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Wildlife Painting of the Week: Autumn

Welcome to ‘Painting of the Week’ where I post my brand new originals as well as limited edition prints and paintings from my archives.

Please note I accept private commissions so if there is a subject that interests you and you would like to discuss possible compositions call me on +44 1759 368355 or email: mail@robertefuller.com.

 


October 17th 2019

Fox Cub

Painting of the week | Original acrylic | Private commission
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Fox Cub, original acrylic painting.

I’ve now finished this fox cub painting. It was a private commission for a customer. I’m happy with the composition, with the cub looking around an old tree stump. Sometimes less is more and so I have left the rest of the background fairly simple. What do you think?

 


 

October 10th 2018

Waved Albatros

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size 21x21cm | £70 for loose print

 

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Waved Albatross, limited edition print, Buy Now

Today the Galapagos Conservation Trust hold their annual Galapagos Day conference to discuss innovative conservation breakthroughs at this unforgettable archipelago. This painting follows a visit I made there two years ago. Take a look at the rest of my Galapagos collection and read about my experiences here:

How my trip of a lifetime to Galapagos inspired new paintings

And watch the video too!


 

 

October 2nd 2018

Blue Tit on Lookout

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size: 23x15cm | £55 for loose print

 

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Blue Tit on Lookout, limited edition print. Buy Now

 

Have you noticed how the hedgerows are laden with berries just now? Rose hips, sloes, pyracantha, guelder, hawthorn and honeysuckle berries hanging heavy from the trees and sparkling in the low sun like jewels. This year ‘s bounty is particularly rich – a response to the long dry summer we’ve just had. I like to go out and photograph these berries at this time of year to use as studies for my backdrops. This painting of a blue tit perched on a hawthorn branch was developed in this way. I have had a flock of bullfinches in my garden one year feeding on a similar glut of berrries. I planted the plot specifically to ensure plenty of colour year-round for my painting backdrops – and of course for the birds!

Click here to read more about my garden and see the photographs of bullfinches I took feeding on the berries and the paintings I developed from these studies; 

What to plant to attract a bullfinch to your garden and how I persuaded one to pose for its portrait

 


September 26th 2018

Squirrel of Formby

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size: 23x15cm | £55 for loose print

 

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Squirrel of Formby, limited edition print. Buy now

 

It’s Red Squirrel Awareness Week! But how many people have actually seen a red squirrel in the wild? According to the Red Squirrels Northern England there are only 15,000 left in England. Within 10 years there could be none at all. The picture above was painted after a visit to Formby, in Merseyside, where the National Trust protects an isolated colony of reds. There are only a handful of refuges left for red squirrels in the UK, of which Formby is one. There is another at Snaizeholme in the Yorkshire Dales.

Click here to read my blog post about watching the red squirrels at Snaizeholme and see the photographs I took when I visited. 

 


 

 

September 19th 2018

Hedgehog in Autumn Leaves

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size: 30x21cm | £70 for loose print

 

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Hedgehog in Autumn Leaves, limited edition print. Buy now.

 

As the evenings draw in and the leaves on the trees begin to turn gold, I thought this painting was the perfect choice this week. I loved selecting a palette of yellows, oranges, greens and burned golds for it. It is said that hedgehogs have an estimated 5,000 spines – painting the tangle of lines to represent this wasn’t as much fun! Click here to read my blog on how I persuaded this particular, rescued, hedgehog to pose for its portrait here.

How I persuaded a hedgehog to pose for his portrait

 


 

September 12th 2018

Peregrine of Saltend

Painting of the week | Original in oils | Framed size: 34.5 ” x 26.5″ | Sold

 

This peregrine posed against an industrial backdrop is a completely different setting for me. I normally venture into remote, rural places to watch wildlife, and set them, accordingly, against countryside backgrounds. But I watched this peregrine at Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull, a vast industrial site on the banks of the Humber Estuary. It was an extraordinary experience. The peregrine in the painting, a female, successfully raised her chicks amidst the noise and smells of heavy industry with the support of staff at Vivergo Fuels, a bio-fuel company based on the site. I was so inspired by the conservation project at this industrial site! Click here to read more about my experience and find out what I learned about these extraordinary birds that have learned to survive in the heart of British industry.

