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By darrenjbird, Sep 29 2015 11:01PM

Hi everyone, I'm sorry this blog has been a bit quiet in recent months but you will see that I have been a busy boy of late.


You may of seen this already on social media but it gives me great pleasure to annouce that The Racing Post have very kindly supported me by publishing the first ever Birdie Book!


So if you are a fan of racing or have a relative who likes to go to the races every now and again this could be the perfect stocking filler for them this Christmas.


I have included a link to the Racing Post website where you can purchase your copy, it is also available via Amazon Books and from all good high street book shops.


The Best of Birdie brings together the finest - and funniest - examples of work in a must-see collection that hopefully everyone will aspire to have on their coffee table.


I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did creating the images!


Best wishes


Birdie



By darrenjbird, Aug 25 2014 07:33PM

We'll I have to say my first trip to Goodwood was truly amazing. what a setting for a racecourse! With beautiful scenery all around and fantastic racing it was an absolute pleasure to be on track with the Racemakers for a few days. On the first day I concentrated on creating two pictures/caricatures of people who I considered to be key to the days events.


The first image was of top trainer Mark Johnston who loves getting winners at the track and the second was of another trainer from across the water. Mick Winters came over with his lovely horse MISSUNITED who went on to recorded a tenacious win in the Lillie Langtry Stakes. The only unfortunate result that day was the fact that she was retired to the breeding fields immediately after passing the post because of a tendon injury.


I have always been a fan of Mick's as he is such a character, you'll see my creation below which i think captures the spirit of the great man.


The next day I decided to go for a more fashionable approach so I upped my game and went to see Mr fashion himself Gok Wan!


After a quick chat and cheeky photo I went off to find a quiet spot to create a little picture for him. Two hours later the picture was done then it was time find him amoungst the crowds to hand it over. The picture is now safely with Gok and hopefully on his wall somewhere at home.


I am so grateful to be choosen as a Racemaker, there is nothing to match the experience of being part of a small team of passionate racing fans who are so willing to help and interact with racegoers of all ages.



By darrenjbird, Aug 12 2014 11:51AM

So, one day your are busy working away, then you get a call from Great British Racing asking could you recreate a classic english scene which is a day at the Derby!


Great British Racing is the marketing and promotional arm of British horseracing so I gladly accepted the challenge.


As we all know British Racing is the best in the world so this was truly an amazing opportunity to produce something different that would be on display in the Queens Stand for the duration of two of the biggest days in the british racing calendar.


The original Derby Day painting by William Powell Frith was created between 1856 and 1858 shows a panoramic view of the Epsom Derby. It has been described by Christie's as Frith's "undisputed masterpiece" showing an example of Victorian modern-life.


My challenge was to create a fun, modern day twist on this classic masterpiece. So using bright colours and a touch of comedy I set about to paint my own version of a Day at the Derby.


The final picture contains everything that I could think of that sums up this spectacular day at the races, buses packed with racegoers, Top hats and tails, fancy hats and a total party atmosphere! Modern elements I also added included people taking 'Selfies' and the lovely Clare Balding presenting a live boradcast to the nation.


To top it all off I was invited to see the painting on display which was my first ever visit to the course. Because of the tight deadlines the painting wasn't able to be framed behind glass so the picture you see below shows the orignial within a temporary mount protected behind a plastic covering.


It is planned to be auctioned of on behalf of the Injured Jockeys Fund so if you are interested please keep an eye out on Twitter for updates.


The two other images show the full colour of the day and me sharing a few laughs with some real heroes that I had the pleasure of meeting on what was to be a very memorable two days.


Thanks again to GBR Racing!



By darrenjbird, Aug 12 2014 11:20AM

After winning the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness Stakes, California Chrome was dubbed "America's Horse". His next target was to go to Belmont Park in anticipation of completing the Triple Crown in the 2014 Belmont Stakes.


It was such an honour to have my original watercolour featured in the race day programme as California Chrome attempted to create history in front of a capacity crowd. Sadly, it wasn’t to be but as always he ran a brave and gallant race under Victor Espinoza.


I’d like to thank the New York Racing Association for providing me with the opportunity to have my work featured at such a wonderful sporting venue on a massive day of racing.


By darrenjbird, Jun 4 2014 09:48PM

The Dubai Racing channel gave me my first ever chance to appear on TV, so it was a great pleasure to have Laura King pop into my exhibition for a quick chat about my work. Whilst Laura is a natural in front of the camera I still have along way to go but if you'd like to see how it went, here is the link to my exhibition interview. Click here to watch


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