Lotti Brown Designs

-- I create art for people who like to take the time to savour the beauty of the natural world around us -- Pet Art & Custom Pet Portraits - Wildlife & Bird Art - Floral Art - Nature-Inspired Surface Pattern Designs --

Great Dane Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, color, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Colourful great dane art print with flowers...

Great Dane artwork by Lotti Brown

Great Dane artwork by Lotti Brown

I loved creating my gorgeous Great Dane art - remarkable dogs - so large and impressive, yet they're real gentle giants.

In our village we used to see the Great Dane, Daisy, running alongside her owner's bicycle - I'll tell you, it was quite a sight!

I wanted my artwork to show the beauty and mild-mannered nature of this huge hound. Slightly intimidating through sheer size, but every Great Dane I've ever met has been essentially friendly and gentle.

Detail of the artwork

Detail of the artwork

So I wanted to include warm colours and pretty flowers to show the unexpected, softer side of this dog...

Behind the Scenes of my Great Dane Art

I create my art digitally from drawings. Here's how the process went...

Click on the images for a closer look and with more details...

The completed Great Dane pet portrait 

The completed Great Dane pet portrait 

The completed artwork is filled with warmth and friendliness - perfect for this over-sized charmer!

Great Dane art prints available from my online store

Great Dane art prints available from my online store

Great Dane art prints are available from my online store with international delivery

Do you want me to create your own custom pet portrait for you? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet art gallery...

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Mystical Magpie and Maple - Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, natureCharlotte Brown

Beautiful magpie artwork in pinks, golden-yellows, teals, blues and purples... 

Mystical Magpie and Maple artwork by Lotti Brown

I created this magpie artwork to celebrate this special bird that has a bit of a reputation...

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told....

Yes - the magpie comes with a reputation... and a rhyme that all schoolchildren knew off by heart in my day...

We used to salute or doff our cap to a single magpie to ward off bad luck...

And if with a companion call out, "Look! A magpie!" Then mutter quickly, "Seen by two, never comes true..."

Perhaps it's just the magpie's reputation for stealing your shiny belongings, which it hides in its nest...?

But more than one magpie was always a thrill to see and seemed to herald good fortune of some kind...

And in many parts of the world - including in China, Korea, Native America, and many parts of Europe - the magpie is a symbol of happiness and good fortune and any sight of a magpie is warmly welcomed...

So it's certain that the magpie does have that special, mystical air that causes so many populations to set him apart from other birds - and the magpie itself is a very intelligent bird - clever, resourceful and a fantastic mimic... no wonder people have always seen the magpie as something very special.

And you can barely see a more striking bird in our British landscape and gardens... large and with a very distinctive stripe - there's no missing such a handsome and dramatic-looking bird.

Detail from the artwork

So my artwork is to celebrate this special bird, it's dramatic look and its mystical reputation, but particularly to see beyond that, too - to see this very intelligent and resourceful bird, that can even recognise and understand its reflection in a mirror - (the only bird and one of very few creatures that can do so). A bird that makes a monogamous bond for life with their partner and can mourn their dead...

No wonder the magpie is recognised across the world as special...!

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the making of my magpie artwork...

Click on any image to see it full-sized and with extra information about the process...

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

I really love the colours in my magpie artwork - the familiar, striking plumage against the rather unexpected soft pinks and ochre yellows that I hope will inspire you to look beyond the reputations and superstitions of the magpie, and look with respect at the capabilities and nature of this truly remarkable bird itself, instead...

Magpie art prints are available in my online store

Magpie art prints are available in my online store

My magpie art prints are available now in my online store...

More British birds art in my Birds & Wildlife Art Gallery, here...

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Christmas 2017 - Last Order Dates

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Christmas is fast approaching so here are the last order dates for delivery in time for the big day.

The dates are a little different in my Etsy and Folksy stores as Folksy don't allow me to ship my art prints to you directly from the printer (they have to be posted to me first) so the dates for Folksy are a little earlier.

Folksy Store

UK delivery only

Last order dates for Christmas 2017 are: 
--6th December for art prints
--17th December for greetings cards

Visit my Folksy store here...

Etsy store

International delivery

Last order dates for Christmas 2017:
-- 10th December for art prints delivered to UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia
--30th November for art prints delivered to anywhere else

--17th December for greetings cards delivered to UK
--4th December for greetings cards delivered anywhere else

Visit my Etsy store here...

The stores and my website will be closed for orders from 22nd December to 2nd January for the Christmas break.

PS - Please note that my Additional Stockists will have their own last order dates. Please check the individual sites for details.

Colourful Art Gifts for Your Nearest and Dearest...

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Please note that I am now fully booked for custom pet portraits to be delivered in time for Christmas 2017 but I'm open for orders into the new year... please, get in touch with your custom pet portrait enquiry...

My colourful art prints are still available from my online store. Framed up they make a lovely gift - ideal if you're looking for a gift for someone who likes dogs, birds, nature and/or flowers...

Blue tits art print

Blue tits art print

New Christmas and Winter Cards Now Available

announcements, new collections, shoppingCharlotte Brown

New winter and Christmas cards now available from my Etsy store (international delivery) and Folksy store (UK delivery only)...

Robin Christmas card

Individual special Christmas cards or packs of three or six, with a pale blue envelope - blank inside for your own message..

