Lotti Brown Designs

-- Art to Give us Joy, Love, and Energy Through our Connection with Nature and our Pets -- Pet Art & Custom Pet Portraits - Wildlife & Bird Art - Floral Art --

Exhibiting at this Summer's Goole Museum Open Art Exhibition

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I'm happy to announce that two of my artworks have been accepted into the Summer 2018 Goole Open Art Exhibition at Goole Museum in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 'Ferny Fox' artwork by Lotti Brown

'Ferny Fox' artwork by Lotti Brown

 'Badger Woodland Walk' artwork by Lotti Brown

'Badger Woodland Walk' artwork by Lotti Brown

The exhibition opens on 26th June and runs until 1st September 2018.

Goole Museum is located on the first floor of the Library building (at the clock tower roundabout) at  Carlisle Street, Goole, DN14 5DS.

Car parking is available nearby at Estcourt Street or at the town's car parks at Edinburgh Street or at the Leisure Centre on North Street or just a few minutes walk from the town's rail and bus stations.

Goole Museum is open:

  • Monday - closed all day
  • Tuesday - open 10-12 and 12.30-5pm
  • Wednesday - open 10-1.30 and 2-7pm
  • Thursday - open 10-12 and 12.30-5pm
  • Friday - open 10-12 and 12.30-5pm
  • Saturday - open 9-12 and 12.30-4pm
  • Sunday - closed all day

Entry to the museum and the exhibition is free.

If you're in the area, please do pop along and enjoy the art. It's so great to see any kind of artwork up close and in person to appreciate the textures and colours. It's an experience that you really can't replicate on the computer screen. And I love that you can really get to appreciate the detail when you see my own artwork in person...

 Fox art detail

Fox art detail

For more details or enquiries please visit the Goole Museum website.

Bernese Mountain Dog Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful and colourful Bernese Mountain Dog art - joyful pet art for lovers of this gorgeous giant breed.

 'Bernese Billy and the Blooms' - colourful Bernese Mountain Dog art print by Lotti Brown

'Bernese Billy and the Blooms' - colourful Bernese Mountain Dog art print by Lotti Brown

A true gentle giant, I love the big, friendly Bernese dog - like a huge fluffy teddy bear. These big dogs are good-natured companions to the family - lovely, gentle, and patient.

Meet beautiful Billy (William) - such a lovely, slow, and big-hearted dog - a wonderful friend!

I wanted to surround this beautiful dog with colour and beauty to reflect his wonderful personality - his warmth, his friendliness, his happiness... you need to stop and take a moment to connect with him to really appreciate his loving strength...

 Detail of Bernese art print

Detail of Bernese art print

Behind the Scenes of my Bernese Artwork

I created my Bernese Mountain Dog artwork from pen-and-ink drawings, which I put together digitally with Adobe Illustrator to make the final artwork. It's a fun process... let's take a look at the creative process together...

 The completed Bernese Mountain Dog artwork - colourful, bold, and full of joy

The completed Bernese Mountain Dog artwork - colourful, bold, and full of joy

I love the bold, brilliant colours in this artwork - big colours for a big dog! I also love the sense of joy and energy which, for me, shows the enormous heart and huge love of the Bernese Mountain Dog...

 My Bernese art print is available as framed or unframed fine art giclee prints in my online art store

My Bernese art print is available as framed or unframed fine art giclee prints in my online art store

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Bernese Mountain Dog Artwork - 'Bernese Billy and the Blooms'
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You can see more pet art in my pet art gallery - or perhaps you'd like to find out about commissioning your own custom pet portrait to immortalise your own pet in colourful style..?

Barley Beautiful

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Connecting with nature via the barley beautiful...

 Summer fields of beautiful barley

Summer fields of beautiful barley

It's not fancy nature - it's not rare, it's not even wild - but one of the most awesome things about where I live are the fields of barley. I love it!

Walk through a field of barley and you can really connect with the natural world and take some time to come to that quiet inner place in yourself...

 One of my favourite things is the lime green of a barley field against a blue sky

One of my favourite things is the lime green of a barley field against a blue sky

I love that amazing, lime-green colour and the little red tips on the ends of the fronds - the way the colour gradually changes from fresh green to a pale gold over the summer.

I love to walk and touch the barley when it's this colour - splay out my fingers and let my fingertips drift softly through the slightly sticky fronds as I walk.

