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Bird Illustrator Richard Allen talks on camera about painting birds in watercolour

Richard Allen is one of several outstanding bird artists I met recently at the annual RSPB Birdfair at Rutland Water. I got to chat with him on video on behalf of Cambridge Art Academy,about his passion for bird illustration and his choice of watercolour as his primary medium

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richard allen bird illustratorIt was a pleasure to chat with Richard Allen on video for Cambridge Art Academy. He was one of the more interesting artists showing their work at the RSPB Birdfair I visited recently. It's a major "birding" event in the UK that attracts over 20,000 visitors every year.

I headed straight for the Art marquee. I could see from the bird sketchbooks on his stall that Richard doesn't rely on photographs - he gets out there to observe birds in their natural habitat. That is his starting point for charming and convincing studies of birds painted mostly in watercolour. If you haven't tried painting birds before, this is the kind of artist you would do well to emulate.

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