 

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Peregrine of Saltend, original oil painting by Robert E Fuller

 

 


September 5th 2018

Spoonbills

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size: 43x25cm | £110 for a loose print

 

These four spoonbills wading against a pink sky feature in my ‘painting of the week’ this week. I wanted to capture the way the water reflected the soft morning light. Spoonbills began breeding again in England in the 1990s, after an absence of 300 years. Although they are strictly waders rather than shorebirds, I chose to highlight them this week since it is World Shorebirds Day on September 6th and it is important to highlight the need to protect habitats necessary for birds that survive along shores.

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Spoonbills, limited edition print, Buy now.

 

 


August 29th 2018

Swallows – Time for Tea

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size: 30x21cm | £70 for a loose print

 

Swallows begin gathering along telephone wires at this time of year ready for their long flights back to the cape of Africa. The sight of them as they line up in noisy groups is a sign that summer is nearly over. This painting was inspired by the swallows that return to breed each year at Fotherdale Farm. One year two these birds had very late broods and I became worried that the chicks would not fledge in time for off. Click here to read about that experience. 

 

Wildlife painting of the week
Swallows: Time for Tea, limited edition print. Buy now

 

 


August 22nd 2018

Otter

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size: 30x21cm | £70 for a loose print

 

Although populations of otters have surged in recent years, these mammals are still very difficult to spot in the wild. I spent a fortnight in Scotland  photographing a family of otters so that I could study them close up for a painting. The limited edition below is actually a composition from some years ago. I wanted to capture the inquisitive expression on its face as it looked back over its shoulder. Click here to see some of my recent research photographs and read about how I tracked down these elusive creatures. You may notice some similar expressions on the faces of the otters photographed!

 

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Otter, limited edition print. Buy Now

 


 

August 15th 2018

King of Savute

Painting of the week | Original in oils | Framed size: 37×29″ | £8,950

 

To mark World Lion Day on August 10th I’ve chosen this original oil painting. I photographed this particular male lion in Savute game reserve,  Botswana, in 2000. I was struck by the way it exuded power and presence as it prowled the dry savannah. Lion populations have decreased at an alarming rate and it shocks me that there are now just 20,000 of these magnificent creatures left in the wild. I hope my painting will inspire respect for the remaining population and inspire a desire to protect lions for generations to come. 

 

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King of Savute, original oil painting by Robert E Fuller. Buy now

 


August 8th 2018

Leopard on the lookout

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size  45x30cm| £110 for a loose print

 

It’s the holiday season and this leopard, lounging lazily high in the tree canopy captures the mood. I like to watch and photograph animals in their natural habitat for my paintings and have crossed the globe to see some of its most elusive species. I usually make time for one wildlife watching trip each year. Click here to read about the time I watched a leopard for my paintings in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

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Leopard on the lookout, limited edition print. Buy now

 


 

August 1st 2018

Barn owl at Burdale

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size 27x34cm | £110 for  a loose print

 

Today is Yorkshire Day and to celebrate I’ve chosen to share this painting of a barn owl. You get barn owls all over the UK but this one is a particularly local owl. I watched it in the Yorkshire Wolds valley of Burdale, which to my mind is one of the most beautiful places in Yorkshire. Click here to see more paintings of Yorkshire wildlife and a list of my top 11 favourite Yorkshire wild creatures. 

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Barn owl at Burdale, limited edition print. Buy Now

 

 


 

July 25th 2018

Great Crested Grebe Incubating

Painting of the week |Original in Pencil & Acrylic | Image Size 10.5″x12″ | £2,950

 

I watched this great crested grebe nest at York University. It was amazing to see just how relaxed it was just 10 metres from a busy footpath. It hatched three stripey chicks and took them out onto the main lake. But they kept coming back to the nest to rest and roost.

 

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Great Crested Grebe Incubating. Buy Now

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Great Crested Grebe Incubating. Framed size: 20.5″ x 22.75″

 


 

July 18th 2018

Hare in Mayweed

Painting of the week | Limited edition print | Image size 30x15cm | £70 for a loose print

It’s been a long hot summer and so I thought this painting of a hare in a clump of mayweed expressed the mood perfectly. The grass is so dry at the moment, but the wild flowers are thriving! Click here to read about how I planted a wildflower meadow  in my garden to provide me with inspiration for my backdrops.

Hare in wildflowers painted by artist Robert E Fuller
Hare in Mayweed, by Robert E Fuller Buy Now

 

 


 

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