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The Robert E Fuller Blog

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A case of art fortelling reality: how one cold winter morning I spotted a scene I had painted before

As the snow fell last week I was reminded of one winter morning in similar December snows. I had woken early enough to see the thick blanket of snow lit up by moonlight. My first job each morning was to light the log burners. The cold air took my breath away as I stepped out on to the porch to fetch the wood. The thermometer on the wall read  -14ºC. After a quick breakfast I […]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Twelve Christmas Present Ideas for the Animal Lover in Your Life

Everybody has a favourite bird or animal. Some adore creatures from the English countryside: squirrels, hares, hedgehogs, badgers. Others are wild about animals from distant shores: zebras, lions, tigers. Whether your buying for a fox fan or a lion lover, I’m sure to have the perfect Christmas present. Today I’ve put together my ultimate list of animal art gifts to help you with your Christmas shopping. And I’ve got something to suit every budget, so what are […]

Saturday, November 25, 2017

How an elm tree that died decades ago is still giving life today

I have an enormous old tree stump that I hoisted many years ago into the branches of a sycamore tree outside my living room window in the hope of attracting owls to nest in it. Over the years it has been home to barn owls, kestrels and tawny owls. And I have painted them again and again perched at its gnarled entrance. Then this month a surveillance camera I have trained onto the stump captured […]

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Started Your Christmas Shopping Yet? My Exclusive Black Friday Deals Will Make it Easier

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, then now’s the time to get going! I’ve got money off all my limited edition prints and art gifts to mark Black Friday this month. Choose from my animal and bird art prints, bone China mugs, placemats and coasters, calendars and stationary. But you need to hurry. This offer is only on until Saturday, November 25th. Click on the picture above or follow this link to browse […]

Friday, November 10, 2017

Watch my video of wildlife in winter and see the resulting paintings

I am currently exhibiting a new collection of paintings of wildlife in winter and I thought I would share with you the photographic and video research that went into this new series. I am particularly interested in how animals behave when the temperatures drop and so whenever it snows I like to get out with my camera to see what I can find. This is a really magical time. Not only does the world turn […]

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How a flock of rare birds spotted on the school run inspired plans for a painting

painting by Robert E Fuller

David Hockney said in an interview about his paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds that there was “no such thing as bad weather”. After a heavy dumping of snow one February, I had to agree. When it snows I love to see how the landscape has transformed and how the wildlife copes with the white out. The icy roads meant it was my responsibility to do the school run, a nine mile drive across single track […]

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Winter Exhibition: Your Sneak Preview of my Latest Original Paintings

Red Stag, painted by Robert E Fuller

I’m all set for my latest exhibition which opens at my gallery in Thixendale on Saturday. I thought I’d share my very latest original paintings with those of my followers who won’t be able to make it here. The exhibition, Wildlife in Winter: An Artist’s Perspective, is a celebration of the season. You can read more about the event here. Scroll down to view each new painting. Snow Stoat  £4,250 Original Acrylic Painting by Robert […]

Monday, October 30, 2017

Countdown to my Winter Exhibition: Hanging the Pictures.

It’s been a busy day in my gallery in Thixendale today. My team and I have been hanging all the new paintings for my exhibition and putting up the decorations. Scroll down to see a short video clip of how we are getting on. The show opens on Saturday and runs until November 26th. This year my focus is wildlife in winter and I’ll be exhibiting a new collection of paintings of wild creatures against […]

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Time to Spot Short Eared Owls in Yorkshire

In November I hold a major exhibition of my paintings at my gallery and in the run up to the event I confine myself to my studio. Read about next months event here. From here, I have a great view over the Yorkshire Wolds and like to keep my French windows wide open for as long as the weather allows. At this time of year, I often find myself distracted from my easel  by the […]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time to Buy Your Christmas Cards

There are 61 days left until Christmas and already orders for my Christmas cards have begun flooding in. My greetings cards feature my most popular paintings and at Christmas this includes my most wintry scenes. You can choose to include a Christmas verse printed inside which reads ‘With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year’ or your own personal message which I will arrange to have printed inside for you. My newest designs include this Kingfisher, […]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: How Britain’s Birds Battle the Cold

