Thursday, October 1, 2015

Emma's Dilemma

I have been busy working on a bunch of pet portrait commissions including this cute little french bulldog. Pet Portraits can be ordered here so please get in touch. I can create a colorful, lively work of art from your pet photos.

I also sell prints at Boom Boom Prints which mainly sells art and accessories for kids' rooms and every month the Boom Boom Artists have an art contest. This month the color we had to use was pumpkin orangey-yellow so I created this turtle piece for #BBPChallenge26 .......It was lots of inks and a ton of glue and glitter. Isn't she cute?

Other than that is has been raining cats and dogs here which I love although things are getting a bit hairy with Hurricane Joaquin. All I want to do is curl up with a mug of hot cocoa and lashings of whipped cream and snuggle under a duvet. It's times like this I really wish I had a fat cat or two about the place. That would be purrfect!

It's really wierd that I love cats but am completely allergic. I am even allergic to our two guinea pigs Peanut and Marshmallow but I still love to hug them. That is really sod's law as they say in England.

Marshmallow wearing a raspberry beret

Here's a limerick about my problem:

There once was a lady called Emma
Who found herself in a bit of a dilemma
Although she liked pets to squeeze
Their hair made her sneeze
So having a robocat was a breeze!

If you have a limerick about your pets post it in the comments!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chaneling King Kong

I'm not sure why this image popped into my head.....I suppose I thought of the beginning of a story... In a Post-Apocaylyptic World all the animals have escaped from the zoo......finish the story!!

King Kong had asked for a double cappuccino no foam and was still waiting

Or maybe I am channeling King Kong, who while fabulous seemed to be a bit angry about something. Maybe he hadn't had his coffee that morning. I know not having my coffee makes me feel like I could rip out a building!!(that cartoon is NOT by me)

Still from Pixels the movie

I was also influenced by the amazing movie Pixels which has some fab neon glowing colors in it. A very cool movie, it is about extraterrestrials intercepting an ’80s-era NASA time capsule containing footage of old single-player classic video games like Pacman, and mistaking them for a declaration of war. Now they return the challenge by scheduling a series of skirmishes with Earth, each one taking on the interface of a different videogame; if we lose, it’s game over for the whole planet.

Anyway if you grew up in the eighties you will love it!!

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Zoo in the City prints, cushions, duvet covers etc. available at Redbubble.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Giraffes and Poppies

 I first fell in love with a Slow Loris at the Berlin Zoo where they have a very interesting exhibit where nocturnal animals are kept in the dark with some sort of special lighting so you can see them and they walk around very slowly and softly. These animals are so adorable with their huge eyes, sadly for them, because many are taken from the wild and kept as pets.

Slow lorises are a group of several species of nocturnal strepsirrhine primates which make up the genus Nycticebus and are found in Southeast Asia. This painting in watercolor and oil pastel was added to the primates group for Week 35. Go to 52 Weeks - Nature Painting Challenge for more info.

My head was also in the clouds this week when I concocted my whimsical watercolor 'Giraffes in the Poppies.'

Hope everyone had a wonderful week!

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Hooray! It's Caturday!

I just found a fun facebook and twitter group called the Colour Collective. Every week they pick a different colour and we all create an artwork or illustration incorporating that colour. This week it was tea rose. I started thinking about whether a cat and a canary can ever be friends and decided to create this little illustration called 'Cat and Canary'?

Do you have a cat and bird who live together who are friends?

Linking up with Caturday Art Blog Hop and Sunday Sketches.

Cat and Canary Print available from Redbubble.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Make a Splash with Toothbrush Art

Elephant in the Rain

I'm always looking for ways in which I can use items I have around the house to create art. I love to create art for kids so I wanted to create delicate but splattery art using acrylic inks and watercolor.

So take:

1. an old toothbrush
2. some doilies

Then just hold them down and splatter with the paint soaked toothbrush to your heart's content! You will find you create some very pretty patterns as the splatters go through the holes in the doilies. They can also create their own stencils of animals etc and experiment with different shapes!

Try it you'll love it!

Daydreaming Deer

Let me know how you got on.

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My Daydreaming Deer and Elephant in the Rain prints and accessories are available to buy at Boom Boom Prints.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Yippee! My cushions make their debut on TV!

Exciting news! My hummingbird and little owl cushions have made their tv debut. Check out this clip from ITV's Good Morning Britain.

My pal Honest Mum is doing several bits of presenting for them. Honest Mum has loads of top tips for saving money when buying supplies for Back to School so check it out!!

I was pretty excited to see my cushions gracing national TV. You can get these supersoft faux suede cushions from Art Rookie here. She did a review of the cushions here so you can read all about how these hard wearing cushions are (almost) perfect for anything a kid can dish out on them!!

Other than that it's been a creative couple of weeks. I created this free form peacock.

And also a veritable explosion of color in these poppies. I was pleased with this one as I am trying to work from my imagination more. It is awfully freeing to just see what comes out!

Also give me your feedback. What kinds of cushions do you have at your house? Do you have a bunch of them all piled up on your bed or do you just have them on the sofa?

What kinds of animal or other designs would you like on cushions? Let me know.

There is a selection of cushions over at at my Etsy store if you want a peek.

Linking up to Paint Party Friday  and PoCoLo!


Emma :)

bird art art for sale
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Summertime Blues

For any of you residing in the UK who think the school holidays are going on for too long then please give some thought to us poor moms in USA. We have three months. YES I SAID THREE MONTHS of summer holidays. There are only so many camps the kids can go to before the coffers run dry and mother starts to go slowly insane.....

I think the reasoning behind the three month holiday is because in many parts of the USA it is boiling hot and kids without air con would melt into their desks. So I understand it I just think they should have year round school with a week off every month or something like that.

I had a good laugh at this blog post by Hurrah for Gin called How to Lazily Entertain Your Kids this Summer and it made me wish my kids were small and could spend seven hours a day with a watering can and a paddling pool rather than an ipad and cooking a cake while leaving sixteen pans for me to clean up.

But look at that post for some great tips- it is really rather hilarious!

So yes, I have been going dotty....I have been seeing spots in front of my eyes. Yes I am channeling Seurat and just started dotting around until I made this cute little polka dot fox.

My little fox is available at BoomBoomPrints which is a really fun company that creates art and clothes for little ones. The guys and gals at BoomBoom are really cool and friendly so I'd recommend them if you've ever wanted to see your art emblazoned on a t-shirt or tote bag.

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How's your summer been going? Are you losing your sanity?

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