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'September Squirrel' Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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

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

 'September Squirrel' art print by Lotti Brown

'September Squirrel' art print by Lotti Brown

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

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

 Red squirrel in Scotland

Red squirrel in Scotland

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

 Detail from my squirrel artwork

Detail from my squirrel artwork

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

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

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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

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

 My completed squirrel artwork with rich autumn woodland colours

My completed squirrel artwork with rich autumn woodland colours

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

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

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

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Moving to the Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Lovely walks to enjoy and drink-in nature

Lovely walks to enjoy and drink-in nature

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

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

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

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

 Ginger in barley

Ginger in barley

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

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

 The green of nature - with my dog

The green of nature - with my dog

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

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

 Taking some time to watch the world around him!

Taking some time to watch the world around him!

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

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

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

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

Pretty Hedgehog Art - Behind the Scenes

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Pretty hedgehog art 'Ragged-Robin Hedgehog' - hedgehog with sweet pink flowers.

 'Ragged-Robin Hedgehog' art by Lotti Brown

'Ragged-Robin Hedgehog' art by Lotti Brown

A lovely little hedgehog surrounded by pretty pink ragged-robin flowers...

I love the snuffliness of hedgehogs and remember the year, when I was a child, that we had a family of babies born in our compost heap and tiny hedgehogs pootling around the bottom of our garden - a real treat.

Hedgehogs are becoming more scarce now, particularly in rural areas, so I wanted to put this little hedgehog amidst some beautiful flowers where she can find things to eat and somewhere to hibernate safely come wintertime. 

I love ragged-robin flowers and I thought that the spiky petals would look really good with the hedgehog's spines.

 Detail from the hedgehog artwork

Detail from the hedgehog artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look at my creative process in the photos below, taking my drawings to a finished artwork via the computer.

Click on an image below to see a larger picture and read about the process...

 Completed sweet hedgehog artwork with ragged-robin flowers

Completed sweet hedgehog artwork with ragged-robin flowers

I think my hedgehog art print is really soft and sweet with pretty summer colours of dusk, gentle oranges, browns and pinks... gorgeous and snuffly!

 Framed and unframed hedgehog art prints and mini artboards available in my online store - click pic to see

Framed and unframed hedgehog art prints and mini artboards available in my online store - click pic to see

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Summer hedgehog art print with Ragged-Robin flowers

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Let Me Take You By the Hand

behind the scenes, personal musings, artworks, natureCharlotte Brown

When I create my art, I want to take you by the hand and show you all the little awesome things that I see in nature.

Sometimes we get too busy to see them, or too distracted by other things going on. One of the jobs of an artist is to see the little things that other people sometimes miss - and to share them with the world...

 Detail from my Wren and Physalis artwork

Detail from my Wren and Physalis artwork

The act of creating art, for me, is just me saying:

"I saw this. It made me feel happy (or serene, or joyful, or intrigued).

I want to share it with you."

I anchor this emotion inside myself by re-creating it in art - the thing that inspired it, and the emotion itself, are both what I try to put into the artwork...

Now that that special feeling, that emotion, are in a tangible form, I can share this emotion with you - I can properly tell you about what I saw and how I felt - and share it all with you.

"I want to show you the awesomeness of nature - how I see it, how I feel it - I want you to see it too, share it with me, experience it right alongside me..."

I hope that you enjoy experiencing nature along with me and that it makes you as happy as it makes me... :)

'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...

Click on the images below to see larger pictures and to find out more about the process...

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

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Heatwave Hermit

nature, personal musingsCharlotte BrownComment

I love the sunshine – bright, clear days, soft rays of sunshine across infinite blue skies and the gentle caress of warmth on the skin…

But I have to say that I’m not one for the heat. I know there are some that are loving this summer heat, but at the risk of being a grumpy so-and-so, you can absolutely stick your heatwave… and preferably where the sun don’t shine!

For the last few weeks, here and across much of the northern hemisphere and beyond, it’s been too hot, abnormally hot… claggy, muggy, heavy, uncomfortable… and completely overwhelming!

