Goole Museum Open Art 2019

I’m once again honoured to have been selected for the 2019 Goole Museum Open Art exhibition.

I will be exhibiting two artworks:

The exhibition is free to visit and is open from:

Tuesday 25th June to Saturday 31st August 2019

‘Loving Wood Pigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

‘Loving Wood Pigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

‘Funny Pheasant’ art by Lotti Brown

‘Funny Pheasant’ art by Lotti Brown

The Museum is open:

  • Monday: closed all day

  • Tuesday: 10am - 5pm

  • Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

  • Thursday: 10am - 5pm

  • Friday: 10am - 5pm

  • Saturday: 9am - 4pm

  • Sunday: closed all day

You can find the museum in the centre of Goole, in the same building as the town’s library, at: Carlisle Street, Goole, DN14 5DS.

The museum is 5 minutes walk from the train station and there is free long-stay parking behind the library building.

If you get the chance to visit, please do so as there is always a beautiful selection of artworks from local talented artists on show each year for the Open Art exhibition.

More info at the Goole Museum website

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Jackdaw Art - Behind the Scenes

Colourful jackdaw art print - ‘Forever Jackdaws’ by Lotti Brown.

Beautiful bird art all about forever love!

Forever Jackdaws art by Lotti Brown

Forever Jackdaws art by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create a beautiful jackdaws artwork as I feel like jackdaws are one of my special birds.

They are one of the birds I grew up with as our family garden, when I was a child, backed onto an abandoned old-school building with broken roof slates. The building was home to a whole community of jackdaws and the garden was always filled with the rich cawing and ‘chack’-ing sounds of their calls.

They are smart-looking birds with their dark bodies and shiny silver heads… and oh, that sapphire-blue eye that meets your own as if it can see right into your soul.

Did you know that jackdaws mate for life? That’s why I’ve called this cheeky jackdaw couple ‘Forever Jackdaws’…

It’s said that sighting a jackdaw at the time of a wedding or relationship commitment is a positive omen for a lifetime of love!

Detail from ‘Forever Jackdaws’ artwork by Lotti Brown

Detail from ‘Forever Jackdaws’ artwork by Lotti Brown

We’ve been lucky enough to have jackdaws nesting near our home for the last few years (…not so lucky the year that they actually nested in our chimney and we couldn’t light the fire!). I enjoy seeing and hearing them busy about their day and our dog loves to sit in the drive and watch them, too.

Jackdaws are very clever and enjoy ‘talking’ to and befriending humans and seem to be able to correctly interpret human intention by understanding the human’s direction of gaze.

One of my favourite Celtic jackdaw tales is about the jackdaws of Munster. It is said that a family of jackdaws sought refuge from the bullying of rooks and ravens in the town of Kilgarvan in Ireland. The king, at first, refused the jackdaws request…

But the jackdaws found an enchanted ring that protected the province of Munster from attack by the mythical Fomorians. In gratitude, the king permitted the jackdaws safe citizenship.

I love this tale and I wanted to embrace a Celtic feel in this artwork so I included intertwining ivy and wild rose as the border.

  • Ivy is evergreen and symbolises the everlasting nature of a lifelong love. Ivy is a resilient plant and is able to withstand hard times, just like a strong, long-lasting relationship.

  • Rose expresses the beauty of nature and the tenderness of love.

Behind the Scenes

Here’s how I created my jackdaws art digitally from my pen and marker drawings…

Please click on the images below to get more details…

The completed jackdaws art created digitally from my drawings…

Richly-coloured, Celtic-inspired jackdaw art ‘Forever Jackdaws’

Richly-coloured, Celtic-inspired jackdaw art ‘Forever Jackdaws’

I love the bold jackdaws and the way there seems to be the interplay of a conversation between the pair…

And I love the very intricate layered design, like a rich embroidery of nature surrounding the birds, encircled by the pretty border of ivy and wild rose… all sweetness, love, nature… and jackdaws!

You can buy my jackdaw art print in my online art store - in framed, unframed or canvas versions - with fast international delivery.

