Thursday, July 2, 2015

Don't be koi

This week has been a bit of a wash out.....pouring rain.....lashings and lashings of rain. I live near a stream and it always floods in the rain and my poor neighbor's shed slid into the stream!

Looks very surreal doesn't the tornado aftermath from the Wizard of Oz. It was really wedged in tight and they tried to pull it out with a crane but didn't get anywhere. In the end they had to smash it to bits.

I don't mind the rain because it means I don't have to water the plants every day. I did manage to create a fishy painting this week. The bubbly effect comes from an experiment with throwing salt on the watercolor paint. It was a really fun project and I left it all loose with lots of movement.

Koi and Lilypads  - acrylic inks and watercolor (with a pinch of salt)

Other than that there's a great article by a fellow fun Brit Claire Bolden McGill about me and my art entitled 'the Unconventional Expat' in the latest issue of Global Living which you can download for free here

Or easier still read it here. In the interview I give my unique view on all things USA.......including British v American parenting:

And finally.....I woke up from a nightmare and thought Trump was trying to be president.....tell me it isn't so.....

How's your week been? Was it a washout? Don't be koi let's hear all about it!!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Dragonfly on a Blue Poppy

As one of my 52 Week Nature Challenges we had to paint an insect and since I love dragonflies I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I found this amazing photo over at PaintMyPhoto but then thought I'd try something a bit different and drew in the wings with oil pastel before covering it with acrylic inks. I think it turned out pretty interesting. I changed it so the dragonfly was sitting on a blue poppy.

I was actually thinking this would be a really fun project to try if you have little kids. Get them to draw a dragonfly with crayons and then let them cover it with watercolors and see how excited they get when the dragonfly is revealed!

I also had a blast painting this Mommy and Baby Giraffe painting which seems to be very popular over at Redbubble where it is available as laptop skins, prints, cushions, mugs etc. I wanted to keep this very simple but vivid and bright by using acrylic inks on white paper. This painting would look great in a kids' room.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Baby Fashion

It was great fun to be interviewed by Boom Boom Prints - a fabulous online marketplace that sells nursery décor and also kid's products like these bibs and onesies that now have my art on them. They have an amazing array of kids' art so if you are looking for a gift for a child or new mom check them out.

Anyway, Boom Boom Prints wanted to interview me about how my kids have influenced my art. I must say they are getting a little tired of me asking "What do you think of this?" (if you have kids do you ask their opinion of your art?) but their input has been invaluable! Check out the interview with moi here.

Other than that things have been busy. I got a commission to illustrate a children's book and that has been great fun! Here's a sneak peek of some cheeky moo cows with attitude:

Hope you had a great week!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Bunny Bonanza

What an exciting week!

I was doing some gardening and pulled up a big bunch of hay and all these tiny bunnies scattered around me. They had their eyes closed and were crawling around commando style. I didn't know what to do so I popped them back in their burrow and put the hay on top. I hope they are going to be okay. They are on the edge of our lawn. I see the mom around but apparently they only feed them once a day so I don't think she has abandoned them. Has anyone else had bunnies in their back yard? I think it is a myth that the mom rejects them if you have touched them. I hope it is anyway!

I finished my flying parrot this week. I used a technique where I blew the paint all over the paper and I think it came out pretty well.

I also applied to sell on Artfinder and was excited to be accepted so I've listed a few paintings. Nic McLean is also on it so check out her page too! Is anyone else on Artfinder? I would love to know so I can go like and follow your page.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Parrot Power!


I painted a cute colorful African pygmy hedgehog as a happy birthday present for a kid I know. Isn't he adorable? I had some yupo paper with alcoholic inks painted on them from which I cut out the balloons. The rest is done in Acrylic inks and watercolor.

Later on I painted a parrot  (actually a Vinaceous-breasted Amazon) in alcohol inks which turned out very ethereal and abstract. The bird felt very free so I decided to leave him as he was and not put in any more detail.

I have recently become an instagram fanatic so please follow me at HERE. I am also running a loop giveaway on Instagram where you can win one of 10 fabulous prizes including one of my pet portraits. Go HERE to enter and good luck!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elephant Pals

Photo by Gary Jones of Paint Your Photo

I just joined an amazing group called Paint Your Photo. As well as having tons of great art advice, interactive forums etc etc it is also a fabulous resource because it solves that age old dilemna of where to get terrific photos to create art from without infringing copyright. These photos are free to work from and this week I did this painting of some boisterous elephant pals.

They have a whole range of subjects: humans, flora, fauna and animals and they are all of a very high quality. You can also submit your own photos so other artists can work from them.

'Elephant Pals' is available to buy at Fine Art America.

Elephant Pals 18 x 24" acrylic inks

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Koala Mum and Joey

photo credit Linda Abercrombie from Paint My Photo

Acrylic inks and watercolor by Emma Kaufmann

Just felt so inspired by this week's koala prompt from my nature art painting group.

In some parts of Australia, koala populations have grown out of control. You might have seen reports recently of a controversial mass culling in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road. In other parts, koalas are endangered by a whole range of threats, from habitat clearing and wild dog attacks to road accidents and disease. In south-east Queensland, a groundbreaking study is tracking individual koalas to see how they're faring.

"This is really the largest and most intensive koala-monitoring project ever done. To monitor those koalas, we have to send field teams out with a directional antenna and they track the koala down and check it out with binoculars and make sure it's OK." You can read more about this project here. Let's hope it finds some good information on how to protect koalas from threats to their habitat.

You can buy prints of this artwork here and t-shirts featuring this print here.

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