Also available is my collection of winter cards - seasonal but not specifically Christmassy - so you can use them as a unique Christmas card for your nearest and dearest, or they're especially good for winter birthdays, thank you notes or other occasions where you want something that fits the season but doesn't necessarily have a Christmas message.

  • Coloured envelopes
  • Individually cellophane wrapped
  • Buy individually or in packs of 6 different designs
  • Blank inside for your own message

See winter card designs below... click on an image to see it larger...

Autumn Flowers Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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I'm taking a behind-the-scenes look at my Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By (With a Little Help From Your Friends) artwork...

Autumn Flowers, by Lotti Brown

The story behind the artwork is in the title - You Can Get By with a Little Help From Your Friends. It's all about how nature can get by more easily with a bit of a helping hand from us, her friend, especially in planting flowers to help nature in our gardens.

The flowers I chose to include in my Autumn Flowers artwork are all significant, as well as beautiful. They are all flowers which are particularly attractive to bees. And we so need to look after our bees and pollinators to help the natural world go round.

Pollinating flowers and plants allows them to fruit and set seed, and return again in the future. It helps provide other animals, birds, insects, and even us humans, with fruit and food to eat.

Bees perform a vital role in nature, and are under threat. Anything we can do to help them out is surely a good thing. And when you can have flowers as lovely as this in your garden, well, why wouldn't you?

Autumn is a great time to add more flowers into your garden. It helps extend the pollen season for bees and other insects, when there are fewer flowers about, generally. And also helps to brighten your garden up through the fading months.

Bees love:

Nasturtiums 

Nasturtiums - the leaves are also very tasty for caterpillars (which gives us more butterflies)

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Mint

Mint flowers seem almost irresistible to bees

Ling heather

I've often seen bees buzzing around heather flowers.

I draw out each of the flowers individually, and, once the drawings are all scanned in, I use the computer to put them all together into my autumn flower garden...

I work on positioning and composition first...

Work in progress, using the computer to create an artwork from individual drawings

As you can see, at first the colours appear quite washed out, as scanned in...

So once I'm happy with the composition, I turn my attention to tweaking and brightening the colours...

Work in progress - brighter colours look better

Sometimes I will decide the piece can become more interesting if I change about some of the colours...

Artwork on screen in Adobe Illustrator programme

I might also decide to add a more dramatic colour palette to work with, and choose a striking background colour to set the flowers off, so they stand out really well...

Detail from Autumn Flowers artwork

I love that this piece is full of those gorgeous, rich autumn colours, full of warmth for the colder months - and I love that it's so full of different colours, like a rainbow-filled flower garden.

It still makes me happy every time I look at it, and I hope it can do the same for you, too!

Final artwork - Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By 

Where to Buy

You can get my Autumn Flowers artwork at several online stockists, with worldwide delivery.

Art prints, homewares, fashions, accessories and phone/tech cases are all available.

Autumn Flowers fashion top, available at Redbubble (see list below)

Autumn Flowers fine art giclee print

Buy art prints from my online art store, here...

Please click on the store names below to check out what's available, and where...

Redbubble - for throw pillows, fashions, silky scarves, notebooks and journals, mugs, phone/tech cases and more... (international delivery from various locations)

Autumn Flowers (You Can Get By) silky scarf, available at Redbubble - link above

Zippi - for throw pillows, bags, notecards, mugs, placemats, coasters, phone/tech cases, key-rings and more... (international delivery from UK)

Society6 - for throw pillows, duvets, shower curtains, phone/tech cases, rugs, throws, towels and more... (international delivery from various locations)

Contrado - for real silk scarves, occasional chairs, cushions, floor cushions, china plates, cups, saucers, kitchenware and more (international delivery from UK)

Displate - for art prints on metal plates... (international delivery from Europe)

More info about stockists here...

More about other designs in my floral art collection here...

Unframed art prints are available from my online art store (see list above)

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Why I'm a Fussy So-and-So About My Art

behind the scenes, artworks, color, personal musings, shoppingCharlotte Brown

I'm a bit of a fussy so-and-so about my art - and I always have my art prints created as high-quality giclee art prints - yes, even if it costs a bit more! - so that I can always be sure that you are receiving a quality art print where the colours are vibrant, rich-toned and true to my original art creation. 

I spent weeks testing art prints from a large selection of different printers and chose my current print partner for the quality of the colours, and the thick, rich, velvety, matte finish of the ink that looks just like paint.

Vibrant colours in my Fantasy Fall Flowers artwork

Vibrant colours in my Fantasy Fall Flowers artwork

All my art prints are printed on 230gsm acid-free, matte, archival paper with archival inks that are resistant to fading in the light, using a giclee technique.

Giclee just means 'spray' - the ink is sprayed on in a thick layer, rather than printed out in rollers or a dot-matrix pattern like your usual office or at-home printer that can leave you with a trace of dots or lines on your print. It's a technique that's great for art as it really captures the original colours, crisp details, and the finish has a texture just like a rich, matte paint.

I won't compromise on my art prints as I have to be sure that you're receiving the highest quality art print that will look good on your wall and will bring you years of joy in your home.

