It’s a while since I tried to paint a bird, but a couple of things have inspired me to have another go, the first being my friend Martin’s painting of a peregrine falcon, and the second being the Allonby Art Fair which is on this weekend (the last in July) – the 34th held in aid of the Village Hall restoration project, and jolly fine it is too. So many gifted local artists, all creating great work to display and potentially sell. Its all very inspiring. So here’s my humble painting of the wonderful small raptor that is a merlin. I’ve left it as it came out of the box, complete with raindrops, as this painting was done outdoors at one sitting. There’s alterations/additions I could make to perhaps improve it, but I like the faulted spontaneity of it so its getting left in peace! Hope the same is true for the merlins themselves.