It’s also available here as a cushion, duvet cover, top, scarf, bag, notebook, and more…

See more of my art in my wildlife and nature art gallery…

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Buy or Make Your Sketchbook

Once you’ve decided it’s a great idea to keep a sketchbook, the next thing to decide is what your own sketchbook is going to be like…

You can make a sketchbook at home to use for your drawings

You can make a sketchbook at home to use for your drawings

In this week’s lesson, we’ll look at a few options for buying your sketchbook, how to use loose sheets as a sketchbook and some instructions for easy sketchbook makes…

If you’d like to save some money and have something unique, you can make your very own sketchbook at home!

It’s not even that difficult!

Click here to get inspired and decide whether to buy or make your sketchbook…

This is part of my online drawing resource to get you feeling creatively inspired to make art - you can catch up with all the free lessons so far here…

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Keeping a Sketchbook

In today’s free drawing lesson, we’re looking at keeping a sketchbook - why would you keep a sketchbook? How could you use it? How is it useful? What might you put in it?

Let’s take a look, here…

Keeping a sketchbook ideas

Keeping a sketchbook ideas

This is part of my free online drawing resource to help you feel inspired to get drawing and get creative. If you’d like to catch up with the lessons so far, click here to start drawing your way…

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Make Your Art Meaningful

For me, drawing and making art is only fulfilling when it’s personal and has meaning…

Personal art takes its meaning from what’s important to you, personally… and it gives meaning to your life by allowing you a chance to process and explore those topics, ideas, feelings and sensations that have a special resonance just for you…

Wildlife and nature holds a special resonance for me in my own art…

Wildlife and nature holds a special resonance for me in my own art…

When you understand what your own personal artistic journey is all about, it helps you to create the work that’s most fulfilling and enjoyable to you, as you understand what you want to explore and where you want to focus your attentions…

So today, we’re looking at starting points for making your own art more meaningful and more fulfilling to you… click here to start understanding your own artistic journey…

This is part of my free ‘Start Drawing’ resource to help you make skillful, personal, and meaningful drawings… you can catch up on all the lessons so far, here…

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Gray Langur Monkey Art - Behind the Scenes

Portrait of a Gray Langur monkey - contemporary wildlife art by Lotti Brown

Gray Langur art by Lotti Brown

Gray Langur art by Lotti Brown

This piece of wildlife art was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Gray Langur monkey. It’s such a wonderful and compelling animal portrait that I immediately wanted to make an artwork from it and was able to license the original photo to do so.

This is a Gray Langur monkey, also known as a Hanuman Langur, Indian Langur, or Sacred Langur. It’s an Old World monkey that’s widespread across the Indian subcontinent including: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Nepal, and the Himalayas.

These monkeys live in all kinds of habitats, from woodlands and forests, rainforests, deserts, mountains, cities, and even in temples. They eat all kinds of foods including leaves, pine needles, pine cones, mosses, ferns, lichens, and bamboo foliage, so I was pretty much able to team my little Langur monkey up with the background of my choice…

Showing detail from the Gray Langur artwork

Showing detail from the Gray Langur artwork

I chose to give him a background of bamboo as I have some in the garden that I can draw from life and I thought I could make very simple line drawings of the bamboo.

I wanted to make this a very simple artwork, with the focus on the Gray Langur monkey in the way of a portrait so that his facial expression was important… what is he thinking?

So I decided to keep the tones and colours very soft and neutral, to complement the beautiful grays in the monkey’s fur, and also to reflect the soft, contemplative gaze of this little animal.

Here’s how I created my Gray Langur portrait from my pen and marker drawings, scanned in and given the digital treatment in Adobe Illustrator…

Behind the Scenes

Please click on the images to see them larger and get further description of the artistic process…

Soft colours and an expressive portrait with personality - Gray Langur artwork

Soft colours and an expressive portrait with personality - Gray Langur artwork

So here is my completed Gray Langur artwork. The soft colours and simple background put the focus on the monkey and pull attention to his expressive face to make this a portrait full of thoughtful contemplation. He seems almost human, don’t you think?

You can buy an art print of my Gray Langur artwork in my online print store with worldwide delivery…

He’s also available printed onto a wide selection of homewares and accessories including bags, phone/tech cases, duvet covers, cushions, clocks and more here…

You can see more of my non-UK wildlife art here…

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Play at Art with a Fun No-Drawing Drawing Exercise

Make better art by making it ‘wrong’, feeling playful, and having fun…

Today I’m looking at using creativity and play to get better at drawing - and share with you my no-drawing drawing exercise… click here to see what it’s all about…

Sometimes we improve our drawing skills just by being willing to make mistakes, be curious and have fun…

Sometimes we improve our drawing skills just by being willing to make mistakes, be curious and have fun…

This is part of my free ‘Start Drawing’ resource to help you make skillful, personal, and meaningful drawings… you can catch up on all the lessons so far, here…

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New Summer 2019 Pattern Collections

My colourful new collections are now available for Summer 2019…

With a colourful contemporary look, and including delicate florals and traditionally-inspired patterns as well as bold boho styling, there’s sure to be something to inspire you…

Colourful summer collections by Lotti Brown Designs

Colourful summer collections by Lotti Brown Designs

The new designs are available as:

  • fabrics - for your own sewing projects

  • wallpapers - for exciting home makeovers

  • fashions and accessories - for a unique summer style

  • homewares and printed products - to personalise your space

I’ll share a list of stockists and links at the bottom of the page.

Carnation Carnival bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Carnation Carnival bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

First, here’s a quick peep at all the new designs…

Tropical Coral fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Tropical Coral fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and yellow - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and yellow - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in soft coral - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in soft coral - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in bold yellow and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in bold yellow and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in pink and green - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in pink and green - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Carnival Colour fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Carnival Colour fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Stockists

Here’s where you can find the new designs…

Fabrics & Wallpapers

Spoonflower

A selection of fabrics available as yardage, fat quarters, or swatches plus wallpapers. Click here to see…

Boho Patterns of Paradise Yellow & Coral

Spoonflower -- international delivery from Europe & USA

Peacock Feathers Coral & Turquoise

Wovenmonkey

A range of fabrics printed in the UK - swatches, fat quarters, or by the metre - click here to see…

Wovenmonkey -- international delivery from UK

Fashion, Homewares & Accessories

Peacock Feathers pouch by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to find it in the store

Peacock Feathers pouch by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to find it in the store

Redbubble

Redbubble - clothing , homewares, accessories - international delivery from a variety of international locations (Don’t worry about customs — click here for customs info)

Click here to visit the store…

Pretty butterfly wings patterned phone case by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to see it in the store

Pretty butterfly wings patterned phone case by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to see it in the store

Society6

Society6 - furniture, homewares & accessories - international delivery from USA (furniture delivered to USA only) - click here to see…

‘Patterns of Paradise’ cushion in coral and blue by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

‘Patterns of Paradise’ cushion in coral and blue by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

Contrado

Contrado - fashion, accessories, homewares, furniture - international delivery from UK - click here to browse my store…

Tropical Coral Floral china plate by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

Tropical Coral Floral china plate by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

Artscase

Artscase - phone & tech cases (iPhone & Samsung Galaxy) - international delivery from USA - click here to see…

Coral floral patterned phonecase by Lotti Brown at ArtsCase - click pic to find it in the store

Coral floral patterned phonecase by Lotti Brown at ArtsCase - click pic to find it in the store

Hope you have a colourful summer!

Making Expressive Drawings

I’m back to work after an extended Easter break and a lovely trip to Somerset…

I’m feeling inspired by all the emerging green of Spring… and today I’m looking at making expressive drawings…

Feeling inspired and fulfilled by your drawings and making drawings filled with emotion, expression, and personality - drawings that reflect you…

How to do this in your own drawings? Check out the article here…

How to draw in a way that is an expression of you and the way you see the world and feel about it.

How to draw in a way that is an expression of you and the way you see the world and feel about it.

You can catch up with more drawing lessons from my free resource here…

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Harvest Mouse Art - Behind the Scenes

Cute and colourful mouse art ‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ by Lotti Brown

‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ artwork by Lotti Brown

‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ artwork by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create an artwork with a tiny mouse as part of my Totally Teasels art mini collection and hit upon this very sweet little harvest mouse.

I’m not one for rodents, really, but even in our own garden I have to admit for feeling quite kind-hearted towards tiny mice as they scuttle about searching for food. Field mice and harvest mice are some of the sweetest little critters, I think…

So I love this colourful ‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ artwork that I created - the warm browns and yellows are some of my favourite colours and they totally suit the mouse’s colouring and the harvest theme.

I think it’s really fun how you have to search a little to see the mouse amongst the teasels and don’t actually notice him at first glance… kind of like a real mouse hiding amongst the teasel tops!

