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Monday, 22 February 2021

Phalaenopsis orchid......


Hi there,

I'm sharing today a painting that I did earlier this month that I have had printed on to greeting cards.

I have a great love of orchids and have quite an extensive collection of common and more rare varieties.

I have used a royalty free image that I found on Pixabay of an extreme close up of a Phalaenopsis - although quite tricky to get each individual element right, it came together quite well I thought and it certainly went down a storm with my orchid loving friends on facebook.

This photo shows a card measuring 5 x 7 inches and within it's cello sleeve with it's white envelope.

A lot of my paintings have been printed on to greeting cards, prints and coasters so please do have a little look at my website:

I'll keep sharing my paintings as and when I paint them.

Thanks for stopping by,



Thursday, 18 February 2021

Mid month reminder for We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge.... Flowers, Butterflies or Birds


Hey there!

Welcome to my mid month reminder for the We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge and our them this month which is "Flowers, Butterflies or Birds".

My first sample this month I took on the butterfly option of the theme and on my second sample here I chose the flowers option of the theme!

This beautiful stamp from Chocolate Baroque is called Hanging Flowers

I coloured it using my Daniel Smith Watercolours and pastel pencils.  I worked on the background first using an impressionistic approach that I use in my paintings (you will notice the green of the leaves is also in the background where the leaves are and purple of the flowers is also in the background around the flowers) - you basically make a nice messy background and then neaten everything up once the background is thoroughly dry!

The sentiment is from the Chocolate Baroque Birthday Words stamp set

Please do come over and join in with our theme of flowers, butterflies or birds this month, I look forward to seeing your entries,

We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Friday, 12 February 2021

One for Sorrow.......


Hi there!

Here I am sharing another quick painting with you.

This was me following a tutuorial with Alison C Board (whom I've learnt so much from) and learning techniques with black - this time it was Schminke Galaxy black from their super granulating range.

I have also used a couple of Daniel Smith colours - French Ultramarine and Turquoise and finished with my favourite pastel pencils.

I don't paint many birds and I must paint more of them!

Thanks for stopping by,



Sunday, 7 February 2021

New theme at We Love Chocolate Baroque..... Flowers, butterflies or birds


Hi there!

Well this is a WHOPPER of a butterfly! This stamp that I've used comes from Chocolate Baroque's stamp set Patchwork Butterfly

This is a huuuuuuge stamp and is lots of fun to create with - here I stamped the butterfly with a Kaleidacolor ink pad, spritzed it with my water sprayer (I love getting messy!) and let it run down the page.  Once dry, I over stamped the butterfly in black versafine to bring out all the details (you could use a stamping platform to do this).

The sentiment - also stamped with the same Kaleidacolor ink pad - is also a Chocolate Baroque sentiment and comes from the Birthday Words stamp set

Bright and beautiful!

Do come over and join us at the

We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge

We love to see your entry's and how you've interpreted the theme.

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 1 February 2021

Sett For Anything.......


Hi there!

This is the second painting that I've done in 2021 (the first one being my cat Charlie that I posted here on my blog on 25th January this year).

This one I've called "Sett For Anything".

Now I must confess, I love painting nature and particularly animal portraits but this one I found particularly difficult - and I don't really know why!!!!

This was actually my third attempt at this badger - I just wasn't satisfied with previous efforts, all were good, but not good enough for me!!! Colours needed to be spot on too - I wasn't going to paint just a black and white badger now was I!!!!

So here it is - finished when I was happiest with it!  Painted with my trusty Daniel Smith watercolours, watercolour markers and pastel pencils with a touch of posca pens.

Hope you like it now that I eventually do!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx