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Woodpigeon Art - Behind the Scenes

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Sweet and beautiful ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art print…

 ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

I’ve so been enjoying watching wood pigeons in my garden this year - rather plump, but slow-moving and essentially gentle birds with the most amazing pinks, purples, greens and greys in their feathers…

I love to see them gently scrat for food and return to their nest, where they call out gently to other birds in the vicinity…

I think we all have our own pair of woodpigeons in our street, and actually, we do have two pairs here… one pair for our front garden and one for our back garden (there’s sometimes a show of strength on the roof as it’s an incredibly small garden, but generally they do seem to get on fine).

I love the old-fashioned name for the woodpigeon - ring doves - due to the the circular white ‘ring’ at their neck…

 Detail from the woodpigeons (ring doves) artwork

Detail from the woodpigeons (ring doves) artwork

I think the name ‘pigeon’ has perhaps been tarnished in all of our minds, a little, by city pigeons who are noisy, busy, and fast - and have often arrived close to my head in a scare-inducing fluster of feathers and sharp bits…

So I love the idea of these pretty, plump and gentle woodpigeons as lovey-dovey ring doves…

And I think this artwork of two ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ together really shows how sweet it is that they’re always in pairs, sat together, grooming each other or cooing to each other… it’s quite lovely to see!

Behind the Scenes of the Woodpigeons Artwork

So I wanted to show you what happens behind the scenes of the creation of an artwork - I draw out all the parts of the artwork with pens on card and then scan it into the computer and put it all together digitally… and give it a few tweaks to get it looking good…

I really wanted to use soft, muted colours in this artwork to accentuate the beautiful pinks and purples of the woodpigeons’ feathers and giving a gentle, loving feeling to the whole artwork…

Click on the images below to see the full picture and read the full description about each stage…

 The completed woodpigeons artwork - soft colours and sweet loving ring doves

The completed woodpigeons artwork - soft colours and sweet loving ring doves

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 Woodpigeon framed art prints and fun mini artboards now available in my online art store - click image to go there

Woodpigeon framed art prints and fun mini artboards now available in my online art store - click image to go there

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Sweet and gentle birds - colourful and beautiful woodpigeons in love…

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You can also see more of my bird art in my nature and wildlife art gallery, here…

'The Cow's Nose' Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Fun and colourful cow artwork ‘The Cow’s Nose’…

 ‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork by Lotti Brown

‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork by Lotti Brown

Say ‘hello’ to beautiful Agnes, a really lovely cow who I met and photographed a few years ago (actually on my birthday!)… she’s sweet isn’t she..?

 Hello ‘Agnes’ - a lovely black and white cow from Yorkshire

Hello ‘Agnes’ - a lovely black and white cow from Yorkshire

 My ‘moo-se’ (muse!)

My ‘moo-se’ (muse!)

When I came across the photos unexpectedly on my computer, recently, I knew I just had to create an artwork for her…

 Detail from my cow art

Detail from my cow art

Behind the Scenes of ‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork

Take a look at how I created my lovely cow artwork from my original drawings which I put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator…

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 The completed artwork ‘The Cow’s Nose’

The completed artwork ‘The Cow’s Nose’

I love this vibrant yellow against the lovely purples and blues that I’ve picked out in the cow’s black coat… Agnes seems such a clever and interested cow… a real star amongst the herd so I think she deserves to be celebrated in such brilliant colours!

 ‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork available from my store

‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork available from my store

The Cow’s Nose’ is available from my online art store as a framed or unframed print or mini artboard… you can see it here…

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Fun, cow artwork in vibrant yellow…

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Last Order Dates for Christmas 2018

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Christmas is coming! I have lovely framed prints of my artwork in my store for that special someone PLUS colourful mini artboards that make great stocking-fillers…

 Colourful artboards make great stocking fillers - no frame needed!

Colourful artboards make great stocking fillers - no frame needed!

Last order date for Christmas for ordering from my store for delivery in time for Christmas is 9th December 2018.

Orders after this date will still be processed but may not arrive in time for Christmas.

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Please also note that I am now not taking any more custom pet portrait orders for Christmas, but please feel free to enquire for 2019

Red Campion and Buttercups Wildflower Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful wildflowers - Red and Pink Campion flowers nestle with vibrant yellow buttercups for a colourful spectacle of summertime in the countryside... 'The Flowers at Fox Corner' artwork...

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The inspiration for this artwork was the beautiful Red and Pink Campions (Silene) that I see every day in the spring and summer on my dog walk. They explode out of the grassy verges along the field pathways - the deep magenta pink of the Red Campion, and the lighter blush of the Pink Campion...