Detail from my harvest mouse artwork

Detail from my harvest mouse artwork

Here’s how I created my little mouse artwork from individual drawings and a painted background… all put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator.

Please click on the images below to get the bigger picture and also read the story of how the artwork was created…

Final version- the completed harvest mouse and teasel artwork by Lotti Brown

Final version- the completed harvest mouse and teasel artwork by Lotti Brown

I love my sweet little harvest mouse, exploring the teasels - and I hope you do too.

You can get the art print or canvas of ‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ in my online art store with worldwide delivery, here…

The design is also printed onto cushions, tops, bags, books, mugs and more here…

This harvest mouse artwork is part of my Totally Teasels art mini collection.

You can also see more of my wildlife and nature artworks here…

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Pink Flamingo Shopper Bag

Perfect to add some colour to your spring and summer days, my gorgeous Pink Flamingo shopper bag from my Contrado store

Colourful pink flamingo fashion bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Colourful pink flamingo fashion bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Contrado print a selection of my designs onto homewares and fashion accessories including shopper bags, scarves, china plates, tea towels, chopping boards, placemats, coasters and more…

The items are all printed to order in the UK with international delivery available.

If there’s one of my artworks or designs that you love but you don’t see it on the product you have in mind, just let me know and if it’s at all possible I’ll add it on the store for you, personally.

I hope you love the colourful selection here!

Coal Tit Art - Behind the Scenes

Sweet coal tit artwork ‘Coal Tit and Teasels’ by Lotti Brown

‘Coal Tit and Teasels’ art by Lotti Brown

We have had a pair of tiny coal tits in our garden for the past year and I love to see them appear on the tree branches, sweep down quickly to feed, and then dart quickly away again.

Although not as colourful as the blue tit, they’re beautiful little birds, very sweet to see, and I’m very excited to have done them a little artwork so that they can join in the teasely fun!

I love the action pose - in flight! It gives a really dynamic look to the artwork.

The colours, too, are some of my favourite - very natural but rich, warm, and really beautiful with the blends of yellows, blues, greens, greys and purples with earthy browns and beiges.

Detail from the coal tit artwork

Detail from the coal tit artwork

I created the artwork with a combination of pen and marker drawings on paper, ink-painting on fabric, and then all put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork.

Click the images below to find out more about the art-making process…

And here’s the completed coal tit artwork:

Colourful coal tit artwork created digitally from drawings and painted fabric.

Colourful coal tit artwork created digitally from drawings and painted fabric.

I love the action pose of this beautiful little bird and the gorgeous soft colours and textures in the artwork. It’s a perfect matching pair for the Blue Tit and Teasels artwork or you could make a trio with the harvest mouse piece, too.

You can buy my ‘Coal Tit and Teasels’ art work as a print on paper or canvas in my art store (framed and unframed options are available).

It’s also available as a scarf, duvet cover, cushion, phone case, bag, mug, fashion top, and more in my Redbubble store here…

See more birds in my Nature & Wildlife art gallery, here…

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Collecting Inspiration from Nature

I’ve just published another drawing lesson in my free ‘Start Drawing’ resource here on my website

This week, we’re all about collecting personal and meaningful inspiration from nature to inspire your drawings… Read more about that here…

Collecting inspiration from nature for your drawings

Collecting inspiration from nature for your drawings

15% Off Wallpapers in my Spoonflower Store

There’s 15% off wallpapers in my Spoonflower store for this week only…

15% off wallpapers in the Lotti Brown Spoonflower store

15% off wallpapers in the Lotti Brown Spoonflower store

Spoonflower have two beautiful wallpaper styles:

Smooth wallpaper :

  • has a water-activated adhesive backing

  • is easy to install - simply soak in water and apply

  • is easy to remove

  • eco-friendly and FSC-certified

Woven (peel-and-stick) wallpaper:

  • has an adhesive backing

  • woven texture

  • ideal for smaller-scale feature walls, home decor and craft projects

Both styles:

  • printed to order

  • order custom lengths

  • PVC-free, formaldehyde-free, phthalate-free

Offer details

The 15% off applies when you order 1 or more roll of wallpaper and will be applied automatically.

Offer ends Sunday 7th April 2019: offer valid from 12 a.m. EDT April 2, 2019 through to 11:59 p.m. EDT April 7, 2019

Click here to visit my Spoonflower store and browse designs…