 Trail your hands through barley fields

Trail your hands through barley fields

My greyhound also adored to walk through barley with the fronds tickling his sides - oh, to immerse yourself in life like a dog!

Swifts and swallows swoop and glide, catching flies that buzz just above the surface of the barley - and the skies high above are filled with the trilling song of the skylark.

When it's windy, the barley turns into a heaving ocean - fantastic to watch the surface of the field dip, twist, and rear up, and to hear the wind rushing through the stems.

As it ripens and dries, the barley turns to pale gold and crackles and cracks...

 Barley ripening in the sun

Barley ripening in the sun

It means it's time to harvest - and then we get to walk through the tossed stems as they dry on the field, then are bound up into huge bales which appear suddenly in the field, like sentinels standing watch.

 Freshly harvested barley - gorgeous gold against a dramatic slate-grey sky

Freshly harvested barley - gorgeous gold against a dramatic slate-grey sky

Then the field is spiky, stubbly, and cracks as you walk through, snapping at your ankles with each step.

 Walking through stubble

Walking through stubble

A whole season's worth of awesomeness from a field of barley - and a connection to nature and the seasons of life.

Taking time to stop and absorb the sights, sounds, and even the touch of the world around us allows us to feel more connected with our world, and in turn more connected with our own inner self.

It's also the way that artists notice the world around them... 

 

'Ferny Fox' Art - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and fantastic 'Ferny Fox' art print by Lotti Brown - joyful and sun-filled woodland nature.

 'Ferny Fox' art print by Lotti Brown

'Ferny Fox' art print by Lotti Brown

A foxy favourite! I love to spot a fox out in the fields - and it is less often than you would think. I wonder what goes on behind those wise and knowing eyes as our gaze meets for an instant before he turns and trots away.

One of my most cherished wildlife memories is of watching young foxes play, carefree, in the fields, not knowing we were watching. It was shortly after we'd moved out into the countryside and when we saw this wonderful sight, not half a mile from our house, we knew we'd come to live in the right place. A gift from nature!

 Detail of fox artwork

Detail of fox artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Is this a watchful parent? Or a hungry hunter? I'm not sure... but it's a wonderful glimpse of an intense and thoughtful moment for the fox that we can capture in that moment before he becomes aware of our presence. A chance just to see him alone in nature...

I put my fox in amongst some beautiful ferns so that he can watch from the safety of his hiding place.

I love the summer-filled yellows and fresh greens that seem to make his russet fur glow and shimmer in the light...

Here's how I created my fox artwork from my drawings and Adobe Illustrator computer software...

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 Final 'Ferny Fox' art print - colourful, intricate, and inspired by nature

Final 'Ferny Fox' art print - colourful, intricate, and inspired by nature

This is a personal favourite from my wildlife collection - gorgeous greens and yellows and that fabulous glowing fur - a moment of intensity... a moment in nature...

 Colourful fox art print - available framed or unframed in my online art store

Colourful fox art print - available framed or unframed in my online art store

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My ferny fox art print is available in my online art store - framed or unframed fine art giclee prints are available.

You can see more of my wildlife collection here...

Being Alone and Still in Nature

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A special value comes from being alone and still in nature.

Being alone and still in nature is sitting with yourself - your real self, the one deep inside.

It's also gifting yourself something luxurious, something that too few of us, now, will actually consider as what it truly is, which is one of life's essentials.

These special moments of silence, time, and space are what we need, to look deep into our own hearts and to accept ourselves, love ourselves.

 Moments of quiet in nature are essential for our becoming us

Moments of quiet in nature are essential for our becoming us

Out in nature, we are far from the critical gaze of others, of society. We don't have to answer to what anyone else thinks of us - and they might well have plenty of thoughts about us!

Out in nature we sit with our only real truth, ourselves.

Nature accepts us as we are and we need to take this quiet time to accept our own thoughts, emotions, our hopes and fears - all that makes us, us.

The quiet time of nature allows us to connect with our true selves with calm, joy and clarity. Once we are able to sit quietly with acceptance of our self, just as nature sees us and accepts us, the sounds, life, and energy of nature appears all around us - and it's not silent at all!

 Nature is full of energy and love - self-acceptance and clarity

Nature is full of energy and love - self-acceptance and clarity

It's full of vitality, energy, love. We connect with nature and we connect with our true and confident self.

