Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tye - New border collie commission

Grand Champion Nahrof Say No More - Tye
Tye was commissioned as an early Christmas gift by Deborah for her good friend. Sadly this much loved and well known boy is no longer with us. Making his portrait an extra special memory for his owners. Tye's portrait will shortly be placed in my Immortals Gallery on www.animalarthouse.com
Bookings are fill up fast for 2009, if you would like to commission a portrait of your beloved companion please drop me an email: catherin@animalarthouse.com
thanks for reading my blog. Merry Christmas & a happy new year.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family Affair - Lion pride

A Family Affair
Hot off the easel this morning. A family affair is my latest wildlife pastel. Thanks so much to Greg Hupka for the use of his wonderful photo.
10" x 12" For sale. for more information about A family affair please email me at catherin@animalarthouse.com as always works of art for sale a can be purchased using: pay pal for international buyers or direct deposit or cheque for Australian purchasers.
thanks for looking


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Perfect in Pink - Pop Art Pup

Perfect In Pink
10' x 12" acrylic on 1' gallery wrapped canvas. Perfect in Pink is one of my latest Pop Art Pup portraits which is on display at Dogue - Bondi Junction Australia.
Perfect in Pink is for sale $175.00 with 10% of the sale price being donated to rescue. email: catherin@animalarthouse.com

These guys are so much fun to paint and make a lovely contrast to my pastel portraits. You can commission your own Pop Art Pup by email me at the above email address.

Thanks for looking .

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Task at Hand

The Task at Hand
Since starting to work in watercolour again, Ive chosen some challenging subjects. This one was no acception with the checked shirt. The folds of his chaps where wonderful to work on with their folds of leather.

I hope Ive done justice to my subject. My next challenge is a black and white watercolour portrait of a horse and rider. But first I have a beautiful immortal collie dog named Tye to complete.

To purchase this work email me directly catherin@animalarthouse.com

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Reindeer magic

My 8 year old daughters school teacher asked if I would do a christmas art project with the class.

Panic mode sure kicked in. Felt I had to do the right thing I decided that this guy would (fingers crossed) be simple enough for a group of 7 - 8 year olds to do. The class starts next week, when I get the kids kicked off with drawing up their reindeer ready to paint.

Wish me luck as this is something entirely new for me.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Christmas Treat

I finally had time to sit down and work on my Christmas card image for 2008. This little girl who Ive titled A Christmas Treat is a pastel. 7" x 8 1/2" in size.

A Christmas Treat is for sale and I have dedicated 20% from the sale price of this work to Old Dog Haven a rescue that takes care of elderly canines looking for a home to share there twilight years with.

for more information on this work or to purchase please email me:


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Matriarch - Elephants

Matriarch depicts a small heard of elephants in the evening dust. I found the colours in this piece a challenge as the evening light was such a brilliant orange. Thank you to Olivier Delaere for the use of your wonderful photo.
A pastel on canson pastel paper. Matriarch is for sale and can be purchased directly from myself or through Ed Barry of http://www.wildlife-safaris-in-south-africa.com/contact-page.html who show cases my African Wildlife Art.
email Catherin: catherin@animalarthouse.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Saffron Rat - Pop Art

Saffron the Rat is a commission for pop art rat, something I thought was a little different.
What makes her commission even more special she was a commission for her owners 21st birthday present from her family.
Acrylic on canvas.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Clash - Hippos

Haven't tackled hippos before so this was both a lot of fun and a challenge. Its pastel on schnellier pastel paper, this is a textured paper with lots of tooth. Thank you to Rob Lind for the use of his wonderful photo. Check out Robs photos at www.roblind.com
The size of this work is approx 10" x 15"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fox - watercolour

OK here's the second work I almost finished at the art school. Sorry for the quality of the photograph (its showing a bit on the pink side) the photo was taken on the last night of school at the students exhibition. Tip don't try and photograph at night in a room it doesn't work :)
I think I'm getting hooked on watercolours again almost finished an Andalusian horse that will be going to an equine art exhibition later on in the year. Must be doing something right my husband told me that he just wants to keep looking at the watercolours.
A want to say a special thank you to Kerry Wilson for the use of her photo. to view more of Kerry's photos check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/75449720@N00/
PS bit of techo stuff both watercolours where painted on arches 300gsm hot pressed paper never used this paper before but its lovely.