 The deeper magenta pink of the Red Campion (looking out from Fox Corner)

The deeper magenta pink of the Red Campion (looking out from Fox Corner)

But my favourite place to see them is a shady nook that my husband and I call Fox Corner, where they blossom and bloom, bright twinkles of colour against the deep green, jostling for space with golden buttercups...

 Wildflowers at Fox Corner

Wildflowers at Fox Corner

We've never seen a fox at Fox Corner - but there used to be a sandy bank here, filled with tall, pink foxgloves, with an animal hole, that we always said used to belong to the foxes (because of their fox-gloves)...

It's a lovely, shady spot with a dark pool, set back from the footpath, with trees overhanging (where we've seen treecreepers and woodpeckers). There are still a few foxgloves further back, but what caught the eye and the imagination this year was the colourful combination of Pink and Red Campion and yellow buttercups against the green.

 Pink Campion flower (created naturally from White and Red Campion flowers)

Pink Campion flower (created naturally from White and Red Campion flowers)

 Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

I knew that I wanted to create an artwork inspired by this colourful and natural wildflower corner, filled with life, so I set to work drawing...

 Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Behind the Scenes of the Wildflower Artwork

I draw out all the flowers and leaves separately, scan them into the computer then put them together to create the artwork digitally. Here's how it happens... you can click on the images below to see them larger and to get more details about the process...

 The completed wildflower artwork - Red Campions and Buttercups 'The Flowers at Fox Corner'

The completed wildflower artwork - Red Campions and Buttercups 'The Flowers at Fox Corner'

I love this busy, wild and crazy piece - an artwork filled with glorious, colourful wildflowers - brilliant colour against that deep shady green of peaceful Fox Corner - colours filling a quiet spot with energy, life and beauty...

 Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

 'Flowers at Fox Corner' framed and unframed art prints available in my store

'Flowers at Fox Corner' framed and unframed art prints available in my store

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You can see my 'Flowers at Fox Corner' artwork in my online art store with international delivery available for framed and unframed fine art giclee prints.

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Beautiful pink and yellow Red Campion and Buttercups artwork ‘The Flowers at Fox Corner’…

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This is part of my Joyful Blooming floral art collection. You can see that and my other floral artwork pieces in my floral art gallery here...

Donkey Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Charismatic and colourful donkey artwork...

 Donkey art by Lotti Brown

Donkey art by Lotti Brown

Donkeys have always been, pretty much, my favourite animal... ever since I was given a cuddly donkey soft toy at the age of two that became my constant companion... and I still have that sweet donkey toy now...

As I grew up, I enjoyed meeting donkeys at the beach and as an adult then adopted a series of donkeys at various donkey sanctuaries (who I love to visit whenever possible)...

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They are beautiful, gentle, sweet animals (look at those soulful eyes!) but also very independently minded, funny and clever...

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I've absolutely loved creating this portrait of a very special little donkey...

Behind the Scenes of the Donkey Artwork

I created my donkey artwork from individual drawings of the donkey and separate grasses to create the background...

I put the drawings into Adobe Illustrator and transform them into a completed artwork. If you'd like to see how it happens, take a look at the photos below...

Click images to see them larger and with a full description of the process...

 My completed donkey artwork

My completed donkey artwork

I love my little brown donkey - I think it's captured the character of the donkey really well...

 Showing detail from the donkey artwork

Showing detail from the donkey artwork

 Donkey framed and unframed art prints are available in my online store

Donkey framed and unframed art prints are available in my online store

 Framed donkey print - click image to see print and frame options in my store

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Spring Flowers Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful 'Spring Flowers' art - a breath of colour and joy to greet you and cheer your heart after the grey of winter!

 Spring Flowers art by Lotti Brown

Spring Flowers art by Lotti Brown

I created these beautiful spring blooms as part of my Joyful Blooming collection to celebrate the happiness and energy that surges into the heart when the sun comes out and the first flowers of spring arrive in a flurry of colour...

 I love these old-fashioned, two-colour primulas

I love these old-fashioned, two-colour primulas

In this artwork, it was rather more a matter of which beautiful spring flowers to leave out - there are so many spring blooms that I just adore for their splash of fresh colour...

 Beautiful blue grape hyacinth flowers

Beautiful blue grape hyacinth flowers

 Pretty pale spring primroses in my garden

Pretty pale spring primroses in my garden

Here are some personal favourite spring flowers that I thought would look good together, both in colour and shape - and also being inspired by those 17th and 18th century still-life floral paintings that always look so elegant and beautiful.

