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Spring Flowers Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, drawings, inspiration, joyful blooming, new collections, shoppingCharlotte Brown

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

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See all my floral art in my Floral Art Gallery

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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Vibrant Hollyhocks artwork from my Joyful Blooming art series.

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And you can see more of my floral art in my Floral Art Gallery...

'Water-Sparkles Otter' Art - Behind the Scenes

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Bold and colourful otter art by Lotti Brown: 'Water-Sparkles Otter'.

I wanted to capture the energy and watery nature of the beautiful and elusive otter - one of our most amazing wildlife animals...

 'Water-Sparkles Otter' art print by Lotti Brown

'Water-Sparkles Otter' art print by Lotti Brown

My beautiful, sleek, wet otter is surrounded by vibrant marsh marigolds, reeds and grasses to give a colourful artwork with a really watery feel.

I was inspired by a favourite film as a child: 'Ring of Bright Water' which tells the beautiful story of Gavin Maxwell's experiences of life in Scotland with an adopted otter.

I wanted the splashes of colour in the otter's fur to look like the sparkles of light and water from the film - and for the flowers and foliage to evoke those idyllic highland streams and ponds where the otter would play and swim - a little moment of tranquillity almost stood still in time.

 Detail from the otter artwork

Detail from the otter artwork

I also remember an amazing experience from a few years ago, stood watching an otter play on the island of Jura in Scotland...

With my husband, I spotted the otter on the shoreline from the car and we pulled over and got out the car to watch her eat a meal of fish - she saw us but had no fear and stayed to continue her feast - an awesome and unforgettable sight that I feel privileged to have experienced.

 Otter on the seashore in Jura, Scotland

Otter on the seashore in Jura, Scotland

The otter is amazingly sleek and lithe with wonderful arching shapes in her movements - you can just feel the strength, energy and absolute mastery and precision of the otter's body as you watch - and I hoped to try and capture some of that really special energy in my artwork, too.

Behind the Scenes of the Otter Artwork

Take a look at how I developed my otter art from my drawings with the help of the computer...

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 The finished otter and marsh-marigold artwork - an explosion of colour and energy - wild nature, untamed!

The finished otter and marsh-marigold artwork - an explosion of colour and energy - wild nature, untamed!

I love how we feel like we've just caught a very special glimpse of this very private animal in his element...

 My otter print is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print and mini artboard in my online art store - click pic to go there

My otter print is available as a framed or unframed giclee art print and mini artboard in my online art store - click pic to go there

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'Water-Sparkles Otter' Artwork
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Colourful otter art print 'Water-Sparkles Otter' on a waterside surrounded by dramatic yellow marsh marigolds.

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You can see more of my nature art in my Wildlife Art Gallery.

'Summer Stoat' Art Print - Behind the Scenes

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A fresh and colourful summer artwork - 'Summer Stoat' by Lotti Brown. Perfect gift idea for wildlife and nature lovers.

 'Summer Stoat' artwork by Lotti Brown

'Summer Stoat' artwork by Lotti Brown

With the beautiful greens and soft russets of summer, this is a sweet and gentle depiction of a wonderfully inquisitive little stoat.

I'm only rarely lucky enough to spot a stoat out in the wilds, but we were privileged to have one move into our garage one winter, so I know they're nearby, just keeping out of sight.

I love the warmth of summer and the smell of fresh grass that seems to emanate from this picture - and I love the sense of connection we get from this unique moment of eye contact... of being-to-being connection that the artwork gives us.

 Detail from the stoat artwork

Detail from the stoat artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Stoat Artwork

I share a behind-the-scenes look at how I created the artwork from my nature drawings with a little digital assistance...

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 The completed stoat artwork - colourful, fresh and full of summer joy and freedom

The completed stoat artwork - colourful, fresh and full of summer joy and freedom

 'Summer Stoat' art print - framed and unframed giclee fine art prints and mini artboards are available in my online art store - click image to go there

'Summer Stoat' art print - framed and unframed giclee fine art prints and mini artboards are available in my online art store - click image to go there

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'Summer Stoat' Art Print
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Super 'Summer Stoat' art print - beautiful stoat and daisies in a vibrant green field filled with the freshness and sunshine of summer.

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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 and mini artboards in my online art store - click pic to see

My Bernese art print is available as framed or unframed fine art giclee prints and mini artboards in my online art store - click pic to see

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Bernese Mountain Dog Artwork - 'Bernese Billy and the Blooms'
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A bold and brilliantly coloured artwork for a big beautiful dog - I wanted to fill my Bernese Mountain Dog artwork with joy, colour, and love - just like the enormous heart of this wonderful gentle giant.

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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..?

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...

 

'Badger Woodland Walk' Artwork - Taking a Look Behind the Scenes

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Charming and colourful woodland badger artwork - 'Badger Woodland Walk' - a beautiful badger on his forest stroll between ferns and toadstools - a magical scene...

