Retro swimmers

I’m really excited about my fat ladies on the beach canvas’! They have been selling well in Portobello, Edinburgh and I’m having fun making tonnes more.

These are also available in my Etsy shop and make great little gifts.

New collection: Edinburgh street scenes

I am in the midst of building a new collection of paintings. Mixing my love of my favourite City Edinburgh and naive / folk art.

Here are a few of my new paintings and I hope you enjoy the scenes I am building over the next year.

All originals are for sale from my website and cards/ prints will be available online or at my wee Grassmarket stall …

Favourite artist: Gary Bunt

My Christmas pressie to myself has finally arrived – a book of paintings and poems by Gary Bunt, UK naive artist.

I love Gary’s work. I love it because it’s just so simple but with some punch.

I bought this book ‘By the Grace of God’ because Bunt has some great and funny paintings and poems about Jesus and the Kingdom.

I recently discovered the world of ‘naive art’. I didn’t actually know it was a genre of art.

There’s a whole world of naive art out there – centuries old!

It’s redeemed me from striving and thinking I have to be some kind of ‘really good artist’ , making boring pairings that look lifelike to be successful.

‘Naive’ artists have no formal art training and paint in their own free style, any subject they choose -that’s me!

I feel a whole lot free’er to paint in my own style – which I always thought was a bit childlike – anyhow, now I don’t really care and I’ve found new joy in painting for fun.

The Crofters

I’m creating a little series about ‘the Crofters’ just for fun .

I love Scottish history and I’m currently learning about the Highland Clearances and the Crofters 🐓 .

The Scottish farming families were run out of their community farms to make way for big farms for Cow farming and pastoral farming – the leaders in the cities thought this would bring more profit into the city.

The Highland folk were unfortunately run out of their cottages and farms and forced to the coastal areas or even emigrated abroad.

The Crofters moved in and here is a little collection of paintings about life in the crofts.

I am going to eventually turn this into a little children’s book. 🐓

The District Nurse series

Happy new year!

I would like to start the year by introducing my new series of paintings.

I’ve decided to stick with my whimsicle style of painting as I just love painting cute little people.

Over the year I plan on creating different little characters with little stories.

It’s so much fun. Just to start off, here is Bunty, the District nurse.

We’re going to be seeing a lot more of her throughout the year.

Watch this space

The Country Living Fair 2017

The Country Living Fair was a huge success!

This was my first time as a trader at the Country Living Magazine fair and I will definitely come back next year. What a grand selection of talent from across the U.K. What a buzzing atmosphere and I made friends with the traders around me.

The customers were very lovely. It was quite quiet on a couple days but it was icy outside and the rugby was on..

Im not the best yet at selling like a street trader from Eastenders so I decided to bring my paints and make pet portraits for people whilst they shop! This was a genius idea…you could wait 4 weeks for a portrait if you ordered online.

The big panda was a hit and sold quickly. I get a bit emotional when my favourite paintings are sold. So I went home and recreated one overnight. My trader friends though this was mad 😝

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name-the-bear' comp on my Facebook page as I realised poor Mrs Bear didn’t have a name or a Story to tell. She’s now Beryl .

Lessons learnt?

Well, I may have been over-prepared and brought too much stock. My tiny stall looked beautiful but a bit like Steptoes yard.I had a huge help thanks from His Handsomeness who did a great job of putting up shelves and heavy paintings I also learned that I love my artworks on black. This is my signature style and will be my focus from now on.

As well as my cute cards which sold out . I’ll be making more designs of these.

I am very exciting for 2018 and all the other Trade shows I booking into now.

I’ve worked quite hard lately and now it’s time for tiny break before catching with Crimbo pet portrait orders.

Cheryl x

The day I discovered ACEO cards

Check out these teeny tiny mini paintings! Aren’t they so cute!

Today I’m halfway through a personal challenge to paint 50 ACEO paintings.

What is an ACEO? An ACEO is a little tiny work of art. ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions. Collecting them is a craze that is sweeping the UK. I read somewhere however that artists have been trading art cards for a very long time. Just for fun and inspiration. Perhaps before the days of Instagram, that’s how they got their ‘likes’ and shared ideas.

There is a huge variety of artwork available in this format. Store them in a book or display them in teeny frames or shelves. They’re going in my eBay shop tonight..Become a mini art collector today…

They are so much fun to make! 🎨

They are also very portable! This helps greatly with transporting to markets and fairs and posting abroad …

Watch this space. I think ACEO creating is about to become a new hobby of mine.