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A few photos of Tile Hill - The area of Coventry in which I live.
|1984 Photo - July or August - A corner of my garden pond , Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|1986 Photo - June - My garden and small pond, Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|1986 Photo - Another small corner of my garden, by my back gate, Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|1990 Photo - Looking across from Tile Hill Village Shops. In the distance is the Old Cottage in Banner Lane which is to the centre left of this picture, over the hedgerow.|
|1980s Oil Painting - The Old Cottage on Banner Lane - Oil Painting - This old cottage is very near to my home. Sadly, although it was a listed building, it was allowed to deteriorate and became structurally unsafe. It has now been demolished to make way for the Banners Brook Housing Estate. Originally, an estate workers cottage, it was a last remnant of the old Estate which has now, sadly been lost.|
|1989 Photo - 9 February - The back garden of the old derelict cottage above, showing the old water pump which the cottagers used. The house was derelict for a while and one day we noticed the pump had vanished.|
|1989 Oil Painting - The Bell Inn, Tile Hill Village - This public house is just down on the left of the butcher shop in the following picture - I cannot find a photo at the moment so this is one of my oil paintings. New large advertising signs have now been erected in front of this pub so it is not as visible from this angle as it was.|
|1990 Photo - Another view from Tile Hill Village Shops up Tile Hill Lane to the right, which leads to Coventry City Centre.|
|1990 Photo - The ancient drovers path along which farmers drove their sheep etc. This path runs along the side of Banner lane, past the gate of the old cottage above, which is now the Banner's Brook housing estate, Coventry.|
|1990 Photo - February - Tile Hill Village Shops and Garage, Coventry.|
|1990 Photo - March - The Scouts Wood, Rough Close. Winter scene viewed from Wickman's Field.|
|1990 Photo - May - Bluebell wood in Rough Close, Tile Hill, Coventry, running alongside the fields where I walk my dogs, lies the Rough Close Scout Wood. A beautiful, peaceful oasis and home to rabbits, foxes, squirrels, Muntjacs deer, and many other creatures including a great variety of birds such as woodcocks, pheasants, thrushes, blackbirds, Bluetits, great-tits, wrens, pigeons,|
|1990 Photo - 9 December - Bus Stuck in Snowdrift. The bus can be seen on the left of the picture. The local shops ran out of bread as deliveries could not get through. We have not had such heavy snow for a number of years now.|
|1990 Photo - December - Toby, my Jack Russell Terrier, in the Snow - Although almost buried in the deep snow, Toby nevertheless was one soul who thoroughly enjoyed it. We just had to keep an eye on him and help him out when necessary.|
|1990 Photo - 8 December - After the snow storm. No buses or cars could use the roads and it was very difficult trudging through the snow. People started hoarding bread and suchlike, although within a week this snow had almost gone. It is a long time since we had snow this deep, although, then, we could almost guarantee one or two periods of heavy snow per winter. Global Warming?.|
|1991 Photo - April - My Local Butchers, Richard Sergeant in Tile Hill Village. Sadly, closed 2012.|
|1992 Photo - July - The pond in Conway's field. This is the pond on the other side of Middle Meadow. This is home to many creatures, moorhens, ducks, frogs, toads, smooth newts, crested newts, various species of dragonflies and beetles, and numerous other species including fish. Another pond has now been created next to this one by the building company who built an estate right next to this pond. So sad to see a pond which was right out in the countryside is now next to an urban development.|
|1995 Photo - November - Toby in Scouts Wood - November 1995 - Photo. My little Jack Russell Terrier Toby in the far distance on this lovely autumn afternoon.|
|1995 Photo - July - A small field we used to call our Secret Garden. There were so many butterflies here, especially small blues, it was unbelievable. We used to see hares, rabbits, Muntjacs Deer, Lapwings, foxes, pheasants, grouse, kestrels, and many other creatures. This field has also, now been built over with houses so these creatures are gone from this area for ever.|
|1996 Photo - July - My son Paul in the Dog Daisy Field, Wickman's site. In the summer, this field was a sea of white dog daisies. There were also wild pansies, and many other plants. This land has, sadly, now been built over|
|2005 Photo - Painted Lady Butterfly on Sedum in my garden, Coventry|
|2007 Photo - July 22 - Holly Blue Butterfly in my Garden in Coventry|
|2007 Photo - December - Rainbows over Wickman's Field, Tile Hill, Coventry, England. The end of the rainbow seems to hit the houses of the new estate.|
|2008 Photo - 16 May - Fish and Toad in my garden pond, Coventry|
|2008 Photo - 28 May - After the rain. Entrance to Wickman's Field, Tile Hill.|
|2008 Photo - 22 June - A White Tailed Bumble Bee in the nearby Tile Hill Woods which is reached along the old Drovers' Path, past the new Banner's Brook estate.|
|2008 Photo - 4 August - Emperor Dragonfly, Wickman's Field, Tile Hill, Coventry|
|2008 Photo - 19 August - Geese flying over Middle Meadow, Tile Hill Village, Coventry, England|
|2008 Photo - 25 September - Morning mist over Floyds Field, Coventry. Autumn is not so far away now.|
|2008 Photo - 30 September - First hints of Autumn colour in Floyds Field, Coventry.|
