Two turtle doves
“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two turtle doves…”
I stumbled across some photos of turtle doves and was immediately reminded of their gorgeous plumage and lovely colours. And thought – I’d like to paint that!
In recent years the numbers of turtle doves in Europe have fallen by more than 60%. Habitat loss, changes in farming practices and shooting these pretty birds for so-called ‘sport’ are blamed for their decline. I’ve never actually seen one in the UK and I’m pretty observant when it comes to our feathered friends.
It’s a bit weird that the turtle dove should appear in an English folk song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas‘, because the turtle dove isn’t actually here in the UK in the winter. It migrates south… and faces Spanish bullets.
acrylic on canvas – 40cm x 40cm – £175