The breeding season is over for our garden birds and you would think that they would be able to take a well-earned rest. Instead, they are as busy as ever as they face the toughest round of the year: shorter days and longer, colder nights. Our migratory birds flee south, but our hardy resident birds stay put to face winter head on. It can be a harsh season for a garden bird. Their main predicament […]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Why You Should Leave Your Apple Windfall for the Fieldfares

I am constantly on the look out for new subjects to paint and I have designed my garden to ensure I attract as many birds and mammals here in order to inspire new compositions all year round. In 2006, I planted 1,200 trees to create a woodland on what at the time was a bare hillside behind my gallery. Read more on how I set about planting my garden deliberately to attract wildlife to it […]

Friday, October 20, 2017

Welcome to my new Winter Catalogue 2017/2018

  Welcome to my brand new Winter catalogue containing all my new limited edition prints, Christmas cards, gift and home ware. You can download it by clicking on the downward facing arrow in the top right hand corner on the catalogue pictured above, or simply flick the pages on screen to see what’s available. Happy Browsing! And don’t miss my special Christmas offers! To help you fill those stockings this Christmas I have put together […]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Robert Fuller Gallery: A Beautiful Beamed Space Dedicated Exclusively to my Art Work

Follow a single-track road as it drops into a deep fold of the Yorkshire Wolds landscape and you will, eventually, reach my home and gallery. Dedicated exclusively to my artwork, The Robert Fuller Gallery is a major draw to this remote Yorkshire region. Click here to read about the story of how it started as an collection of dilapidated farm buildings and was transformed to the beautiful beamed building you see today. Business at my […]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

From Cow Byre to Art Gallery: The History of The Robert Fuller Gallery

I met my wife Victoria when I was 20 and she was just 17. Six years later in June 1998, we moved to Fotherdale Farm, a house high on the Yorkshire Wolds owned by Lord Halifax. The house had been in a poor state of repair for some time, but had been recently renovated by the Garrowby Estate. However there was still plenty to do to turn it into a ‘home’. One of the first […]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Designing a Wildlife Garden: The History of Fotherdale Farm

I have designed the garden at Fotherdale specifically to attract wildlife and many of my paintings are portraits of the wild creatures that now regularly visit it.  When my wife Victoria and I moved to Fotherdale, the garden had been leveled with a JCB digger and there were only two plants remaining – a red hot poker and a fushia. This was actually ideal because we had a blank canvas to work on. The first […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Why Yorkshire is a Great Place to see Waxwings

I always associate them with the run up to Christmas, when they arrive to escape the icy winters further north. So when I heard that they had begun arriving in record numbers one November along a few first flurries of snow, the news put me in seasonal mood. Waxwings migrate to the UK to take feed on our rowan berries when stocks in their native Scandinavia begin to run out. The first waxwings always land in flocks on the north east […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Photographing hares boxing in snow

I’ve endured the icy winds of Antarctica in order to photograph wildlife for my paintings. But nothing in that cold climate compares to my ordeal of watching courting hares on the Yorkshire Wolds in 2010. As the country came to grips with one of the iciest cold snaps in decades, I spent 10 days trudging through thigh deep snow, sometimes for eight hours a day. When it snows on the Wolds, it really snows, and […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Why Owls Hoot Loudest in Autumn

We have five species of owl living in mainland Britain, but at this time of year you could be forgiven for thinking there is only one. Tawny owls make more noise than the other four species put together during October and November. And all this extra shrieking, hooting and ‘kee-wick’- ing is down to one thing: territory. Young birds are reaching maturity and looking for new homes while older birds are fighting to hold on […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How watching a group of hares in snow led to a new collection of winter hare paintings.

In order to photograph wildlife up close it is important to blend into the background. I have had plenty of practice and have a few tricks up my sleeve: a snow white ski suit, a balaclava made out of a pillowcase, white oven gloves and tailored white covers  to wrap around my camera and tripod. Click here to read about how I learned how to prepare for photographing wildlife in snow and see some of […]

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