Honeysuckle Cat Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Say hello to my colourful and beautiful 'Honeysuckle Cat' - sunshine, fur and flowers - and purrs all round...

 'Honeysuckle Cat' - colourful floral Maine Coon cat

'Honeysuckle Cat' - colourful floral Maine Coon cat

Meet Jemima, a beautiful, fluffy Maine Coone cat, surrounded by colourful honeysuckle which signifies the bond of love between cat and owner (meaning taken from the Language of Flowers).

This is a colourful and joyful artwork, full of the happiness of a hot summer's day and the innocent beauty of flowers - and a fantastically fluffy kitty!

 Detail from the colourful fluffy cat artwork

Detail from the colourful fluffy cat artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

I wanted to create a really bold, bright, and beautiful cat artwork with this cat portrait - and so I made sure to use vibrant colours and lovely swirling petals which pick up the swirls in the cat's fur.

The pictures below show how I created the artwork from my drawings and the computer...

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 The completed Maine Coon cat artwork - colourful, vibrant and fun

The completed Maine Coon cat artwork - colourful, vibrant and fun

I love the vibrant colours and beautiful swirling patterns in this cat artwork - beautiful flowers, a gorgeous cat, and bold yellows, purples, greens and pinks make a scene of kitty happiness to love...

 Mounted and framed giclee art prints are available in my online art store 'Honeysuckle Cat'

Mounted and framed giclee art prints are available in my online art store 'Honeysuckle Cat'

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You can see more pet art here or find out about commissioning your own pet portrait, here...

Connecting with Nature - Why Your First Connection is with Yourself

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My art is all about connection - connection with your pets and connection with the world around us.

But that first, primary connection needs to be with yourself.

That connection with yourself is vital. Through connecting with and recognising our own nature and self, and realising self-acceptance and self-love, we can connect more fully with others.

For me, connecting with nature is a part of and a way to access this vital connection with my own self.

Through connecting and feeling a part of nature, I can see myself, not as an imperfect or failing human, but as a beautifully imperfect and complete facet of the natural world - as beautiful and complete as the summer bloom or as the bare branch in winter - equal and essential parts of the way of nature.

 Connecting with nature

Connecting with nature

Experiencing compassion and kindness towards yourself, connecting with your essential self, comes before connection with others and allows those further connections to be lived fully, authentically and with love and compassion.

Taking time in the quiet of nature allows us to connect with that deep, quiet part of our own selves. Connecting with nature allows us to find quiet so that we can hear the song our soul wants to sing so that we can take it out into the world to share it.

So show yourself some love and kindness first and foremost. Like me, you might be able to do this by immersing yourself in and connecting fully with nature.

If you'd enjoy doing this through my art, you can see some pieces you might connect with, below...

'Summer Hare' Art - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful, fresh and contemporary hare art print by Lotti Brown - one of nature's wonders!

 Summer Hare art print by Lotti Brown

Summer Hare art print by Lotti Brown

The hare is one of my favourite wild animals - such a beautiful and sensitive creature with such speed.

I am lucky enough to see them quite often in spring and summer, sprinting across the vast expanses of grassy fields near where I live and once - so exciting - two brown hares boxing together, rolling over and over together.

It's always a little thrill - and such a brief sighting before they're gone.

I've been lucky enough to regularly see a family of hares in the early mornings while walking my previous dog - I once counted seven at once which I thought was amazing.

In this artwork, I wanted to capture the elegance and daintiness of the hare and try to catch a glimpse at the soul behind those beautiful and very private eyes before he takes off at speed into the meadow...

 Detail from the hare print

Detail from the hare print

I surrounded my beautiful summer hare with sunshine and a lush green meadow - just how I always picture a hare in my mind.

The Artistic Process

Here's how I created the artwork from my drawings and with Adobe Illustrator on the computer...

Please click on the images below to make them larger and to read more about the process...

 The final hare artwork - colourful and contemporary - fresh and green

The final hare artwork - colourful and contemporary - fresh and green

I love the fresh feeling of nature and the feeling of freedom, strength and energy that the beautiful hare must feel stretching out his legs and sprinting across the countryside at speed. Beautiful!

 My 'Summer Hare' art print is available as a framed or unframed print in my art store

My 'Summer Hare' art print is available as a framed or unframed print in my art store

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You can see more of my wildlife and nature artworks in my Wildlife Gallery.

