bill Morton.

Ross’s Gull et al.

Pencil Sketches 3. Bill Morton.

Red-flanked Bluetail et al.

Pencil Sketches 2. Bill Morton.

Passerines.

Pencil Sketches 1. Bill Morton.

Anicent Murrelet et al.

Pencil sketch random illustration (Fox Hunt). Bill Morton

I’m not the greatest fan of people who kill animals for fun/sport and thought about turning the tables in this cartoon.

pencil sketch of Black-winged Stilts nesting at Frodsham Matrsh. Bill Morton.

Pencil sketch of Black-winged Stilts nesting at Frodsham Marsh.

Pencil drawing of Gannet pencil sketch 1979. Bill Morton.

Pencil drawing of Gannet, 1979.

Sketch book rough sketches. Bill Morton.

Quail, Lancy et al.

Not BB pencil sketches. Bill Morton.

Not BB pencil sketches.

Gyrfalcon, Berryhead.. Bill Morton.

Gyrfalcon, Berryhead.

Still under construction.

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Take Note!

Take Note!

I’ve included a few of the different notes from various birding note books I have kept over the years. Taking notes jogs the memory when the memory sometimes needs a nudge. The older you get the better these birds become.

Birding Note Book 1981 (Hudsonian Godwit). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1981 (Hudsonian Godwit)

Birding Note Book 1982 (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper). bill morton

Birding Note Book 1982 (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper).

Birding Note Book 1982 (Long-toed Stint). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1982 (Long-toed Stint).

Birding Note Book 1983 (Steller's Eider). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1983 (Steller’s Eider).

Birding Note Book 1986 (Nutcracker). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1986 (Nutcracker).

Birding Note Book 1987 (Harlequin Duck). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1987 (Harlequin Duck).

Birding Note Book 1988 (Pom Skua & Pec Sand). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1988 (Pom Skua & Pec Sand).

Birding Note Book 1990 (Am Bittern et al). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1990 (Am Bittern et al).

Birding Note Book 1990 (Swallow & Pacific Golden Plover).. Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1990 (Swallow & Pacific Golden Plover).

Birding Note Book 1995 (Lesser Scaup & Pec Sand). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1995 (Lesser Scaup & Pec Sand).

Birding Note Book, 1986 (Pacific Golden Plover et al). Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1998 (Temminck's Stint & Little Gull).Bill Morton

Birding Note Book 1998 (Temminck’s Stint & Little Gull).

Birding Note Book 1998 (Med Gull). Bill Morton

It’s always worth taking notes on whatever you’re observing. I ‘m still checking back to notes I have made even years ago.

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

31.05.14. Southern Marsh Orchid in 3D, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

If you have got a pair of 3D spectacles then now is the time to grab them and view this Southern Marsh Orchid from Frodsham Marsh taken on 31.05.14.

Summer meadow at Pickerings Pasture, Halebank copy

Flower meadow at Pickerings Pasture. 08.02.13. Northern Lights, northern Norway. Bill morton Aurora Borealis over the Arctic Sea at Whale Island and 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. 01.04.11. Funguys at Wigg Island. Bill Morton Working with the Friends of Wigg Island we secured funding to create this ‘funguys art project’. Bridge views from Old Quay Bridge, Runcorn, May 2004. Bill Morton. A view of Runcorn Bridge from Old Quay Bridge. The Manchester Ship Canal (left) and River Mersey (right).May 2004. Reflections of the Weaver Bend. Bill Morton Reflections of the Weaver Bend, Frodsham Marsh. Rhinolambanana at Wigg Island, August 2009. Bill Morton Turning the ‘Super Lamb Banana model around I painted this for a community project. The ‘Rhinolambanana’. August 2009. Lichen post end. Bill Morton Post top with lichen with a blue filter added. Misty Wigg Wam. Wigg Island. Bill Morton.. Living art project ‘Wigg Wam Bam’ . This teepee stills survives at Wigg Island 10 years later. 20.11.09. Fly Argaric at Delamere Forest, Cheshire. Bill Morton. 20.11.09. Fly Argaric at Dead Lake, Delamere Forest, Cheshire. Sleepy Dutton Hollow. J Sparks Sleepy Dutton Hollow, Cheshire. Viking stone sculpture at Wigg Island, 16.05.09. Bill Morton. Viking Sandstone Sculpture (one of three present), stands over 2 m and weighting 3 ton. Art Project, Wigg Island. 24.05.09. Female Broad-bodied Chaser at Moore, Cheshire. Bill Morton 24.05.09. A (female) Broad-bodied Chaser spotted whilst cycling along the Mersey Rim Ride, Moore, Cheshire. Web and lens flare. Bill Morton I saw this spiders web covered in water jewels so I added a lens flare on Photoshop to enhance the image. Westbank, Widnes from the bridge, Feb 2010. Bill Morton Feb 2010, Westbank, Widnes from the Runcorn Bridge with the cloud factory of Fiddlers Ferry in the distance. Fox trots along the River Mersey. Bill Morton Fox trot along the River Mersey. This image came second in a photographic competition it was taken at Wigg Island and given a sepia tint. 16.03.10. Hallgrimkirka at night, Reykjavik, Iceland 16.03.10. Hallgrimkirka at night, Reykjavik, Iceland. I took this image obviously at night but my partner Julie was walking in front of the cathedral and it had a Tolkienesque feel about. Fly Agaric, Sept'04 Fly Agaric fungi. This was taken in the Lake District and I deselected the background colour to emphasize the colour of the toadstool. 02.02.09. Loch-en Eilean castle, Speyside, Scotland. Bill Morton 02.02.09. Loch-en Eilean castle, Speyside, Scotland. This a favourite in Tatton Park. Bill Morton Tatton Park tree. 10.05.09. Steel Rig to Housesteads at Hadrians Wall, Northumbria. Bill Morton 10.05.09. Steel Rig to Housesteads at Hadrians Wall, Northumbria. This site is featured in the film, ‘Robin Hood Prince of thieves’ when Kevin Costner & Morgan Freeman meet up. 05.06.09.Orchids near Wigg Island. Bill Morton 05.06.09. Buttercups & Orchids near Wigg Island. 06.07.09. Hummingbird Hawk Moth at Ravenscar Hotel grounds, North Yorkshire Moors. Bill Morton 06.07.09. Hummingbird Hawk Moth at Ravenscar Hotel grounds, North Yorkshire Moors 03.07.11. Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis. Bill Morton 03.07.11. Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis. 03.07.11. Sunset, Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis, Outer Hebrides 03.07.11. Sunset, Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis, Outer Hebrides. 05.07.09. Fossil hunting from Ravenscar, North Yorkshire Moors. Bill Morton 05.07.09. Fossil hunting from Ravenscar, North Yorkshire Moors. This insect is a Sea Slater and is distantly related to prehistoric crabs. The idea of having a living fossil alongside a real fossil was the aim here. 06.07.11. Hushinish, north Harris 06.07.11. Hushinish, North Harris. We went to see the Lewis Chess Men exhibition at Stornoway Museum and recreated the scene of the find at Uig Bay here. 08.04.10. Toad mating at Pale Heights, Delamere Forest, cheshire. Bill Morton 08.04.10. Toad mating at Pale Heights, Delamere Forest, Cheshire. Song Thrush copy At work we have on occassion looked after animals that have been found by children and, reluctenly hand reared them. This baby Song Thrush took a shine to the mounted Little Owl. March 2006, Matamata (Hobbiton) North Island, New Zealand (14) copy On a trip to New Zealand in 2005 we dropped in at Bag End to see Mr Baggins. Late October sunset at Delamere Forest. Bill Morton Late October sunset at Delamere Forest. Black Lark. South Stack, Anglesey. Bill Morton. Black Lark on South Stack, Anglesey. Golden Eagle. Bill Morton. I organised an event at Rock Park, Runcorn with Vale Royal Falconry and they brought along this beast. Evening light, Helsinki. Bill Morton. I saw this man walking along the snowy shore in the evening light and thought it captured the mood in Helsinki. Sunset, Helsinki. Bill Morton. You can’t go wrong with snow and the sun setting. This was taken about 30 minutes after the above image. Earth Star, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton. Common Earth Star are really impressive fungi. This one’s got a nice smiley face.

