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 --

Custom Pet Portrait - Little Lidio Dog, Yorkshire - Case Study

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Custom pet portrait case study - Spanish rescue dog in Yorkshire

I loved doing this custom pet portrait of sparky little dog, Lidio...

Custom pet portrait of rescue dog Lidio

Custom pet portrait of rescue dog Lidio

I was asked to create a special portrait of Lidio as a surprise gift for the client's friend, of her dog, Lidio, who was adopted through a rescue organization, from Spain.

Lidio is such a confident little character for his small size, with a big swagger and a real glint in his eye so I really wanted to capture that in the portrait.

It took a little while to get the right photo that was clear, in good light and showed enough detail in his face, as well as really letting his personality shine through. We kept persevering, and all of a sudden hit gold with the perfect shot - lots of clear detail for drawing and a great expression that really reflected his personality (the top right image in the below picture)...

Choosing the perfect photo - the picture top right was a clear winner for me!

Choosing the perfect photo - the picture top right was a clear winner for me!

The client asked specifically for a circular artwork with the feel of an old-fashioned miniature, whilst still keeping to my signature style.

I was able to create a six-inch circular artwork for her, on an eight-inch square art print, which also allowed the pet's name to appear below.

I discussed background colours with the client, and we chose a general colour palette that her friend might like.

I wanted to include the Spanish carnations at the neck as a nod to Lidio's Spanish heritage - and I also think they kind of have the look of a cravat, making him look a very smart and proud little dog indeed.

Take a look, below, at how the art was created. Click on any image to see it larger, with further description...

The completed pet portrait surprise gift.

The completed pet portrait surprise gift.

The client was able to keep the custom pet portrait a secret from her friend until the perfect moment came to present her with it...

I was really thrilled when Lidio's owner let me know that she'd been given the portrait of Lidio, and told me how much she loved her pet portrait - and how very surprised she was to receive it! I think it made my day, as well as hers!

Custom pet portrait of Lidio in Yorkshire

Custom pet portrait of Lidio in Yorkshire

You can get your own custom pet portrait for someone special, and make their birthday or special day, one that they'll remember... Start here...

Or browse through my pet art gallery to see some more of my pet art, here...

Horse Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, color, nature, new collections, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Ideal for horse lovers - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' - colourful and contemporary horse art prints in a vibrant lilac purple...

Horse art by Lotti Brown - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane'

Horse art by Lotti Brown - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane'

When I was a little girl I simply adored horses. I'm scared of heights so I've always found riding them a little bit terrifying, but I love to admire them from the safety of the ground - and this is such a handsome black and white horse with a stunning golden mane...

In this piece, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of this majestic creature - one of humankind's animal friends for thousands of years. Humans have a very close bond with horses and it's simply wonderful to see people and animals working together.

I showed this very handsome black and white horse against a purple evening sky, which really sets off his beautiful golden mane. Stunning!

Follow along with the images below to see how the art was created...

I use my own ink drawings and put them together digitally to create the final artwork piece.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version and read the description...

The completed horse artwork - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' by Lotti Brown

The completed horse artwork - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' by Lotti Brown

The final horse art print is colourful and contemporary - and very sweet. This horse looks like the sort of horse I would have adored as a child! I could have spent hours brushing that long, flowing mane!

Detail from the horse artwork. Note the subtle blend of colours and slight texture effect in the background.

Detail from the horse artwork. Note the subtle blend of colours and slight texture effect in the background.

'The Horse with the Golden Mane' art print available to buy in a silver frame - other options also available

'The Horse with the Golden Mane' art print available to buy in a silver frame - other options also available

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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...

Launching My New Custom Pet Portrait Packages and Online Store

announcements, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Today I'm introducing my new pet portrait packages AND my new online store...

Custom Pet Portraits

My custom pet portraits are now available ready-framed in a choice of three elegant frames, so that you'll be able to get them ready to hang and you don't have to wait to see your new artwork up on your wall...

It's perfect to save you the time and trouble to search for a suitable frame and really lovely to gift to someone special so it's all ready to put up straight away.

Custom pet portraits by Lotti Brown

Custom pet portraits by Lotti Brown

Custom pet portrait customers will also receive my beautiful original sketch drawing of their pet as part of the package, together with a high-resolution digital image of the final artwork to use as a screensaver or to print onto cushion covers, phone-cases, bags, mugs etc.

Your custom pet portrait now comes with a signed original sketch drawing of your pet

Your custom pet portrait now comes with a signed original sketch drawing of your pet

Art Prints in my Online Store

My new online store is now open with framed and unframed art prints available.

My vibrant and detailed fine art giclee prints come framed in your choice of gorgeous black-, gold- or silver-coloured wooden frames.

