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Black Friday Offer for Animal Lovers

alpaca art, llama art collection, cute alpaca gift

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 artworks. If someone you know collects elephants, llamas or cow items, a colourful small painting or print will be a welcome Christmas gift.

– Get a unique Secret Santa or stocking filler gift for an animal lover
– Cute artworks for your shelf or mantelpiece
– Each painting and print comes with its own miniature easel
– Each artwork measures just 3.5″ x 2.5″ (approx 9 x 6.5 cm)

Original paintings now only £16.00

High quality prints now only £7.20

If your favourite painting has already sold, you can still order a high quality giclee print, and you also get free postage in the UK.

Looking for cats and dogs or a llama print collection? See my wider range in my Etsy shop, all at 20% off until 26th November 2018.

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Where to See Art in Surrey

Surrey Artists' Open Studios, animal art, wildlife art, Merstham art studio

The short answer is : everywhere!

There are some very talented artists in Surrey and 273 of them are taking part in the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) between 2nd and 17th June 2018. I will be amongst them for the 2nd year running, opening my Merstham art studio on selected dates (listed on my website).

If you are not familiar with SAOS, the idea is that artists in Surrey open their doors to show their art processes and work areas, and discuss their work with anyone who is interested, making the art experience more personal and informal than your average art gallery. Some studios are running workshops, demonstrations or special offers during their opening hours. Entry is free, and there are some great art trails to follow, or you can collect a brochure from libraries across Surrey and pick out your favourite subjects, media or artists.  Whether you love 3D art such as ceramics, jewellery and sculpture, or you would rather see photography, drawings, or paintings  of landscapes, animals or abstract art in oils, acrylic or watercolour, you will find it all in Surrey.

During SAOS in 2017 really enjoyed meeting some great people and getting direct feedback about my wildlife and animal art, but some lessons have been learnt for this year – I’ll make sure I have enough stock of my most popular prints and cards in advance, and I won’t be opening my studio on the day that the London to Brighton cycle ride goes past my front door as no-one can get here!

Some photos from my Merstham studio during SAOS 2017:

 

 What can you expect if you visit my Merstham art studio on my open days?  I will be demonstrating my colourful acrylic painting style, hopefully in the garden (weather permitting). There will be new wildlife and animal paintings on display,  and you can see a display of how I develop my paintings and enjoy free refreshments.  Entry is free, and original artworks, giclee prints and cards will be on sale from £2.50 to £300. I like to support wildlife conservation projects, so on the launch day,  Saturday 2nd June 2018 I will be donating 20% of all wildlife art sales to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (10% on all other open dates).

Here are a few paintings from my new British Wildlife painting collection:

If you’re looking for something to do in Merstham this June, why not visit the All Saints Summer Fair on 10th June 2018 from 11.30am to 3pm, and pop into my art studio as well – look out for the large orange sign outside my house at 90 Nutfield Road, Merstham RH1 3HA. 

All of my opening dates and hours can be found on my website, with details of all of the Surrey Open Studios on the SAOS website, or you can pick up a brochure at Surrey libraries (my studio is number 40 on page 22).

If you visit 4 or more art studios and vote for your favourite artist you could win a £150 voucher to spend on SAOS artwork. Go and look at some art in Surrey this June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 taken either side of the winning one. He claimed not to have any as the animal had moved away and his camera settings didn’t allow him to take other photos. Hmm. Experts looked more closely and agreed that the photo had been faked. Apparently he’s still contesting the decision, but it doesn’t look like he’ll prove his case.

Removing a few shadows with a digital computer programme is one thing, but this is in a different league……

Anyone who has ever taken wildlife photographs will know that you end up with more missed/blurred shots than useable ones – as an animal artist, these are usually the ones I find most interesting when I’m taking photographs at conservation parks. That’s just as well as it’s not always easy to get the perfect photo. I always sketch the animals too as reference material for my wildlife paintings, and although I love it, it is a challenge when they won’t stand still!

ORIGIN OF THE STUFFED ANTEATER

There could be a lengthy debate elsewhere on whether the anteater taxidermy specimen was recently obtained, how the animal died, or whether it was a historical specimen, possibly obtained in what could be termed less enlightened times. All of these issues aside, the rules for this wildlife photography contest stated that “entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to misrepresent the reality of nature.”