Published Work

Published Work

Page with line drawing of Chapter piece for Best Days with British Birds (Bruinnichs Guillemot)

Page with line drawing of Chapter piece for Best Days with British Birds (Sand Martins). Bill Morton

Page with line drawing of chapter piece for ‘Best Days with British Birds’ (Sand Martins).

Page with line drawing of Spanish Sparrow for Phoenix Newsletter .Bill Morton.

Page with line drawing of Spanish Sparrow for Phoenix Newsletter.

Page with line drawing of 1994 North West Region Bird Report (Black-faced Bunting). Bill Morton.

Page with line drawing of 1994 North West Region Bird Report (Black-faced Bunting).

Page with line drawing of 1994 North West Region Bird Report (No6 tank evcavations). Bill Morton.

Page with line drawing of 1994 North West Region Bird Report (No6 tank evcavations by me and Black-winged Stilts by Julian Hough).

Cover for 'Going for the Biggy' by Stuart Gibson and cover drawing by Julian Hough.

‘Going for the Biggy’ by the late Stuart Gibson. Cover drawing by Julian Hough and, although the cover art work is my Julian, there are  several other artists including Simon Smethurst, Andy Stoddart and myself on the inside pages.

The Birds of the United Arab Emirates.

The Birds of the United Arab Emirates . I illustrated this one (except for the cover).

Page one with line drawing of RSPB Halton Members Group Newsletter 1982. Bill Morton

Page two with line drawing of RSPB Halton Members Group Newsletter 1982. Bill Morton.

Page one & two with line drawing of Pallas’s Warbler and Red Kite for the Halton RSPB Members Group Newsletter 1982. I think these are my first ever published illustrations? They were put in to illustrate the article written by myself and Alex Weir.

Page with line drawing from White-throated Sparrow from 'Going for the Biggy'. Bill Morton.

Page from ‘Going for the Biggy’ by Stuart Gibson with White-throated Sparrow and the story behind the twitch Martin Garner and I did to Belfast. Only God knows what I was on when I was drawing the bobble-headed Sparrow?!

Covering It

Line drawing of Cover of Fife Bird Report 1988 (Wryneck in colour). Bill Morton

Line drawing of Wryneck for the cover of Fife Bird Report 1988.

Line drawing of Cover for 'The Birds of Frodsham Marsh' . Bill Morton

Line drawing for cover of ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’.

Cover illustration for C&WOS Bird News No6 April 1990- cove

Cover illustration for C&WOS Bird News, No6, April 1990.

Cover for Guide to Birdwatching on Runcorn Hill

Cover for ‘Guide to Birdwatching on Runcorn Hill’. This is a guide I wrote and illustrated in 1985.

Cover for Birding the Northwest 1987 copy

Cover for Birding the Northwest 1987

Cover for Birds if Bahrain (Grey Hypocolyus). Bill Morton

Cover for Birds of Bahrain (Grey Hypocolyus)

Cover for Cheshire Bird Reort 1987 of Velvet Scoters. Bill Morton

Cover for Cheshire Bird Report 1987. Velvet Scoters & Goldeneye.

Still constructing so more to come.

Pen & Ink

Pen & Ink

Most of the illustrations that appear below have been published in one form or another but unfortunately, I can not remember where. I will update as and when I found their publication.

Pen and ink drawing of Golden Eagle from school art project c1973 copy

Believe it or not this is one of my first pen and ink drawings done at school in 1972 or 73. It is supposed to be a Golden Eagle but it now looks more like a female Capercaille now. You have to start somewhere I guess.

