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

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

 ‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork by Lotti Brown

‘The Cow’s Nose’ artwork by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

 My ‘moo-se’ (muse!)

My ‘moo-se’ (muse!)

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

 Detail from my cow art

Detail from my cow art

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

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

Click on the images below to see what happened…

 The completed artwork ‘The Cow’s Nose’

The completed artwork ‘The Cow’s Nose’

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

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

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

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

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Donkey Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Charismatic and colourful donkey artwork...

 Donkey art by Lotti Brown

Donkey art by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes of the Donkey Artwork

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

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

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

 My completed donkey artwork

My completed donkey artwork

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

 Showing detail from the donkey artwork

Showing detail from the donkey artwork

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

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

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

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

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A gorgeous, sweet brown donkey art print…

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Springer Spaniel Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Springer Spaniel art - showing artwork detail

Springer Spaniel art - showing artwork detail

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

Springer Spaniel Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Springer Spaniel art print is available in my online art store - with framed and unframed art prints available... Check him out here...

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

Border Terrier Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes

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

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

 The completed border terrier art by Lotti Brown

The completed border terrier art by Lotti Brown

I love this border terrier artwork of sweet Jessie - a lovely summertime feel and oh, that perfect look of slightly quizzical devotion on her pretty little face!

 Border terrier framed and unframed fine art prints & mini artboards are available in my store - click pic to see

Border terrier framed and unframed fine art prints & mini artboards are available in my store - click pic to see

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Dog Moments of Connection - The Power of the Dog

personal musings, pet art, well beingCharlotte BrownComment

I love that having a dog means meeting new people, getting to know people, sharing a little of our stories... person-to-person connection growing through a dog.

When you have an unusual and very fluffy dog - particularly one that loves meeting people and calls them over with a massive grin - people want to come over and say hello to him and give him a stroke.

 My smile and fluffiness invites new friends!

My smile and fluffiness invites new friends!

There's a few things that people say in this situation - one, in particular, I really love. They say, "Aw! Isn't he fluffy!" ... "It's Lassie!" (this one is inevitable, but some youngsters don't actually know Lassie these days!) ... "I bet he takes a lot of brushing!"

My favourite, though, is, said with a huge smile, "You don't see many of these anymore," usually followed by, "My mum/my auntie/my grandma used to have one of these when I was little."

I really love this, as with a smile and a little encouragement, you get to hear what they loved best about their faithful friend.

And the power of the dog is that this isn't just a memory but a whole emotion. As people speak about their remembered pets and furry friends, their faces soften, their voices slow and mellow, and a smile transforms their faces.

 A rough collie is born to steal the show!!! We get photo-bombed by our collie and it's done with such a smile! (He knows what he's doing!)

A rough collie is born to steal the show!!! We get photo-bombed by our collie and it's done with such a smile! (He knows what he's doing!)

I remember particularly the day I met several lovely people sat outside a large city supermarket, waiting with my rough collie Noah for my husband to get some supplies for our holiday.

I met some very interesting people, including a charming gentleman who told me of 65 years of living with greyhounds, bearded collies, lurchers, horses, donkeys! He recalled travelling 100 miles by horse and wagon over a week to Appleby-in-Westmoreland horse fair - and a pair of 40-year-old donkeys called Noah and Moses from his childhood, prompting him to consider getting a pair of donkeys for his grandson.

Little connections, stories told, forgotten... but now remembered.

My favourite, though, was a gentleman who, stopping to greet our dog, told us about when he was a child and the elderly neighbour's rough collie, Duncan, who he used to take out for a walk to help out his neighbour.

He told us about getting to know Duncan and enjoying walking with him every day, building up a friendship.

He made a big smiley fuss of Noah, which Noah loved! He spoke with him and accidentally called him Duncan!

For this lovely man, he was taken right back to these warm, comforting, childhood memories. He felt again the happiness, the connection between himself and his doggie friend. And that was triggered by that meeting with our dog!

Something that's so priceless and precious.

These are the moments of connection that I love. Dog ownership at its best!

 There's nothing in the world like a rough collie grin!

There's nothing in the world like a rough collie grin!

If you'd like to celebrate why your dog is precious to you, I can create a special custom pet portrait for you to have always...