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I’m glad I don’t have to follow these rules (unless I enter an art competition with similar terms) – I rarely paint wildlife in their natural colours, as you can see from my anteater painting!

You can see the full news story and the photo here. The Anteater photo in the heading of this blog is not connected with the competition.

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British Wildlife in Surrey

hedgehog, British Wildlife Centre, animal

Is this the biggest hedgehog you’ll ever see? It stands at the entrance to the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, Surrey, which you can visit at weekends and during school holidays. 

My 20 month-old grandson is already mad about animals, and recently came with us dressed as a character from one of his favourite stories – a Gruffalo! Those who know the story will not be surprised that he could recognise the owls before anyone pointed them out! There is also a huge barn with mice runs that cross overhead within the building. Sadly it was too cold when we visited for the mice to be running around, but we did spot a few, and he was very excited to see another character from the story!

Scottish wildcat, wildlife, catThe frequent keeper talks are informative and interesting, and give you the chance to get a close-up view of animals such as otters that come out of the water onto the bank at feeding time, and Scottish wild cats that might otherwise remain hidden from view. The wild cats might look a bit like our domesticated cats, but they really don’t like people. 


otter, British wildlife, mammal, animalThere is nothing like a child’s excitement at seeing wild animals for the first time to remind me why I support wildlife conservation charities, and I really hope that my grandchildren will still be able to experience this when they are my age…

 

 

The staff at the British Wildlife Centre are very keen on educating children so that they care about our wildlife, and they do an excellent job in helping them to develop a life-long interest in animals through the keeper talks, various information boards around the site, and hosting school trips. Adults are welcome too, so if you live near enough, or you’re visiting the area, do go and support them.

And if you can take a small child with you, even better!


resting fox, British wildlife art, animal paintingI’m currently painting a new British Wildlife collection, which will be launched at my next exhibition in Surrey at the end of May 2018. Before the official launch of these new original paintings, prints and cards,  I will be announcing a special offer just for my followers  – if you would like to be included, please join my mailing list here.

 

Hare, British Wildlife Collection, launch May 2018 A sneak peek at just 2 of the paintings- the full British Wildlife collection will be revealed in the latter part of May 2018. Watch your inbox in May for news of an exclusive special offer, only available to my followers…

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Search Online and Plant Trees for Our Future

Tree, Reigate Hill, Surrey countryside, nature

Don’t you love it when you find something great by accident? I was looking at my website statistics this morning (I know, not everyone loves numbers!) and discovered that people were finding me through www.ecosia.org

Never heard of it? Neither had I, but if you love wildlife you need to use it!

Ecosia is a search engine that uses most of its advertising revenue to plant trees through suitable projects all over the world, helping to reduce the effects of deforestation and animal habitat loss. They plant nearly 2 million trees each month through tree planting projects in places such as Indonesia, Tanzania, Ghana, Brazil and Madagascar!

If you search using Ecosia, but don’t click on any ads, it still helps with the tree planting projects – the more active users the site has, the more advertisers it attracts!

We all need trees in all their different forms  – they release oxygen into the air; birds and squirrels nest in them; orangutans and sloths live in them and use them to travel; giraffes eat their leaves; insects use them for shelter; and animals and humans eat their berries and fruits. We also use them for wood, but we need to replace them in a sustainable way (and not with palm plantations, but that’s for another day)…..  I’m sure you can think of more reasons that we should all love trees and support these tree planting projects…

Baby Black Bear, Canadian wildlife, nature

Here’s another reason – I watched this cute baby black bear in Canada, who had climbed into a tree to escape danger, or maybe just to play up there….

 

 

How many trees will you plant today?

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Animals in Spring – beautiful wildlife photos

l couldn’t resist sharing the beautiful wildlife photos on this blog – enjoy!

Animals Sniffing Flowers Is The Cutest Thing Ever Flowers have the most alluring smell, and not only to the impressionable bees. We have made a list of photos that show animals enjoying a whiff or two from a petal or bloom. Kittens, nature’s cuddliest critters, look even better when they’re enjoying the sweet scents of […]

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