 Hot August evenings in Yorkshire

Hot August evenings in Yorkshire

Life is reduced to venturing out in early mornings and late evening when, on most but not all occasions, we can enjoy a relative cool – so important when you have a hairy dog who hates hot weather too!

The middle of the day is spent with blinds and curtains drawn, blocking out the heat of the sun and trying to keep the house cool. We have a daily routine now, following the sun around the house, opening windows when it’s cool(ish) and shady at that side and closing up when the sun moves round… but still remembering to come back and open up to let the cool air in later.

On our recent week off, we decided not to brave the elements on day trips out in the heat – too hot for us – too hot for the dog to come with us – too hot for him to stay shut up in a hot house...

 A shady spot for the dog to hide from the heat

A shady spot for the dog to hide from the heat

(Luckily, when we’re at home, Noah gets to choose his own shady spot in the garden and does follow the shade as it moves through the morning, returning inside in the afternoons where it’s a little cooler than the scorching garden.)

Excursions have been short and sweet and we’re getting to know, now, which shops and cafes are welcoming, cool, and air-conditioned, and which are stuffy, overheated and unbearable.

I do feel like we’ve become heatwave hermits – timing our outings with the dog for cool mornings and evenings (24C at 8.30am and still 26C at 9pm the other day, so that cool is relative) – and having to shut out that sunshine just to stay cool and avoiding anything even remotely strenuous in the heat of the day.

In Britain, we’re just not used to it being this hot. And we’re not equipped with shutters and air-conditioning that do make life a little easier in countries where this weather is more usual.

I can hardly even bear to imagine what life is like in countries where it’s now even hotter, with wildfires breaking out (we’ve had some, too) and burning uncontrolled and the risk to health and life is increased.

I was only two when Britain last experienced such a heatwave (in 1976) so I can’t recall it at all, but it’s so completely out of the ordinary for us that it does feel unsettling. And the fact that such a huge area of the world is experiencing the same makes it even more unnerving.

It seems that we may not have a choice but to take more note of nature, as nature reminds us that it’s still a powerful force in our everyday lives, no matter that we sometimes feel like we humans have dominion over all things.

 The golden summer light is beautiful - but the accompanying heat is overwhelming!

The golden summer light is beautiful - but the accompanying heat is overwhelming!

Stay cool in the heat of summer look after your loved ones and your pets – and look forward to enjoying the best things about a heatwave – the cool, refreshing summer rain when it does eventually come!


If you can't wait for nature to oblige with some cooling rain, click and enjoy the rain experience below... hope it helps cool you down!

Nature - Going Deep

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Spending time out in nature isn't just a matter of seeing beautiful plants and flowers, or interesting birds and animals that I want to draw and make art of - it's something even deeper that that.

Mindful time in nature - by that I mean, not a hike through nature but a walk, a stroll - drinking in the green, stopping to look at a leaf or a a flower.

Taking a quiet moment and letting your ears, and your heart, fill up with the sounds of birds calling, the wind in the trees, the rustle of breeze in grasses or crops, the sensation of wind, sun, or rain on the face...

 A beautiful spot to drink in the healing calm of nature

A beautiful spot to drink in the healing calm of nature

This special time in nature brings us to a deep, inner place of calm and clarity within our own selves - a truer knowledge of our own values, wants and needs.

It's from this deep place of calm, energy and clarity that creativity comes alive and where the soul feels open to speak out, to call out, and connect with our self and with the world.

Awesome Places to Connect with Nature (...and you can bring your dog!) Part 2 - Skye

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One of my favourite-ever places for feeling connected with nature in a really wild, remote place, where you feel so far from the everyday life and the modern world is the beautiful Isle of Skye in the highlands of Scotland...

 Nature and wild landscapes on the Isle of Skye

Nature and wild landscapes on the Isle of Skye

This is somewhere where we've visited and holidayed several times now and we never fail to feel refreshed and rejuvenated from a trip...

 Holidaying in nature on Skye

Holidaying in nature on Skye

Here are some of our favourite places to connect with nature on Skye...

