Rough Collie Art Print - Sun-Shimmer Collie with Geraniums

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

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

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Behind the Scenes of the Art

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

Rough collie - sunny day on the beach

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

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

Family beach day with the dog

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

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

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

Detail from my rough collie art print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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Beautiful Border Collie Art 'Cardinal Collie'

Beautiful border collie art - a colourful and lively artwork, overflowing with the energy and fun of the border collie...

Fun gift idea for a border collie owner who adores their best doggie friend - or just to celebrate your own furry friendship

Beautiful Border collie art 'Cardinal Collie' by Lotti Brown

Beautiful Border collie art 'Cardinal Collie' by Lotti Brown

Come behind the scenes of the artwork with me...

Say hello to this pretty little border collie called Bracken...

I named this artwork after my granny’s dog, Bracken, as there’s something about her pretty face that reminds me of the original Bracken, even though her colouring isn’t quite the same. But it meant that I just had to draw her.

Bracken was well before my time because she was my granny’s collie when she was young, but my granny gave me her photo of her beloved dog when I was a little girl. I loved this photo, pinned it up by my bed, and used to pretend that Bracken was my dog.

We couldn’t have a dog or cat when we were children because of my brother’s allergies. So, to an imaginative child, Bracken was a great - if not wholly satisfactory - substitute.

So it’s in honour of my granny and her dog, Bracken, that I’ve created this pet portrait.

Detail from the collie artwork

Detail from the collie artwork

Border collies are wonderful dogs – highly intelligent, eager to please, full of energy, sensitive, and a faithful and firm companion.

They need a job to do, and, just like my own (rough) collie at home, are apt to find their own mischief to get into if you’re not giving them some more worthy task to fulfil.

Unlike my rough collie, though, they are highly active and energetic, so that enormous physical energy needs to be run off, too.

In reward, though, you will have a keen, devoted and clever companion who works and plays with equal enthusiasm.

Creating my Border Collie Art

I chose to put beautiful Bracken with Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis), red lobelias, which signifies energy in the Language of Flowers. I was also originally intending to include Ragged Robin (Meadow Lychnis) in the artwork – signifying her wit – but in the end, this didn’t make it to the final cut for compositional reasons, as you'll see below.

Follow along with my creative process, below, to see how I created my border collie artwork with original pen and ink drawings and the computer...

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'Cardinal Collie' the completed border collie artwork

'Cardinal Collie' the completed border collie artwork

Lively and Lovely Fun

Bracken is such a pretty border collie, with a gentle expression, but it’s an expression that’s full of lively fun, too, and it was this that I wanted to focus on bringing to life in the artwork.

I made sure that I used bright colours to show her lively energy, and I couldn’t help but reach for this lovely sunshine yellow that’s a real favourite of mine.

Bracken looks like she’s in a field of flowers, running, playing, having fun. The whole picture is filled with movement, from the swirls of her beautiful fur to the swaying flowers. And that really tells you what Bracken’s about – liveliness, fun, energy, I wanted to capture it all.

But if you stop and meet her eyes, you can see into her soul, see her sweet nature, her devotion, and her intelligence.

Bracken is a special dog – your faithful friend, a bond of love.

 I love this artwork because it tastes of freedom - a carefree summer day, enjoying the fields and flowers, just you and your dog.

The vibrant colours and lively linework give a real energy and movement to the piece, making Bracken seem, almost, to come alive - poised, ready to run and jump, intelligent, curious, focused and fun...

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More pet art in my pet 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.

Sweet Rough Collie Art 'Noah with Blue Flowers'

Sweetness of a young doggy-friend – rough collie art of my pet 'puppy', Noah.

Makes a wonderful gift idea for a special rough collie owner - or treat yourself to something really meaningful to celebrate your connection with your own rough collie best friend.

Rough collie art 'Noah with Blue Flowers' by Lotti Brown

Rough collie art 'Noah with Blue Flowers' by Lotti Brown

This is an artwork of my rough collie, Noah. Noah came to us at 7 months old, in 2014.

He fills our home and our world with his sweet and curious personality – and his giant, thick, fluffy coat.

It’s like having an enormous, soft and soppy teddy bear living with us.

Cheeky rough collie on his seaside holidays

Cheeky rough collie on his seaside holidays

At the age of 2, when I completed this artwork, Noah is part-way between a puppy and a grown-up dog.

He is still quite puppy-ish in his head, and sometimes in his play, but growing up quickly.

He has these quiet, solemn moments where he sits, observing, taking everything in and having a good old think about it all.

Rough collies are really beautiful dogs – truly magnificent – so I wanted to show Noah in a pose that made the most of his impressive, soft, fluffy coat, and the way his soft mane swirls beautifully around his shoulders.

And I also wanted to capture the quiet, thoughtful dog that he’s growing into.

Truly majestic, but he’s still definitely got a cheeky glint in his eye, though.

Detail of rough collie artwork

Detail of rough collie artwork

My Sweet Puppy Love

Although my sensible head knows that at this age, Noah is no longer a puppy, and ‘should’ be considered an adult dog, in my heart, he’s still my puppy, and I have to admit to calling him ‘my puppy’ still, particularly when he’s being sweet and cuddly.

I chose to surround my ‘puppy’ with these sweet, little, blue flowers, as they signify, for me, a kind of innocence and sweetness that I feel is in his nature. Like most rough collies, Noah does tend to a sweet-natured, thoughtful, and kindly temperament.

The flowers are drawn from a coreopsis flower, meaning ‘always cheerful’, and that’s what I want for my sweet Noah – to be always surrounded by love and happiness with his family – innocence and loveliness filling his world, just like these little blue flowers dance around him in this artwork.

Creating my Rough Collie Art

  • I start my pieces with hand-drawn artwork

  • I scan them into the computer and import them into the Adobe Illustration programme

  • I create my composition

  • I tweak the colours

  • I add background interest

Take a look how my rough collie art developed. Please click on the pictures for a larger image and more detail.

My completed rough collie artwork

My completed rough collie artwork

When I look at this picture, I feel a protective love for my dog.

Meeting his eye, I feel that we share an incredibly strong bond of love and protection, and I want my puppy to feel safe and happy.

I love his sweetness, his cheekiness, and his thoughtful, quiet moments, and it's those I see in this artwork.

Buy It

You can buy my rough collie art prints in my store

The design is also available as a cushion, top, bag, journal, tech case and more here…

Would you like your own custom pet portrait? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet 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.