Our Pets are Part of the Natural World

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For me, our pets allow us a special bridge to connect with the world of nature...

 People, pets, and nature

People, pets, and nature

Sometimes, the world of flowers, animals, and trees, seems so far removed from our human concerns. But I feel like we should be a part of the world of nature.

Thousands of years ago, and even just a few hundred years ago, humans lived a life more connected with nature. We lived close to nature and lived by the bounty of nature and measured time by its seasons.

Actually, in some respects, very little has changed. We still mark our calendars by the natural turning of the year. We still depend on nature for our food and energy. We are still part of nature.

But somehow it doesn't feel like that. While I truly appreciate all the wonderful innovations that the modern era has brought us, I feel like we are very far removed from the natural world. And that's why I like to make a conscious effort to connect with nature and to stay connected with nature through my art and in my daily life.

Our pets can be like a unique bridge between the human world we perceive that we are part of, and the all-encompassing world of nature that we belong to.

 Our pets allow us a bond of love across species and help us to feel connected with the natural world

Our pets allow us a bond of love across species and help us to feel connected with the natural world

When we communicate with our companion animals, we make a connection across species and take a step closer to nature. When we feel that bond of love, we feel the connection with the natural world. We see that we have a common bond with other animals and with the world of nature. We feel part of that world.

This is the feeling that I want to share with my art. When you look at my art, I want you to be able to feel that connection with our pets, with nature, with the wider world around us, and feel at one with it, a part of it.

See more in my art store or find out more about commissioning your own custom pet portrait

Art Greetings Cards

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My art greetings cards are now available exclusively in my website store...

 Beautiful nature and floral greetings cards available exclusively in my store

Beautiful nature and floral greetings cards available exclusively in my store

Single square greetings cards are available:

  • Colourful art to spread some cheer
  • Blank inside for your own message
  • Coloured envelope
  • Individually packaged for your convenience

My art cards are also available in a set of six with bird and nature designs

 Set of six bird and nature art cards

Set of six bird and nature art cards

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International postage is available - please ask for a quote for postage outside the UK.

See more art in my online art store

'The Dandy Rabbit' Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful spring 'Dandy Rabbit' art print by Lotti Brown - full of the joy and hope of springtime.

 The Dandy Rabbit art print - colourful bunny art with blue skies and flowers

The Dandy Rabbit art print - colourful bunny art with blue skies and flowers

Sweet bunny art full of the joys of Spring with blue skies, dandelions and daisies - gorgeous colours and detailed linework.

The fields and gardens around our village are full of sweet bunnies. I love to see the rabbits, especially the babies in spring. Luckily, my dog doesn't seem too interested in them (I know... surprising, yes?) so I can enjoy watching their little bunny hops around the fields and hedgerows.

I gave my lovely dandy rabbit delicious daises and dandelions to eat and enjoy! :)

 Colourful detail from my rabbit artwork with spring flowers and blue skies

Colourful detail from my rabbit artwork with spring flowers and blue skies

Here's how I created my rabbit artwork from my pen and ink drawings and on the computer...

Behind the Scenes of my Rabbit Art

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 'The Dandy Rabbit art - completed artwork - colourful and joyful springtime artwork

'The Dandy Rabbit art - completed artwork - colourful and joyful springtime artwork

This is a nature artwork full of the joyful colours of spring for me - it feels fresh, vibrant and full of the gentleness of the sweet bunny and the new hope that every spring brings us...

 My rabbit art 'The Dandy Rabbit' is available to buy as an art print, framed or unframed, from my online art store

My rabbit art 'The Dandy Rabbit' is available to buy as an art print, framed or unframed, from my online art store

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Summer Means GREEN to Me

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This is so much of what summer means to me - exactly this - endless swathes of green...

 Summer green in nature

Summer green in nature

Green barley rustling in the wind edged by decorative white cow parsley lowers and bejewelled with golden buttercups - brilliant blue sky, skylarks overhead and the chatter of little birds...

 I love to walk in fields of beautiful green barley - green! green! green!

I love to walk in fields of beautiful green barley - green! green! green!

And just walking, walking... me and my dog.

 Walking with Noah in the green!

Walking with Noah in the green!

What's summer for you?

