Lotti Brown Designs

-- Artist & Designer - Author & Teacher of Drawing Your Way --

bird art

Pink Flamingo Shopper Bag

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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

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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.

Blue Tit and Teasels Art Print - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful and colourful Blue Tit artwork, ‘ Blue Tit and Teasels’ by Lotti Brown

‘Blue Tit and Teasel’ art by Lotti Brown

One of my all-time favourite birds in the garden so I just had to create another blue tit artwork as part of my Totally Teasels mini collection.

It was a real treat to draw this blue tit actually in flight as it’s a sight that I enjoy so often in the garden but have never managed to photograph myself, so I was very lucky to find an awesome photo that I was able to license and use as source inspiration for my drawing and subsequently my final artwork.

I think the artwork really captures that feeling of movement and a sense of stopping time for that split second to preserve that moment in eternity so we can keep it with us…

And I so enjoyed working with the colours of the little bird and blending in the colours of the background to create a really colourful piece.

Detail from the ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

Detail from the ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

Here’s how I created the artwork from my pen and marker drawings, with a hand-painted background, all combined digitally in Adobe Illustrator.

Click on the images below to see them larger and get the full description of the process…

Here’s the completed artwork:

The finished ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

The finished ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

I really love the colours, the bold blues and yellows of the blue tit itself and the more natural hues of the teasels and they way they contrast with the really soft blends of purples, pinks, and yellows in the background (sky) behind.

It’s turned out quite an unusual piece but I love it and I think it goes really well together with the other pieces - coal tit and harvest mouse - in the Totally Teasels mini collection, too.

You can find my ‘Blue Tits and Teasels’ artwork in my store here…

And you can get it printed onto all kinds of products from tops, scarves, cushions, bags, mugs, phone/tech cases, duvet covers and more, here…

Love blue tits? You might also like this blue tits artwork ‘Beautiful Bluetits’ that I created in 2016 that’s always been a firm favourite with me and has been one of my most popular pieces with customers too!

Or check out more birds and wildlife in my Nature and Wildlife 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.

Totally Teasels Art Mini Collection

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Hello - I’m excited to be able to share with you my new Totally Teasels mini collection of three artworks…

‘Totally Teasels’ mini collection of three teasel-themed artworks by Lotti Brown

‘Totally Teasels’ mini collection of three teasel-themed artworks by Lotti Brown

The theme is teasels and the subjects are the little creatures and birds that are attracted to them… specifically:

  • Blue tit

  • Coal tit

  • Harvest mouse

Blue tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Blue tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

The artworks are beautifully coloured with bright colours but a natural feel and with stunning soft background blends that create a matching set of three artworks for you to collect and enjoy.

Harvest Mouse and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Harvest Mouse and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Created from hand-drawn pen-and-ink drawings and hand-painted fabrics, set together digitally into the final artwork, the artworks are available in my store today with a behind-the-scenes look of each piece appearing on my blog in the next week or so…

UPDATE:

Coal Tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Coal Tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Long-tailed Tits - Did You Know?

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I’ve spotted some lovely little long-tailed tits in the trees this week! They are such sweet little birds, so pretty and agile…

It inspired me to revisit my Lovely Little Long-tailed Tits artwork from 2016… one of my favourites…

‘Lovely Little Long-tailed Tits’ art by Lotti Brown

One of my long-tailed tits drawings created with black fineliner drawing pen and promarkers

One of my long-tailed tits drawings created with black fineliner drawing pen and promarkers

This artwork was inspired by watching long-tailed tits feeding amongst the branches on my daily dog walk in the fields near my home. It’s great to watch these lovely little birds in the trees…

And even better to learn some of their old folk names…

Did you know that a long-tailed tit used to be known (amongst other names) by:

  • Hedge Mumruffin

  • Bum Barrel

  • Fuffit

  • Poke Pudding

  • Prinpriddle

  • Millithrum

Cool, huh? It seems a shame that we’ve lost some of these very interesting names, these days!

Click on the images below to see them larger and to find out more about how I created my art…

Detail from the long-tailed tits artwork

Detail from the long-tailed tits artwork

I always think the colours on this are really rich and warm - perfect for these cold winter days when you see the long-tailed tits fluff their feathers up so prettily!

