Volunteering at a Wildlife Park

Before you get too excited about volunteering at a wildlife park, you should realise that unless you have appropriate qualifications it is highly unlikely that you will be able to work with the animals. However, there may be other ways to help out. I’ve recently volunteered at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, which works…

How to Buy Art Online

We’re all getting used to shopping online, but choosing original art for your home can feel a bit overwhelming when you don’t know how to buy art online. These 5 tips will help you to confidently enjoy finding artwork that you will love for years to come. 1. What is Your Style? Think about the…

Certificate of Authenticity

When you buy an original painting from Caroline Skinner Art, you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity with your purchase. It confirms all the physical details of the painting (title, size, medium, year it was painted). It states that the artwork is an original painting and uniquely created by Caroline Skinner. A small photograph of…

How to Commission a Pet Portrait

It doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive to commission a pet portrait. Here are a few tips for you to think about to make the process easy and enjoyable for you: How many of your favourite pets would you like to include? Do you want a realistic painting, or something more abstract/colourful/modern? Have a…

Animal Paintings in Progress

Would you like to see some of my colourful animal paintings in progress? I don’t often open my Surrey art studio to the public, and unless you live in the South East of England you’re unlikely to see me sketching outside, but you can watch me paint some of my colourful animal art on my…

Animal Homeware Gifts

Colourful Animal Homeware Gifts Are you looking for unique and colourful homeware gifts for a special animal lover in your life? Or why not treat yourself and enhance your own home decor. Thanks to my talented specialist printer in the UK, I’m now able to offer an affordable range of great quality homeware featuring some…

Artists Supporting Artists

The Artist Support Pledge is a growing international movement of artists supporting other artists. In these difficult times during COVID-19 when art galleries are closed and art shows and workshops have been postponed or cancelled, many artists are finding themselves without work, and art buyers have less access to original artworks. The premise is quite…

Sofa Safari

For all you wildlife lovers that can’t get out to see your favourite animals at the moment, I highly recommend that you go onto Instagram for a great daily Sofa Safari in Kenya with the lovely rangers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. If you think you’ve heard that name before, it’s probably because that’s where the…

How to Hang Paintings and Prints

So, you’ve found the perfect framed painting or print for your home. Don’t leave it propped in a corner somewhere, these tips will help you to find the perfect wall space in your home and work out the best way to hang your lovely artwork so everyone can admire it. 1. Measure Check the width…

Coronavirus Protection for Art Lovers

I’m sure you’ve all been following the Coronavirus news and looking for ways to protect yourself and your families, as I have too. Don’t worry, I’m not about to add to the rumour mill. As a precaution, I won’t be doing any shows or fairs for the foreseeable future, to protect myself and others from…

White Sheep of the Family

White Sheep of the Family It used to be a family joke that I was the white sheep of the family. My parents were honest and hard-working, but not academic, and my Mum’s biggest criticism of me was “You, you’re always studying!” Hardly a crime, though at the time I thought she made it sound…

Australian Wildfires and Art for Charity

Australian Wildfires There is absolutely no doubt that the Australian wildfires are having a devastating effect on wildlife and the environment. The overstretched fire services are struggling, and people are losing their homes and livelihoods, and in some cases, sadly, their lives too. I was lucky enough to spend a month in Australia over a…

Aunts and Animal Welfare

I’ve been thinking about Aunts and Animal Welfare recently. Let me explain. Donkeys A few weeks ago I was working as a steward for Oxfam at the River Cottage Festival in Devon. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is only a few miles away so I just had to pay them a visit. I was interested…

Pets Don’t Live Forever

  We all know that pets don’t live forever but over the last week I’ve been paying even more attention to my rescue cats than usual – one of them came home late at night, limping and with a bloodied back leg. I assumed she’d come off worse in a fight. My vet said that…

When Wildlife Conservation Goes Wrong

Wildlife conservation is not an exact science, and sometimes it can go badly wrong. But should we stop trying?

Garden Design Ideas for Animal Lovers

I replaced a crumbling patio paving stone with a colourful cat mosaic – find out how to get your own garden statement piece

What Happens When Artists Open their Studios?

Visiting Open Art Studios in your area can be great fun. Do you know what to expect when you visit artist open studios? What happens when artists open their studios? You get to see where and how artists produce their work, often in their homes, and watch them working on their latest artwork. Unlike most…

How to Paint an Elephant

How to paint an elephant People often like to know how the animal painting they are interested in came to life, so this blog post looks at how I created the elephant painting you can see in progress above. If you’re reading on your mobile, you may need to scroll down to the bottom of…

Papillon Dogs

A Papillon dog won both the Best of Show and Toy Dog Breed category at Crufts in 2019. Crufts is the world’s largest dog show and it’s no coincidence that it’s in the UK, as it’s estimated that there are nearly 9 million pet dogs here! Papillon dogs are descended from the toy spaniels that…

Art Exhibition in Surrey

This month I will be exhibiting some of my new animal artworks at an art exhibition in Surrey. Denbies Wine Estate is a great venue, and you can see my artwork alongside other talented local artists. You can see some of my latest art in progress above. First Steps Art organises this colourful and diverse…

Black Friday Offer for Animal Lovers

Huge Discounts on Miniature Animal Paintings and Prints You can get a huge 20% off my smallest animal paintings and prints from now until Cyber Monday 26th November 2018. These cute animal paintings and prints are a stylish addition to your home decor, or a great way to introduce a young girl to collecting original…

Apparently I’m selling animals (I’m not)

Are we amooosed?   I spend a lot of time studying and sketching animals and mostly my drawings stay in my sketchbook, but I’ve been doing something a bit different….. I recently followed a 5 week online illustration course (though it took me three times longer due to family issues) and I learned some Photoshop…

Art and Random Acts of Kindness

Last Friday I went to London to see the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. I had seen some snippets on television and wanted to see how Grayson Perry had curated it. It was only my second visit to this famous art show, the last being about 10 years ago, and before I started selling…

When is an Anteater not an Anteater?

FAKING IT There has been a wildlife photography story in the news recently that you may have seen. Someone was disqualified from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition because he faked a scene using a stuffed anteater. The photo was a winning entry, but the photographer was found out when he couldn’t provide photos…