Robin in Snowdrops
Size: 175mm x 125mm
Original Painting Medium: Pastel
Scientific Name: Erithacus rubecula and Galanthus nivalis
The Snowdrop, also known as the ‘snow piercer’, is one of my favourite flowers. I have always wanted to draw or paint snowdrops and to combine them with my pastel drawing of a Robin was great fun.
To see large clusters of snowdrops nestled at the base of a tree or scattered throughout woodland is a pretty and welcome wintry sight. Snowdrops are also a reminder that Spring is on its way and they brighten up the greyest winters day.
As an early flower the snowdrop also provides a welcome source of food for many insects which in turn pollinate the flowers. These delicate little white flowers were once collected by village maidens to be worn as a symbol of purity.
In my pastel painting I have portrayed a robin perched on top of a snow covered log amongst snowdrops. Once, when working in my garden, a baby robin decided to perch on top of my head. He was as cute as a button and I felt very honoured. Noted for their tameness they will often search for worms and insects around gardeners who are turning over the earth. Robins are one of the best-loved garden birds in Britain, though they also reside in woodland.