For some time now I’ve been creating these cute little original miniature watercolor paintings, previously outlined in this post.
Burmese Cat original miniature painting
Little Cardinal miniature painting
Using pigment colored pencils and ink pens, tube watercolor (I use Rembrandt & Van Gogh watercolors) and a combination of beautiful handmade mulberry bark paper and rough textured watercolour paper, I create them with little to no preliminary sketching – it keeps the process spontaneous!
Fairy Queen miniature painting
Each little painting measures 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches, and I put them in a little matt, perfect for gift giving! I love painting cats, flowers and owls especially, but have also done dragonflies, unicorns and fairies.
Unicorn original miniature painting
They are exclusively for sale at Outside the Lines Gallery in Dubuque, Iowa ~ a lovely gallery filled with very unique and local art. If you would like a custom order for any of my unique and original paintings, please contact me on my website contact pageor check out my originals for sale here.
I’ve created some new paintings featuring beautiful Dragonflies, done in Sumi-e Japanese / Chinese brush style on acid-free handmade mulberry bark paper which has a lovely silky surface texture.
These original one-off watercolour paintings are all available for $30 or under in my Esty Shop
I love creating anything to do with dragonflies : they have a unique meaning across many cultures, symbolising transformation, ressurrection and enlightenment as they are born wriggling in the water, and transmute into stunning winged creatures of the air…..
You can see more of my original Dragonfly Artwork and Jewelry design here.
Thank you for stopping by – I’ll soon be posting more new paintings in an Owl extravaganza !
Since moving to America, I have had little time to paint much new work. I have been setting up business here in beautiful Iowa, on the Mississippi river, getting my art and jewellery into local galleries, selling my products on various websites, and also doing a large number of tattoo designs.
I have also sourced some lovely new pieces for my jewellery making, including these cute and delicate dragonfly charms which I have made into earrings. I am fascinated by dragonflies, as are many other people. In all the places I have lived and sold my work, dragonflies remain consistently one the best sellers, whether it be necklaces, pins, earrings, t-shirts, prints, paintings earrings. Midwest America is no exception, where I have had a great response from customers who have bought my work at the wonderful local galleries.
Here are all the dragonfly drawings, paintings and jewellery I have produced over the years, most are available online from Etsy, and my Website :
Our good friends supplied me with some gorgeous handmade mulberry bark paper from Thailand – where they deal in fair trade amongst various communities.
This paper is also known as Rice Paper but it is made from Mulberry trees. It is beautiful to paint on in a spontaneous, direct way much like the Chinese style of brush painting called Shui-mo..
I have been experimenting with this style of painting with dragonfly imagery and these are some examples of the results. Once the paint has touched the paper’s silky surface, there can be no mistakes- expression, fluidity and focus are elements that help to make a successful painting on this kind of paper. It is a lovely challenge, and a wonderfully mindful way to create – quite relaxing and meditative…
Dragonfly Picture with Bamboo
I am looking at plants, insects and flowers in a completely different way now- in terms of their essence and how to capture this in a few simple brush strokes.
Thought I’d quickly post this collage of new Dragonfly works that I have obsessively been painting on scraps of lovely paper left over from my Printmaking.
They have been great to do -mostly because I love depicting dragonflies whenever I can, on whatever I can(T-shirts ,Bags, Prints)
The first one is a dragonfly sojourn at midnight under a full Moon – kind of dark but I like that … and the black & white drawing is still a work in progress, so we will see how it develops. The bottom one is a Japanese-style watercolour painting on beautiful handmade Mulberry bark paper from Thailand – this kind of textured natural paper is really interesting to work on – it is not a watercolour paper so does not allow the paint to blend on the surface- more suited to quick line work. Here is an original for sale.
They were very popular during the Art Nouveau era as they are so stylistically suited to the flowing organic forms of Nature depicted by the designers of that time. Tiffany and Lalique have some of my favourite pieces of dragonflies- so inspiring !
I just wish things were made like that still, with care and great imagination; that’s why I have been slowly developing my own range of Art Nouveau Jewellery. -in honour of this forgotten era
thanks for looking – there will be some darker stuff coming soon….