Cherishing What's Precious

behind the scenes, inspiration, pet art, personal musingsCharlotte Brown
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One of the reasons I wanted to specialise in pet art and custom pet portraits is because of our unique connection with our pets. I believe that the relationship between humans and our companion animals is an essential one and it works both ways.

It's so important for us to have that bond and that communication across species, and that connection that links us to the natural world. What's amazing is that our animals need and thrive on that bond just as much as we do. 

Through my art, I love that I can show that very precious bond in a visual form, and create something that a pet owner can have as a permanent symbol and reminder of this very special relationship with their pet.

If you'd like to have your own special pet portrait to cherish what's precious to you, click here to find out more...

Stop, Stare, Savour, Drink...

behind the scenes, inspiration, nature, personal musingsCharlotte Brown

Stop and notice the world around you. It's colourful. It's beautiful. It's detailed. It's the real world and you are a part of it. The world of nature is all around you, and you are connected to it.

When you connect to the world of nature, you feel a part of nature, part of the world - a participant and not just an observer.

Stop and stare. Notice the details. Savour the world. Drink it in. It is our lives.

Sweet Sheltie Art 'Chloe in a Shetland Meadow'

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, shopping, pet artCharlotte Brown

Sweet Sheltie art full of colour and happiness. This unique art makes the perfect gift for a Sheltie lover...

Sheltie art by Lotti Brown

Sheltie art by Lotti Brown

This artwork is of a beautiful Sheltie, Chloe.

I’m a little bit biased over looks, of course, due to the unmistakable similarities in appearance between the sweet little Shetland Sheepdog and my own ‘adopted’ breed, rough collie.

If you actually saw the two breeds together, though, you would quickly spot the size difference, as the sheltie is just a fraction of the size of a full-grown rough collie.

Shelties aren’t just small rough collies.

They have their own breed heritage – evolved from Scandinavian herding dogs brought to the Shetlands as working herding dogs in the 18th Century and crossed with smaller breeds, such as spaniels and Pomeranians. There is rough collie heritage in the mix too, though.

Understandably, tourists to the Shetlands fell in love with these sweet little dogs and their popularity began to spread...

Shelties have their own breed personality, too – sweet, sensitive, and very loving and companionable with their family. They are clever, playful, and talkative, and they need lots of mental as well as physical exercise.

I wanted my sheltie art to show this lively, playful side, so I filled the artwork with bright colours and lots of energy. 

Artwork detail showing Sheltie fur and flowers

Artwork detail showing Sheltie fur and flowers

Creating my Sheltie Art - Behind the Scenes

I wanted to place my sheltie in amongst a Shetland meadow setting, to pay homage to the beautiful islands of Shetland that are her heritage – and somewhere I, myself, long to visit one day. So I researched flowers and grasses that might be found in a Shetland meadow or grassland and filled my artwork with:

  • Milkwort
  • Sweet Vernal Grass
  • Cotton Grass
  • Meadow Buttercup

Come behind the scenes with me and take a look at how I created my Shetland Sheepdog art using a combination of traditional drawing techniques and digital processes...

Click on an image to see the large version and read further description and explanation...

The completed colourful sheltie artwork

The completed colourful sheltie artwork

You can’t fail to be won over by Chloe’s sweet smile and joyful expression.

I really love the way my sheltie’s face just seems to explode from the artwork, her eyes fixed on you and her gorgeous fur flying all over the place, filled with light and movement. I am always transfixed by the way that sheltie (or rough collie) fur catches the sunlight and seems to shimmer.

I love the way the air seems to ‘buzz’ around the flowers and grasses – full of life and the energy of nature.

This may well be my new favourite artwork, actually!

Sheltie art prints are available in my stores

Sheltie art prints are available in my stores

You can get the sheltie art prints in my store

Do you want me to create your own custom pet portrait for you? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet art gallery...

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Beautiful Woodland Husky Art

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, shopping, pet artCharlotte Brown

Gorgeous woodland husky art prints - colourful and unique gift ideas to make your husky-loving friends happy...

'Luna: The Call of the Wild' husky artwork by Lotti Brown

'Luna: The Call of the Wild' husky artwork by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of a beautiful husky dog. Luna is a real wonder of nature – free-spirited, intelligent and perfectly at home in the great outdoors, running through the forests of northern Europe and the Siberian steppes.

Huskies are stunning dogs with the real air of a wild wolf about them – nature just about tamed.

In spite of their wolfish appearance, they’re not at all wolfish in temperament and are a true friend to man – sweet, friendly, intelligent, and a wonderful companion and working dog.

I wanted to show my husky in a setting of nature - natural fir branches and pine cones from a cool northern forest where I hope my husky will feel right at home.

Behind the scenes of my artwork

Take a look at how I created the art from my drawings...

  • I take the individual drawings and scan them into the computer
  • I work with them digitally in Adobe Illustrator to put them together into a composition
  • I tweak colours and create backgrounds to make the finished artwork

Please click on the images below to see the full-sized image and description...

A Portrait of Devotion - Creating my German Shepherd Art

Lyla, here, is such a truly beautiful dog, with her thick, wavy fur, alive with colours, and her keen, lively eyes.

In this artwork, I want to emphasise her loving loyalty, as a companion and friend to her owner; her keen intelligence, which makes her such a pleasure to be around; and her immense courage and confidence.