 'Badger Woodland Walk' art by Lotti Brown

'Badger Woodland Walk' art by Lotti Brown

When I was a child,I often used to watch badgers playing in a quiet field, each morning, as I went past on the school bus (great for seeing over the tops of hedges!). It was amazing - quite a magical sight. 

We so rarely get to see badgers that they seem quite elusive, magical and otherworldly - and it was this feeling that I wanted to create with my badger art print, showing a very dapper chappie taking his daily stroll through a colourful woodland of ferns and toadstools. An insight into a world we so rarely get the chance to be a part of...

 Badger art detail

Badger art detail

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look at how I created my badger artwork from drawings and the computer...

Click on any of the images below to see the picture larger and get more details about each part of the process...

 My final badger art print 'Badger Woodland Walk'

My final badger art print 'Badger Woodland Walk'

I love the deep, dramatic colours and the shady woodland feel in this artwork - as well as the beautiful bright reds and greens and the quite magical feel of Mr. Badger's woodland stroll...

 My badger artwork is available as framed and unframed fine art prints or mini artboards from my online art store - click image for all the details

My badger artwork is available as framed and unframed fine art prints or mini artboards from my online art store - click image for all the details

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Beautiful badger art print 'Badger Woodland Walk'

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

Custom Pet Portraits - Double Dog Portrait of Rottweiler & Dogue de Bordeaux - Yorkshire

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Custom pet portraits - double pet portrait - Rottweiler and Dogue de Bordeaux cross

I did a very enjoyable set of three custom pet portraits for Jo of her adult children's dogs, as surprise Christmas gifts.

The trio of dogs were a Rottweiler, Daisy, and a Dogue de Bordeaux (cross), Pixie, that were to go on a double portrait. And then, a single portrait of the Chow Chow, Shadow, her son's dog. I've shared that here...

This post concentrates on the double pet portrait I did of Jo's daughter's two dog's, the Rottweiler and Dogue de Bordeaux cross.

 Double pet portrait - Rottweiler and Dogue de Bordeaux cross

Double pet portrait - Rottweiler and Dogue de Bordeaux cross

As Jo regularly looks after both of these dogs, she was able to take her time and get some good photos outside in bright light, for me. Especially for dark coloured dogs, like these, it's important to take photos in good light so that I can see as much detail as possible in the face to draw.

Even for a double pet portrait, I will draw both dogs separately and work on each portrait individually, so it's best to take separate photos of the dogs so that we can capture as much detail as possible in their faces.

It can be helpful though, to try and make sure that the photos are taken from a similar angle and in similar lighting, as it does make it easier, then, to make the two portraits work well on the one single artwork.

 Garden photo shoot with the dogs

Garden photo shoot with the dogs

Jo had a great outdoor photo session with both dogs in the garden, as you can see above, and came up with a great, really clear, selection from which I thought these two would work really well together.

 The photos we chose of the dogs

The photos we chose of the dogs

She was also very enterprising at taking photos of the space where she thought the artworks might end up, so that we could discuss the correct size, proportions, and colour schemes to go with the rooms.

Once we'd discussed exactly what Jo wanted, and agreed on which photos I would use, I asked Jo for a 50% deposit, payable through Paypal, before I started work on her commissioned pet portraits.

The colour scheme was to be neutral with a grey background, and the colours of the dogs quite natural.

Jo had a great idea for the backgrounds - and I really loved doing this: making a background of hand-written text created out of words that were very meaningful to the recipients.

I thought this really made the portraits feel deeply personal and brought the dogs right into the heart of their families.

Here's how the art process went... Click on the images to see them larger with more explanation about the process...

I showed Jo the final digital version of the artwork, to make sure she was happy with everything. She gave me really useful feedback so that I was able to make sure that the colours of the fur on Daisy (which I had taken from the photo as being quite a light colour) were darker and more true to life as they are on the dog herself. As the artwork is created digitally, it's quite easy to change little things like this and make sure that the artwork is just right for the recipient.

We also played around a bit with layout of how the two dogs were positioned next to each other, and we tried a couple of different versions out (above) to get the one that Jo liked best (which did end up being the original version). Again, this was relatively easy to do with working digitally (although I do still have to go from the original drawing, so not everything can be changed at this stage).

You can see the final version below going from screen to artwork... Please click on the images to see them larger...

Once Jo was happy with the double portrait, I asked her for the remaining 50% of the commission fee before I ordered the giclee art print of the agreed version and start on the artwork of Shadow, which would be created to match the double portrait.

 The making of Daisy and Pixie's double dog portrait

The making of Daisy and Pixie's double dog portrait

I was really excited for her to have both of the commissioned pet portraits together - it's still a bit of a thrill to see the actual physical artwork 'in the flesh' rather than just the digital version.

I love my portraits. Charlotte has somehow managed to capture my pets individual characters!!!