 Detail from Spring Flowers artwork

Detail from Spring Flowers artwork

I love daffodils - and I chose to draw these lovely white and orange narcissus, as they just have a more dainty poise about them to fit with the other flowers than the heavy trumpets of our traditional yellow daffodil (which does always trumpet the start of spring to me).

 Beautiful spring narcissus

Beautiful spring narcissus

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look behind the scenes of this colourful floral artwork.

I drew all the flowers out separately from photos - scanned the drawings into the computer and then started to put them all together in one artwork using Adobe Illustrator, tweaking the colours as I went...

Here's what happened...

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 The completed 'Spring Flowers' artwork

The completed 'Spring Flowers' artwork

I love the brilliant colours in this piece, and the feeling of overflowing - an abundance of joy and energy - the simple happiness at being alive and being in the world...

 My joyful Spring Flowers artwork is available as framed and unframed prints in my store

My joyful Spring Flowers artwork is available as framed and unframed prints in my store

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Happy and colourful ‘Spring Flowers’ artwork from my Joyful Blooming art series.

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Forget-me-Not Ferns Art - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and inspiring springtime fern artwork 'Forget-me-not Ferns - Becoming Joy' ideal for anyone who awaits the coming of spring and the start of the fresh new year of potential each year...

 Forget-me-Not Ferns - Becoming Joy - colourful nature art by Lotti Brown

Forget-me-Not Ferns - Becoming Joy - colourful nature art by Lotti Brown

I was inspired to create this vibrant nature-inspired artwork by my favourite time of year... spring. I love to see the ferns unfurling - they feel like summertime poised to explode with joy, energy and excitement...

 Ferns unfurling in my garden

Ferns unfurling in my garden

I first spotted unfurling ferns this year when I was on holiday in Shropshire - starting to fill out hedgerows and verges and decorated with brilliant blue forget-me-nots... an awesome combination that I decided to bring home with me in my memory to create that feeling of joy unfurling at the sight of summer beginning...

 Forget-me-not flowers growing wild in hedgerows and verges

Forget-me-not flowers growing wild in hedgerows and verges

When I returned home from my week away, the ferns and forget-me-nots were just appearing at home, so I was able to get inspired all over again and get drawing to create my artwork...

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

I drew out my ferns and flowers separately and combined them with my own hand-drawn lettering, paint marks and ink painting to create the artwork...

The lettering is something new for me to use in an artwork, but I just felt like this would be a fun place to play with it, and see what happened...

You can take a look at the artwork creation process below - please click on the images to see them larger and get the full description for each image...

 The completed colourful nature artwork ' Forget-me-not Ferns - Becoming Joy'

The completed colourful nature artwork ' Forget-me-not Ferns - Becoming Joy'

I really love the fresh spring colours in this piece and I just adore the lively and elegant curves of the unfurling ferns - like the ferns are dancing for joy that spring has finally arrived.

I love the touch of blue with the flowers and background and the idea that we're poised between winter and spring/summer - blue skies and spring rain.

The intricate linework in the background is actually one of my favourite parts of this artwork - and I really like how the lettering and idea of fresh beginnings and becoming joy, embodied by the ferns themselves unfurling, fits so well into my 'Joyful Blooming' theme of opening out into my most confident and joyful self...

 Becoming Joy - detail from the artwork

Becoming Joy - detail from the artwork

 Framed and unframed 'Becoming Joy' Forget-me-not and Fern prints available in my store

Framed and unframed 'Becoming Joy' Forget-me-not and Fern prints available in my store

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Hollyhocks Art - Behind the Scenes

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Bold and colourful floral art - 'Hollyhocks' art print - bringing you colour and joy as part of my 'Joyful Blooming' theme...

 'Hollyhocks' art print - vibrant floral art by Lotti Brown

'Hollyhocks' art print - vibrant floral art by Lotti Brown

With this artwork, I wanted to create the lift of happiness you feel when you see vibrant, beautiful flowers in the sunshine, against a brilliant blue sky...

The artwork was inspired by a couple of photos I took of beautiful pink hollyhocks in a garden - I loved these so much that I'd had one of the photos as a screen-saver on my phone for years...

 Hollyhocks photo

Hollyhocks photo

 Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

So when I started my Joyful Blooming floral art theme, I knew just what I wanted to start the series with...

 Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Behind the Scenes of 'Hollyhocks'

I create my art from my pen-and-ink drawings. Take a look behind the scenes with me...

 Final Hollyhocks artwork - colourful and joyful nature!

Final Hollyhocks artwork - colourful and joyful nature!

I love the really bright, vibrant colours in this artwork - and the joyful, carefree attitude of the flowers - open, blooming confidently, proud and jostling for space with each other, ready to show off their beauty.