I chose to surround Lyla with these splendid, purple-blue Monkshood flowers (Aconitum). These flowers have a very special meaning in the Language of Flowers, signifying chivalry and the bravery and devotion of the medieval knight-errant.

I think this is a really lovely meaning for a German Shepherd dog, pointing in particular to her courage and protective nature, as well as her devotion to her own family.

  • I created my artwork from pen and ink drawings, dog and flowers all drawn out separately.
  • I scan the drawings into the computer and import them into my illustration programme.
  • I play about with composition and colour to create the final piece, adding layers of interest to create a sense of depth.

Take a look at how I created Lyla's German Shepherd art, below. Just click on the images below for more detail...

The completed colourful woodland husky artwork - intricate linework and striking colours

The completed colourful woodland husky artwork - intricate linework and striking colours

The cool ice blues set against turquoises, teal, and a rich russet give a sense of the incredible energy of this truly remarkable dog.

I love her intelligent and curious expression – alert, playful, and ready to go.

Showing detail from the husky artwork

Showing detail from the husky artwork

I hope that my artwork brings you a sense of how this independent dog belongs to nature and the wild forests. We’re privileged to have such amazing dogs as part of our human world.

I love how all the colours in my husky artwork speak of forest tones – greens, browns, oranges and greys – a celebration of nature.

Husky art print available in my store

Husky art print available in my store

You can get the woodland husky art prints in my store

Do you want me to create your own custom pet portrait for you? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet art gallery...

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Magical Corgi Art to Inspire

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Cute corgi art for your home. Makes a fantastic gift idea for corgi lovers.

Corgi: A Magical Moment by Lotti Brown

Corgi: A Magical Moment by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of a sweet little corgi, Morgan. She’s a Pembroke Welsh Corgi with beautiful golden fur and such a pretty little face.

Morgan is very much a family dog, enjoying companionship and play with her owners, but feeling more shy and reserved with strangers.

Originally bred as herding dogs, corgis are independent, intelligent, loyal and eager to please. Little dogs in size, but can be feisty, thoughtful, or even clownish in nature.

The corgi story that really captured my imagination is the legend that corgis were originally the steeds of Welsh fairy warriors and were ridden into battle by the fairies or pulled fairy carriages. Supposedly, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis were given to two human children by the Welsh woodland fairies.

It is this magical air to the corgi that I wanted to uncover in my corgi art...

Take a look at how I created the artwork, below...

Detail of corgi artwork

Detail of corgi artwork

Behind-the-scenes - creating my corgi art...

  • I create my artwork by drawing the dog portrait and accompanying flowers and other elements separately.
  • I work with pens on card.
  • I then scan the drawings into the computer.
  • I work with the drawings in Adobe Illustrator software programme, bringing them together onto one artboard, working on the layout and scale and adjusting colours to create the final artwork...

I chose to surround my corgi with red poppies. Poppies have been associated with fairies and are said to bring fairies into one’s dreams.

I’ve also included ferns from the fairies’ magical woodland home. In the Language of Flowers, ferns are also connected with magic.

I wanted to include fairy mayflies dancing across the artwork. These beautiful, tiny insects really do look just like fairies as they flit above woodland streams and as the sunlight catches their delicate wings. Morgan certainly looks entranced!

Here's what happened - please, click on the images to see them larger with further explanation about each part of the process...

The completed corgi artwork

The completed corgi artwork

I love the really vibrant colours in the artwork – the lively mix of teal, green, red, gold, pink, and orange. I love the bright, whimsical expression of this gorgeous little dog and how the magic seems to dance all around her and enchant her.

Steed of the woodland fairies… will you ever see your corgi in the same light again?

Colourful corgi art pints available from my store

Colourful corgi art pints available from my store

You can get the corgi art prints in my store

Do you want me to create your own custom pet portrait for you? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet art gallery...

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Tabby Cat Art 'Tabby Afternoon in the Sun'

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Tabby cat art - enjoy a purrfect afternoon relaxing in the sun in the company of a very special tabby kitty...

Makes a wonderful gift idea for a cat lover or tabby cat owner...

'Tabby Afternoon in the Sun' tabby cat art by Lotti Brown

'Tabby Afternoon in the Sun' tabby cat art by Lotti Brown

Say hello to gentle Jeannie, a beautiful tabby cat luxuriating in the glorious sunshine of a cottage garden.

I love tabby cats. The pattern of their coats is so incredibly pretty, with the soft tiger stripes, broken up with dapples of colour. 

It is thought the word ‘tabby’ relates to the Old French word tabis (meaning a silk cloth), referring to the beautiful striped pattern of their coats, like watered silk, giving them a soft, luxurious fur with a distinctive pattern.

It’s a kind of camouflage effect, inherited from their wildcat ancestors, so that they can lurk amongst the undergrowth and stalk their tiny prey undetected.

I think it’s pretty effective for them, don’t you?

A Tabby Afternoon in the Sun - A Look Behind the Scenes

Cats seem to live for the warmth of sunshine. That’s why I wanted to wrap my beautiful tabby cat in sunshine and summer flowers.

Jeannie cat is surrounded by pencilled cranesbill flowers (Geranium versicolor) which mean ingenuity in the language of flowers. I think that ingenuity is one of the truly wonderful things about cats.