If you like my long-tailed tits artwork, you can get it in my print store…

Also as a scarf, cushion, mug, clock, notebook and more here…

You might also like some more of my bird and wildlife art, here…

Waxwing Art - A Behind-the Scenes Look

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Colourful and beautiful waxwing art by Lotti Brown - ‘Waxwing Winter Feast’ stunning bird art as fine art prints and printed products…

‘Waxwing Winter Feast’ - colourful and contemporary waxwing art by Lotti Brown

‘Waxwing Winter Feast’ - colourful and contemporary waxwing art by Lotti Brown

I think the waxwing is one of the most unusual and colourful birds that we have as a visitor to Britain… and one that I’ve very rarely seen…

In some years they are very abundant winter visitors to the east of the country, feasting on berries but they seldom seem to appear close to me… but I still live in hope that one day I’ll suddenly happen across a tree or bush festooned in colourful waxwings!

Showing detail from the waxwing artwork

Showing detail from the waxwing artwork

My artwork was inspired by a beautiful winter photo by Dee Carpenter (used under license) of a waxwing enjoying a rowan berry feast, that I’ve used as the basis for my artwork…

Here’s how I created my waxwing artwork from my pen and marker drawings, with a little digital help from Adobe Illustrator.

Please click on the images below to get the full picture and description…

The completed waxwing artwork - colourful and atmospheric

The completed waxwing artwork - colourful and atmospheric

I love the warm winter colours of the artwork - and all credit to a fantastic photo source - and what an amazing colourful little bird.

You can buy my waxwing art in my online store (framed and unframed giclee art prints and canvases) here…

My waxwing design is also available printed onto cushions, mugs, clothing, duvet covers, journals, phonecases and more here…

See more from my nature and wildlife gallery here…

Pink Flamingos Artwork - Take a Look Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and bold, pink flamingos art by Lotti Brown…

Pink Flamingos art - colourful and contemporary flamingo art by Lotti Brown

Pink Flamingos art - colourful and contemporary flamingo art by Lotti Brown

I was really excited to create an artwork from these elegant and colourful flamingos. I love the curves and the vibrant pinks. I wanted to create a simple and contemporary artwork so that the focus is on the bold composition, and the dramatic colours and textures of the feathers.

Amazing birds!

Below, I take a look behind the scenes at the creation of the artwork, taking my drawings and scanning them into the computer and creating digitally with Adobe Illustrator to make my final artwork.

Click the images below to see what happened…

The completed flamingos artwork - colourful, bold, and dramatic.

The completed flamingos artwork - colourful, bold, and dramatic.

I really love the simple and dramatic composition of the artwork and the bold, vibrant colours of the pink feathers.

The simple composition really allows us to absorb the colours and textures in the artwork, too - bright, beautiful, and full of joy!

Detail from the flamingos artwork

Detail from the flamingos artwork

Pink Flamingo Shopper Bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Pink Flamingo Shopper Bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Love my pink flamingo bag? You can get it here… (along with other printed products in my Contrado store)

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.

Tawny Owl Top

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Twit-twoo! Lovely tawny owl tops and other printed art products in my Redbubble store…

I adore these silky women’s tops from Redbubble and have several in my wardrobe - light, silky, colourful, and very flattering… I always get lovely compliments when I wear them.

This tawny owl top would be perfect for a wildlife or owl lover…

Tawny owl top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Tawny owl top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Arctic Terns Art - Go Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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Colourful and contemporary arctic terns art - beautiful British birds art

Arctic terns artwork by Lotti Brown

Arctic terns artwork by Lotti Brown

I created this beautiful arctic terns art from a dramatic action photo by photographer Julie Hunt, (under license). It’s such a dynamic and elegant composition that as soon as I saw it I just really wanted to capture it in art.

Arctic terns aren’t very local to me, although I have enjoyed seeing them on visits to Northumbria where they nest on the Farne Islands. I feel quite a connection with arctic terns since I’ve loved them since I was a little girl learning about birds…

Aged 8 or 9, I rather excitedly borrowed a book from the school library that I thought was entitled ‘The Arctic Tern’ and I was so looking forward to finding out more about the adventures of this bird from the far-flung Arctic… and was disappointed to discover that I’d actually borrowed a book of school-days tales (The Attic Term)…

If it had been the book I was hoping for, I might have learned that the arctic tern actually migrates between the Arctic and the Antarctic and back each year… it’s the bird species with the longest migration in the world and is believed to be very long-lived with a recorded example of a ringed bird living to almost 30 years of age.

