60x60cm ink, watercolour and metal leaf on deep edge canvas.
The ancient Greeks believed kingfishers could calm waters. They needed to do so because their nests were made of fish bones and floated on the water. So the calm weather which coincided with their nesting season became known as halcyon days, halcyon being the Greek for kingfisher.
This was painted after a calm day enjoying the Thames. The chances of seeing a kingfisher are low, but the occassional shot of blue keeps you on the look out.