They’re curious, clever, observant and thoughtful – and if they want something, they can be tremendously single-minded about getting it. That’s where the ingenuity bit comes in!

I chose to fill my garden with vibrant summer colours - hot yellows, oranges and pinks, filled with the heat of the summer sun. 

Feel those balmy summer days – warmth on your skin, just the chirping of birds, a low, rumbling purr, the soft murmur of insects buzzing, and that sensation of utter relaxation as you unwind in your garden, a cuppa or a cocktail in your hand and the sun on your face. What bliss!

Tabby cat - detail of the artwork

Tabby cat - detail of the artwork

Creating my Tabby Cat Art

I created my tabby cat art from a series of separate drawings that I scanned into Adobe Illustrator and put together into one single artwork. 

Here's how it happened... click on the images below to get the full story...

The completed tabby cat artwork - sunshine and happiness!

The completed tabby cat artwork - sunshine and happiness!

It’s a pretty nice sort of day to spend some quality time with the kitty – a soft bed of sweetly-scented flowers, the smell of sunshine in her fur, and a whole cast of little birds to watch sleepily out the corner of her eye.

Too lazy to move far, today, though. Just enjoy the warmth of the day, together.

Pretty tabby cat art pints available from my store

Pretty tabby cat art pints available from my store

I love my pretty tabby cat art – following the patterns in kitty’s soft coat, getting lost in the depths of that gentle look in her sea-green eyes.

And I love how she’s wrapped in summer, here – the vibrant colours echoing with sunshine, and bringing that longed-for, lazy days of summer feel to the artwork...

Relax and unwind. Oh, yes!

You can get my tabby cat art prints in my store

Do you want me to create your own custom pet portrait for you? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet art gallery...

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Highland Cow Art - Moo!

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

This colourful highland cow art print makes a cherished gift for that special someone who loves to spot highland cattle...

Colourful Highland Cow art by Lotti Brown

Colourful Highland Cow art by Lotti Brown

I created this artwork for my husband, who loves highland cows. We love to see them when we holiday in Scotland, and even spot them in our home county of Yorkshire from time to time.

They're always a thrill to see, and seem to be from another time - a bit like a woolly mammoth version of a cow, all long hair and horns... beautiful creatures, who seem very gentle and sweet-natured.

I was inspired to create the artwork by a chance photo by my good friend Sally. She found her highland cow in the south of England, cooling down in a shady forest pool...

Highland cow photo copyright Sally J Hunter with permission. Find Sally's photos at: www.redbubble.com/people/sweetsal

Highland cow photo copyright Sally J Hunter with permission. Find Sally's photos at: www.redbubble.com/people/sweetsal

As soon as I saw this beautiful photo, I immediately wanted to draw the cow - those beautiful curvy horns and all that lovely long hair!

So I set to, knowing it would be the perfect gift for my wonderful husband...

Behind the scenes of my highland cow art...

I created my artwork from separate drawings of the cow, and vegetation, put together digitally with a hand-painted fabric background...

Click the images below to follow the process...

The completed colourful Highland cow artwork

The completed colourful Highland cow artwork

Showing detail from the artwork

Showing detail from the artwork

I love the colours that seem to speak of hills, heather, and bracken...

And the beautiful sky effect which makes me think of the Northern Lights - a reasonably regular sight in the far north of Scotland, but one I've not (yet!) been lucky enough to see.

This is a beautiful, peaceful artwork - a highland cow taking the time to stop and stare - so much beauty in nature!

My husband loved his surprise gift, by the way! Do you know someone who would love to receive this, too?

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Floral Greyhounds Art 'Rosie and Abi'

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Beautiful, vibrant, floral greyhound art work... makes a fantastic and colourful gift idea for a greyhound lover who likes colour

Beautiful, colourful greyhounds art 'Floral Greyhound Girlies: Rosie and Abi' by Lotti Brown

Beautiful, colourful greyhounds art 'Floral Greyhound Girlies: Rosie and Abi' by Lotti Brown

Take a behind the scenes look at the greyhound art...

I created this greyhound artwork for a very good friend of mine, Sally, of her two dogs, Rosie (a fawn greyhound) and Abi (the black one).

This is a special artwork for me, as Sally’s dogs are very much part of her identity. And they are very much a part of our friendship, too, as we got to know one another through our shared love for and experiences of greyhound ownership, talking about our dogs, and discovering how many other things we had in common, too. 

Our friendship has blossomed over many years online, and we’ve been lucky enough to meet in person quite often too, even though we live at opposite ends of the country. So I feel like I know Rosie and Abi almost as well as I know my own dogs, and I know how special her greyhounds are to Sally, too.

'Abi' by SweetSal Sally J Hunter

'Abi' by SweetSal Sally J Hunter

Typical greyhounds, Rosie and Abi are gentle souls, dignified and beautiful. Abi was quiet, with a silly streak and a skip in her step, while Rosie has always been top dog in the houndie-household. 

Together, Rosie and Abi made a tight-knit duo, as close as sisters – light and dark, yin and yang. They definitely needed to appear as a partnership in this artwork.

I was lucky enough to have some very beautiful photos to work from for my greyhound artwork, as Sally is a really talented photographer and especially loves to take photos of her dogs. (Great photos make a huge difference!)

