I’ve always had a fondness for birds; I’ll admit, I could very easily become a twitcher. BUT, there has been a recurrent flock of bird memes flapping about in the decorative arts of late. In amongst all of this it’s comforting to know that there is good work on the market featuring birds – I especially loved the wallpaper designs of singer Edwyn Collins, and more recently I was instantly captivated by these beautiful watercolour drawings by Fran Giffard. Giffard’s work has a lovely transient quality due to the fact that she draws and paints directly into her Moleskin notebooks and diaries, often alongside shopping and to-do lists. You can tell that she adores her subject matter; her bird pictures are formed lovingly from close observation; but although she has a realist style, traditional subject matter and uses watercolour, her work is still very contemporary and fresh. Displayed collectively these pieces look even more stunning. Check out more of Fran’s work at www.frangiffard.com.
‘American Goldfinches’ . Graphite pencil, Watercolour, Ink, and Aquarelle . 26cm by 21cm . 2015
‘Pied Wagtail’ . Graphite pencil, Watercolour, Ink, and Aquarelle . 26cm by 21cm . 2015