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Red Campion and Buttercups Wildflower Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

 Wildflowers at Fox Corner

Wildflowers at Fox Corner

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

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

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

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

 Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

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

 Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Behind the Scenes of the Wildflower Artwork

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

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

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

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

 Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

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

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

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

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

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

Donkey Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Charismatic and colourful donkey artwork...

 Donkey art by Lotti Brown

Donkey art by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes of the Donkey Artwork

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

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

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

 My completed donkey artwork

My completed donkey artwork

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

 Showing detail from the donkey artwork

Showing detail from the donkey artwork

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

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

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

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Forget-me-Not Ferns Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

 Ferns unfurling in my garden

Ferns unfurling in my garden

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Becoming Joy - detail from the artwork

Becoming Joy - detail from the artwork

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

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

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Hollyhocks Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

 Hollyhocks photo

Hollyhocks photo

 Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

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

 Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Behind the Scenes of 'Hollyhocks'

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

 Final Hollyhocks artwork - colourful and joyful nature!

Final Hollyhocks artwork - colourful and joyful nature!

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

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

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

So maybe you can relate to that too?

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

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

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Vibrant Hollyhocks artwork from my Joyful Blooming art series.

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Summer Roses Art - Behind the Scenes

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

 'Summer Roses' colourful rose art print by Lotti Brown

'Summer Roses' colourful rose art print by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

 Detail from my pink and yellow roses artwork

Detail from my pink and yellow roses artwork

Summer Roses Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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 My completed rose artwork in all its glorious colour!

My completed rose artwork in all its glorious colour!

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

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

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

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 Colourful 'Summer Roses' framed art print

Colourful 'Summer Roses' framed art print

Joyful Blooming - New Art Collection

artworks, behind the scenes, inspiration, joyful blooming, nature, new collections, personal musings, well beingCharlotte BrownComment

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

 Drawing flowers

Drawing flowers

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

 Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

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

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

 Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

 Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

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

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

 Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

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

 Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

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

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

New Art in Store

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

 Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

Keep Growing (Like a Tree!)

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

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

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

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

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

 The beauty of a mature tree

The beauty of a mature tree

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

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

Keep growing - with your self and your creativity.

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

Taking Time Out from Expectation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Beautiful gentle hills and wallowing dales in the Yorkshire Wolds

Beautiful gentle hills and wallowing dales in the Yorkshire Wolds

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

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

Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

 A Wolds Walk to Wharram Percy

A Wolds Walk to Wharram Percy

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Time to sit and rest in a tranquil location

Time to sit and rest in a tranquil location

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

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

 The medieval church at the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy

The medieval church at the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Spotting wildflowers on the walk!

Spotting wildflowers on the walk!

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

English Heritage info for Wharram Percy deserted medieval village

 

Spiral Walk at Thixendale

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Walking along Thixen Dale

Walking along Thixen Dale

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

There may be cattle in these fields.

 An interesting line of trees along Thixen Dale

An interesting line of trees along Thixen Dale

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

 'Waves and Time' by Chris Drury

'Waves and Time' by Chris Drury

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

 Spiral earthwork with the footpath back up the hill

Spiral earthwork with the footpath back up the hill

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

 Yorkshire sheep

Yorkshire sheep

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

 Land art at Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds

Land art at Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds

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

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

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

More Wolds Art

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

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

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

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

 Ferny Fox

Ferny Fox

 Summer Hare

Summer Hare

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

Useful links

Wolds Way National Trail

Walking the Riding - interactive map

Walking the Riding home page

Thixendale Village site

English Heritage Wharram Percy

I also recommend nearby:

Sledmere House and Gardens (dogs in gardens only)

Burton Agnes House and Gardens (dogs in gardens only)

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

Tawny Owl Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 'Mistress of the Night' tawny owl art print is available from my online art store as a fine art giclee print with a choice of print and frame options. See it here...

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

'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...

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 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

artworks, behind the scenes, nature, shoppingCharlotte Brown

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.

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 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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'Ragged-Robin Hedgehog' Artwork
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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

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

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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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

behind the scenes, personal musings, well being, natureCharlotte BrownComment

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

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

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...