It experiences two summers each year (choosing the light summer months for its stay at each end of the earth) so gets more daylight than any other species too. How’s that for an amazing life!

Detail from my Arctic Terns artwork

Detail from my Arctic Terns artwork

A pretty awesome little bird and, as you can see, so elegant in flight. Its common name is the sea swallow and you can understand why with those beautiful swooping wings and curved tail!

The completed arctic terns artwork - colourful, contemporary and dramatic!

The completed arctic terns artwork - colourful, contemporary and dramatic!

I love the brilliant coastal colours and wonderfully elegant curving shapes of my arctic terns artwork…

You can buy art prints, framed prints and canvases of this artwork in my online store with fast worldwide delivery here…

More arctic tern printed products including cushions, clothing, duvet covers, bags, mugs, phone/tech cases, journals and more are available here (also with fast worldwide delivery).

More of my nature and 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.

Curlew Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and atmospheric curlew art by Lotti Brown - taking a look behind the scenes at the creation of the artwork…

‘Curlew’ by Lotti Brown

‘Curlew’ by Lotti Brown

The atmospheric, long, burbling call of the curlew used to be a common sound in my childhood in Lincolnshire, and I often used to see this elegant and distinctive bird in the fields around my infant school… what an impressive beak!

I’ve heard them only once or twice in recent years, as an adult living in the flat plains of East Yorkshire… and was excited to see a pair, just once, from the car, as I was returning from hospital after an operation on my shoulder - a nice compensation for a painful day!

Numbers are now falling, in the UK, of this very beautiful bird, so I wanted to share and celebrate the curlew with my artwork…

Detail from the curlew artwork

Detail from the curlew artwork

Behind the Scenes of my Curlew Art

I created my curlew art from separate pen and marker drawings that I put together in Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork…

Click the images below to see how it happened…

My curlew artwork is complete!

My curlew artwork is complete!

Buy It

My curlew artwork is available to buy as a high-quality giclee art print or canvas from my online art store - click here to see it…

It’s also available on a wide selection of printed products including cushions, tech cases, books, and more here…

More nature and 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.

Woodpigeon Art - Behind the Scenes

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Sweet and beautiful ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art print…

‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

I’ve so been enjoying watching wood pigeons in my garden this year - rather plump, but slow-moving and essentially gentle birds with the most amazing pinks, purples, greens and greys in their feathers…

I love to see them gently scrat for food and return to their nest, where they call out gently to other birds in the vicinity…

I think we all have our own pair of woodpigeons in our street, and actually, we do have two pairs here… one pair for our front garden and one for our back garden (there’s sometimes a show of strength on the roof as it’s an incredibly small garden, but generally they do seem to get on fine).

I love the old-fashioned name for the woodpigeon - ring doves - due to the the circular white ‘ring’ at their neck…

Detail from the woodpigeons (ring doves) artwork

Detail from the woodpigeons (ring doves) artwork

I think the name ‘pigeon’ has perhaps been tarnished in all of our minds, a little, by city pigeons who are noisy, busy, and fast - and have often arrived close to my head in a scare-inducing fluster of feathers and sharp bits…

So I love the idea of these pretty, plump and gentle woodpigeons as lovey-dovey ring doves…

And I think this artwork of two ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ together really shows how sweet it is that they’re always in pairs, sat together, grooming each other or cooing to each other… it’s quite lovely to see!

Behind the Scenes of the Woodpigeons Artwork

So I wanted to show you what happens behind the scenes of the creation of an artwork - I draw out all the parts of the artwork with pens on card and then scan it into the computer and put it all together digitally… and give it a few tweaks to get it looking good…

I really wanted to use soft, muted colours in this artwork to accentuate the beautiful pinks and purples of the woodpigeons’ feathers and giving a gentle, loving feeling to the whole artwork…

Click on the images below to see the full picture and read the full description about each stage…

The completed woodpigeons artwork - soft colours and sweet loving ring doves

The completed woodpigeons artwork - soft colours and sweet loving ring doves

Buy It

My woodpigeon art print is available in my art store as a framed or unframed giclee art print or canvas - click here to see

It’s also available on a wide selection of printed home wares and accessories including bags, mugs, cushions and more here…

You can also see more of my bird art in my nature and 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.