All About My Frames

artworks, pet art, shopping, faqsCharlotte Brown

I wanted to share with you a bit about the beautiful frames that I have selected to go with my art prints and custom pet portraits so that they arrive with you ready to hang.

They are specially chosen to complement my art and also to look stylish in your home.

 Corgi art in stylish 'swoop' frame

Corgi art in stylish 'swoop' frame

I offer an elegantly simple black frame in a curved 'swoop' design.

The frame is a high-quality solid wood frame built by hand in the UK by my trusted framing partners who are members of the Fine Art Trade Guild.

 Fox art in black frame

Fox art in black frame

The frames feature a 2mm-thick conservation-grade single mount, which will not discolour over time, and clear acrylic plexiglass that provides UV protection for your artwork and reduced glare.

 Clear acrylic plexiglass in your frame adds to UV protection for the artwork and reduced glare

Clear acrylic plexiglass in your frame adds to UV protection for the artwork and reduced glare

My frames are sent ready to hang with all back and hanging fixings in place.

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The standard frame is an elegant, simple black 'swoop' style frame in solid wood

  • Frame width: 45mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 32mm
 Beautiful black curved 'swoop' frame in solid wood

Beautiful black curved 'swoop' frame in solid wood

 Frame details

Frame details

Without a Frame?

If you already have a favourite frame at home, or if you'd just rather get your local store to do the framing for you, that's perfectly fine. In fact, in my store, all my art prints are available as a mini artboard or loose print (which comes unframed and unmounted, rolled in a cardboard tube) so that you can deal with the framing requirements as you choose.

If you're ordering a custom pet portrait commission, just tell me that you'd prefer to source the frame yourself and I can quote you accordingly.

How do I care for my artwork and frames?

Avoid hanging your artwork in direct sunlight, close to a fireplace or radiator, or in a moist environment such as a bathroom.

Simply wipe frames gently with a soft cloth or feather duster. Avoid using cleaning sprays on the frames.

To clean the acrylic glazing in your frame, dampen a soft cloth with water and wipe gently. Do not spray household cleaners onto the glazing.

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Will my Artwork be Sent Safely?

Yes!

Framed art is sent in a tough cardboard box that will protect the frame on its way to you.

Acrylic glazing, instead of glass, helps to ensure that there are no breakages in transit.

 Tough packaging will protect your framed artwork as it wings its way towards you

Tough packaging will protect your framed artwork as it wings its way towards you

 Unpacking the artwork

Unpacking the artwork

 Corner protectors will protect the corners of your frames in transit

Corner protectors will protect the corners of your frames in transit

Unmounted prints (loose prints) are usually sent rolled in a cardboard tube.

In the unlikely event that there is any damage when your artwork arrives, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

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Our Bond with Dogs - Book Review – Martin Clunes: A Dog’s Life

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I believe that we humans and our dogs have a very special bond that goes well beyond a simple domestication of a wild animal. It’s like we’re meant to be together, meant to have each other in our lives.

 Us - with our rough collie taking centre stage as always!

Us - with our rough collie taking centre stage as always!

I was talking about this to my husband the other day, and we suddenly recalled an ITV series about this that we’d watched a decade earlier.

I particularly remember the series as our then-dog, a greyhound, Ginger, hadn’t been with us all that long. He never took any notice of the television, even when dogs were barking on it, but during this show, wolves howled… and Ginger pricked up his ears and really took note!

The series was Martin Clunes’ ‘A Man and his Dogs’.

I decided to revisit the themes of the series with the accompanying book to the series ‘A Dog’s Life’…

And I couldn’t believe how pertinent it was to what my husband and I had been discussing.

The book examines our relationship with dogs – how it started and how it developed – what dogs were to us and what they are now – with visits to learn about the dog’s wild ancestors (wolves, dingoes and African wild hunting dogs); modern breeds (including different working breeds that no longer work); and with the story of Martin Clunes’ own doggie relationships and the troubles and fighting within his own canine household and his efforts to remedy these.

The whole premise of the book could quite aptly be summed up in the very first sentence to the introduction:

There is a fact generally acknowledged, dear reader, that a man is not a man without a dog.

(Martin Clunes doesn’t specifically state it, but for ‘man’ I read humankind throughout the book as I feel like this was the intent.)

It seems that our modern dogs are descended from Asian wolves (through Europe). Our modern dogs are 99.9% wolf genetically!

