Indian Elephant painting

A new painting! It’s acrylic on paper for a change. I enjoy painting on paper now and again, it feels so much more relaxed than canvas. Painting on canvas, I sometimes feel that  the painting has to turn out really well and put more pressure on myself. Obviously, in the end no painting is ever perfect anyway.

My parents have always had a painting of an Indian elephant hanging in their home and it is probably my favourite painting of theirs. My elephant painting is much brighter and more colourful than theirs but I think it also has that old-worldy feel of colonialism and places far away!

It will be up for sale in my shop soon.

some close-ups:

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tiny new studio corner!

Moving to a new home is always exciting but when you’re moving to a cute little flat in the Swiss vineyards it’s suuuper exciting 🙂

I have also finally managed to find a tiny corner in our new bedroom to call my own. Okay, I do also need some dedicated painting space but this is a start. I won’t have to tidy up my arty stuff all the time and I certainly have enough space to paint some small canvases. However, I will be searching for a larger studio in the coming months!

commissioned painting: ‘Tropical Hoopoe’

I just had the pleasure of painting this beautiful commissioned painting. I had never heard of a Hoopoe bird before but now I know them well! Since Hoopoes are actually pretty brown and don’t have a very tropical look, I decided to add some pinks, reds and oranges!

I had never previously painted birds in detail so it was pretty challenging but rewarding. It measures 40 x 50 cm (16″ x 20″) and is acrylic on canvas.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Following slideshow shows the painting at various stages of the process!

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lucky parrots!

Hi, it’s been a while!

Down the road from where I live is a beautiful park. It is kept perfectly and all the plants are always perfect – very Swiss. Well anyway, in this park is an old villa and some outbuildings that used to be stables. There are large old doors to ‘garages’ for chariots and a semicircular pool through which the horses would pull the chariots in order to clean the wheels! (all of which you can see in the photo below)

Next to the outbuildings are some large birdcages which house these friendly parrots! I tried to talk to them but I think no one has taught them to talk. I wonder why they are here. They live in one of the best spots in town… lucky parrots!