That's something I'm trying to explore for myself with this series of Joyful Blooming artwork - being proud and confident to step forward as myself and show myself boldly...

But also because they're flowers, and they're beautiful, and to see them opens my heart and makes my soul sing...

So maybe you can relate to that too?

 Framed and unframed 'Hollyhocks' art prints are available in my online art store

Framed and unframed 'Hollyhocks' art prints are available in my online art store

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Summer Roses Art - Behind the Scenes

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Gorgeous, colourful Summer Roses art - beautiful blooms to delight the eyes and fill your heart with joy...

 'Summer Roses' colourful rose art print by Lotti Brown

'Summer Roses' colourful rose art print by Lotti Brown

As part of my Joyful Blooming floral art collection, I wanted to create a traditional floral rose artwork... but in my own style...

I love roses - the delicate petals, the velvety touch, and the delicious fragrance and when we moved into our country cottage, over a decade ago, I chose some beautiful, proper old-fashioned English roses for our garden. So, of course, I wanted to draw our own roses for my rose-inspired artwork...

I wanted to capture something about their elegance, their delight, their sweetness, freshness and openness that makes them the very essence of Joyful Blooming - I hope that I've achieved some of that...!

 Detail from my pink and yellow roses artwork

Detail from my pink and yellow roses artwork

Summer Roses Art - Behind the Scenes

Here's how I made my artwork digitally from my original rose drawings...

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 My completed rose artwork in all its glorious colour!

My completed rose artwork in all its glorious colour!

I'm so pleased with my roses artwork - as my favourite garden flower I so wanted to create an artwork that could show some of the delicate magnificence of this beautiful and nostalgic flower - if you're a rose lover, I hope that you love this roses artwork too...!

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'Summer Roses' framed and unframed fine art prints are available in my store

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 Colourful 'Summer Roses' framed art print

Colourful 'Summer Roses' framed art print

Joyful Blooming - New Art Collection

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I love looking at and drawing flowers - the delicacy, the colours, their beauty and their energy to bloom and shine.

 Drawing flowers

Drawing flowers

But, for me, my Joyful Blooming collection also has a much more personal resonance...

 Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

It's about when we come into our own, having the confidence to bloom in our own true colours and with all our energy - for ourselves and for others - being the best we can be, even if we're perhaps not as tall as some others, as bright, as strong, or as beautiful...

And trusting that we can share something of what makes us uniquely beautiful in our own way, so that this might inspire joy to others and even to ourselves.

 Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

It's taken me so long to feel able to start to grow as myself and to bloom.

I've also had to learn to prioritise my own self care so that I can use my precious energies for my blooming…

Making self care important isn't about standing alone but in finding those places where you can flourish and bloom together, like a beautiful garden.

 Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

It's a personal journey for us all, but everyone benefits when we each bloom in our own special way. 

Creating this collection has actually required far more deep soul searching than I would ever have imagined)... and I thought it was just going to be all about pretty flowers!!

 Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Ultimately, I've learned that the blooming requires a quiet time, a fallow time, a growing, a nurturing, maturing, recovery and recuperation, and an acceptance of the quiet of not-blooming, just as much as the confidence to 'just bloom'.

 Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Flowers seem all the more precious to me now, and I see in them a reflection of our human nature and our potential to shine, bloom, and share love and joy...

You can see more of my Joyful Blooming collection in my store here...

New Art in Store

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Just to announce that I've new art in store today...

 Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

My 'Joyful Blooming' flower art collection is vibrant, beautiful and filled with all your favourite florals to inspire you with joy...

 Colourful flower art 'Joyful Blooming' art collection by Lotti Brown

Colourful flower art 'Joyful Blooming' art collection by Lotti Brown

Keep Growing (Like a Tree!)

personal musings, nature, behind the scenes, well beingCharlotte BrownComment

Shall we all be like trees? Some thoughts inspired by trees…

The answers we find in our search for our selves, our creativity, our future are not the answers, not the definitive ones. They’re just steps.

We need to keep learning to stay creative, to develop our techniques, our ideas, our skills and our talents.

Time moves and the perfect answer does not stand still with it. A beautiful tree does not stay a sapling, young, lithe and fresh - it grows, develops, takes root in the earth and reaches for the sky, opening out, spreading its reach and sheltering others as it grows.

 The beauty of a mature tree

The beauty of a mature tree

The mature tree is all the more beautiful for its age - protected by its strong skin, sturdy to the core and able to weather the inevitable storms by the extent to which it’s retained its flexibility and to which it’s spread its anchors far and wide.

The mature tree shows the scars of the events of the years. It can be weathered, craggy, gnarled, and is only the more beautiful for how you can see its unique life story in its trunk and branches.