So what happened to allow dogs to live in harmony with us humans while their wolf cousins remain wild and untamed?

 Wolf or dog? Husky artwork by Lotti Brown. Click image to buy this print in my store

Wolf or dog? Husky artwork by Lotti Brown. Click image to buy this print in my store

Visiting Wolves

Martin Clunes visits a wolf project in Devon where he discusses the idea with wolf-expert Shaun Ellis, who feels that the environment and experience dictate that the modern dog’s behaviour is different from his wild ancestor.

Early humans would have wanted to use the wolf/dog’s skills – “their ability to hunt and move faster than us as well as their acute sense of smell that can help us as an early warning system” as well as warmth, companionship, and simply the fact that dogs make you feel good.

Co-evolving with Dogs

In Australia, Martin Clunes talks to vet Associate Professor Paul Mc Greevy from the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science, who believes that “dogs domesticated themselves.”

They were attracted by our rubbish and “we then capitalised on dogs as resources for guarding and keeping the place clean.”

“The first step in the domestication process was accomplished when those parent dogs [of the first pups selected from those early proto-dogs] overcame their fear because of their need for food.”

Paul believes there is a ‘missing link’, a ‘proto-dog’ between wolf and dog – “wolf shaped but having certain characteristics that allowed it to come closer to us than most wolves would.”

Paul believes that man and dog have co-evolved together:

“We were both beneficiaries in this process. Dogs don’t have to hunt any longer. They don’t have to worry about competing with other dogs or being killed by them. We provide them with warmth, shelter, and companionship. At the same time, we’ve used them more than we have any other species. They’ve been used in warfare, for food, for haulage, guarding, hunting, transport. We’ve used dogs for every possible use a domestic animal can be put to. We’ve even used their fur as fibre. So they are the most useful of the domestic pets and we owe them a great deal.”

Early humans would have first domesticated the puppies of the bitches who lived closest to the camp and fed on our food waste.

Dogs were drawn to our resources and we were drawn to the closest pups.

“It’s called co-evolution and it’s still going on,” says Paul. “But …. we, as guardians of the dog, need to look at the bigger picture when it comes to keeping dogs healthy in the future.” Domestication is a process that’s still going on and what we want now in a dog is a good companion.

Visiting Dingoes

Also in Australia, Martin Clunes gets to learn a little about the Aboriginal view of the dingo, the Australian native wild dog. Baden Williams explained the Aboriginal view that, “Through Dreamtime, we’re related to one another.”

Dingoes came to us …. for protection. They’ve never been a pet – they’re just part of the family, like the kids. The same respect is given to the dingo as would be given to another person. A dingo’s a playmate for the young ones, a companion for the older people, and they act dumb with the others. You treat it as your kids.

As our traditional, western view of dogs is very much that they should not be mistaken for a child, this is quite something to ponder (and maybe it’s actually our treatment of our children that could be brought into question on this point when criticism does arise).

As Martin Clunes points out, “…it seems to me that men and dogs look after each other’s needs, so a dog deserves to be treated well.”

For Aboriginal people, a dingo is part of the family. It’s seen as an independent spirit, still a wild animal. A dingo “…contributes more to the family than just companionship … They can understand what we say and they respond to our feelings,” providing warmth, protection and healing.

So humans and dogs seem to really have this common bond that carries through right to the present day and our devoted relationships with our own dogs.

How we got to modern day dog breeds.

Of course, these days, we have hundreds of different dog breeds to choose from. Many developed from original working dogs, bred to serve a specific and useful purpose. This is why we have such a variety of sizes and shapes of dogs in the modern world.

In fact, I was talking to a friend and neighbour the other day about the fact that small children often mistake our rough collie for a lion. When we had our very tall greyhound, children were often convinced he was a ‘horsey’. She commented that it was impressive that even small children were able to (reasonably reliably) recognise most species of dogs as dogs, whether they were miniature Yorkshire Terriers, massive Great Danes, or somewhere in between…

 Greyhound or horsey? Our greyhound often used to be mistaken for a horse by young children - an easy mistake to make, especially in wet or cold weather when he was wearing his coat (horse blanket!).

Greyhound or horsey? Our greyhound often used to be mistaken for a horse by young children - an easy mistake to make, especially in wet or cold weather when he was wearing his coat (horse blanket!).