|2009 Photo - 08 July - Large Skipper Butterfly, Wickman's Field, Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|2009 Photo - 13 July - Small Copper Butterfly on Bramble, Wickman's Field, Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|2009 Photo - 19 July - Gatekeeper butterfly on one of my garden daisies, Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|2009 Photo - 27 August - Roesels Bush Cricket, Wickman's Field, Tile Hill, Coventry|
|2010 Photo - 3 July - Peacock Butterfly Caterpillar on Bramble Leaf|
|2010 Photo - 16 August - Brimstone Butterfly on Buddleia in my garden, Tile Hill Village, Coventry.|
|2011 Photo - 20 May - Flower Beetle also known as Fat Legged Beetle although only the male has the fat legs. Photographed on Ride of Ten Shilling Wood, Canley, Coventry.|
|2011 Photo - 22 May - Male Common Blue Butterfly, Ten Shilling Woodland Ride, Canley, Coventry|
|2011 Photo - 19 July - Red Admiral on Bay Tree in my garden, Tile Hill Village, Coventry|
|2011 Photo - 20 Sept - Common Green Shieldbug, Ten Shilling Woodland ride, Canley, Coventry|
|2012 Photo - 05 June - Mullein Moth Caterpillar, my garden feeding on Buddleia, Tile Hill Village, Coventry|
|2012 Photo - 06 June - Hawthorn Shieldbug, Park Wood, Canley, Coventry.|
|2012 Photo - 24 August - Peacock Butterfly - Field behind Ten Shilling Wood, Canley, Coventry|
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If you do not have any clear, close up photos of your pet, take some NOW.
If your pet has sadly died and it is too late to take any clear photos I will willingly look at your photo and let you know if it is clear enough. I love my pet portrait work, but one of the saddest aspects is where an old pet has died and the owner has no clear photo to remember their friend by, or, indeed, to create a pet portrait memorial to their lost one. So take those pictures now, even if you do not yet decide on a painting of your pet.
The happiest aspect of my work is when my client has received their pet portrait and telephone or write to let me know how delighted they are in spite of the tears over their lost friend. I have so many lovely letters telling me how the portrait of their pet is now taking pride of place in their home, and how they feel their pet's spirit is still with them whenever they gaze at the painting. So do not hesitate. Order your pet portrait painting today. You will be so glad you did.
Children or any person or pet can be painted into the scene, even if they were not in that particular photo. Many things are possible. If you have a special request, just ask. If it is possible it can be done.
So, if you have no CLEAR photos, get clicking and send your favourite photo to me for that dog painting, cat painting, animal painting, or landscape painting. You will be delighted with the result.
Pet dogs, cats, animals or any child or adult can be painted into the scene, even if they were not in that particular photo. Many things are possible. If you have a special request, just ask. If it is possible it can be done.
We should all value our historical houses be they palaces, farmhouses or cottages, they are our links to our past, but sadly, many are being allowed to deteriorate beyond any repair. It would be a poorer world with no physical reminders of our ancestors presence. Whenever, I get the opportunity I am out painting and capturing little corners of this England onto canvas or watercolour paper.
We should have much tougher laws against the pollution of our rivers and fields, and stricter laws to protect pressured animals and green spaces.
Imagine a world with only one creature, the human being. What a dreadful place that would be. We must all do our best to alleviate some of the harm man has done to this world and its animal inhabitants. One way is to enforce planning controls for new human dwellings, office blocks and factories that are sympathetic to the natural environment.
The welfare of this Earth's wild creatures is something I feel very passionately about. We have done so much harm to these fellow residents of our planet, who, of course, have as much right to exist as humanity. Wild animals, including the smallest insect have no less right to live out their natural lifespan as ourselves.
We should not attempt to turn all their wild habitats into pretty parks for just our enjoyment. Nature is wild and beautiful in its wildness. Wild animals need to be wild and free and people can find enjoyment in this too.
We cannot turn this, still beautiful, Earth into a controlled, barren environment for the convenience of just one of this world's creatures, ourselves. We can help these animals in many ways, such as not mowing every piece of wild meadow near our towns. No voles, hawks or butterflies can exist on a lawn. These animals need the shelter of tall grasses to hide in and to feed from. Where there are no hiding places, there are no wild creatures. Where the grass is mown no wild flowers can flourish. However, with a little goodwill on our part it is amazing how quickly Mother Nature heals her wounds.
Remember the warm days of summer as, during the cold days of winter, you gaze at your painting of your sunny garden and home.
If you want a really unusual and special gift for a pet or animal lover for Christmas, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Easter, Anniversaries, Retirements, Presentations or any other celebration, a portrait of a beloved pet is always a unique and very welcome gift. Whether it is a dog painting, cat painting, horse painting, wild animal painting, bird painting, child or adult human painting or a painting of someone's home and garden, it will bring delight and surprise to the recipient.
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