Coral Beach - Claigan, Skye

 White Coral Beach at Claigan

White Coral Beach at Claigan

A beautiful white beach with turquoise waters - if you're lucky enough to visit in the sunshine (which we have in the past - I recommend you plan to coincide your visit with a forecast sunny day, if at all possible) it looks truly tropical - but it's dramatic in any weather.

 The white sands at Claigan beach in Skye

The white sands at Claigan beach in Skye

The white 'sands' are actually created from a 'coral' which is made of a fossilised red seaweed growing in the waters here.

 'Coral' from Claigan, Skye

'Coral' from Claigan, Skye

It's an amazing place to sit for a while, put your hands into the 'coral' and examine the tiny pieces, listen to the soft 'hush' of the waves and look out to sea.

 Beautiful Coral Beach at Skye

Beautiful Coral Beach at Skye

Claigan Coral Beach is a short walk of about 20 to 25 minutes through fields (with cows, who seem used to the visitors).

  • Find the beach from the little road going past Dunvegan Castle (also recommended to visit for the lovely gardens) and going up further onto the peninsular
  • Look out for a small signed car park where you can start the walk from the gateway at the far end
  • It can be busy at weekends or peak holiday periods - try to go early or late to get the beach to yourself

The Fairy Glen, Uig

 Fairy Glen, Skye

Fairy Glen, Skye

The dramatic landscapes at the Fairy Glen seem otherworldly - and it's a place that seems to hold a certain energy and stillness...

 Pointy hills and dark lochans add to the atmospheric Fairy Glen

Pointy hills and dark lochans add to the atmospheric Fairy Glen

A steep and narrow winding lane leads to this anomaly of nature - park considerately and explore...

 On misty days in the Fairy Glen, when there's no other tourists around, there's a feeling of being completely separate from the everyday world - almost like you're Alice and you've fallen down the rabbit hole into a whole other world!

On misty days in the Fairy Glen, when there's no other tourists around, there's a feeling of being completely separate from the everyday world - almost like you're Alice and you've fallen down the rabbit hole into a whole other world!

We listen carefully to the deep silence in this mysterious valley - and get the slightly unsettling feeling that it's listening to us, too...

 You can clamber carefully up to explore 'Castle Ewen' - a rocky outcrop: do the fairies live here?

You can clamber carefully up to explore 'Castle Ewen' - a rocky outcrop: do the fairies live here?

It's a lonely, dramatic and deeply intriguing place that seems to draw us back to visit each time we go to Skye!

 Intriguing landscape formations at the Fairy Glen on Skye

Intriguing landscape formations at the Fairy Glen on Skye

You can find The Fairy Glen down a small lane off the A87, just outside of Uig. Just south of Uig is the Uig Hotel (where we've stopped for lunch).

  • With the Uig Hotel on your left, take a sharp turn left just after and follow the road to the end to reach the Fairy Glen.
  • It's also fun to visit Uig and watch the ferries arrive and depart for Harris and North Uist.

Talisker Bay

 Talisker Bay - Skye

Talisker Bay - Skye

Now this one may not be the most dramatic of the places we've visited on Skye, but I think its my favourite and has a lovely remote feeling about it...

A tiny lane across the hills leads to a quiet lane end where you can park up and walk 20 minutes or so down a quiet track to the beach.

 Walking from Talisker Bay

Walking from Talisker Bay

The beach at Talisker Bay is stunning - a sheltered cove backed by hills all around - rocks, pebbles, and as the tide goes out the most beautiful black and white patterns in the sand...

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It's a place to sit and hear the ocean as it breaks with energy on this shoreline, and absorb the simple quietness of this beautiful location.

Take a small road from the village of Carbost (where Talisker Whisky has their distillery) to Talisker and park with consideration at the end of the road near a farm entrance - the walk continues down the track.


There are lots of other really beautiful and quiet places on Skye where you can take a moment of stillness and calm to connect with nature so do get out and explore this beautiful place.

Please note that we have not yet actually taken our own dog to Skye, although it's something we want to do - it's perfect for walkies! Don't underestimate the length of journey it takes to get here, though, from many parts of the UK - it's either a very long day's drive, or more realistically an overnight stay, even from Yorkshire in the north of England where we live, so both yours and your dog's tolerance for long journeys will need to be taken into account!