Keep growing - with your self and your creativity.

Your life story and how it develops is what makes you grow more beautiful.

Taking Time Out from Expectation

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The freedom to be oneself, express oneself freely, outside of the encumbrances and expectations of society is important to me.

I feel that getting away from all the distractions of everyday life and turning our attention to the things that really matter to us, by spending quiet time in nature and with our pets and loved ones, is a way that we can connect with what's important to us and gain calm and clarity in our thoughts and feelings - to know ourselves and be ourselves.

 A walk with the dog somewhere green can help calm the mind and still the thoughts

A walk with the dog somewhere green can help calm the mind and still the thoughts

Sometimes, everything about our society and culture - books, magazines, TV-shows, even the views of family and friends - feels like it’s decided your path for you.

And the pressure of conformity - to be the way that society expects you to be - it feels like it can crush your spirit and deaden your soul, so that the beautiful flower that you were meant to be, wilts.

Spending quiet time in the green, with animals, with birds, restores a sense of self - time to think, energy and confidence to stand tall and act as your true self and follow the path that feels like the right one to you.

Spending quiet time in nature allows us the space and time to hear the whispers and nudges of your soul - and with the support of our nearest and dearest, stand proud as ourselves to take steps along a pathway we choose for ourselves.

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For me, nature and art allows me to feel whole - I'm motivated by the desire to express my true self and live a life where I feel fulfilled and happy.

I've felt so empty in the past, lost and alone, pursuing a career that had started to feel soul-destroying, and ended up very sick.

Living a life with meaning is incredibly important. For me, if I can feel a part of the world through nature and art, if I can create, share, and inspire others, I feel fulfilled.

Health is holistic and so very linked to mental and emotional well-being - and it's our responsibility to show self-care towards those areas of our lives.

Connection with nature and the 'real world' is really connecting with your true self - being you, being authentic - courage to be yourself and follow your own path.

Awesome Places to Connect with Nature (...and you can bring your dog!) Part 3 - Yorkshire Wolds

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Beautiful Walks in the Yorkshire Wolds - glacier-carved landscapes, history, archaeology, hills, dales, art, and big infinity skies...

A soft spot for me as one of my local awesome places to connect with nature - as one of the most rural and least built-up parts of England, the Yorkshire Wolds really is a hidden treasure just waiting to be explored!

 Beautiful gentle hills and wallowing dales in the Yorkshire Wolds

Beautiful gentle hills and wallowing dales in the Yorkshire Wolds

It's really nice just to wend your way slowly through the tiny back roads across the top of the Wolds, admiring the magnificent views and discovering the pretty little villages for yourself - but here are a couple of walks that we've recently enjoyed...

I'll also pop in a couple more recommendations for where to visit at the end...

Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

 A Wolds Walk to Wharram Percy

A Wolds Walk to Wharram Percy

This is a lovely walk to explore the remains of the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy and continues up into the Wolds for a circular walk to admire the landscape.

The best place to start your walk is at the Wharram Percy car park where the path to Wharram Percy is well signposted.

The path descends down quite steeply, it's stony and uneven and can be quite treacherous if it's muddy (as it was when we went) so wear appropriate footwear and go carefully. It's about three-quarters of a mile to reach the village...

English Heritage caretakes the village and has provided information boards to help you navigate the village and understand what you're seeing.

Much of the village is now reduced to lumps and bumps in the field, but there are the remains of a newer farm building still standing, and as you explore further, the remains of the lovely medieval parish church to discover...

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We found a lovely quiet spot to sit and rest overlooking the medieval fish pond - it's a place that feels far from the modern world, nestled, as it is, in a small dale with the hills rising up around the village on all sides.

 Time to sit and rest in a tranquil location

Time to sit and rest in a tranquil location

You can quite imagine that the people here in medieval times could've been quite isolated in their little community, which could've contributed to the eventual abandonment of the village...

Actually, archaeologists have recently suggested the theory that people in this village burnt and dismembered their dead for fear of them coming back to life to terrorise the village (this was not an uncommon fear in medieval times, it seems). Eerie thought, but somehow it doesn't take away from the feeling of peacefulness that's here now...

 The medieval church at the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy

The medieval church at the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy

We left the site past the pond with a steep (and again, very slippery and muddy) path rising up into the hills. There are cattle in these fields here so if you take your dog, as we did, exercise some caution if passing close.

Once up onto the crest of the hill, the path continues along the top of the hill, looking down into Deep Dale. ..