If you want someone who is easy to talk to about specific requirements and you are happy to be consulted with to ensure you get the best possible result then look no further! Charlotte knows her stuff and you definitely won’t be disappointed with your finished portrait. Excellent service from start to finish.
— Jo C, East Yorkshire

Please click on the images above to see the full versions

I will be sharing about Chow-Chow portrait I also did for Jo, soon... EDIT: See it here!

A pet portrait makes a really thoughtful gift for someone you love (or to yourself!). Find out more about the process, here...

You can also browse through my pet art gallery to see some more of my pet artworks (some available as art prints, for sale in my online store).

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...

Mystical Magpie and Maple - Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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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 and mini artboards are available in my online store - click to see

Magpie art prints and mini artboards are available in my online store - click to see

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'Magpie and Maple' Artwork
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Celebrating a special bird: 'Magpie and Maple' artwork.

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

Autumn Flowers Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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

Autumn Flowers, by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

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

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

Bees love:

Nasturtiums 

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

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Mint

Mint flowers seem almost irresistible to bees

Ling heather

I've often seen bees buzzing around heather flowers.

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

I work on positioning and composition first...

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

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

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

Work in progress - brighter colours look better

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

Artwork on screen in Adobe Illustrator programme

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

Detail from Autumn Flowers artwork

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

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

Final artwork - Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By 

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Sweet Sheltie Art 'Chloe in a Shetland Meadow'

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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!

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Sheltie Artwork - 'Chloe in a Shetland Summer Meadow'
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Sweet and colourful Sheltie artwork in pink, yellow, green and gold, 'Chloe in a Shetland Summer Meadow'.

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Beautiful Woodland Husky Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the scenes of my artwork

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

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

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A Portrait of Devotion - Creating my German Shepherd Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Showing detail from the husky artwork

Showing detail from the husky artwork

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

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

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Stunning turquoise-blue husky woodland artwork 'Luna: The Call of the Wild'.

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Magical Corgi Art to Inspire

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

 Corgi: A Magical Moment by Lotti Brown

Corgi: A Magical Moment by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Detail of corgi artwork

Detail of corgi artwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The completed corgi artwork

The completed corgi artwork

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

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

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Colourful corgi and poppies art - 'Corgi: A Magical Moment'.

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Tabby Cat Art 'Tabby Afternoon in the Sun'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Tabby cat - detail of the artwork

Tabby cat - detail of the artwork

Creating my Tabby Cat Art

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

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

 The completed tabby cat artwork - sunshine and happiness!

The completed tabby cat artwork - sunshine and happiness!

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

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

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

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

Relax and unwind. Oh, yes!

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This is one of my own personal favourite pieces, vibrant yellows, reds and greens celebrating a scorcher of a summer day out in the garden with a sweet kitty, Jeannie - 'Tabby Afternoon in the Sun'.

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Highland Cow Art - Moo!

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

 Colourful Highland Cow art by Lotti Brown

Colourful Highland Cow art by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the scenes of my highland cow art...

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

Click the images below to follow the process...

 The completed colourful Highland cow artwork

The completed colourful Highland cow artwork

 Showing detail from the artwork

Showing detail from the artwork

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

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

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

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

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Floral Greyhounds Art 'Rosie and Abi'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 'Abi' by SweetSal Sally J Hunter

'Abi' by SweetSal Sally J Hunter

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

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

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

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

Saying it with Flowers

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

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

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

Creating my Greyhound Art Work

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

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  'Floral Greyhound Girlies' the completed greyhounds artwork

 'Floral Greyhound Girlies' the completed greyhounds artwork

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

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

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

 Detail from the artwork

Detail from the artwork

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A colourful, flower-laden double portrait of two beautiful greyhound ladies, Rosie and Abi: 'Floral Greyhound Girlies'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Artwork detail showing German Shepherd fur and flowers

Artwork detail showing German Shepherd fur and flowers

A Portrait of Devotion - Creating my German Shepherd Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The completed colourful German shepherd artwork

The completed colourful German shepherd artwork

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

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

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

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

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Colourful German Shepherd art prints and mini artboards are available in my store

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A vibrant orange and blue German Shepherd Dog portrait - 'Lyla: A Picture of Devotion'.

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Beautiful Border Collie Art 'Cardinal Collie'

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

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

 Beautiful Border collie art 'Cardinal Collie' by Lotti Brown

Beautiful Border collie art 'Cardinal Collie' by Lotti Brown

Come behind the scenes of the artwork with me...

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

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

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

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

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

 Detail from the collie artwork

Detail from the collie artwork

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

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

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

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

Creating my Border Collie Art

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

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

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  'Cardinal Collie' the completed border collie artwork

 'Cardinal Collie' the completed border collie artwork

Lively and Lovely Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colourful border collie artwork - 'Cardinal Collie' - ideal gift for a border collie fan!

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