Awesome Places to Connect with Nature (...and you can bring your dog!) Part 1 - Shropshire Hills

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Connecting with nature is so important to our well-being - taking time to connect with the green of the natural world, space away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, and an opportunity to reconnect with our true inner self, our thoughts and emotions, and with those we love...

For me, it's important to get to this inner place so that I can make my art - but it's also essential for my own (and all of our!) health and well-being, too...

With this series of blog posts, I hope to inspire you to explore some of the wilder natural places - places where you can really feel the energy of nature reviving you...

This is a really special natural place to connect with nature - out in the Shropshire hills up close to nature and close to the sky...

 Connecting with nature at the Stiperstones

Connecting with nature at the Stiperstones

On holiday recently, we stayed in the beautiful Shropshire hills and walked up into the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve and visited the Devil's Chair stone...

We felt really connected to nature on this walk - out in the hills away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and villages - just birds overhead and lots of sky - a time to reflect and connect...

 Stiperstones view

Stiperstones view

 Gorse and Shropshire hills

Gorse and Shropshire hills

We walked up quiet, stony lanes with primroses, forget-me-nots, bluebells, and purple honesty flowers in the hedge verges along with the occasional daffodil. Beautiful flowers and so much colour and life - lovely to see!

 Forget-me-nots growing wild in Shropshire

Forget-me-nots growing wild in Shropshire

As we gradually climb, the flowery banks get taller and start to give way to hedgerows of tall hawthorns, not yet in flower, sheltering wild bilberries, called 'whinberries' locally.

 Lovely meandering Shropshire lanes

Lovely meandering Shropshire lanes

 Whinberries growing wild in the Shropshire hills

Whinberries growing wild in the Shropshire hills

As we climb further, the shady lane opens up into moorland filled with yellow-flowering gorse.

 Leaving the farmland behind and entering moorland

Leaving the farmland behind and entering moorland

There's no shelter from the sun and the air is filled with the coconut scent of the gorse flowers - actually, this is one of my favourite smells and always takes me back to special places like West Wales as a child, or more recent holidays in Skye and Islay - it reminds me of being out, quiet, in nature and it smells like summer!

 Out in nature with the sun, sky and brilliant colours is so re-energising!

Out in nature with the sun, sky and brilliant colours is so re-energising!

The colours look fantastic and they help us to feel really energised - great for that climb as there's still a way to go!

 Surrounded by vibrant yellow gorse on the moorland

Surrounded by vibrant yellow gorse on the moorland

We pass a blackened, gnarled gorse bush which still has the aroma of smoke around it - a moorland fire, luckily extinguished swiftly by some watchful soul.

Still we climb and the air cools and the gorse is gone. The path lies deep within banks of whinberry and heather - bright green with berries still red, the heather not yet in flower, still dry and brown.

 Looking back at our path up through a moorland of whinberry and heather

Looking back at our path up through a moorland of whinberry and heather

There's no shelter here and we're exposed to the elements as we continue to ascend, the rocky path beneath our feet and warm sunshine fighting with cool winds against our faces.

A tiny flutter of green across our path turns out to be a Green Hairstreak butterfly, cunningly disguised as it perches almost invisible amongst the whinberry leaves... Exciting to see - it's a butterfly I've never seen before!

 Can you spot the Green Hairstreak butterfly here? (There is one - honest!)

Can you spot the Green Hairstreak butterfly here? (There is one - honest!)

We seem to pass beneath the Devil's Chair rock and stop at a waymarker where the path goes four ways...

 Looking up to the Stiperstones

Looking up to the Stiperstones

Up here on the hills, we feel close to the sky, alone amongst nature, free and alive.

 Noah appreciates a rest at the top of the hill - he's much more a sit-and-watch sort of dog than a long-walk sort of a dog!

Noah appreciates a rest at the top of the hill - he's much more a sit-and-watch sort of dog than a long-walk sort of a dog!

 Looking across at the Shepherd's Rock (Scattered Rock)

Looking across at the Shepherd's Rock (Scattered Rock)

We sit for a while, quietly, resting and refuelling. We can see for miles all around us. We are nearly 1750ft above sea level - just us, rocks, sky and heather...

 It's a great view from up here!

It's a great view from up here!

...oh, and a couple of pleasant walkers who pass us, greeting us warmly, bedecked in cool summer shirts and sun hats... 

We call back to them and gaze wonderingly, as we feel the chill winds whip around us, and pull our jackets tighter.

