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Artist, wildlife fan, bird watcher, gardener!

Cottage garden

Where do I gain inspiration from for my paintings?, I'm often asked this question.
The answer is that I gain inspiration from the natural world around me, as is the case for many wildlife artists.
I'm also extremely lucky to live in a semi rural place, the lanes and sandstone trails around my village are notoriously beautiful, natural, and full of wildlife. I have the added advantage of also being ultra close to a large and wonderful forest, rich in natural habitats for British wildlife.
However, one of my main typical daily points of inspiration is actually my own garden!, I don't have to look far in order to find a sublimely beautiful flower, or creature, many are already here in my garden!. poppies, thistles, lavenders, echinacea, irises, roses, many varieties of wild meadow flowers and nectar rich flowers and herbaceous perennials all grow in abundance in my gardens. Too many to even list!.
I've spent around 14 years creating many of the planted areas for wildlife...and of course for my own enjoyment, I grew up in the country and will always be a country girl at heart.

So there ya have it, all of my floral and landscape /meadow watercolour paintings are created using my gardens as the main first point of inspiration.
For my other animals paintings however, I tend to gain inspiration for those while I'm out and about on my travels, i usually make quick sketches in situ, and take reference photographs for when I'm back in my studio, ccasionally I'll also paint the animal en plein air if time/weather allows.

But what if you need even more inspiration!, or just a few reference photographs for the more exotic animals, well pixabay is a good place to start and a great resource for many artists.

You can also free to message me if you are an artist starting out and need some good clear HD wildlife photographs to use for reference and inspiration. I have lots of good clear images that I've taken myself over the years, and zillions from my own garden. Always happy to help a fellow artist.