I also know that Sally loves to take photos of flowers (as well as dogs) and has lots of pretty flowers in her garden, so I surrounded her dogs with beautiful blooms.

Saying it with Flowers

I chose a beautiful yellow dahlia, ‘Sunlady’, bright like sunshine, that is a particularly special flower for Sally, reminding her of Abi, sunbathing in the sunshine outside, at every opportunity. The dahlia also means ‘dignity’ in the Language of Flowers, and I can think of no other greyhound who that suits better than pretty and dainty Abi.

A pink rose means ‘friendship’ which I thought was perfect to symbolise both the close friendship between the two greyhounds, and also my friendship with Sally. The deep pink rose also says, “Thank you for being in my life” – again, a sentiment which applies just as much to my friendship with Sally as Sally’s relationship with these two incredibly special greyhounds.

I chose particular colours for the background of the artwork, too - a rich red, blending up to a velvety violet. Sally has always chosen collars and harnesses in red for Rosie and purple for Abi, so these colours are especially associated with the dogs and suit their colourings so well.

Creating my Greyhound Art Work

See how my floral greyhound artwork developed from my pen and ink drawings, scanned into the computer, and then all put together in Adobe Illustrator...

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 'Floral Greyhound Girlies' the completed greyhounds artwork

 'Floral Greyhound Girlies' the completed greyhounds artwork

I love the really vibrant colours in this artwork – full of the energy, happiness, and friendships that dogs bring into our lives. I think it’s a really bright and striking colour palette, that I hope will make Sally smile every time she sees it.

I love how the two dogs kind of fit together, heads intertwining – a connection with each other, and a special connection that created a connection between two strangers, too, one that turned to friendship...

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Colourful greyhound art pints are available from my online store

  I was kind of nervous of doing this artwork for my friend, as I know how special Rosie and Abi are to her – but it was an artwork I was really excited to do too. I love the colour palette, and the two very beautiful expressions caught by Sally’s own photography, and the liveliness of the vibrant flowers.

I hope my friend Sally likes it as much as I do!

Detail from the artwork

Detail from the artwork

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German Shepherd Dog Art 'Lyla: A Picture of Devotion'

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German Shepherd Art - a portrait of a dog who's courageous, devoted, and loving...

Makes a wonderful gift idea for a German Shepherd dog owner.

'A Picture of Devotion' German Shepherd art by Lotti Brown

'A Picture of Devotion' German Shepherd art by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of a beautiful German Shepherd dog, Lyla – keen, alert, and devoted to her owner.

I loved creating this piece. It was a privilege to take a look behind the preconceptions of the German Shepherd dog as a fierce, guarding dog to celebrate her intelligence, obedience, and loyalty to her owner.

Although, obviously, there is very valuable use of German Shepherd dogs in guarding duties, there’s so much more to the breed.

Her intelligence, courage, and confidence are just some of the qualities that make her a natural guarder. But that’s not to overlook her alert demeanour, making her eager to learn and to work, nor her fearless devotion to her owner.

Artwork detail showing German Shepherd fur and flowers

Artwork detail showing German Shepherd fur and flowers

A Portrait of Devotion - Creating my German Shepherd Art

Lyla, here, is such a truly beautiful dog, with her thick, wavy fur, alive with colours, and her keen, lively eyes.

In this artwork, I want to emphasise her loving loyalty, as a companion and friend to her owner; her keen intelligence, which makes her such a pleasure to be around; and her immense courage and confidence.

I chose to surround Lyla with these splendid, purple-blue Monkshood flowers (Aconitum). These flowers have a very special meaning in the Language of Flowers, signifying chivalry and the bravery and devotion of the medieval knight-errant.

I think this is a really lovely meaning for a German Shepherd dog, pointing in particular to her courage and protective nature, as well as her devotion to her own family.

  • I created my artwork from pen and ink drawings, dog and flowers all drawn out separately.
  • I scan the drawings into the computer and import them into my illustration programme.
  • I play about with composition and colour to create the final piece, adding layers of interest to create a sense of depth.

Take a look at how I created Lyla's German Shepherd art, below. Just click on the images below for more detail...

The completed colourful German shepherd artwork

The completed colourful German shepherd artwork

I just love the fiery orange background I’ve chosen for Lyla’s artwork. The colour signifies her energy and her passion for her work, the tasks she’s so keen to learn to do.

It’s a very particular orange that I took some time to choose, with a slight coral-pink tone to it, showing a little of her soft, family side, devoted and loving with her special people.

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Colourful German Shepherd art prints are available in my stores

I love this piece as I think Lyla shows such alert intelligence in those sparkling eyes, but also a certain softness, and loving nature too, a special connection with those she trusts and calls family.

Lots of lovely detail, vibrant colours and a hugely powerful energy.

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Beautiful Border Collie Art 'Cardinal Collie'

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Beautiful border collie art - a colourful and lively artwork, overflowing with the energy and fun of the border collie...

Fun gift idea for a border collie owner who adores their best doggie friend - or just to celebrate your own furry friendship

Beautiful Border collie art 'Cardinal Collie' by Lotti Brown

Beautiful Border collie art 'Cardinal Collie' by Lotti Brown

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Say hello to this pretty little border collie called Bracken...