 Glaciers carved out these dales in the Yorkshire Wolds near Wharram Percy

Glaciers carved out these dales in the Yorkshire Wolds near Wharram Percy

The impressive hills and dales here were created by glaciers millions of years ago - and it gives them an interesting swoop and curve as you can see where the glaciers carved their way through the landscape.

Continue to follow the path at the top of the hill, looking down into the dale, until you reach a footpath on your left that takes you into the flatter fields on the top of the Wolds where you can see for miles and you feel very close to the huge skies...

(In fact, the big skies are one of the things I like best about living in East Yorkshire - they're amazing!)

 Exploring a little off the main footpath - on top of the Wolds you can see for miles

Exploring a little off the main footpath - on top of the Wolds you can see for miles

Here the footpath is flat and easy, following the line of the hedge on your right until you pass a small copse of trees and return to a small country road. Here, go left and continue along this road (remembering to listen out for traffic) and you will soon return to the Wharram Percy car park on your left.

 Spotting wildflowers on the walk!

Spotting wildflowers on the walk!

The walk takes approximately one-and-a-half to two hours allowing time to explore in the village.

English Heritage info for Wharram Percy deserted medieval village

 

Spiral Walk at Thixendale

This is a short circular walk from the pretty Wolds village of Thixendale to visit the artwork 'Waves and Time' by Chris Drury, nestled in the landscape...

 'Waves and Time' (previously 'Time and Flow') spiral landscape art by Chris Drury near Thixendale

'Waves and Time' (previously 'Time and Flow') spiral landscape art by Chris Drury near Thixendale

Here we started our walk in the village of Thixendale - park considerately on the roadside. There is a pub which serves food in the evenings and weekend lunchtimes (The Cross Keys). There is also a small village shop for sweets and snacks and the village hall is open most Sundays to serve refreshments to weary walkers.

We left the village with the pub on our left and turned right on the road to follow the lower fork of the lane to the start of the footpath which you will be able to see on your left after some short distance...

This is the walk along the bottom of Thixen Dale itself... one of the long narrow dales carved out by glaciers...

 Walking along Thixen Dale

Walking along Thixen Dale

The footpath here is wide and flat and the hills rise up either side....

There may be cattle in these fields.

 An interesting line of trees along Thixen Dale

An interesting line of trees along Thixen Dale

Follow along the dale bottom until you reach the meeting point of two glaciers where you will be able to find the 'Waves and Time' artwork seemingly growing in a spiral out of the earth...

 'Waves and Time' by Chris Drury

'Waves and Time' by Chris Drury

Here, the footpath splits three ways - we turn almost completely back on ourselves to take the chalk path up the hill...

 Spiral earthwork with the footpath back up the hill

Spiral earthwork with the footpath back up the hill

There's always someone to stop and say 'hello' to...

 Yorkshire sheep

Yorkshire sheep

Look back down onto the 'Wave and Form' artwork as you ascend the hill...

 Land art at Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds

Land art at Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds

It's amazing to think of the forming of this dramatic landscape, millions of years ago, with glaciers forcing their way through the land.

The land here seems so old and solid now - and rises steeply from the dale bottoms to the tops of the hillsides where the earth touches the light and limitless skies that seem in complete contrast to the solidity of the earth, but still joined together, one clinging to the other...

As you reach the top of the hill, look out for the footpath on the right that leads to the road. Turn left back down Huggate Hill to return to Thixendale. The road is a quiet country lane, but do listen out carefully for traffic.

More Wolds Art

Are you a fan of artist David Hockney? He has painted many works near here! A really useful site if you'd like to know where, is this unofficial Hockney Trail which has tracked down many of the exact locations. You can also get info on David Hockney in Yorkshire here and get the Hockney Pocket Guide locations pdf here

You might also like the Yorkshire Wolds Secret Art App (new in 2018) to give you artistic inspiration on your journey across the Yorkshire Wolds

Also nearby to Thixendale is the gallery of local wildlife artist Robert E Fuller - an interesting visit with wildlife cameras and lots of wildlife information as well as his studio and wildlife artworks (no dogs)

My own artwork is also inspired by the wildlife of this local area (although I live in one of the flat parts)...

 Ferny Fox

Ferny Fox

 Summer Hare

Summer Hare

Explore my wildlife art in my online gallery or in my store

Useful links

Wolds Way National Trail

Walking the Riding - interactive map

Walking the Riding home page

Thixendale Village site

English Heritage Wharram Percy

I also recommend nearby:

Sledmere House and Gardens (dogs in gardens only)

Burton Agnes House and Gardens (dogs in gardens only)

Wolds Village, Bainton - Restaurant/Tea Rooms with beautiful accommodation, gift shop and art gallery all on site (dogs in courtyard only)

Tawny Owl Art - Behind the Scenes

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Dark, magnificent and mysterious - my beautiful tawny owl is 'Mistress of the Night'. I want to show you what happened behind the scenes of this atmospheric art print...