As we progress along the ridge, the way becomes very rocky. It's easy to stumble here so we need to concentrate on where we're going and not looking around at what's around us.

 Walking the rocky Stiperstones ridge to the Devil's Chair

Walking the rocky Stiperstones ridge to the Devil's Chair

The clouds darken as we reach the Devil's Chair and I worry about lightning strikes. Is that thunder I hear or just the rumble of a passing plane?

The clouds feel close to us and quite heavy. There are warnings everywhere about lightning strikes and the legend of the Devil's Chair speaks of bolts of lightning should one have the audacity to actually sit in the Devil's Chair! Scary!

 The Devil's Chair

The Devil's Chair

We finally reach the rocks of the Devil's Chair - tall, hard, and grey.

Red Kites whirl past and a raven tumbles and folds itself elegantly into the rock.

We clamber ever up and eventually peer downwards between the shards...

 Admiring the view from the top of the Stiperstones

Admiring the view from the top of the Stiperstones

We look down past moorland and fields and follow the lines of pathways - it looks impossibly far down and I start to feel a little dizzy at the height.

Ian continues to explore a further crag - a rocky fortress on high, while I stay back a little with the dog, feeling a little in awe at this majestic natural place - a spire of the earth reaching up into the sky.

 View to Manstone Rock

View to Manstone Rock

Our walk down is much easier on the legs! We spot the grass-covered ruins of an old miner's cottage - humps and dips in the hillside surrounded by fruit trees and hawthorns which mark the boundaries of what was once a cherished home and garden high in the hills. 

 Signs of a life lived up on high - out in the wildest and most elemental parts of nature

Signs of a life lived up on high - out in the wildest and most elemental parts of nature

What it must be to live a life atop a hill!

So far from the hustle and bustle down below and more connected with nature and the elements out here where one could live free and unencumbered by the expectations of society...

 Path past the ruins - a beautiful natural place

Path past the ruins - a beautiful natural place

We feel revitalised and inspired after our walk out in the wilds of nature - this truly awesome natural place - in connecting with nature in this way, we feel more connected with our own selves, and each other - these are the moments that my art is all about and what I hope it will inspire for you too..!

Dog Walk Notes

  • This was a nice easy walk for the dog - a bit of a pull for him uphill, but wide paths and one stile with a gate that we could open to get him through. The ridge was a little rocky for him - he seemed quite sure-footed but we did worry a little about him injuring himself clambering over the rocks.
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times to protect the wildlife in this National Nature Reserve.
  • We did the walk from Pennerley Flats (just up to Devil's Chair rock and back again) but you can also easily access the Stiperstones from Stiperstones Village, Tankerville, and The Bog Visitor Centre (recommended) which has a large car park, toilets, information and refreshments (check opening times/dates).
  • Dress appropriately for your walk, take a good map, and be aware that weather conditions can change suddenly up on the hills.
 Feeling on top of the world connecting with nature

Feeling on top of the world connecting with nature

More Cool Places Nearby

Close nearby to explore is Tankerville old lead mine

 Ruins at the Tankerville lead mine

Ruins at the Tankerville lead mine

And the more extensive old Snailbeach Mine, which also does regular open days.

 Snailbeach Mine

Snailbeach Mine

A little further afield, we also enjoyed visiting Haughmond Hill woods with the dog - bluebells, woodland walks, toilets and a cafe...

 A great place for dogs to enjoy nature - Haughmond Hill

A great place for dogs to enjoy nature - Haughmond Hill

 Bluebells in the woods at Haughmond Hill

Bluebells in the woods at Haughmond Hill

 Woodland walk at Haughmond Hill

Woodland walk at Haughmond Hill

And the nearby beautiful ruins of Haughmond Abbey - a peaceful place to while away an hour or so - run by English Heritage.

 Noah admiring the view at Haughmond Abbey

Noah admiring the view at Haughmond Abbey

 Haughmond Abbey

Haughmond Abbey

Custom Dog Portrait Case Study - Cooper - Yorkshire to Australia

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 Dog portrait from a photo - Yorkshire to Australia

This custom pet portrait was for Dorothy in Yorkshire and was of Cooper, her son and daughter-in-law's lovely dog, who lives in Australia.

