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Bernese Mountain Dog Art - Behind the Scenes

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, pet art, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Detail of Bernese art print

Detail of Bernese art print

Behind the Scenes of my Bernese Artwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bernese Mountain Dog Artwork - 'Bernese Billy and the Blooms'
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You can purchase my Bernese Mountain Dog art print in my online art store (please ask for a quote for international delivery)

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...

Click any image to see the bigger picture and get a description of the process...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Dog portrait from a photo - Yorkshire to Australia

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

 Custom pet portrait of Cooper who lives in Australia

Custom pet portrait of Cooper who lives in Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detail from the dog portrait

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

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

Dorothy and Cooper's custom pet portrait

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

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

 

Your Pet Photo Becomes Art - Pet Portrait From Photo

pet artCharlotte Brown
 Pet portrait from photo

Pet portrait from photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two-minute tips for the best results:

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

Clear pet photo suitable for a pet portrait from photo

 Here's the pet portrait I created from this photo

Here's the pet portrait I created from this photo

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

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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Plan the perfect surprise present for a pet owner with a custom pet portrait - or just treat yourself! - click here to start...

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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'

Buy 'Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums' rough collie print in the store

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 mounted rough collie art prints are available in my online store

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My 'Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums' rough collie art print is available in my online art store - you can get it framed in a choice of frames, mounted, 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

artworks, behind the scenes, drawings, pet artCharlotte Brown

Custom pet portrait case study - Spanish rescue dog in Yorkshire

I loved doing this custom pet portrait of sparky little dog, Lidio...

 Custom pet portrait of rescue dog Lidio

Custom pet portrait of rescue dog Lidio

I was asked to create a special portrait of Lidio as a surprise gift for the client's friend, of her dog, Lidio, who was adopted through a rescue organization, from Spain.

Lidio is such a confident little character for his small size, with a big swagger and a real glint in his eye so I really wanted to capture that in the portrait.

It took a little while to get the right photo that was clear, in good light and showed enough detail in his face, as well as really letting his personality shine through. We kept persevering, and all of a sudden hit gold with the perfect shot - lots of clear detail for drawing and a great expression that really reflected his personality (the top right image in the below picture)...

 Choosing the perfect photo - the picture top right was a clear winner for me!

Choosing the perfect photo - the picture top right was a clear winner for me!

The client asked specifically for a circular artwork with the feel of an old-fashioned miniature, whilst still keeping to my signature style.

I was able to create a six-inch circular artwork for her, on an eight-inch square art print, which also allowed the pet's name to appear below.

I discussed background colours with the client, and we chose a general colour palette that her friend might like.

I wanted to include the Spanish carnations at the neck as a nod to Lidio's Spanish heritage - and I also think they kind of have the look of a cravat, making him look a very smart and proud little dog indeed.

Take a look, below, at how the art was created. Click on any image to see it larger, with further description...

 The completed pet portrait surprise gift.

The completed pet portrait surprise gift.

The client was able to keep the custom pet portrait a secret from her friend until the perfect moment came to present her with it...

I was really thrilled when Lidio's owner let me know that she'd been given the portrait of Lidio, and told me how much she loved her pet portrait - and how very surprised she was to receive it! I think it made my day, as well as hers!

 Custom pet portrait of Lidio in Yorkshire

Custom pet portrait of Lidio in Yorkshire

You can get your own custom pet portrait for someone special, and make their birthday or special day, one that they'll remember... Start here...

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

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.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version and read the description...

 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 silver frame - other options also available

'The Horse with the Golden Mane' art print available to buy in a silver frame - other options also available

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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.

My vibrant and detailed fine art giclee prints come framed in your choice of gorgeous black-, gold- or silver-coloured wooden frames.

 '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

Mounted prints (unframed) and 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

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 elegant in your home.

 Corgi art in gold frame

Corgi art in gold frame

What are the frames made of?

I have personally selected a range of frames that work well with all of my artworks and size options and that will look stunning in your home. You can choose from a black, silver or gold finish. Find details of each option below.

All the frames are hand-built to order on precision equipment with conservation-grade materials by Guild Commended Framers belonging to the Fine Art Guild of Framers.

 Black frame with custom artwork

Black frame with custom artwork

All frames are made from real wood with sturdy MDF backing and fitted with high-quality conservation quality mount board with white core which does not discolour.

My framed art prints are fitted with warm white double mounts with white core. Mounted prints (unframed) come with a single warm white mount.

