Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Guinea Pig on his Holibobs

It's been a busy week rustling up pet portrait commissions including this handsome little corgi.

If you're wondering where guinea pig has gone he is now a sunburnt sausage in ‪#‎SoCal
You can vote for him at Bored Panda. I know he'd appreciate it immensely:

The guinea pig series is also available as greetings cards.

Guinea Pig in Venice:

Guinea Pig in Paris:

Guinea Pig in London:

Guinea Pig in Southern California:

Where are you planning to go on your holibobs? I am not going anywhere or rather we are moving out the house because we are having renovations but we are not leaving the country. My daughter is going on an exchange to Germany in the summer which will be fun for her. I will be roasting like guinea pig in the boiling hot summers of Baltimore.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Guinea Pig in the Tulips

Guinea Pig in the Tulips, watercolor

My guinea pig is whizzing around the world. Today I found him in a tulip field in the Netherlands chatting to a caterpillar. I would love to know what they are having a chinwag about.

Where do you think he will end up next???

If you could vote for him over at Bored Panda you would really make my day:

In other news we are having our roof raised to create more room. Well basically they take it off and switch the power off for three weeks so we have to move out. It will be in the summer mercifully so at least I don't have to worry about getting the kids to school! I wonder where we will go? All I know is .....camping is not an option! I am not that type to want to 'get in touch with nature'....I just get in touch with poison ivy and get a nasty rash.

I know someone who has a weekend house we might be able to use. The kids will probably think of it as an adventure. But I have realized that I am practically geriatric when on hearing we had to temporarily move I took a deep sigh knowing I'd have to organize all the clothes and crap being stuffed into suitcases.

I remember there was a time I loved adventure. I remember being on holiday in Vienna and my mother when I was a youngun and we turned up at the airport a day late so we'd missed our plane. My mother was pissed off but I was exciting let's go back to home to London by train! I got a real kick out of it.

Now I know how she feels! Do you like routine and predictability or do you like it when life makes you shake things up now and again?

Basically are you an adventurer or stay at home guinea pig?

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Guinea Pig Around the World

Guinea Pig in London

I have started a series of artworks called Guinea Pig around the World in which an unbearably cute guinea pig finds himself travelling the globe and ending up having some fun adventures like tea with the Queen, and wandering the moonlit streets of Paris to buy a freshly baked baguette.

Guinea Pig in Paris

Guinea Pig in Venice
He has also been to Venice, steering a gondola down the canals

I think he will definitely be wearing a kilt in Scotland, and I fancy he will take a ride in a kangaroos pouch in Australia. And I know he is going to be riding the Orient Express at some point and a camel in Egypt is definitely on the cards.

Do let me know where you think guinea pig should go next ..... Also please vote for my little guinea pig HERE on Bored Panda.

Woo hoo! Excited to be part of the Animalism exhibition at the Escape Gallery here in Baltimore. If you are in Baltimore do go check it out. The exhibition runs until 10 April. Profits to the Maryland SPCA.

Art by Emma Kaufmann at the Animalism Exhibtion

Giraffe Baby by Emma Kaufmann

Prints of these Guinea Pig images can be bought here as Greeting Cards, Tshirts, prints etc.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Strike a pose with Ludwik

Move over Kate Moss, Heidi Klum and Kendall Jenner

................there's a new supermodel in town.....and in a world where women rule.....Ludwik is a male supermodel extroardinaire

Not tall dark and handsome

But small pink and wrinkly....................yet HIS ability to strike a pose is legendary. No one knows his way around a banana like Ludwik.

Ludwik the Skinny Guineapig has an instagram account with 37K followers. He know's how to work it, baby

Anyway I fell in love with this adorable creature and because it was the first day of spring I imagined him busily working in the garden. Tell me what you think!

Ludwik in the Garden (watercolor)

Prints of Ludwik in the garden available TO BUY HERE

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Zing into Spring

We have gone from freezing cold to full on boiling hot spring-a-ding-a-ling. Get the cocktails on ice, throw a shrimp on the barbie.....ooh it does feel rather electrifying to be walking around in shorts and once more having to care about whether or not one's legs resemble a forest before baring all.

The longer I live in America the brighter my colors become. I wonder if I would ever have been able to paint anything as cheery and bright as 'Chipmunk and Friend' in rainy old England? Do you find your style of painting changes if you are living in a damp/depressing or hot/tropical climate?

Chipmunk and Friends

The only downside to spring is the sun highlights the huge tribes of dust bunnies that have accumulated under the bed and shines a rather unwelcome light onto the smeary, dirty surfaces that I quite happily ignore in winter. But there is something about spring that makes even a borderline slob like me reach for the bleach bucket and roll up their sleeves..... and having a good old scrub before lying down satisfied with a big mug of tea and a stack of chocolate digestives.

Are you feeling the zing of spring yet?

That reminds me...when I come back in my next life I want to be a sloth. What wonderful creatures. I painted one the other day. I will chant this to myself every Monday:

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Siamese Cat and Butterfly

Happy Friday!

I've had a busy week finishing up this pet portrait commission of a border collie. It was one of those cute dogs with one blue and one brown eye. It turned out rather dramatic.

I also pained a Siamese Cat and butterfly. I was trying to do something a little different, a little askew with the composition. Prints are available here.

Siamese cat and butterfly (acrylic inks)

Hope you've had a fabulous week. We had lovely balmy spring weather but today it started snowing again. Oh well, it does look rather beautiful......

I also decided to post my creative workspace on instagram as part of the #meetthemaker tag - warts and all. I do TRY and keep it tidy but it always explodes into life! I do work better in chaos....I don't know why but I feel so much more creative in chaos.

Well that's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it.

Yes of course I can't find anything. And yes of course I frequently put my brush into my cup of tea.

Maybe I should buy these mugs as a reminder of what goes where:

Anyway it doesn't really matter. I can't kill myself as I don't use oil paints......

I share my studio with my guinea pig Marshmallow. I work to a background of squeaks and scrabbles.

What is your workspace like? Do you keep it tidy or not? Do you need chaos to function?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

It's a Raccoon's Life

For those of you who don't know it Pumpkin is an instagram sensation that just won't quit. Yes Pumpkin is a one year old rescue raccoon who after tumbling out of a tree as a baby and after being abandoned by her mother, was adopted by Rosie Kemp.

This adorable raccoon lives with the family dogs Toffee and Oreo and seems to think she's a dog, uses a toilet and loves watermelon. She also has 615,000 instagram followers. You must follow her ....I guarantee you will fall head over heels with this charming girl.

The interesting thing is Pumpkin lives in the Bahamas. At first I thought WHAT? How can a raccoon even live in the Bahamas...wouldn't they be too hot? It seems that raccoons were introduced to the Bahamas at some point a few centuies ago and that this species is now called the Bahaman Raccoon, and is smaller than the more common raccoon. It adapted that way due to a process called insular dwarfism, and has a more delicate skull and a longer snout.

Anyway Pumpkin was such an inspiration to me that I decided to do a portrait of her called 'Raccoon Breakfast' in acrylic inks.

Pumpkin lives an amazing life in the Bahamas, lounging on the sofa with her doggy pals. It's a dog's life...or should that be a Raccoon's Life.

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