 Custom pet portrait of Cooper who lives in Australia

Custom pet portrait of Cooper who lives in Australia

One of the nicest things about being a pet portrait artist is when you're involved in creating a surprise gift for someone. Secrecy is of the utmost, and it can be a real challenge for the gifter to get the pet photos without giving the game away.

I think Dorothy had fun and games, coming up with reasons to tell her son and new daughter-in-law why she needed another photo of their dog, Cooper, and was quite worried that she wouldn't be able to get one of good enough quality coming from a mobile phone.

Luckily, she had loads to choose from and I was able to combine a very clear photo of Cooper's face, where the dog was wearing a jumper (which Dorothy didn't want to include), with one in an almost identical pose, where the body was clear enough, but her face was less clear.

 It's always easiest to work from one single photo, but sometimes, when secrecy must be preserved to save the surprise, we can get creative and work some artistic magic...! ;)

It's always easiest to work from one single photo, but sometimes, when secrecy must be preserved to save the surprise, we can get creative and work some artistic magic...! ;)

Usually people like to see the dog without a collar, but if the collar has special meaning, we can leave it in. Dorothy preferred me to show Cooper without her collar (...or her jumper!).

I discussed colours and backgrounds with Dorothy, and we decided to do three colour options for Dorothy to choose from, two of which were inspired by some of my artworks Dorothy particularly liked and one which was a more neutral option.

Here's how the artwork process went... Click on any image to see it larger and with further description of the process...

Dorothy had the incredibly difficult task of choosing her preferred background colour option. It can be especially difficult when you're choosing a gift for someone else, as it's not just your own colour preferences you have to take into account.

 Completed custom pet portrait - ready to fly from Yorkshire to Australia.

Completed custom pet portrait - ready to fly from Yorkshire to Australia.

As I had hoped... she decided on the neutral. I liked it the best myself, too, actually, but neutral is always a really sensible choice when you're choosing for someone else, unless you're absolutely sure of their preferences.

Dorothy was going to take the artwork in her suitcase with her so choosing the size of the artwork - and how large it would be when framed - was of the utmost importance - we discussed the options, and chose a size that was as large as possible but would still fit comfortably in the suitcase, together with protective wrappings - and still leave room for the clothes and other gifts that they were taking.

Very soon the custom pet portrait was ready for its big trip across the world to be a special surprise Christmas present for Dorothy's son and new daughter-in-law...

 "How worried I was that it would be intact!!. My heart was pounding when they unwrapped it on Christmas morning!  So relieved when it was opened and all intact!"
 Detail from the dog portrait

Detail from the dog portrait

Love the portrait, it is unique and individual, and really captures the likeness and shows the character of our son’s dog, who incidentally lives in Australia!

Would recommend Charlotte as nothing was too much trouble, finding out about sizes of frames and mounts, to discussions of sizes of actual portrait, to suggestions and choices of background colour, Charlotte was always very happy to help! And she makes a good cup of coffee too!
— Dorothy J, Yorkshire
 Dorothy and Cooper's custom pet portrait

Dorothy and Cooper's custom pet portrait

Would you like me to create a custom pet portrait for you to surprise that special someone...? Start here...

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

 

Unplugging From Technology - Connecting to the Real World

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

I've just come back from a wonderful week away with my husband and our dog, in the hills of Shropshire. With no mobile phone reception, we were completely unplugged from technology - and it was fantastic!

In this busy world of constant news and social media updates, it's important to be able to unplug from technology sometimes...

 Connect with nature to unplug from technology

Connect with nature to unplug from technology

Technology is wonderful and incredibly useful - it allows me to be at home writing this, and for you to read it, maybe hundreds or thousands of miles away. Awesome!

But the world reflected by social media and technology can seem overwhelming, too much.

It can trick us into believing that the world on our screens is the totality of the real world around us - the violence, the hatred, the ground-in bitterness. I see it on my internet every day. It seems pervasive, all around us.

But it isn't! The view from the world of technology and social media is skewed. It doesn't reflect all of the world - the world around us, right now, that we can reach out and connect with.

That's the world of beautiful natural places, flowers, the way your dog smiles and wags his greetings when you return home, the way the store assistant helped you out, a kindly smile from a stranger, a gentle word from a friend.

When you start to look out for these tiny connections and kindnesses, you will start to notice them more and more.

It's so easy to get lost in the concerns of the day or the worries of the wider world. Indeed, these are by no means unimportant...