 Single mounted art print (unframed)

Single mounted art print (unframed)

Custom art prints are typically created with the warm white double mount but coloured top or bottom mounts can be selected to really set off the particular colours in your custom artwork.

 Double mount showing a complementary colour selected for the bottom mount

Double mount showing a complementary colour selected for the bottom mount

Frame corners are precision pinned for strength (not just glued, which risks warping and bowing over time) and fitted using high-end equipment to push corner pieces tightly together and ensure precise corner alignment.

 To show precision-pinned corner detail on frame

To show precision-pinned corner detail on frame

Frames are fitted with Clarity+ acrylic glazing which is just as clear as glass but with safety in mind and reduced likelihood of breakages in transit or in your home. Your artwork looks vibrant and clear from all angles and the Clarity+ acrylic glazing has high UV resistance and will not yellow over time. It’s also resistant to scratches (but still treat it gently – see care info below).

 Showing Clarity+ clear acrylic glazing - for safety and clarity.

Showing Clarity+ clear acrylic glazing - for safety and clarity.

Ready to Hang

Your framed artwork will come ready to hang with all backing fixings and hanging cord ready in place.

Black frames

 Black frame

Black frame

 Black frame

Black frame

A wooden frame with a smooth black painted finish and an attractive swooping ‘spoon’ profile.

  • Frame width: 61mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 8mm
 Black frame

Black frame

Silver colour frames

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A wooden frame with a lovely silver-colour mottled/leaf finish. This beautiful frame has a flat profile with edge moulding.

  • Frame width: 63mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 12mm
 Silver frame

Silver frame

Gold colour frames

 Gold frame

Gold frame

A wooden frame with a striking gold-colour distressed leaf finish. This gorgeous frame has a simple flat profile with subtle edge moulding.

  • Frame width: 65mm
  • Frame rebate depth: 13mm
 Gold frame

Gold frame

As standard, each frame will come in four sizes:

  • To fit artwork 200mm x 200mm (approx 8" x 8")
  • To fit artwork 300mm x 300mm (approx 12" x 12")
  • To fit artwork 400mm x 400mm (approx 16" x 16")
  • To fit artwork 500mm x 500mm (approx 20" x 20")

But bespoke sizes are available on request.

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.

 Clean your new frame gently

Clean your new frame gently

Will my Artwork be Sent Safely?

Yes.

Framed art is sent in a tough cardboard box, strapped securely and with an inbuilt crumple zone that will protect the frame on its way to you. Clarity+ acrylic glazing, instead of glass, helps to ensure that there are no breakages in transit.

 Tough packaging with inbuilt crumple zone

Tough packaging with inbuilt crumple zone

 Strapped securely, the framed artwork should arrive safely.

Strapped securely, the framed artwork should arrive safely.

Mounted (unframed) prints are sent flat and protected with inbuilt crumple zone as above or with hardboard protectors in an envelope.

 Packaging for mounted print

Packaging for mounted print

 The mounted art print arrives undamaged

The mounted art print arrives undamaged

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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 Gold frame with custom coloured mount

Gold frame with custom coloured mount

What's Happening in 2018

announcements, artworks, behind the scenes, new collections, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

I'm so looking forward to 2018. I think this is going to be a big year for Lotti Brown Designs.

I've been working behind the scenes a lot on the website in the final months of 2017, and doing lots of planning and organising (there's even been spreadsheets)...

In 2018 I'm introducing some really exciting new additions to my pet portrait packages...

I've selected some really beautiful frames and my custom pet portraits will come 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.

 Tabby cat artwork framed 

Tabby cat artwork framed 

You will also be able to get my art prints beautifully framed from my online store. Mounted prints (unframed) and loose prints (delivered rolled in a tube) will also be available, if you prefer to choose your own frame.

What's more, 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.

I'm also busy planning a new special gift for my subscribers (for both new and existing subscribers) - and I'm also going to have my own online store as part of this website - both probably coming in the Spring.

In addition, I'm currently in the middle of creating a new art collection inspired by nature, with wildlife creatures such as a hare, rabbit, badger, fox and more - which will be out later in 2018.

 Work in progress for the new collection

Work in progress for the new collection

I'm very excited and trying not to be daunted at the amount of work involved (I'll be doing everything myself, as a micro-business owner). I'll be taking it slow and steady to get it all done.

I do need to let you know that prices are going to go up so that the business can remain sustainable in the long term. 

The new prices will be in place, together with the new pet portrait packages, from 1st February 2018 for art prints and custom pet portraits.

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...

Click on the images for a closer look and with more details...