Tawny Owl Art - Behind the Scenes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Showing intricate detail of my tawny owl artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy It

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

It’s also available on tops, cushions, books, phone cases and more, here…

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

Tawny Owl fashion top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Tawny Owl fashion top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

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.

'Funny Pheasant' Art - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and contemporary pheasant art 'Funny Pheasant' art print...

'Funny Pheasant' art print by Lotti Brown

'Funny Pheasant' art print by Lotti Brown

I see pheasants in the fields at home all the time and they're always so impressive with their colourful, shiny feathers - beautiful birds!

I love the expression of this very cheeky pheasant - such a striking fellow!

Detail from my pheasant artwork

Detail from my pheasant artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look behind the scenes at how I created my pheasant artwork...

Click on the images to see the larger image and with further details about each step of the process...

The completed pheasant artwork 'Funny Pheasant'

The completed pheasant artwork 'Funny Pheasant'

I love the curious, whimsical expression of my 'Funny Pheasant' and the beautiful colours of his intricate feathers. He makes me smile when I see him, and I hope he does the same for you...

Buy It

My 'Funny Pheasant' art print is available to buy in my online art store

It’s also available as a cushion, bag, clock, notebook, phone case and more here…

You can see more of my nature and wildlife art in my themed 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.

Mystical Magpie and Maple - Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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Beautiful magpie artwork in pinks, golden-yellows, teals, blues and purples... 

Mystical Magpie and Maple artwork by Lotti Brown

I created this magpie artwork to celebrate this special bird that has a bit of a reputation...

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told....

Yes - the magpie comes with a reputation... and a rhyme that all schoolchildren knew off by heart in my day...

We used to salute or doff our cap to a single magpie to ward off bad luck...

And if with a companion call out, "Look! A magpie!" Then mutter quickly, "Seen by two, never comes true..."

Perhaps it's just the magpie's reputation for stealing your shiny belongings, which it hides in its nest...?

But more than one magpie was always a thrill to see and seemed to herald good fortune of some kind...

And in many parts of the world - including in China, Korea, Native America, and many parts of Europe - the magpie is a symbol of happiness and good fortune and any sight of a magpie is warmly welcomed...

So it's certain that the magpie does have that special, mystical air that causes so many populations to set him apart from other birds - and the magpie itself is a very intelligent bird - clever, resourceful and a fantastic mimic... no wonder people have always seen the magpie as something very special.

And you can barely see a more striking bird in our British landscape and gardens... large and with a very distinctive stripe - there's no missing such a handsome and dramatic-looking bird.

Detail from the artwork

So my artwork is to celebrate this special bird, it's dramatic look and its mystical reputation, but particularly to see beyond that, too - to see this very intelligent and resourceful bird, that can even recognise and understand its reflection in a mirror - (the only bird and one of very few creatures that can do so). A bird that makes a monogamous bond for life with their partner and can mourn their dead...

No wonder the magpie is recognised across the world as special...!

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the making of my magpie artwork...

Click on any image to see it full-sized and with extra information about the process...

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

I really love the colours in my magpie artwork - the familiar, striking plumage against the rather unexpected soft pinks and ochre yellows that I hope will inspire you to look beyond the reputations and superstitions of the magpie, and look with respect at the capabilities and nature of this truly remarkable bird itself, instead...

Buy It

My magpie art prints are available now in my online store...

The design is also available on cushions, duvet covers, tops, notebooks, journals, mugs and more here…

More British birds art in my Birds & 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.

Raven and Oak Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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A mysterious and powerful bird and the king of the trees - my artwork with a dramatic raven in an oak tree...

Raven and Oak, artwork by Lotti Brown

I originally created my raven artwork for a guitar scratchplate idea...

Raven guitar scratchplate

I liked it so much that I decided to create a whole artwork around the raven. I wanted to put this magnificent bird, often connected with myth and legend, into an equally impressive setting, so I chose a splendid oak tree, king of the trees...

Here's how I created the artwork...

I love how the artwork is so bold and bright, as truly befits such a magnificent pairing of bird and tree... full of colour, energy, and life!

The final artwork - Raven and Oak art by Lotti Brown

Detail of Raven and Oak artwork

Buy It

Giclee art prints and canvases - please, visit my online store for a selection of giclee art prints and canvases with international delivery available.

You can also buy the design printed onto tops, duvet covers, cushions, bags, mugs and more here…

More about other designs in my bird art collection here...