Friday, February 5, 2016

Fox in the Snow



We have been flooded with snow for the last week. Heaps and heaps. Piles and piles. And then the aftermath was even worse. Either the ploughs didn't come or if they did come they would spray snow all over your sidewalk.

So while I was indoors, claustrophobic and climbling the walls I painted this little fella who is looking at the slow drift of snow flakes. It is available at Redbubble. He was painted in watercolor.

During the snowstorm we also lost one of our two guinea pigs. Yes little brown Peanut has gone to guinea pig heaven. She was such a sweet and gentle little thing. RIP Peanut.

Peanut in the doll's house
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Snowmageddon!



Flamingo Tango, 18 x 24 inches, acrylic inks

Even though we here in Baltimore are bracing ourselves for 'one of the worst blizzards ever' that is going to hit us today, I still felt compelled to paint a bright, tropical painting that I call Flamingo Tango. It was one of those things where I could have added a lot more detail but I just liked it like this so I left the flamingo's to it.

Things are absolutely crazy. There the shelves have been picked clean in the stores.



I am tucked up as snug as a bug in rug baking cookies and garlic bread. I don't plan on going anywhere. I have enough junk food stockpiled to last the winter! We are predicted to get 18 - 24 inches of snow over the weekend.




I don't really mind the snow that much. The internet usually goes down and all the neighbors are out in the street doing wierd things like talking to each other!! It is a bonding experience and since we don't have a snow blower we will probably need to borrow one from someone at some point. This was me in Snowmaggeddon 2010 (some people have pointed out that while I am busy posing others are slaving away digging up snow) - what can I say I'm more of a poseur than a shoveller!!






UPDATE SATURDAY MORNING

Feeling a bit claustrophic. Have been eating a lot of garlic bread. Watching my neighbor and his snowblower. Only 24 hours to go.



You can see Flamingo Tango in my Etsy shop and prints are also available.


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Ch-ch-ch-changes




What a sad week, what with the death of David Bowie. I actually had a dream about David Bowie the night before he died so maybe I am a psychic. Not sure. I actually saw him on the cover of a music magazine a week before then and I remember thinking 'God he looks terrible.' Maybe he looked bad because he was suffering from cancer which he hadn't told anyone about. Anyway it was really bad to hear about the passing of such an amazing character.

I was a Bowie fan from about age 13. I loved everything about him. The fact that he was so wierd and so cool at the same time made him irresistible. I even saw him at his Glass Spider tour in 1987 at the massive Wembley Stadium in London but to be honest that was utter chaos. My friend and I were standing near the front looking up at Bowie dressed as a giant spider....very strange.....floating above us in a giant web. Anyway there was a massive surge of fans behind us, we were thrown forward and I lost my shoes in the mud. We got crushed, some people fainted....it was just really insane so I don't really remember anything about that incident just losing my shoes and fainting girls being pulled out of the crowds.

Did you ever see Bowie live? What was it like?

To be honest 69 is not really that young an age to go and he packed a lot into it. What a chameleon. We're none of us as young as we used to be. I'm afraid I have become very absent minded these days. I looked for my car for half an hour in the car park yesterday - and my car is YELLOW. I also recently threw my daughter's retainer in the trash and later had to try and find it (nice). But mainly I am to be found wandering about the house with two pairs of reading glasses on my head asking my kids 'Has anyone seen my glasses?'

What's your memory like these days? 

So it was with some relief that I have learnt that the cure to Alzheimers and Dementia is to quaff champagne. Yes its an actual scientific study that says three glasses of champagne a day will do the trick. So let's all raise our glasses and drink champagne to improve our memory.



I'll leave you with my latest creation, Zebra Splash, painted with acrylic inks. You can buy prints etc in my Redbubble shop.



Let's embrace the ch-ch-changes ....it is sad about David Bowie but I'm sure wherever he is now he is having a fabulous time .....

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Fabulous New Year!!

How the mighty have fallen eh? While my kids were at a New Year's Eve Party I gave in to middle age and dozed on the sofa last night. Here's a pic of me:


I watched CNN with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. Kathy Griffin was rolling around nude at the side of a pool doing the ice bucket challenge. Then she was just wearing a bra in Times Square. It was all a bit sad and desperate for attention. I thought of all the people crammed into Times Square for hours trying to get on TV. What happens when they have to go to the bathroom? It's probably best not to think about it!