I named this artwork after my granny’s dog, Bracken, as there’s something about her pretty face that reminds me of the original Bracken, even though her colouring isn’t quite the same. But it meant that I just had to draw her.

Bracken was well before my time because she was my granny’s collie when she was young, but my granny gave me her photo of her beloved dog when I was a little girl. I loved this photo, pinned it up by my bed, and used to pretend that Bracken was my dog.

We couldn’t have a dog or cat when we were children because of my brother’s allergies. So, to an imaginative child, Bracken was a great - if not wholly satisfactory - substitute.

So it’s in honour of my granny and her dog, Bracken, that I’ve created this pet portrait.

Detail from the collie artwork

Detail from the collie artwork

Border collies are wonderful dogs – highly intelligent, eager to please, full of energy, sensitive, and a faithful and firm companion.

They need a job to do, and, just like my own (rough) collie at home, are apt to find their own mischief to get into if you’re not giving them some more worthy task to fulfil.

Unlike my rough collie, though, they are highly active and energetic, so that enormous physical energy needs to be run off, too.

In reward, though, you will have a keen, devoted and clever companion who works and plays with equal enthusiasm.

Creating my Border Collie Art

I chose to put beautiful Bracken with Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis), red lobelias, which signifies energy in the Language of Flowers. I was also originally intending to include Ragged Robin (Meadow Lychnis) in the artwork – signifying her wit – but in the end, this didn’t make it to the final cut for compositional reasons, as you'll see below.

Follow along with my creative process, below, to see how I created my border collie artwork with original pen and ink drawings and the computer...

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 'Cardinal Collie' the completed border collie artwork

 'Cardinal Collie' the completed border collie artwork

Lively and Lovely Fun

Bracken is such a pretty border collie, with a gentle expression, but it’s an expression that’s full of lively fun, too, and it was this that I wanted to focus on bringing to life in the artwork.

I made sure that I used bright colours to show her lively energy, and I couldn’t help but reach for this lovely sunshine yellow that’s a real favourite of mine.

Bracken looks like she’s in a field of flowers, running, playing, having fun. The whole picture is filled with movement, from the swirls of her beautiful fur to the swaying flowers. And that really tells you what Bracken’s about – liveliness, fun, energy, I wanted to capture it all.

But if you stop and meet her eyes, you can see into her soul, see her sweet nature, her devotion, and her intelligence.

Bracken is a special dog – your faithful friend, a bond of love.

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Border collie art pints are available from my online store

 I love this artwork because it tastes of freedom - a carefree summer day, enjoying the fields and flowers, just you and your dog.

The vibrant colours and lively linework give a real energy and movement to the piece, making Bracken seem, almost, to come alive - poised, ready to run and jump, intelligent, curious, focused and fun...

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Contemporary Dachshund Art 'Daisy Dachsie and the Sunflowers'

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Colourful dachshund art - lively and charming little Daisy Dachsie...

Makes a fun and fantastic gift idea for a special dachshund owner, or just to treat yourself.

Dachshund art 'Daisy Dachsie and the Sunflowers' by Lotti Brown

Dachshund art 'Daisy Dachsie and the Sunflowers' by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of a charming little dachshund, Daisy, surrounded by colourful and joyous sunflowers.

I’ve always been fascinated by lively little dachshunds – such a very unusual shape for a dog – when you watch them move, they seem to slip and flow, undulating like an otter in water as they wriggle.

All dachshund varieties have something special about them, but the black and tan short-haired dachshund just seems to shine and shimmer in the light, with a whole host of beautiful colours reflecting in her fur.

Detail of the artwork

Detail of the artwork

Creating my Dachshund Art

In this artwork, I wanted to show how the personality of this clever, brave, and proud little dog is so much bigger than her tiny size – as tall as a sunflower, flamboyant, and colourful.

That’s why I think my beautiful little Daisy Dachsie looks right at home amongst these splendid sunflowers – a proud, charming little dog, bright and so full of energy – an oversized personality compared to her stature.

  • I started my artwork with a pen and ink drawing of the dog
  • And drew the sunflowers separately
  • Once scanned into the computer, I imported them into Adobe Illustrator
  • And played around with layout and colour to create the artwork
  • Adding background layers to add interest and depth to the final piece

You can see how my dachsie artwork developed below - please click on the images to see them at a larger size...

The completed colourful dachshund and sunflowers artwork

The completed colourful dachshund and sunflowers artwork

Adorable Art

In the language of flowers, sunflowers signify pride, and also adoration. Adoration is one thing that this cheeky little dog won’t go short of. She’ll adore you and long to be your constant companion, and in turn, you’ll adore her fun-loving temperament right back.

I love this piece as it’s filled with so much joy, energy and colour.

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Dachshund art prints are available in my stores

I love the glint in Daisy’s eye. She looks alert, curious, and ready to explore.

The beautiful colours glinting in her dark fur make me feel like the sun is shining down. We’re out in the garden and ready to play...

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Sweet Rough Collie Art 'Noah with Blue Flowers'

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Sweetness of a young doggy-friend – rough collie art of my pet 'puppy', Noah.

Makes a wonderful gift idea for a special rough collie owner - or treat yourself to something really meaningful to celebrate your connection with your own rough collie best friend.