 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 available from my online store

Great Dane art prints available from my online store

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Colourful Art Gifts for Your Nearest and Dearest...

announcements, pet art, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Please note that I am now fully booked for custom pet portraits to be delivered in time for Christmas 2017 but I'm open for orders into the new year... please, get in touch with your custom pet portrait enquiry...

My colourful art prints are still available from my online store. Framed up they make a lovely gift - ideal if you're looking for a gift for someone who likes dogs, birds, nature and/or flowers...

 Blue tits art print

Blue tits art print

Cherishing What's Precious

behind the scenes, inspiration, pet art, personal musingsCharlotte Brown
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One of the reasons I wanted to specialise in pet art and custom pet portraits is because of our unique connection with our pets. I believe that the relationship between humans and our companion animals is an essential one and it works both ways.

It's so important for us to have that bond and that communication across species, and that connection that links us to the natural world. What's amazing is that our animals need and thrive on that bond just as much as we do. 

Through my art, I love that I can show that very precious bond in a visual form, and create something that a pet owner can have as a permanent symbol and reminder of this very special relationship with their pet.

If you'd like to have your own special pet portrait to cherish what's precious to you, click here to find out more...

Sweet Sheltie Art 'Chloe in a Shetland Meadow'

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, shopping, pet artCharlotte Brown

Sweet Sheltie art full of colour and happiness. This unique art makes the perfect gift for a Sheltie lover...

 Sheltie art by Lotti Brown

Sheltie art by Lotti Brown

This artwork is of a beautiful Sheltie, Chloe.

I’m a little bit biased over looks, of course, due to the unmistakable similarities in appearance between the sweet little Shetland Sheepdog and my own ‘adopted’ breed, rough collie.

If you actually saw the two breeds together, though, you would quickly spot the size difference, as the sheltie is just a fraction of the size of a full-grown rough collie.

Shelties aren’t just small rough collies.

They have their own breed heritage – evolved from Scandinavian herding dogs brought to the Shetlands as working herding dogs in the 18th Century and crossed with smaller breeds, such as spaniels and Pomeranians. There is rough collie heritage in the mix too, though.

Understandably, tourists to the Shetlands fell in love with these sweet little dogs and their popularity began to spread...

Shelties have their own breed personality, too – sweet, sensitive, and very loving and companionable with their family. They are clever, playful, and talkative, and they need lots of mental as well as physical exercise.

I wanted my sheltie art to show this lively, playful side, so I filled the artwork with bright colours and lots of energy. 

 Artwork detail showing Sheltie fur and flowers

Artwork detail showing Sheltie fur and flowers

Creating my Sheltie Art - Behind the Scenes

I wanted to place my sheltie in amongst a Shetland meadow setting, to pay homage to the beautiful islands of Shetland that are her heritage – and somewhere I, myself, long to visit one day. So I researched flowers and grasses that might be found in a Shetland meadow or grassland and filled my artwork with:

  • Milkwort
  • Sweet Vernal Grass
  • Cotton Grass
  • Meadow Buttercup

Come behind the scenes with me and take a look at how I created my Shetland Sheepdog art using a combination of traditional drawing techniques and digital processes...

Click on an image to see the large version and read further description and explanation...

 The completed colourful sheltie artwork

The completed colourful sheltie artwork

You can’t fail to be won over by Chloe’s sweet smile and joyful expression.

I really love the way my sheltie’s face just seems to explode from the artwork, her eyes fixed on you and her gorgeous fur flying all over the place, filled with light and movement. I am always transfixed by the way that sheltie (or rough collie) fur catches the sunlight and seems to shimmer.

I love the way the air seems to ‘buzz’ around the flowers and grasses – full of life and the energy of nature.

This may well be my new favourite artwork, actually!

 Sheltie art prints are available in my store

Sheltie art prints are available in my store

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

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Beautiful Woodland Husky Art

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, inspiration, shopping, pet artCharlotte Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the scenes of my artwork

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

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

Please click on the images below to see the full-sized image and description...

A Portrait of Devotion - Creating my German Shepherd Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Showing detail from the husky artwork

Showing detail from the husky artwork

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

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

 Husky art print available in my store

Husky art print available in my store

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

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Magical Corgi Art to Inspire

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

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

 Corgi: A Magical Moment by Lotti Brown

Corgi: A Magical Moment by Lotti Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Detail of corgi artwork

Detail of corgi artwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The completed corgi artwork

The completed corgi artwork

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

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

 Colourful corgi art pints available from my store

Colourful corgi art pints available from my store

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

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