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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sudan and Saving Remaining Wildlife

SAD NEWS I was driving earlier today when I heard on the radio that Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, had died. It was one of those ‘where were you when you heard?’ moments… Like many people, I was saddened that he had died, though as he was elderly and had been deteriorating for…

How to Find an Elephant Painting

Have you ever tried to find a painting of an elephant online? Search engines don’t always give you what you think they will…. Try searching for “elephant artist” – would you expect a list of artists who paint elephants? This search term is just as likely to find artists who happen to be elephants. You…