Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elephant Pals

Photo by Gary Jones of Paint Your Photo

I just joined an amazing group called Paint Your Photo. As well as having tons of great art advice, interactive forums etc etc it is also a fabulous resource because it solves that age old dilemna of where to get terrific photos to create art from without infringing copyright. These photos are free to work from and this week I did this painting of some boisterous elephant pals.

They have a whole range of subjects: humans, flora, fauna and animals and they are all of a very high quality. You can also submit your own photos so other artists can work from them.

'Elephant Pals' is available to buy at Fine Art America.

Elephant Pals 18 x 24" acrylic inks

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Koala Mum and Joey

photo credit Linda Abercrombie from Paint My Photo

Acrylic inks and watercolor by Emma Kaufmann

Just felt so inspired by this week's koala prompt from my nature art painting group.

In some parts of Australia, koala populations have grown out of control. You might have seen reports recently of a controversial mass culling in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road. In other parts, koalas are endangered by a whole range of threats, from habitat clearing and wild dog attacks to road accidents and disease. In south-east Queensland, a groundbreaking study is tracking individual koalas to see how they're faring.

"This is really the largest and most intensive koala-monitoring project ever done. To monitor those koalas, we have to send field teams out with a directional antenna and they track the koala down and check it out with binoculars and make sure it's OK." You can read more about this project here. Let's hope it finds some good information on how to protect koalas from threats to their habitat.

You can buy prints of this artwork here and t-shirts featuring this print here.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jaguar on the Prowl

It's been something of an up and down week. We started with a foot of snow and everyone in a bad mood. Then we had some fabulous spring days. Today my children and I even ate ice cream from the local ice cream cafe! Well you know me, I don't ever need an excuse to eat ice cream even if I'm wearing an anorak and snow boots.

I got stuck a few times in the snow and had difficulty digging myself out. I must say I am sick of the snow by now, I don't care how pretty it looks!

I had a bit of a creative explosion painting my jaguar in acrylic inks. He was the theme for my nature artist's group and I really enjoyed letting the inks run all over the place and make a huge mess as they dripped on the floor. But what is art if not creative mess. Love it!! The jaguar is available to buy in my Etsy shop.

I finished a lovely pet portrait for a lady whose cat Ellie had crossed over rainbow bridge. I was thrilled to see it in its lovely new home. I really do feel it is wonderful if I can recapture the memory of a beloved pet.

What a lovely review too:

How was your week? Has your snow thawed yet?

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