How does embroidery bring about conversation and participation in unsuspecting audiences? Meet Melanie Bowles & Aimee Betts, owners of Stitch School. Commissioned by BIG businesses to offer something totally different, here is what makes them truly special.
Hello everyone. This is the breakdown of a new project I am delighted to be involved with. It’s about tech, (I’m a geek-girl myself) and working with others on their online existence. For every project we deliver, we give something back to our local community. Here is how it works.
This Summer I binned all plans and went with the flow. Contrary to my Virgo planning tendencies - every day was full up with things organised, dogs to welcome into our home (I’m a registered home-boarder now). So, I simply went with it. No planned time in my studio led to drawing on-spec. New projects have emerged, new ideas for paintings I want to make - who knew. Perhaps I’ll further bin the strategising and buy a campervan instead…
Monday 26th of August is National Dog Day. A day where we celebrate our best friends and think about the millions of dogs in shelters waiting for loving homes. This post brings you eleven ideas that you use on this special day, including taking some new & gorgeous photographs and sharing on your social media, buying a new toy, enjoying some extra cuddles and….. read this.
Are you going to a Summer Festival this year? I am no Glastonbury-girl but I am now super-comfortable at one that we return to year on year with our children. This is my list of 10 essentials that make for a brilliant weekend away.
This is the story of painting Dylan, a beautiful cross breed, painted posthumously as a Birthday surprise. Read through the various stages of making a dog portrait painting: from photographs to canvas.
Do dogs tell us when they want a cuddle? Do you know when your dog is pleading with you for his/her best toy? Dogs’ eye muscles have evolved which increasingly enhances human/dog bonding, I know because Barney told me. Read this.
Do we use our children & family commitments as a shield? A handy cover-up when called to places we aren’t in the mood for - or perhaps to hide behind when socialising? What happens as they grow up and we aren’t needed so much? Step in the dogs...
This week I’ve finished ‘Lost Dog’ by Kate Spicer, am emotionally rung out but my faith in humanity is richer for reading it. Best of all, I learned about… animal communication, physic communication that is…
This week I completed what’s called a ‘soft launch’ that is I began my dog-sitting service in my studio, The Dog Garden. I borrowed two dogs along with Barney my own, and herewith the key things I learned along the way.
Yesterday, utter stupidity dictated that I pour £30 of petrol into my diesel engined car. Not very bright, but crap happens. What came out of it though, was an interesting social experiment and a good lesson in customer service.
If I were a dog, I’d want to lie, sniff, possibly dig, jump, rest and play on the ground in the sunshine and likely in the rain too. My four paws wouldn’t want too much in the way of small gravel and I’d need some purchase from the ground I play on!
I begin to paint. In my last post, we talked about the tools and techniques I employ to get the drawing of your dog onto my painting surface. (you can find it here). In this second post, I’ll be writing about the actual painting of the canvas.
How Do You Actually Make Your Dog Paintings? is a question I’m asked from time to time. I’m always happy to chat through my portrait process, but here’s a post that goes a little bit deeper into the techniques I employ.
Are you on my mailing list? I hope so, in which case you will have received this today. I NEVER over-use my list and NEVER-EVER bring you tat! All letters are full of information, new offerings and oodles of dog-related news. Couple that with being the first to know about new offerings, sales and more - You can join up below and enjoy first dibs on everything!
It’s fair to say that my world is definitely a dog-centred one. I paint them daily, learn about them for fun, fall to my knees to greet them in the park (this actually happens) and adore my own, Barney as much as I do my children.