Line drawing of Nightjar and Speckled Wood Butterfly. Bill Morton

European Nightjar and Speckled Wood Butterfly.

Line drawing of Arctic Skua off Meols for the Wirrall RSPB Groups AGM prize draw. Bill Morton

Arctic Skua off Meols. I donated this illustration to the Wirral RSPB Members Group AGM 1987 prize draw.

Pencil sketches for book of wildlife poems. Bill Morton   Line drawing of Grey Wagtail for book of Poems. Bill Morton

The upper drawing of the two is a rough pencil sketch for the finished illustration of a Grey Wagtail below. It was drawn for a book of poems called a ‘Thoughtfulness of Sparrows’ written by Peter Walton.

Line drawing of Quail. Bill Morton.

One of my personal favourites is this drawing of a Quail singing at Pund, Fair Isle.

Line-drawing of Red-rumped Swallow. Bill MortonLine-drawing of Red-rumped Swallow. Bill Morton.

Red-rumped Swallows.

Line-drawing of Nesting Sand Martins (left hand side). Bill Morton    Red-breasted Nuthatch. North Norfolk. Bill Morton

Nesting Sand Martins (left hand side). This is one half of a big display panel I illustrated for a display board.

Red-breasted Nuthatch. North Norfolk. British Birds magazine.

Line-drawing of Trogan, Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Sandgrouse. Bill Morton

Trogan. Sandgrouse.

Illustration of (nesting) Mistle Thrush. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Tufted Duck (pair).Bill Morton

Mistle Thrush (nesting). Cheshire and Wirral Breeding Bird Atlas. Tufted Ducks (pair).

Line drawing of (male) Pintail. Bill Morton.    Line-drawing of SAmerican Wigeon (male). Bill Morton

Pintail (drake). ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’. American Wigeon (male). This was one in a series of species used in a greetings cards collection.

Line drawing of (male) Ring-necked Duck. Bill Morton   Line drawing of (drake) Surf Scoter. Bill Morton.

Ring-necked Duck (drake). Surf Scoter (drake).

Line drawing of (imm male) Harlequin Duck. Bill Morton.   Illustration-Line drawing of American Scoter copy

Harlequin Duck (immature male), Shetland. American Scoter (drake). Illustration for an identification article.

Line drawing of (drake) Smew. Bill Morton   Illustration of Arctic Redpoll. Bill Morton

Smew (drake) .  Arctic Redpoll. Birding World magazine.

Line-drawing of Red-backed Shrike (female). Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Woodchat Shrike (male). Bill Morton

Red-backed Shrike (female). British Birds. Woodchat Shrike (male). British Birds.

Line-drawing of Yellow-breasted Bunting. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Siberian Stonechat. Bill Morton.

Yellow-breasted Bunting. Bird Watching magazine. Siberian Stonechat (juvenile).

Line-drawing of Rufous Bush Chat. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Sanderling.Bill Morton

Rufous Bush Chat and Sanderling. Birds of the United Arab Emirates.

Line-drawing of Subalpine Warbler. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Ring-necked Parakeet Bill Morton

Subalpine Warbler. Ring-necked Parakeet.

Line-drawing of Namacqua Dove. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Naumann's Thrush. Bill Morton

Namacqua Dove. Birds of the United Arab Emirates. Naumann’s Thrush. This was one in a series of species used in a greetings cards collection.

Line-drawing of Pacific Golden Plover. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Little Ringed Plover BIOTY. Bill Morton

Pacific Golden Plover. Cover illustration for British Birding by Ted Abraham. Little Ringed Plover Bird Illustrator of the Year. This drawing was my first ever entry for the competition I think it was 1981?

Line drawing of Stilt Sandpiper (digitally enhanced). Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Kentish Plover on nest (female). Bill Morton

Stilt Sandpiper (digitally enhanced). Kentish Plover on nest (female).

Line drawing of rare waders. Bill Morton   Line drawing of Killdeer. Bill Morton.