Thursday, July 24, 2008



There are some things in life that are a lot of fun to do. Last week I attended the Mitchell Winter School of Arts in Bathurst NSW Australia, for the week, relearning watercolour. I haven't painted in watercolours for such a long time and really just want to get back into them.

I met a lot of wonderful people there who all ate, slept and lived art for the week. My tutor Stephen Powell a renowned Australian Wildlife artist was a great teacher, Ive already told my family that I would like to go back in 18 months to push my watercolours to that next level. After Ive gotten comfortable with this medium again.

The photo of the lioness I painted was by Olivier Delaere (view his great photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/acinonyx1/) I want to thank you Olivier for the use of your wonderful photos for my artwork.

I'm looking forward to starting another soon.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Gift

The Gift
Earlier this year I applied to be part of the Le Cadeau Du Cheval - The Horse Gift" Mural Mosaic. And was accepted as one of only 2 Australian equine artists what a buzz. this is my contribution to the mural which will tour Canada to raise money for charity.
This is my first acrylic and was painted on board which I throughly enjoyed. Looking forward to working again in acrylics and have another equine piece in progress.
The visit the mural and see where my panel (no.13 top right hand side) will sit in the scheme of things visit: http://www.muralmosaic.com/Cadeau.html

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Roxie - Staffie

Roxie the staffie. what a girl this little lady was commissioned for a birthday present by Leigh for her husbands birthday. She has such character for an elderly girl and is much loved.

Pastel on canson paper.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back On Air

Computers???? cant live with them and we sure can live without them. My pc decided to die a couple of weeks ago right before my husband was due to go away. Thank goodness he's my computer guru and it is now back up and running.

I will now be able to post some new work here in the next couple of days.



Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Waiting for Lunch

Waiting for Lunch (Orbit)
I haven't posted to my blog for a while time has gotten away from me. This Great Dane puppy was just waiting to be drawn. The photo it was taken from is a photo by Twinkle Lettkeman. She has the most amazing photos.
Waiting for Lunch is for sale and can be purchase either directly from myself or through Enchanted Animal Art.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dogue Dogue Dogue - New

Dogue Dogue Dogue

Dogue de Bordeaux is the latest breed that I have drawn for Dreamscape Canine Collectibles. When Pat forwarded me the name of this breed I must confess I thought it was a small fluffy French breed. Just shows how wrong you can be in a name. Merchandise with these images on will soon be available from Dreamscape.

To purchase merchandise with my images on from Dreamscape click on the link on my home page. www.animalarthouse.com

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Puglsy - acrylic

Ive been dying to try something like this for such a long time. On the weekend as it was raining and as a rule dont go to my studio. I decided that the kitchen table looked like as good a place as any to give Pugsly ago. He is painted in the style of my eldest daughter who loves to paint people in this fashion.

Pugsly is 10" x 12" and is for sale.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Favourite Things

Favourite Things

Something a little different. The idea for Favourite things came about on a raining sunday afternoon, when my youngest asked me to draw some doggie things with her. We decided to set this collection of our dog Banjo's favourite things up to draw.

Drawn in chalk pastel Favourite things is 8" x 10" in size a % from the sale of this drawing will be donated to a canine charity.

for more information you can drop me an email. catherin@animalarthouse.com

Saturday, February 2, 2008


Leader - what an interesting commission this guy was. Leader passed away many many years ago I had a black and white photo and a couple of coloured photos to work from for this guy. He was a christmas commission for a ladies father, which made him a very special present.