Suffice to say New  Year's Eve passed me by this year. I had been at the National Gallery of Art in DC all day which can be pretty exhausting for an old fart like me.


Christmas Tree and the Capitol

I went with a friend who wanted to see all the Medieval, Renaissance and Mannerism paintings. My favorite was this El Greco. Absolutely amazing! Can you believe this was painted in 1610??

The Laocoön by El Greco 1610-1614

2015 has been a hectic year that has just flown past. I have been doing a ton of pet portraits. Here's my latest one of a golden retriever:


Wishing all my friends a Happy New Year! Remember you are fabulous dahling!!



How did you spend New Year's Eve?

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Festive Fundraiser


It was great so see the Elephants for Africa Festive Fundraiser get some publicity in the Baltimore Sun and the Towson Times. Here's me with the artwork 'Elephant Pals' in my studio.

Towson artist Emma Kaufmann


Towson artist Emma Kaufmann

The Elephants for Africa Festive Fundraiser (www.mydonate.bt.com/events/efafestivefundraiser) is taking place now and is an effort to conserve the African elephant. Every penny raised this season will be doubled by one of the charity’s private donors up to a total of £10,000. As an added incentive, the donor or fundraiser that donates the most will receive an original piece of artwork from international author and artist Emma Kaufmann. Emma has created a piece of art based on her love of all elephants called Elephants Pals (pictured above).

In the true spirit of global living, this piece can be sent to anyone, anywhere in the world, so all donations count no matter where it’s coming from.


Elephants for Africa has a holistic approach to its work, understanding the requirements of both elephants and the people living alongside them. In 2016, the charity wants to expand its research and education programs and partner with more communities living alongside wildlife. Donate this season and join the journey towards human-wildlife coexistence.

Join the campaign and donate today: www.mydonate.bt.com/events/efafestivefundraiser

For more information about Elephants for Africa’s work, visit: www.elephantsforafrica.org.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Save the African Elephant

Elephant Pals, Acrylic Inks 24 x 18 inches


Hi there all you animal lovers!

I'm joining in with a Festive Fundraiser for the amazing charity Elephants for Africa.

The African Elephant is in Crisis

In 2007, there were an estimated 472 000 elephants in Africa. The population dropped to an estimated 436 000 in 2013, and the rate of decline is increasing at an alarming rate, due to the illegal ivory trade and human wildlife conflict, which have led to an IUCN status of Vulnerable. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in ivory poaching, and this is reaching a crisis point. 

How can you help? 

For this Fundraiser, one of Elephants for Africa's private donors is going to match donations up to a total of £10,000.....and we're asking you to help make that happen! If you donate, then your gift will go even further towards Kate Evan's and her team's great work in Botswana for research and outreach programmes and working with communities.

You can donate as a Christmas gift for a friend or relative via https://mydonate.bt.com/events/efafestivefundraiser

And, as an added incentive, the donor or fundraiser that donates the most will receive an original piece of art work from totes amazeballs international author and artist Emma Kaufmann. Emma's created a glorious piece of original art based on her love of all elephants called Elephant Pals - and it could be yours! This piece can be sent to anyone anywhere in the world, so your donations count no matter where you live!

Please share the ‪#‎elephantlove‬!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Giraffes got Game



It's funny how in the world of arts and crafts there's always a hot animal du jour. For a while it was foxes, then pugs and now apparently it is giraffes. So what a thrill it was to see that I was having a huge surge of hits in my Etsy shop. When I traced where they were coming from I saw that my giraffe pillow was included in a sassy little list called 27 Things You Need If You Love Giraffes. So that was fab. This design can be purchased here also.

This week I have been thinking about snow and robins.



The ones we have in the UK are tiny little things and the one's in US are great big strapping lads but they are all cute.






So I did this one called 'Rockin Robins' of a gang of robins chattering in a tree.




Then I did 'Robins in the Snow' where the little birds are all puffed up against the elements.


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