We usually visit Skye in early May when there aren't too many tourists or midges!

The Joy of Doing Nothing!

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"What did you do on your holidays?"

"Nothing."

"What do you mean?"

"Nothing. Absolutely nothing..."

And it was fantastic. No need to rush, to seek more experience, more novelty.

We just had the most wonderful holiday doing nothing more than sitting, looking out into nature and walking with the dog, slow meandering strolls in the cool of the morning and the shade of evening.

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Time to relax, to think, to feel, to recover from a hectic few moths of 'everyday life'.

Time to be still, be quiet, to return to the core of ourselves. Time to connect with each other, with the natural world around us. Time to eat well and sleep deeply. Time to feel the wind in our hair and the sunshine on our faces. Time to cherish ourselves and each other. 

Time to come back to our true selves.

Time taken doing nothing is not time wasted - it is essential to our well-being to unplug from technology - to quiet the TV, the music, the chatter - and return to a sense of quiet, calm and self. We need it as part of our lives, our regular routines.

'Summer Stoat' Art Print - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, inspiration, nature, new collections, drawingsCharlotte Brown

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

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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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The Lost Words - Nature Book Review

book reviews, inspiration, nature, well beingCharlotte BrownComment

I received a copy of the beautiful The Lost Words book, recently, as a gift from my husband... and I'm utterly transfixed by it...

I love it so much I just had to share it with you...

The premise of the book is how we are becoming disconnected from nature, especially our children, who are 'losing' words from the world of nature and the realities that are joined to these special words...

And yet nature is soo essential to our everyday wellbeing...

And it's such a beautiful book - wonderful poems seeking to 'spell' the world of nature back into life and illustrated with the exquisite art of Jackie Morris...

Watch her creating her wren below...

It's a very large-size book, which makes the illustrations all the more beautiful - perfect as a coffee-table book to peruse at your leisure or equally so for reading to children who will, I'm sure, be captivated by the world that this book evokes...

It's particularly poignant since we are starting, now, to recognise how much benefit we can gain from time spent in the green of the great outdoors, or even just from our small, mindful, everyday connections with nature, so it's particularly important for children to be able to appreciate and access the natural world and make it part of their growing lives.

Campaigns have now started to raise money to get a copy of this enchanting book into all primary schools and even, as the word gets out, for residents of care homes who may not be able to access nature in person, but who will be helped by being able to access the memories of nature that the book will surely evoke, to be able to benefit from the magical words and images in the book.

Crowdfunding is currently taking place for all primary schools in my local area, North and East Yorkshire, to all receive a copy of this inspiring book - you can donate here to become a part of this project (till 19th July 2018) or search the Crowdfunder site to see Lost Words fundraisers for your own area.

I love to just sit with this book in the evening, read the words and absorb the images - feeling the magic of nature it evokes...

If you love art and love nature I know that you will adore this book - a work of art!

If you purchase The Lost Words through the above link I will earn a small commission. The price paid by you is always the same and please know that I only ever recommend books and products I genuinely love and believe are worthwhile sharing with others. Thank you.

You might also be interested in this article about the dictionary's lost words of nature

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

artworks, behind the scenes, nature, new collections, shoppingCharlotte Brown

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 giclee print or mini artboard in my online art store - click pic to see

Colourful fox art print - available framed or unframed giclee print or mini artboard in my online art store - click pic to see

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'Ferny Fox' Art Print
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My intricate fox artwork - 'Ferny Fox' art print is a celebration of a foxy sort of summer, all green, lush ferny foliage and summer sunshine.

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

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

Being Alone and Still in Nature

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

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.

Connecting with Nature - Why Your First Connection is with Yourself

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

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...

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 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/unframed print or mini artboard in my art store - click to see

My 'Summer Hare' art print is available as a framed/unframed print or mini artboard in my art store - click to see

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'Summer Hare' Art Print
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Colourful ‘Summer Hare’ art print…

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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

behind the scenes, inspiration, nature, personal musings, well being, pet artCharlotte Brown

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 live