With tiny scraps of dog, great hulking giants, long-legged or short-legged pooches, long fur, fluffy fur, curly coats and smooth coats, flat-faces and long-noses, there’s such an amazing variety on show that, yes, it is truly impressive that a small child can fairly well identify that essential element that makes a dog a dog. Perhaps it’s something to do with our special bond and co-evolution with the dog?

Visiting vet and dog expert Bruce Fogle at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Martin Clunes discusses dog evolution and dog breeds with him. Bruce believes, “The dog is self-domesticated.”

“These [Asian] wolves [brought to Europe when Asian people migrated across the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia] took advantage of the new environment that human habitation created when we became agricultural. Wolves realised there were rich pickings by moving in on our campsites. The ones that survived were the ones small enough to live off what they could scavenge, because they were no longer catching large game. The humans had captured the large game."

Breeds like the pariah dog are genetically very close to the original wolf:

“If you compare its teeth to the Asian wolf, you’ll see that they’re more compacted. The vrain is smaller because the animal no longer has a large territory to cover, so navigating territories was no longer so important. The intestinal tract is shorter, because it had a smaller variety of foods to eat. All those changes were due to natural selection, not to our intervention.”

Probably one of the first ‘breeds’ humans intervened to develop would have been sighthounds like the saluki. The breed is thousands of years old and would have been specifically selected and bred for longer legs and thick muscles for fast running and hunting.

Dogs that barked loudly or at the slightest sound – like my collie! – would have been selected and bred for guarding.

Some dogs would have been selected and bred to give companionship, comfort, or just because they were appealing in some way – the same then as now.

Nowadays, ‘breed standards’ have strict rules about size, shape and colour. Many of the characteristics we originally selected for were actually a mutation or deviation from the norm in the original dog and were (and are) the cause of pain or health issues.

By breeding from a limited gene pool in order to meet the breed standards, “we haven’t always helped our best friends.”

Dogs like the Bernese Mountain Dog, as little as 40 years ago, were actually an aggressive breed, in general, originally bred as guarding dogs. Breeding since that time for a gentle temperament has created a gentle companion, a placid family dog, but has shortened life expectancy and increased risk of serious medical problems because of such a small group of dogs being used in their breeding.

 Bernese Mountain Dog by Lotti Brown. Click image to find the print in my store.

Bernese Mountain Dog by Lotti Brown. Click image to find the print in my store.

In fact, as we become more aware, now, of specific medical problems amongst pedigree dogs, this is one of the criticisms often levelled at organisations such as the Kennel Club who apparently promote pedigree breeds whose very breed standards seem to perpetuate features that can cause medical problems – such as the breathing difficulties endured by many of the flat-nosed breeds.

For Rough Collie Fans

I was particularly interested, in the section on working dogs, in the piece about canine acting royalty, Lassie – a rough collie – actually a male ‘actor’ called Laddie. I was relieved to discover that even Lassie, that paragon of dog obedience, isn’t the perfect canine that his on-screen persona makes him out to be…

Bob Weatherwax, rough collie trainer (of Lassie), says that rough collies aren’t as easily manipulated as some other breeds.

There’s a lot of things collies just don’t want to do. The reason why is because they were bred to sit up on a mountain with a shepherd and just guard the sheep. They’re tough dogs… That’s what they’re meant for. They’re bred to be suspicious.
 There are plenty of things my rough collie doesn't want to do - he knows his own mind perfectly well!

There are plenty of things my rough collie doesn't want to do - he knows his own mind perfectly well!

So this explains why my rough collie, Noah, is so watchful and antagonistic about any stranger walking past our house and so vocal about anyone stopping to go about their business or pass the time of day (“…lurk suspiciously,” thinks Noah) nearby – and why he alerts me faithfully, and noisily, to this every time. (Once he’s ascertained you’re not suspicious, you will probably get to pass quietly!)

Even superstar Laddie gets “upset or spooked” so I think I can allow for my rough collie’s little bit of nervousness around the unexpected. Clearly, it’s all in the breed.

Meant to Be Together

I know, from my relationship with my own dog, how special our bond is with our furry family members. It seems that it might really be that humans and dogs are just meant to be together, have evolved together and exist together for mutual benefit.

 One woman and her dog!

One woman and her dog!