 Tawny Owl art with moon and tree - 'Mistress of the Night' by Lotti Brown

Tawny Owl art with moon and tree - 'Mistress of the Night' by Lotti Brown

The tawny owl is the dark and mysterious one of our British owls - quite common but rarely seen. She is mistress of the night and master of disguise with her dark wings beating unseen in the black of the night and just her distinctive hooting echoing and letting you know that she's somewhere near...

I sometimes catch a dark shadow but see the tawny owl so less frequently than the snowy white barn owl who I often see even in daylight.

It's such a privilege to see the beautiful tawny owl and we celebrate her soft and shadowy flying as the Mistress of the Night...

 Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Art

Here's a little look behind the scenes at how I created my tawny owl art...

Click on any of the images to see them full size and with a description of the process...

 The completed night-time tawny owl art print with shining moon and ivy

The completed night-time tawny owl art print with shining moon and ivy

I really love the feel of my tawny owl artwork - the artwork is dramatic yet gentle - soft yet strong and magnificent - just like the velvet wings of the tawny owl that make her Mistress of the Night...

 My tawny owl art print is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print or mini artboard, in my online art store - click image to see

My tawny owl art print is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print or mini artboard, in my online art store - click image to see

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Click image for all the print and frame options and details in my art store

Tawny Owl Art Print 'Mistress of the Night'
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Tranquil moon and tawny owl art print, 'Mistress of the Night'.

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You can see more art in my nature and wildlife art gallery

Springer Spaniel Art - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful Springer Spaniel art - a beautiful dog, full of life and joy...

 Meet George - a super Springer Spaniel art print by Lotti Brown

Meet George - a super Springer Spaniel art print by Lotti Brown

If the Springer Spaniel is your breed you'll know this gorgeous dog for his love of life and larger than life personality, as well as his sweet friendship and loyalty towards your family... a dog who greets every morning with energy and enthusiasm, ready for a day of fun...

Meet beautiful Springer Spaniel George who is so enjoying his romp in a summer field of buttercups and long grasses...

His ears bounce as he bounds through the grass on the scent of something delightful, his pink tongue lolls and his trusting eyes seek yours frequently to reconnect with you across the space between you as he enjoys his playtime fun...

 Springer Spaniel art - showing artwork detail

Springer Spaniel art - showing artwork detail

I so wanted to show this wonderful breed in their element, at play in the grass, and to celebrate that very special connection and trust between dog and owner through the Springer Spaniel's delightful, trusting expression...

Springer Spaniel Art - Behind the Scenes

Here's how I created the artwork from my drawings, putting them through Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork...

Please click on the images below to follow the process...

 The completed spaniel artwork - love, life, fun...

The completed spaniel artwork - love, life, fun...

I think the completed artwork really shows the beautiful nature of this very special dog and captures a cherished everyday memory of summer playtime amongst the fields and flowers...

I love the colours, the stunning russet of the spaniel's fur and the sunny yellows against the calming purples and greens... and I love way that the curves of the grasses and flowers echo those gorgeous curls in the spaniel's lovely long ears...

 Framed and unframed Springer Spaniel art prints are available in my online art store

Framed and unframed Springer Spaniel art prints are available in my online art store

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Springer Spaniel Artwork
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Beautiful Springer Spaniel art - a playful and loving breed!

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You can see more of my pet art here in my pet art gallery - or you might prefer to commission your own pet portrait...

'September Squirrel' Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Gorgeous squirrel art with warm autumn colours from nature: 'September Squirrel'...

 'September Squirrel' art print by Lotti Brown

'September Squirrel' art print by Lotti Brown

A glimpse of russet red amongst the trees... a red squirrel exploring the tree tops - one of the most exciting wildlife spots in Britain!

I've been lucky enough to see a few red squirrels over the past few years - mainly in beautiful Scotland. Here's a sweet squirrel that I saw at a wildlife hide in a forest in southern Scotland...

 Red squirrel in Scotland

Red squirrel in Scotland

It's always exciting to catch a glimpse of a squirrel amongst the trees...

 Detail from my squirrel artwork

Detail from my squirrel artwork

Autumn is a great time to see these lovely little creatures as they build up their store of food to last the winter.

I wanted to create my artwork with warm autumn colours - browns, oranges and greens - lovely, rich colours that speak to me strongly of nature and this wonderful time of year...

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Here, I share the processes of creating the art from my original drawings...

