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Miniature Art

I had a short holiday in Spain recently staying near Mijas where they have this fascinating miniature art museum. You view most of the items through magnifying glasses, as the paintings are on grains of rice, pin heads etc.

Obviously I couldn’t photograph those but here are some of their miniature sculptures. You can get an idea of the size by the screw on the bottom right.

Miniature museum Mijas

Seeing these reminded me of the miniature ACEO paintings I did but have been sitting in a folder! Not as small as the artwork in the museum (ACEO are 2.5 by 3.5 inches) but I am now adding them to my Etsy shop. Many of them were part of an alphabet collection, some of you may remember the blog posts. I sold a few of the original alphabet challenge ones and will replace these with cards or prints.

Here are some, I’m hoping to have listed the whole alphabet by the end of next week.

 

 

 

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New Wildlife Collections

I’ve been working on my website again and have a new wildlife art page as well as dragonfly and butterfly gifts, birds and pet lovers page.

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It’s now possible to see matching products in one place with my original glass paintings and zazzle collections together. I’m pleased with the new look but always appreciate your comments!

Bee and Bird Song video 

My Ceanothus is in full bloom at the moment and the bees love it. So thought I’d share a video.

I managed to get some bird song in it too, although the 5th attempt with previous versions having neighbours talking, traffic noise & whistling!

Video is now available to download here  https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-video-bees-blossom-bird-song-video-honey-buzzing-around-ceanothus-bush-full-bloom-s-spring-purple-flowers-birds-video93313828#res18445732

See my Zazzle store for products featuring Ceanothus and bees.

New Zebra reverse glass painting

Every now and then I feel the need to do something different, as my regular readers know! This time I decided on semi abstract wall art, which you may have seen if you’re following me on Instagram.

Keeping with glass painting I painted this zebra on a windy plain, streaking the glass paint for a semi abstract effect.

What you see is in reverse, having painted on the inside of the glass. It is signed but not in reverse, I couldn’t get my head around that! 

Birds Flying

My bird paintings are flying out the house lately with a few commissions!

It started with this primrose vase and a barn owl.

 Another customer requested a hummingbird on a bowl 

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Thank you so much for the hummingbird bowls which arrived safely today. I think my nieces will love them! The reason I chose hummingbirds is as a result of this saying which I found “Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation”.

Then my most quirky custom order so far has to be for tealight holders with chorister ducks!

They loved them, as did we, even more so as they were such personal gifts. We are extremely grateful to you for your skill in transferring a mad idea into such lovely keepsakes! 

These have been fun to do and I have such lovely customers who gave me great feedback.

Sales have been good on Zazzle too with various bags including this owl, a kingfisher hat and my dragonfly shoes are flying around the world.

Tawny Owl Art Tote Bag

Flying Kingfisher Trucker Hat

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Pink Dragonfly Art Printed Shoes

All these orders have happened when local shop sales have been slow, due to the weather I think, so very glad I’ve diversified. The saying ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ is so true!

Dartmoor, Devon

Had a lovely trip to Dartmoor yesterday, so thought I’d share a few photos.

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I was there to deliver more of my moorland themed glass paintings  to Widecombe in the Moor National Trust gallery. They have a great selection of local crafts, this photo shows just a small area.

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Escaping Tortoise

I recently had a lovely holiday in Jersey and one of the highlights was Durrell wildlife park.
The funniest thing to watch was a giant tortoise working out how to escape.

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He managed it too by getting on his side & propelling himself through!

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I didn’t manage to get a photo of him escaping as I went to get a zoo keeper , who rescued the tortoise.

We also spent quite a long time watching the apes have a snack.

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Sadly we didn’t get to see the new baby bear but here’s a proud parent

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Definitely worth a visit if ever in Jersey.