Rare waders (Pec, Stilt and Broad-billed Sands). Killdeer.

Illustration of Collarded Pratincole at Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.   Illustration-Line drawing of Red-necked Phalarope (juvenile). Bill Morton

Collared Pratincole at Frodsham Marsh. Red-necked Phalarope (juvenile).

Illustration-Line drawing of Redshank. Bill Morton   Line drawing of Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Bill Morton

Redshank and Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

Line drawing of Sevenvale Ringing Group. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Evermann's Redstart. Bill Morton

Line drawing of Sevenvale Ringing Group . I did this one for my old mate Gordon Avery from Gloucester. Evermann’s Redstart.

Illustration of Yellow-vented Bulbul for the PhoenixNo 10, Dec'93. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Black Drongho for 'the Birds of the United Arab Emirates'. Bill Morton

Yellow-vented Bulbul for (the Arabian Bird Society) Phoenix No 10, Dec’ 93. Black Drongo for ‘The Birds of the United Arab Emirates’ .

Line-drawing of Desert Sparrow for 'the Birds of the United Arab Emirates'. Bill Morton   Illustration-Line drawing of Common Waxbill. Bill Morton.

Desert Sparrow for ‘The Birds of the United Arab Emirates’. Common Waxbill.

Line drawing of White-faced Bulbul from 'The Birds of the United Emirates'. Bill Morton   Illustration-Line drawing of Desert Finch. Bill Morton

White-faced Bulbul from ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’. Desert Finch for the ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’.

Illustration-Line drawing of Scrub Warbler. Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Lesser Short-toed Lark for 'the Birds of the United Arab Emirates'. Bill Morton

Scrub Warbler for ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’. Lesser Short-toed Lark for ‘The Birds of the United Arab Emirates’.

Illustration-Line drawing of Red-headed Bunting (male). Bill Morton   Line drawing of Golden Eagle and prey. Bill Morton.

Red-headed Bunting (male). Golden Eagle and prey for the ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’. .

Line drawing of Hen Harrier.Bill Morton   Line-drawing of Barbary Falcon for 'the Birds of the United Arab Emirates'. Bill Morton

Hen Harrier and Barbary Falcon for ‘The Birds of the United Arab Emirates’.

Illustration-Line drawing of Egyptian Vulture. Bill Morton.

Egyptian Vulture for the ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’.

Line drawing of Dupont's Lark from 'The Birds of the United Emirates'. Bill morton   Illustration of (male) Whinchat. Bill Morton

Dupont’s Lark from ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’ . Whinchat and Butterfly.

Line drawing of Short-eared Owl from The Birds of Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton   Illustration of (male and female) Black Redstart. Bill Morton.

Short-eared Owl from ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’. Breeding Black Redstarts.

Illustration of Firecrest. Bill Morton   Goldcrest. Bill Morton.

Firecrest. Goldcrest for the Cheshire & Wirral Breeding Bird Atlas. .

Illustration of Alpine Swift. Bill Morton   Line drawing of Pacific Swifts. Bill Morton

Alpine Swift and Pacific Swifts.

Illustration-Line drawing of Rock Dove. Bill Morton   Line drawing of Blue Pitta.Bill Morton

Rock Dove for the ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’. Blue Pitta.

Line drawing of Dipper. Bill Morton.    Line drawing of Red-eyed Vireo. Bill Morton

Dipper and Red-eyed Vireo.

Line-drawing of Little Bunting original (BIofY) copy   Line-drawing of Little Bunting (BIofY draft). Bill Morton

Little Bunting  and draft (Bird Illustrator of the Year Award).

Line-drawing of Sabines Gull. Bill Morton   Illustration of Little Shearwater. Bill Morton

Sabines Gull and Little Shearwater.

Illustration of Little Auk.Bill Morton.    Line drawing of Franklins Gull and other gulls, Martin Mere. Bill Morton.

Little Auk and Franklin’s Gull and other gulls, Martin Mere.

