Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Woodland Tails - Skunk

I'd like you to meet Skunk!

She's shy and quiet... 

She loves flowers and berries...
She's the third member of my Woodland Tails card line!

~ Woodland Tails ~
(watercolour and gouache, approx. 3.5" x 5.5")

I discovered something else about Skunk... 

...she loves perfume!

"Skunk Eau de Parfum"
~ Woodland Tails ~
(watercolour and gouache, 3.5" x 5.5")

Skunk collects beautiful antique perfume bottles... she especially loves the bottles with the dainty li'l atomizers... she thinks they are 'tres feminin' and lend an 'air of distinction' to her perfume collection!


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Woodland Tails: Raccoon

    That "mask"...

    That shiny black marble of a nose...  

    Those dainty li'l feet that allow for scampering and climbing...

    That iconic banded tail so thick and fluffy...

- Woodland Tails - 
(watercolour, approx. 3"x5")

    I've always had mixed feelings towards raccoons... They are beautiful creatures, there's no denying that, but when I see one during the day and it's just sitting in a tree, staring back at me, it's rather unsettling!

    So in my li'l world of creatures the raccoons may sit and stare back at you but you don't need to be fearful nor do you have to wait long for a mischievous grin to break out across their faces and if you time your glance just right you might even catch them laughing at their own joke!!

 - Woodland Tails -
"Laughing Raccoon"
(watercolour, approx. 3"x5")

    Raccoons are very funny! They gather all the best jokes while they sit alongside the creek meticulously washing their food... They wash and scrub and laugh... all through the night! 

"Hey, what do you call a sliced potato in a monastery?"

Ummm... I dunno.

"A chip-monk!!  

    Yep, he's here 'til Tuesday and he recommends you try to the veal!  : )  
Maybe stand-up is in his future but for now he's happy to laughingly adorn 
some of my greeting cards, so smiles can be sent wherever they are needed!
 Here's hoping his smiling face and his li'l joke
have inspired felicity in you!



Saturday, 2 November 2013

What a Fox!

    I've been busy with a rather large painting commission and every once in a while I just need a break from it because well, how do I put this... the work doesn't smile back at me!

    When the choice is mine of what I paint I will always begin with an animal of some sort, sometime they're serious and sombre but most of the time they are smiling...

    During a recent 'break' I created a new character - an animal I have not attempted before but have always wanted to develop... I chopped some paper down to "fun-size'" and inspiration soon took over!

    Introducing the flagship member of my newest card line:
 "Woodland Tails"

(watercolour, approx 3.5" x 5")

 I love how Fox turned out but I "dearly love to laugh" so I just had to see if I could get him to smile!

Well, it turns out Fox quite enjoyed my sense of humour because 
not only did I get him to smile - I got him to laugh!!

"Laughing Fox"
(watercolour, approx. 3.5" x 5")

After that I just sat and watched him for a bit... a butterfly flitted into the li'l clearing 
where Fox was relaxing and I was able to capture a bit of their interaction:
"Fox and Butterfly"
(watercolour, approx. 3.5" x 5")

Other animals have already been added to the Woodland Tails family!
You'll have to check back often as I begin to introduce them!