Great Crested Grebe Sketch

Hey everyone. It’s been a little while since I last posted and wow has the world changed in that short space of time. For myself, I had just moved house and started work again for the summer… and then I got symptoms of Covid-19. I’ve been ill for the last couple of weeks with it and, I’ll be honest, it got scary at points, but I seem to have nearly recovered now.

I work as an ornithologist in the summer. It’s not a job you can do from home but it’s certainly inspirational for me as an artist. I drew and painted this great crested grebe when I was beginning to feel better. Pencil and watercolour on cartridge paper.


These are some sketches of other grebes I might still add colour to later.


Looking forward to getting back out in the fresh air and sunshine, and seeing some real birds again.

Stay safe everyone, and if you’ve been making any lockdown art feel free to tell me about it and post links in the comments.


  1. Hi Janice
    It’s lovely to see some new work from you – Great Crested Grebes, what gorgeous birds they are!

    I have been wondering recently how you have been, and I’m terribly sorry to hear that you have been very unwell. I hope that you are fully recovered and that Paul is well.

    Lovely to see your art works again.

    Best wishes

    • Hi Victor,

      Thank you for thinking of me. I am not quite fully recovered yet, but getting there. Paul has, thankfully, remained asymptomatic while we’ve been isolating together, and I am very grateful he has been here for me.

      I hope all is well with you and yours.

      I’ve been doodling away a bit as I’ve been feeling better, so I will be looking to carry on posting those and, once I am fully recovered, carrying on with the commissions I currently have on hold.

      • Thanks Janice,
        I’m happy to say that we are all well. Thank goodness that Paul has been with you throughout.

        Looking forward to seeing much more of your work as you go from strength to strength.

        Best to you both

  2. Dear Janice
    I hope you fully recover,that’s upsetting to hear you caught it. Keep well. Love your Art as always

      • I’m in lockdown alone but I’m fine . I have a beautiful view overlooking the sea. So lucky I can walk on the beach whenever. Half the time I don’t know what day it is . I love your bird drawings. What I have noticed here is the seagull’s have gone back to their natural behaviours of diving for fish in the sea instead of dive-bombing for people’s fish and chips. Take care Janice xxx

  3. It is something of a relief to see you active, I was growing concerned😅

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been so ill but I am glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery.
    I’m sure that it was a slightly terrifying experience but hopefully you’re over the worst of it and you and your partner can get back to something resembling normalcy.
    Or at least as normal as is possible right now😅

    Anyway, the new art looks great and I’m really liking the watercolours.

    Keep up the always great work and I look forward to seeing what you do next😁

    • Thank you for thinking of me, Tim 😊 Yes, as normal as possible is about the best we can aim for. It’s lucky my partner and I are both quite introverted and have engaging indoor hobbies to keep us occupied, as well as generally getting along well with each other even when we can’t avoid one another very much! I hope things are well with you and yours and you are keeping safe.

      I’m really enjoying pen and wash lately and my mind has been very much on birds, so you can expect to see more of that 😉

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