But an awareness of where our pampered little pooches have come from, their original family (pack), and their place and role in that family, can only help us in moving forward with our dogs as our family members and cherished companions – and making sure that our relationship with them continues to work just as well for the dog as for the human in the equation.

We do have a responsibility to our canine companion to look out for and work for their best interests, just as surely and genuinely as they look out for us.

I like the idea from the Aboriginal people of the dog being one of our family – deserving our respect and permitting him an independence as his own being, even while living in interdependence in our human lives.

 Meant to be together!

Meant to be together!

This is a really interesting book that takes a journey to examine the true nature of that special relationship that exists between humans and dogs, where it came from, how it fits with the dog’s ancestral pack roles, how it developed, and where it’s going.

Entertaining and easy to read with lots of stories and personal anecdotes, it manages to take some weighty topics and discuss them in such a way that you go on a personal journey with Martin Clunes.

I think the book would be an interesting and valuable read for anyone the least bit interested in dogs.

There’s so much more to the book than what I’ve discussed here, so if you love your dog, I heartily recommend you read it yourself.

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

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..?

Honeysuckle Cat Artwork - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, pet artCharlotte Brown

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

 'Honeysuckle Cat' - colourful floral Maine Coon cat

'Honeysuckle Cat' - colourful floral Maine Coon cat

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

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

 Detail from the colourful fluffy cat artwork

Detail from the colourful fluffy cat artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Honeysuckle Cat' Artwork - Maine Coon Cat Art
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I wanted to create a bold and colourful artwork of a beautiful fluffy cat surrounded by flowers. Meet Jemima, a stunning, super-fluffy Maine Coon cat - sweet and super-confident!

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My Maine Coon cat art print 'Honeysuckle Cat' is available to buy as a framed or unframed art print, or a fun mini artboard, in my online art store.

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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 lived by the bounty of nature and measured time by its seasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Custom Dog Portrait Case Study - Cooper - Yorkshire to Australia

artworks, behind the scenes, drawings, pet artCharlotte BrownComment

 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

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Your Pet Photo Becomes Art - Pet Portrait From Photo

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 Pet portrait from photo

Pet portrait from photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two-minute tips for the best results:

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

Clear pet photo suitable for a pet portrait from photo

 Here's the pet portrait I created from this photo

Here's the pet portrait I created from this photo

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

Custom Pet Portrait - Chow Chow - Yorkshire

artworks, behind the scenes, pet artCharlotte Brown

Chow Chow pet portrait

I really enjoyed doing a set of three custom pet portraits for Jo of her adult children's dogs, as surprise Christmas gifts - this is Shadow, a young Chow Chow.

 Chow Chow pet portrait 'Shadow'

Chow Chow pet portrait 'Shadow'

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, which I'll take a closer look at here.

You can read about Daisy and Pixie's double portrait, here...

Jo sent me a selection of photos to choose from of her son's very handsome Chow Chow. Here are just a few...

 Chow Chow photo shoot ready for his surprise pet portrait

Chow Chow photo shoot ready for his surprise pet portrait

All lovely photos, but there was one stand-out one (bottom right in the selection above) which I thought had such an open and trusting, charming expression and lovely clear detail in the face.

As we had already agreed the format, size and composition of the portrait when I worked on her daughter's dog portraits, there wasn't too much extra to discuss. Jo paid the 50% deposit through Paypal and I was quickly able to get to work.

I loved drawing the fluffy fur on the Chow Chow and I was really excited to draw the blue tongue - so unusual!

 The Chow Chow's tongue is distinctively blue! Shadow's drawing for his pet portrait.

The Chow Chow's tongue is distinctively blue! Shadow's drawing for his pet portrait.

This time, the text was slightly different, as the words had particular and personal meanings for each of her children, and as mum, Jo knew best which words were special for her children that make their pet portrait distinctly personal, so gave me a new list of words to include in the background of the portrait.

I added a little more fluff to Shadow's tail than we could see in this particular photo (this is one reason why it's so good to send me a selection of photos, so that I can add extra detail where appropriate) and actually drew some legs separately so that we could give Shadow a full body and legs in his pet portrait.

Here's how the art process went... Click on an image to see it larger and read the explanation...

Jo was happy with the digital image I showed her of Shadow, below, so I asked her to pay the remaining amount through Paypal so that I could order the giclee art print ready for her to give as a Christmas gift.

