Safari Sketchbook – A Bird Painter’s African Odyssey
176 pages in colour, Hardback with dust jacket.
Esker Press 2010
This is wholly based on the field work and the resulting sketches and studies made on some of the many trips while researching the illustrations for The Birds of Africa. The freshness and immediacy of both quick field observations, or detailed studies of birds in the hand, are interspersed with landscape and habitat paintings and drawings to add to the sense of atmosphere and space. The text is compiled from the extensive journals kept daily on these trips.
To quote from the generous tribute by Chris Packham which appears on the back jacket –
‘Perhaps no-one has looked as long and intently at African birds. What inspired me most is the honesty of this sketchbook, where the artist’s desire to celebrate the form of this great treasury of birds sparkles from every stroke of his pencil, pen or brush’.
Robert Gillmor, in his review of Safari Sketchbook in British Birds magazine, said
‘To those of us lucky enough who have visited Africa, Martin’s stories and paintings of familiar landscapes bring back vivid memories…. As an avid collector of books on wildlife art and artists, I am delighted to add this unique volume to my shelves’.
£30, to include postage and packing in the U.K.
Drawing together, and other poems
88 pages. Flexible cover.
Esker Press 2014
A collection of poems culled from random writings over the years. A personal and partly autobiographical selection, reflecting on nature and human relationships. Some are light-hearted, some slightly irreverent, and many are illustrated with pen and ink or wash drawings.
£12, to include postage and packing in the U.K.