'Fantasy Fall Flowers' colourful art print - get it ready framed in a beautiful frame to match your decor

'Fantasy Fall Flowers' colourful art print - get it ready framed in a beautiful frame to match your decor

Mounted prints (unframed) and loose prints (delivered rolled in a tube) will also be available, if you prefer to choose your own frame.

International delivery is available. Please, get in touch and ask for a postage quote to your country.

Special Launch Offer

To celebrate the launch of my new online store, I'm offering Free Standard UK Shipping on All Orders over £50 from my online art store for a limited time only.

Use promo code FEB18 on checkout to get your Free Shipping - expires Monday 5th February.

Bird, nature and pet fine art giclee prints are available now from the Lotti Brown online art store

Bird, nature and pet fine art giclee prints are available now from the Lotti Brown online art store

About My Frames

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I wanted to share with you a bit about the beautiful frames that I have selected to go with my art prints and custom pet portraits so that they arrive with you ready to hang.

They are specially chosen to complement my art and also to look elegant in your home.

Corgi art in gold frame

Corgi art in gold frame

What are the frames made of?

I have personally selected a range of frames that work well with all of my artworks and size options and that will look stunning in your home. You can choose from a black, silver or gold finish. Find details of each option below.

All the frames are hand-built to order on precision equipment with conservation-grade materials by Guild Commended Framers belonging to the Fine Art Guild of Framers.

Black frame with custom artwork

Black frame with custom artwork

All frames are made from real wood with sturdy MDF backing and fitted with high-quality conservation quality mount board with white core which does not discolour.

My framed art prints are fitted with warm white double mounts with white core. Mounted prints (unframed) come with a single warm white mount.

Single mounted art print (unframed)

Single mounted art print (unframed)

Custom art prints are typically created with the warm white double mount but coloured top or bottom mounts can be selected to really set off the particular colours in your custom artwork.

Double mount showing a complementary colour selected for the bottom mount

Double mount showing a complementary colour selected for the bottom mount

Frame corners are precision pinned for strength (not just glued, which risks warping and bowing over time) and fitted using high-end equipment to push corner pieces tightly together and ensure precise corner alignment.

To show precision-pinned corner detail on frame

To show precision-pinned corner detail on frame

Frames are fitted with Clarity+ acrylic glazing which is just as clear as glass but with safety in mind and reduced likelihood of breakages in transit or in your home. Your artwork looks vibrant and clear from all angles and the Clarity+ acrylic glazing has high UV resistance and will not yellow over time. It’s also resistant to scratches (but still treat it gently – see care info below).

Showing Clarity+ clear acrylic glazing - for safety and clarity.

Showing Clarity+ clear acrylic glazing - for safety and clarity.

Ready to Hang

Your framed artwork will come ready to hang with all backing fixings and hanging cord ready in place.

Black frames

Black frame

Black frame

Black frame

Black frame

A wooden frame with a smooth black painted finish and an attractive swooping ‘spoon’ profile.

  • Frame width: 61mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 8mm
Black frame

Black frame

Silver colour frames

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A wooden frame with a lovely silver-colour mottled/leaf finish. This beautiful frame has a flat profile with edge moulding.

  • Frame width: 63mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 12mm
Silver frame

Silver frame

Gold colour frames

Gold frame

Gold frame

A wooden frame with a striking gold-colour distressed leaf finish. This gorgeous frame has a simple flat profile with subtle edge moulding.

  • Frame width: 65mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 13mm
Gold frame

Gold frame

As standard, each frame will come in four sizes:

  • To fit artwork 200mm x 200mm (approx 8" x 8")
  • To fit artwork 300mm x 300mm (approx 12" x 12")
  • To fit artwork 400mm x 400mm (approx 16" x 16")
  • To fit artwork 500mm x 500mm (approx 20" x 20")

But bespoke sizes are available on request.

How do I care for my artwork and frames?

Avoid hanging your artwork in direct sunlight, close to a fireplace or radiator, or in a moist environment such as a bathroom.

Simply wipe frames gently with a soft cloth or feather duster. Avoid using cleaning sprays on the frames.

To clean the acrylic glazing in your frame, dampen a soft cloth with water and wipe gently. Do not spray household cleaners onto the glazing.

Clean your new frame gently

Clean your new frame gently

Will my Artwork be Sent Safely?

Yes.

Framed art is sent in a tough cardboard box, strapped securely and with an inbuilt crumple zone that will protect the frame on its way to you. Clarity+ acrylic glazing, instead of glass, helps to ensure that there are no breakages in transit.

Tough packaging with inbuilt crumple zone

Tough packaging with inbuilt crumple zone

Strapped securely, the framed artwork should arrive safely.

Strapped securely, the framed artwork should arrive safely.

Mounted (unframed) prints are sent flat and protected with inbuilt crumple zone as above or with hardboard protectors in an envelope.