 Completed Chow Chow custom pet portrait

Completed Chow Chow custom pet portrait

 Artwork detail of Shadow

Artwork detail of Shadow

I was very excited to deliver both this and the custom pet portrait of Daisy and Pixie to her, and was worried about keeping the delivery secret from her two children who do visit her - I love being part of my customers' surprise gifts!

 Chow Chow Shadow's surprise custom pet portrait takes shape

Chow Chow Shadow's surprise custom pet portrait takes shape

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 Riding of Yorkshire

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

artworks, behind the scenes, drawings, pet artCharlotte Brown

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

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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).

Rough Collie Art Print - Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums

artworks, behind the scenes, pet artCharlotte Brown

Beautiful and colourful rough collie art print 'Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums' - this fine art print would make an ideal rough collie lover gift. Perfect for birthdays, Christmas, and special anniversaries for family and friends who love this amazing dog breed.

Rough collie art print 'Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums'

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Behind the Scenes of the Art

This is a pet portrait of my own gorgeous rough collie, Noah. He's just turned four years old, now, but this photo was taken a few months ago when we were having a lovely family holiday in sunny Scotland.

Rough collie - sunny day on the beach

It's a lovely photo for a pet portrait - well lit, detailed and clear - and our collie, Noah, has such a wonderful, happy expression because he's doing the thing he likes doing best in the whole world: exploring new places with his family.

It also conjures up really happy memories for me, of us all, on holiday, having an unexpected sunny day (after a few days of pouring rain) and enjoying it on one of our favourite beaches, all together. And that's precisely what I want to feel when I look at Noah's portrait...

Family beach day with the dog

I decided to make Noah's new pet portrait of this day - a day filled with happiness and sunshine, when Noah was my 'sun-shimmer collie' all pale gold and beautiful with sunshine shimmering off his fur (he already has a portrait here from when he was younger - my style was quite different then!).

I decided to make Noah's portrait with the flower that is the sunshine flower for me, that really evokes the hot sunshine and all the garden smells of summer - red geraniums! The flowers are beautiful, but it's the leaves that are really stunning with amazing patterns and that distinctive scent that brings back vivid images of childhood summers spent in greenhouse and garden.

I like the kind of nostalgic colour that I created in the artwork, too - with Noah's rough collie art print having a retro feel that reminds me of the colouring in childhood photos and really brings back to me those emotions of childhood summers and brings alive the sensation of family for me.

Detail from my rough collie art print

Here's how I created the rough collie art print...

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My beautiful rough collie art print - Noah's fur is touched with sunlight and he is having the most amazing adventure in the summer geraniums!

Noah is my own dog so this artwork, of course, holds a very special place for me - he's my own family, so this artwork is completely filled with joy, sunshine and loving feelings of family for me...

Framed or unframed rough collie art prints are available in my online store

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

My 'Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums' rough collie art print is available in my online art store - you can get it framed or as a loose print.

If you would like your own custom pet portrait, find out more about commissioning a pet portrait here.

Browse more dog and pet art in my pet art gallery, here...

Tell Me Stories About Your Pet

behind the scenes, pet artCharlotte Brown

When you tell me stories about your pet, I get to know more about him or her. I get to know more about your pet’s personality. Through your stories, I get a visual picture of your pet that’s a lot more than the photos you send. The more stories you tell me, they clearer my picture of your pet is, and the more I am able to put that feeling of what your pet is like into your artwork.

It's so important to me that your artwork represents your pet in more than just a physical likeness. Our pets are complex individuals and a precious part of our families. I can’t see all that in just a photo – which is why I love you to tell me your stories too. If I feel like I know your pet, I can really do justice to his or her portrait.

 Handsome husky pet portrair

Handsome husky pet portrair

That’s why art is different than just a photo – it’s more than a photo. Art encompasses emotions and feelings that a photo rarely can. Art makes more of your pet. I feel like I want to portray a little of the spirit or soul of your pet in my art so that it’s about the connection you feel with your pet, and not just a visual representation.

Start telling me your story about your pet for your custom pet portrait, here...

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...

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Horse Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, color, nature, new collections, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Ideal for horse lovers - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' - colourful and contemporary horse art prints in a vibrant lilac purple...