But it's possible to bring some balance and unplug from technology. Take a walk outside and connect with nature - we all need some green in our lives! 

Reach out to a loved one - four-paws or two-legs, it doesn't matter. Make a connection and feel a part of the natural world around us.

My art can help you feel connected with nature, too. 

Feel connected and inspired!

Escaping Your Head - The Beauty of Connections

behind the scenes, inspiration, nature, personal musings, well beingCharlotte Brown

In seeking out the green places, the natural world, I seek out connection - a connection with nature, the world and the realities of a life lived as part of the world, not in the world of concerns that we so often create inside our own heads.

A connection with our pets, our loved ones, or with nature makes us see and feel the beauty of the world around us and enables us to feel a certain gratitude for the world we are a part of.

We can seek out the world of nature in our everyday lives. Our connection with nature doesn't have to wait for a week's holiday or a day-trip to the country at the weekend.

We can connect and feel gratitude for the world we are a part of when we interact with our pets, when we see a bird or a tree, even through a window, when we stop for a moment to look at a vase of flowers in our home.

And of course, I hope that when you bring my art into your home, you are able to feel that sense of connection with, and love for, the world around us, too.

 So much in nature to love and feel grateful for. This Day in the Sun (Geraniums) art print can connect you with the feelings of warmth, sunshine, and summer flowers.

So much in nature to love and feel grateful for. This Day in the Sun (Geraniums) art print can connect you with the feelings of warmth, sunshine, and summer flowers.

Let me know, what in nature makes you feel most connected and most alive?

'Funny Pheasant' Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, nature, inspiration, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Colourful and contemporary pheasant art 'Funny Pheasant' art print...

 'Funny Pheasant' art print by Lotti Brown

'Funny Pheasant' art print by Lotti Brown

I see pheasants in the fields at home all the time and they're always so impressive with their colourful, shiny feathers - beautiful birds!

I love the expression of this very cheeky pheasant - such a striking fellow!

 Detail from my pheasant artwork

Detail from my pheasant artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look behind the scenes at how I created my pheasant artwork...

Click on the images to see the larger image and with further details about each step of the process...

 The completed pheasant artwork 'Funny Pheasant'

The completed pheasant artwork 'Funny Pheasant'

I love the curious, whimsical expression of my 'Funny Pheasant' and the beautiful colours of his intricate feathers. He makes me smile when I see him, and I hope he does the same for you...

 My colourful pheasant artwork is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print in my online art store

My colourful pheasant artwork is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print in my online art store

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

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My 'Funny Pheasant' art print is available to buy in my online art store

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

Your Pet Photo Becomes Art - Pet Portrait From Photo

pet artCharlotte Brown
 Pet portrait from photo

Pet portrait from photo

I won’t ever compromise on the photos I’ll accept. For your pet portrait, so much depends on the original photo. If your original photo is blurry, low quality, or if your pet is too far away, I won’t be able to draw the details in the face that I need to put into the portrait.

If your original pet photo doesn’t capture a good likeness or a special moment from your pet, then my artwork won’t either.

I want you to have a pet portrait that you will cherish for years to come, and I want to create an artwork that I can be proud of too.

If you’re not sure that your photo is good enough, please, just ask me – it won’t commit you to anything.

There’s actually lots of seeming problems that I can work around, so please don't just assume that your photo isn't good enough! – I can zoom in to take a closer look; I can lighten the picture to see the detail in dark areas; or if the poses are similar enough I may be able to use two photos for reference.

Even if it takes a couple of attempts to get the right photo, the results of the extra effort will be well worth it in the final pet portrait artwork.

Two-minute tips for the best results:

  • choose a time when your pet is feeling relaxed and happy
  • have your pet sit outside (because the light is usually better)
  • watch out for casting a shadow across your pet and try to avoid this
  • get fairly close
  • get down to their level (slightly to one side is usually best as it seems less confrontational to your pet so they'll feel happier)
  • focus on the eyes (even if they're not looking at you) and take a few photos
  • send me a few favourites to choose from
 Clear pet photo suitable for a pet portrait from photo

Clear pet photo suitable for a pet portrait from photo

 Here's the pet portrait I created from this photo

Here's the pet portrait I created from this photo

Get in touch and ask me about your photos (you will need to send them separately as there is no facility for sending photos on the form - I'll email you about sending them when I reply) -- or find out more about commissioning a custom pet portrait, here...