Rough collie art 'Noah with Blue Flowers' by Lotti Brown

Rough collie art 'Noah with Blue Flowers' by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of my rough collie, Noah. Noah came to us at 7 months old, in 2014.

He fills our home and our world with his sweet and curious personality – and his giant, thick, fluffy coat.

It’s like having an enormous, soft and soppy teddy bear living with us.

Cheeky rough collie on his seaside holidays

Cheeky rough collie on his seaside holidays

At the age of 2, when I completed this artwork, Noah is part-way between a puppy and a grown-up dog.

He is still quite puppy-ish in his head, and sometimes in his play, but growing up quickly.

He has these quiet, solemn moments where he sits, observing, taking everything in and having a good old think about it all.

Rough collies are really beautiful dogs – truly magnificent – so I wanted to show Noah in a pose that made the most of his impressive, soft, fluffy coat, and the way his soft mane swirls beautifully around his shoulders.

And I also wanted to capture the quiet, thoughtful dog that he’s growing into.

Truly majestic, but he’s still definitely got a cheeky glint in his eye, though.

Detail of rough collie artwork

Detail of rough collie artwork

My Sweet Puppy Love

Although my sensible head knows that at this age, Noah is no longer a puppy, and ‘should’ be considered an adult dog, in my heart, he’s still my puppy, and I have to admit to calling him ‘my puppy’ still, particularly when he’s being sweet and cuddly.

I chose to surround my ‘puppy’ with these sweet, little, blue flowers, as they signify, for me, a kind of innocence and sweetness that I feel is in his nature. Like most rough collies, Noah does tend to a sweet-natured, thoughtful, and kindly temperament.

The flowers are drawn from a coreopsis flower, meaning ‘always cheerful’, and that’s what I want for my sweet Noah – to be always surrounded by love and happiness with his family – innocence and loveliness filling his world, just like these little blue flowers dance around him in this artwork.

Creating my Rough Collie Art

  • I start my pieces with hand-drawn artwork
  • I scan them into the computer and import them into the Adobe Illustration programme
  • I create my composition
  • I tweak the colours
  • I add background interest

Take a look how my rough collie art developed. Please click on the pictures for a larger image and more detail.

 My completed rough collie artwork

 My completed rough collie artwork

When I look at this picture, I feel a protective love for my dog.

Meeting his eye, I feel that we share an incredibly strong bond of love and protection, and I want my puppy to feel safe and happy.

I love his sweetness, his cheekiness, and his thoughtful, quiet moments, and it's those I see in this artwork.

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Rough collie art pints available from my store

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Pretty Pug Art 'Pug in Peonies'

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Colourful pug art print - celebrating the sweetness of a pretty little pooch...

Makes a delightful and really unusual gift for a pug lover!

Pug art 'Pug in Peonies' by Lotti Brown

Pug art 'Pug in Peonies' by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of a pretty little pug, Lizzy. She’s a charming, happy-go-lucky little thing, delighted just to be with you.

Pugs are cute little dogs with a curiously sweet face. They have the hugest, most beautiful, innocent eyes, giving them an expressive baby-face that means they can totally get away with all the funny, clownish antics they enjoy so much.

I love their funny faces: the unusual swirls of skin, like overgrown wrinkles, making it appear as if they’ve screwed up the soft fur on their cheeky little faces into a tiny tantrum. Perhaps, that’s how they got the name pug, originally meaning goblin or small monkey, apparently.

But they’re so loving sweet-natured and charming at the same time, polite, easy-going, and a joy to have around the house. In fact, in the past, pugs were a highly valued companion, favoured by royalty including Chinese emperors of the Shang dynasty and Queen Victoria. Pugs were celebrated with portraits and statues, so it seems very apt for me to be celebrating the sweetness of the pug with this pug art, too.

Detail of pug artwork

Detail of pug artwork

Creating the Prettiest Pug Art

I wanted to celebrate the affectionate, loving nature of this dog, and her sweetness and childlike, innocent expression. I chose to do this by including beautiful, big, red peonies in her portrait. The Language of Flowers says that these are a symbol of devotion, so I thought they perfectly suit her loving nature and the way she’s so devoted to her family.

I love the way, too, that the swirls of the peony’s petals echo the amazing curves and swirls in her fur. I paired the peonies with little Gypsophila flowers, also called ‘Baby’s Breath’, which means innocence and a childlike nature – perfect for our quirky little pug.

  • I create my art by drawing out the dog, and all the flowers separately, with pens on paper...
  • Then, I scan all the drawings into the computer
  • Once they've been imported into my illustration software programme, I put them all together onto one digital 'canvas'
  • I start to arrange them into a composition
  • And play about with colours to make it 'pop'

Take a look, below - you can click on the images to see them larger, with a more detailed description...

The completed 'Pug in Peonies' artwork

The completed 'Pug in Peonies' artwork

I chose the rich, royal blue background to signify her calm, dignified nature, and also her history as a royal favourite.

I really like Lizzy’s special pug art. I adore the sweet, loving expression in her wide eyes, and her funny, crinkled face, surrounded by the extravagance of the gorgeous, peony blooms.

She’s full of adoration for her family and is happy just to be with you!

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Sweet floral pug art pints available from my store

Rich, classic colours and sublime swirls – a quirky artwork brim full of sweetness and beauty..

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