Snipe – now finished

Colin been working on a painting of two snipe at rest, and it’s now finished.   It’s so beautiful!   We have called it ‘Patience’, because the snipe are sitting out a cold snap which has frozen most of the soft ground in which they feed.

Copyright © Colin Woolf

Copyright © Colin Woolf

Patience‘ has now been sold, but you can see new paintings for sale on Colin’s website.


  1. That is beautiful Jo, the colours are wonderfully subtle and the snipe are delightful!

    • Thank you very much, Lorna – it’s one of my favourites and as I said, I’d love to be able to keep this one. But I can’t complain, I already have a lovely painting of a snipe on the kitchen wall – from 1999, and I’ve refused to sell it many times. Colin is starting on a painting of some grey partridges now. No grass grows under his feet!

      • I can imagine it must be difficult to part with them sometimes, but I’m glad you have a snipe of your own. I like partridges so I’m looking forward to Colin’s next painting.

  2. That’s just gorgeous. There’s a lovely rhythm to the curves of the reeds.

  3. minimalist setting works

  4. I just can’t seem to come up with the appropriate words to describe this painting. Beautiful, fantastic, stunning, outstanding, first-rate…

  5. Stunning! They do look very, very patient birds and such cold to endure. I must go and see whether we have snipes here. I would love to see Colin paint some of our native birds in their natural environment. But I also look forward to seeing the Partridge. I don’t think we have those here.

    • Thank you, Lyn! I would be interested to know if you have anything similar to snipe in NZ. Colin is looking forward to the grey partridge – he hasn’t painted these for many years. They are nowhere near as common as they were when I was a child – you used to see & hear them everywhere in the farmland.

  6. Well look here! We do have Snipe and rather special ones. No wonder I have not seen one as they only live on remote off-shore islands.

  7. Fantastic! 😀

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