 Horse art by Lotti Brown - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane'

Horse art by Lotti Brown - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane'

When I was a little girl I simply adored horses. I'm scared of heights so I've always found riding them a little bit terrifying, but I love to admire them from the safety of the ground - and this is such a handsome black and white horse with a stunning golden mane...

In this piece, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of this majestic creature - one of humankind's animal friends for thousands of years. Humans have a very close bond with horses and it's simply wonderful to see people and animals working together.

I showed this very handsome black and white horse against a purple evening sky, which really sets off his beautiful golden mane. Stunning!

Follow along with the images below to see how the art was created...

I use my own ink drawings and put them together digitally to create the final artwork piece.

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 The completed horse artwork - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' by Lotti Brown

The completed horse artwork - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' by Lotti Brown

The final horse art print is colourful and contemporary - and very sweet. This horse looks like the sort of horse I would have adored as a child! I could have spent hours brushing that long, flowing mane!

 Detail from the horse artwork. Note the subtle blend of colours and slight texture effect in the background.

Detail from the horse artwork. Note the subtle blend of colours and slight texture effect in the background.

 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' art print available to buy in a stylish frame - other options also available - click pic to see

'The Horse with the Golden Mane' art print available to buy in a stylish frame - other options also available - click pic to see

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'The Horse with the Golden Mane' Artwork
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Beautiful black and white horse - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' artwork.

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Launching My New Custom Pet Portrait Packages and Online Store

announcements, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Today I'm introducing my new pet portrait packages AND my new online store...

Custom Pet Portraits

My custom pet portraits are now available ready-framed in a choice of three elegant frames, so that you'll be able to get them ready to hang and you don't have to wait to see your new artwork up on your wall...

It's perfect to save you the time and trouble to search for a suitable frame and really lovely to gift to someone special so it's all ready to put up straight away.

 Custom pet portraits by Lotti Brown

Custom pet portraits by Lotti Brown

Custom pet portrait customers will also receive my beautiful original sketch drawing of their pet as part of the package, together with a high-resolution digital image of the final artwork to use as a screensaver or to print onto cushion covers, phone-cases, bags, mugs etc.

 Your custom pet portrait now comes with a signed original sketch drawing of your pet

Your custom pet portrait now comes with a signed original sketch drawing of your pet

Art Prints in my Online Store

My new online store is now open with framed and unframed art prints available...

 'Fantasy Fall Flowers' colourful art print - get it ready framed in a beautiful frame to match your decor

'Fantasy Fall Flowers' colourful art print - get it ready framed in a beautiful frame to match your decor

Loose prints (delivered rolled in a tube) will also be available, if you prefer to choose your own frame.

International delivery is available. Please, get in touch and ask for a postage quote to your country.

Special Launch Offer

To celebrate the launch of my new online store, I'm offering Free Standard UK Shipping on All Orders over £50 from my online art store for a limited time only.

Use promo code FEB18 on checkout to get your Free Shipping - expires Monday 5th February.

 Bird, nature and pet fine art giclee prints are available now from the Lotti Brown online art store

Bird, nature and pet fine art giclee prints are available now from the Lotti Brown online art store

Great Dane Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, color, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Colourful great dane art print with flowers...

 Great Dane artwork by Lotti Brown

Great Dane artwork by Lotti Brown

I loved creating my gorgeous Great Dane art - remarkable dogs - so large and impressive, yet they're real gentle giants.

In our village we used to see the Great Dane, Daisy, running alongside her owner's bicycle - I'll tell you, it was quite a sight!

I wanted my artwork to show the beauty and mild-mannered nature of this huge hound. Slightly intimidating through sheer size, but every Great Dane I've ever met has been essentially friendly and gentle.

 Detail of the artwork

Detail of the artwork

So I wanted to include warm colours and pretty flowers to show the unexpected, softer side of this dog...

Behind the Scenes of my Great Dane Art

I create my art digitally from drawings. Here's how the process went...

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 The completed Great Dane pet portrait 

The completed Great Dane pet portrait 

The completed artwork is filled with warmth and friendliness - perfect for this over-sized charmer!

 Great Dane art prints and mini artboards available from my online store - click to go there

Great Dane art prints and mini artboards available from my online store - click to go there

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Great Dane Artwork
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Gorgeous, golden 'Great Dane' artwork.

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