Line drawing of Sabine's Gull from 'The Birds of Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton   Line drawing of Ross's Gull. Bill Morton

Sabine’s Gull from ‘The Birds of Frodsham Marsh’. Ross’s Gull.

Illustration of Whooper Swan. Bill Morton    Line drawing of Waxwings CBR cover. Bill Morton.

Whooper Swan. This was my first drawing for the Cheshire Bird Report 1981 it featured on the back cover. Waxwings for the Cheshire Bird Report cover.

Line drawing of Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Bill Morton.   Illustration-Line drawing of Hobby. Bill Morton

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Birds of the United Arab Emirates. Hobby the logo of Hobby Publications.

Line drawing of Black-shoulder Kite. Bill Morton.   Line drawing of Harrier faces for Scandanavian a journal articleI. Bill Morton.

Black-shoulder Kite for the ‘The Birds of the United Emirates’. Harrier profiles used in a Scandinavian birding journal.

Line-drawing of Butterfly ring (coloured). Bill Morton.

Butterfly Ring (coloured).

Page with line drawing of Frodsham Marsh Birders Map. Bill Morton

Map of Frodsham Marsh pre-1993.

Page with line drawing of British Birding 1984 by Ted Abraham. Bill Morton.

British Birding 1984 by Ted Abraham. Showing Nancy’s Cafe at Cley.

Line drawings of passerines. Bill morton   Line drawings of passerines. 2. Bill Mortony

Passerines part 3.

Line drawing of various birds part 1. Bill Morton.   Line drawings of passerines part 3. Bill Morton.

Various birds part 1.

Illustrations for BIOFY. Bill Morton.   Illustration-Line of Leach's Petrel logos. Bill morton.

Some early attempts for British Birds magazine. Graphic illustrations of Leach’s Petrel logo’s.

Still updating content.

Art Projects

Viking Sculpture

Photographic images-Art project for the Friends of Wigg Island. Viking Stone sculpture, Wigg Island. Bill Morton

Art project for the Friends of Wigg Island. Viking Stone Sculpture, Wigg Island. Cheshire

Art Project. Paliminary sketches for 'Troll Trail', Art Project. Bill MortonArt Project. Paliminary sketches for 'Troll Trail',Art Project. Bill Morton

Art Project (preliminary sketches for) ‘Troll Trail’ at Wigg Island.

1st draft of Troll copyArt Project: Troll Trail sketches. Bill Morton

A digital version and the rough sketch.

Art ProjectArt project paliminary sketch for Bugs Totem Pole copy

Some sketches for a totem pole wood carving I did at Rock Park, Runcorn.

Art project paliminary sketch for Funguys and Fungals  mushroom seats at Wigg IslandFunguys and Fungals art project at Wigg Island, Oct-Nov 2011

From an idle pencil sketch and an idle idea we worked at producing several fungal sculptures to make the public aware of the importance of these fascinating lifeforms. Artist Angela Sidwell with pupils from a local school featured in a local newspaper cutting.

01.04.11. Funguys at Wigg Island. Bill Morton    Bug Bench, Wigg Island, Cheshire. Bill Morton.

The ‘Funguys’ in the outdoor classroom at Wigg Island and the ‘Bug Bench’ we created for passersby to sit and ponder while under their bottoms a whole ecosystem is supporting them.

Frodblog new header. Bill MortonA draft for a possible new title header for the Frodshan Marsh BirdBlog.

Colour Work

Colour Work

Water-colour painting of a Red-fronted Serin (male) copy

Red-fronted Serin. Water colour

Water-colour of Firecrest and Yellow-browed Warbler, 1989 copy

Water colour of  a Firecrest and Yellow-browed Warbler

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Close details of both birds

Firecrest water colour. Bill Morton Nighthawk. Water colour. Bill Morton

Common Nighthawk. Water colour

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White-billed Diver. Water colour.

Beetle Rock (computer generated art) by Bill Morton

 

Beetle Rock. Computer generated art.