Click the images below to see the full-sized image and find out more about the process...

 My completed squirrel artwork with rich autumn woodland colours

My completed squirrel artwork with rich autumn woodland colours

 Framed and unframed squirrel art prints are available in my online art store

Framed and unframed squirrel art prints are available in my online art store

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Click image for all the details about print and frame options in my art store

'September Squirrel' Art Print
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Beautiful and detailed autumn squirrel art print - with warm woodland colours and bracken.

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Moving to the Country

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It took me a long time to properly connect with nature and not just take it for granted - surprising, really, when I'm a country girl born and bred...

 Green fields and trees - nature is part of us and we are part of nature

Green fields and trees - nature is part of us and we are part of nature

First, a small Lincolnshire village, surrounded by fields, heathland and woods - then an even smaller village in Wales - hills and vales, and the sounds of cattle and sheep...

The overwhelming smell of grass at hay-making time as the huge hay lorries thundered past my bedroom window in the light of summer evenings - and I lay still, with cucumbers over my eyes to soothe the itch of hayfever, and my dad's giant hanky clutched to my red-raw nose. (Hayfever absolutely sucks!)

I left the countryside for the 'big city' at 18 when I went away to University and then found a job in the historic city of York. For several years, being in a city was exciting and stimulating - but then I got to missing the countryside - badly!

When my husband got cancer, we decided to run away to the countryside (he was brought up on a farm in the North York Moors, and later in a small Yorkshire village).

We wanted for him to be able to finish his cancer treatments and recuperate in the tranquillity of the countryside. We were finding living in the suburbs of York completely stifling at the time...

But even when we moved to our cute country cottage in our tiny East Yorkshire village, we still didn't quite take full advantage of the nature all around us.

 Lovely walks to enjoy and drink-in nature

Lovely walks to enjoy and drink-in nature

Still stressed from the traumas of Ian's illness, we still lived the commuter life. Though we appreciated the scenery we passed through in the car and the quieter location, we rarely walked out in the fields all around the village.

All that changed when I was, quite literally, forced to make changes in the pace of my life and to look again at how I lived it...

A couple of years after moving to our country village, I got sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME). I had to leave my work and become self-employed - a great opportunity to do something different... although it didn't necessarily feel that way at the time.

Working from home meant that - joy of joys - we could get a dog! As I slowly recovered, I started walking in the fields every day (to practice and make sure I would be up to looking after our new dog properly) - and soon we welcomed our first dog, Ginger, into our home - a wonderful, retired racing greyhound.

 Ginger in barley

Ginger in barley

Ginger loved walking through summer barley - the bristly fonds rubbing against his sides seemed to feel amazing for him - so we had a fab time on our summer walks, stepping out happily, side by side together.

But it wasn't, actually, until I got my second dog, rough collie Noah, that I really started to appreciate the precious time spent in nature - and how essential being able to be out in the green is to our well-being.

 The green of nature - with my dog

The green of nature - with my dog

We're supposed to be in nature and nature is a place where we can stop and see the beauty in this world - look at what's around us, listen to the sounds, feel the wind on our faces and the earth beneath our feet...

And lose what's whirring around our heads and instead ground ourselves in this real world we're living in.

 Taking some time to watch the world around him!

Taking some time to watch the world around him!

Noah loves to stop and stare - to watch the world go by and enjoy this very moment and everything that's going on around him - right now!

It's taken me some time to really appreciate the huge difference that this taking time to connect with nature makes - but it's essential.

I love to do this through my art, but I understand, now, that part of my art is feeling mindful and grounded in real life too - in daily walks in the green...

I feel like it's where we're supposed to be!

Border Terrier Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful and colourful border terrier artwork - 'Jessie and Summer Daisies' - lovely, contemporary pet art for border terrier lovers.

 Colourful border terrier art 'Jessie and Daisies' by Lotti Brown

Colourful border terrier art 'Jessie and Daisies' by Lotti Brown

I love scrappy little border terriers - wiry-haired, clever little explorers who love to chase rabbits. They're feisty and fun but love a cuddle at the end of the day with their best friend... there's nothing small about their character...

 A look of doggie devotion - border terrier love! Detail from the artwork.

A look of doggie devotion - border terrier love! Detail from the artwork.

I wanted to surround beautiful Jessie border terrier with these gorgeous big daisies - she's busy exploring a summer field or garden, having fun, and chasing bunnies but checks back on her owner just for a minute... ever the faithful friend.

Behind the Scenes

I created my border terrier artwork from my individual pen drawings of the dog and daisies, scanned them all into the computer and put them through Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork...

Click the images below to take you through the process...