Packaging for mounted print

Packaging for mounted print

The mounted art print arrives undamaged

The mounted art print arrives undamaged

Unmounted prints (loose prints) are usually sent rolled in a cardboard tube.

In the unlikely event that there is any damage when your artwork arrives, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

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Gold frame with custom coloured mount

Gold frame with custom coloured mount

What is Connection?

personal musingsCharlotte Brown

I write a lot about connection - about how my art is about connecting with the natural world, through flowers, plants, wildlife, and even our pets...

Then I started to ask myself, what exactly do I mean by 'connection'? What is 'connection'?

For me, connection is about two things:

  1. Recognition of something shared, whether it's a shared life together in the case of a pet, or a shared ecosystem, in the case of a flower, plant or wild animal/bird, a recognition that we're all part of the same natural world, and we're all in it together
  2. Understanding, empathy or compassion - a genuine care for the other who you feel the connection with
Parakeet Paradise

Parakeet Paradise

Of course, a connection can be as different as the person, animal, or aspect of nature that you want to connect with, but it's all about recognising our sameness or oneness...

And connections make us feel good - our friends, family, pets, our garden, our natural environment are all important to our lives and our well-being - and I love to feel this through my art.

I'm happy to feel that connection to the world of nature when I'm inspired by a flower or a garden bird - and I love to help you celebrate that special connection to the world around us that we gain through the love and companionship of our pets, too.

A husky is like a force of nature - in its element running out in the wilds...

A husky is like a force of nature - in its element running out in the wilds...

What's Happening in 2018

announcements, artworks, behind the scenes, new collections, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

I'm so looking forward to 2018. I think this is going to be a big year for Lotti Brown Designs.

I've been working behind the scenes a lot on the website in the final months of 2017, and doing lots of planning and organising (there's even been spreadsheets)...

In 2018 I'm introducing some really exciting new additions to my pet portrait packages...

I've selected some really beautiful frames and my custom pet portraits will come ready-framed in a choice of three elegant frames, so that you'll be able to get them ready to hang and you don't have to wait to see your new artwork up on your wall... it's perfect to save you the time and trouble to search for a suitable frame and really lovely to gift to someone special so it's all ready to put up straight away.

Tabby cat artwork framed 

Tabby cat artwork framed 

You will also be able to get my art prints beautifully framed from my online store. Mounted prints (unframed) and loose prints (delivered rolled in a tube) will also be available, if you prefer to choose your own frame.

What's more, custom pet portrait customers will also receive my beautiful original sketch drawing of their pet as part of the package, together with a high-resolution digital image of the final artwork to use as a screensaver or to print onto cushion covers, phone-cases, bags, mugs etc.

I'm also busy planning a new special gift for my subscribers (for both new and existing subscribers) - and I'm also going to have my own online store as part of this website - both probably coming in the Spring.

In addition, I'm currently in the middle of creating a new art collection inspired by nature, with wildlife creatures such as a hare, rabbit, badger, fox and more - which will be out later in 2018.

Work in progress for the new collection

Work in progress for the new collection

I'm very excited and trying not to be daunted at the amount of work involved (I'll be doing everything myself, as a micro-business owner). I'll be taking it slow and steady to get it all done.

I do need to let you know that prices are going to go up so that the business can remain sustainable in the long term. 

The new prices will be in place, together with the new pet portrait packages, from 1st February for art prints and custom pet portraits.

When the World Whirrs, Stop, Connect...

behind the scenes, personal musingsCharlotte Brown

Don’t we all sometimes have those moments when we’re lost in our thoughts? Thoughts and worries, whirring away, spiralling into a life of their own….

These are the moments when I like to remind myself of the real, solid world that I live in… just stop a moment, feel how the ground feels beneath my feet, feel the textures beneath my fingertips, listen to what’s around me and connect with the world around me – bury my hands or my face in my dog’s fur, take my husband’s hand, or take a minute to look closely at a flower, a leaf, a feather and really connect with the world around me.

These are the moments my art is about - the moments of connection with the natural world around us.

Nuthatch and Fir

Nuthatch and Fir

Great Dane Art - Behind the Scenes

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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

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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...

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

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Click image for details of print and frame options in my store

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

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

Christmas 2017 - Last Order Dates

announcements, shoppingCharlotte Brown

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...

announcements, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

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

artworks, behind the scenes, collecting colors, color, drawings, inspiration, nature, new collections, shoppingCharlotte Brown

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 

Framed or unframed prints available from my online art store

Framed or unframed prints available from my online art store

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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...

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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 store

Sheltie art prints are available in my store

Click image for details of print and frame options in my store

Click image for details of print and frame options in my store

Sheltie Artwork: Chloe in a Shetland Summer Meadow
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