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** Sale ** Bear & Cub Original Drawing!

This Brown Bear and her cub is an original A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) Colour pencil drawing which is up for sale. To make room for my upcoming wildlife paintings I have a sale on a couple of my originals. Follow this link ‘artwork for sale’ for more details and to see a couple of other pieces at a reduced price!

Upcoming pieces..
Not wanting to give to much away but I have a real variety of subjects planned for my next few wildlife pieces. Another mother and her baby captured beautifully by the photographer, some creates used to sub zero climates, and others on a much smaller scale which are very cute and here on our doorstep in the UK. Can’t wait to share πŸ™‚

My next pastel piece.. and paper talk :)

Back in June this year I purchased 2 full sets of pastel pencils and a full 120 soft pastel stick set. About 5 years ago I bought the full set of Derwent pastel pencils and only used them once and never finished the drawing. It was of a Zebra and for whatever reason, which I cannot remember, I never completed it. This wasn’t unusual as I did used to start a wildlife piece and start another before finishing the last. So therefore I never really finished anything. This was a rule I made to myself when I went full time 2 years ago… Any piece I start I MUST finish before starting the next.

My difficulty with pastels…
When I bought these sets it never entered my mind the difficulty I would have using them.. If I would have know I would probably not have invested in them! Turns out .. I HATE the feel of the pastels on the textured/sanded paper that pastels require. The gritty feeling goes straight through me like nails down a chalk board! Weird I know πŸ™‚

The howling Wolf was my first pastel piece I experimented with and finished! I was delighted when the next day it sold! So that was a real confidence booster for me and made me want to work through the medium to a point where I am as comfortable using them as I am my other mediums.

Wolf reference by Paul Fine. Background is my own.

New paper…
Every so often I buy new materials to try out. When I was first using my colour pencils I bought sooooo many paper types and brands. I dont want to know how much I spent haha! But this is part of the process of ‘learning your trade’. What works for others may not be suited for your techniques. I personally like a smoother paper than hot-pressed watercolour paper which majority of colour pencil artists use. It just falls down to personal preference and what works best for you.

The new pastel paper I have bought can be used with colour pencils as well. I don’t think I will be changing my colour pencil paper however I do want to be able to incorporate my pastels and colour pencils together. So this may be a happy medium. The bonus is that it comes in so many gorgeous colours so if I like it I will be experimenting with a variety of colours for various subjects!

Keep updated…
Follow me on Facebook for here on my blog to keep up to date with how this new material venture turns out πŸ˜€

‘Purrfection’ Limited Edition Prints!

I picked up more limited edition prints of ‘Purrfection’. My framer always does such a wonderful job and I just love them!

If you order now you can still get them for Christmas! They can be purchased over at my ‘artwork for sale’ under limited edition prints or feel free to contact me at zara.toms@hotmail.co.uk πŸ™‚

β€˜Purrfection’
Limited edition run of 150
GiclΓ©e prints on 300gsm on fine art, archival quality paper.
Each print will come professionally mounted/matted.
Image size: A4 (8.3β€³ x 11.7β€³)
Mount size: 14β€³ x 16β€³ Ready to fit in a standard size frame

As are all my pieces of artwork from pet portraits to wildlife I only use the highest quality materials that are lightfast and made to last. The prints will be of the same excellent quality. Each print will be hand signed and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Β£35 (FREE P&P within UK)
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Reference photograph taken by
Stephanie Swayne @ Wildlife Reference Photos

Lioness Limited Edition Prints Available!

My cropped Lioness prints are now available! I picked them up from the framers and I love them! They have come out perfectly. Details of the prints are below πŸ˜€

β€˜Purrfection – Close up β€˜
Limited edition run of 150
GiclΓ©e prints on 300gsm on fine art, archival quality paper.
Each print will come professionally mounted/matted.
Image size: 8β€³ x 10β€³
Mount size: 14β€³ x 16″ Ready to fit in a standard size frame

As are all my pieces of artwork from pet portraits to wildlife I only use the highest quality materials that are lightfast and made to last. The prints will be of the same excellent quality. Each print will be hand signed and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Β£35 (Free P&P within UK)
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Reference photograph taken by
Stephanie Swayne @ Wildlife Reference Photos

Buy prints here!

We are still tweaking some parts of my website but you can now purchase my prints on my website! I am also going to be enhancing the layout and improving areas. I have had the same layout on my website since it was set up many years ago so am excited to see a new appearance take place.

Head over to my ‘limited edition prints’ page under the ‘artwork for sale’ to see all my current prints that are available. Here are a few listed below. I have just picked up my Lioness prints so once they are mounted I’ll photograph them as I have done with these and get them uploaded :).

‘Hare today, gone tomorrow’ Limited Edition Prints

I say it in every post.. well post about my prints.. How excited I am to be offering limited edition prints of some of my wildlife pieces.

I have picked up 4 new canvases today from my framers for my next lot of planned wildlife paintings. Cannot wait!!! I have also order large sheets of new coloured, heavy weight paper which if they are suitable for my techniques cannot wait to get more of. They have a huge range of colours and I’m hoping I can work with my pastels and coloured pencils. Fingers crossed :).

This below is my ‘Hare today, gone tomorrow’ print vs original painting. Just showing the excellent quality of each of my prints. They have then been beautifully mounted by my local framer who as always does such a great job.

You will be able to buy prints directly from my website – COMING VERY SOON :D. But until then if there is a print you would like or you’re interested in any of my original pieces please feel free to email me at zara.toms@hotmail.co.uk

β€˜Hare today, gone tomorrow β€˜
Limited edition run of 150
GiclΓ©e prints on 300gsm on fine art, archival quality paper.
Each print will come professionally mounted/matted.
Print size: 8β€³ x 10β€³
Mount size: 14β€³ x 16β€³
Ready to fit in a standard size frame

As are all my pieces of artwork from pet portraits to wildlife I only use the highest quality materials that are lightfast and made to last. The prints will be of the same excellent quality. Each print will be hand signed and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Β£35 (including P&P within UK)
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Reference photograph taken by Warren Etherington
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‘The Hole Hog’ Limited Edition Prints!

Thank you to everyone who has purchased any of my prints. I am so excited to be offering these and after having them mounted by my local framer I feel it finishes each print off.

From my originals to prints I only use the best materials and services to ensure that my work has the best quality to ensure longevity of each painting, drawing and print. These prints are Giclee which is the highest print quality type. Archival ink and paper ensures these will be around as long as the originals.

β€˜ The Hole Hog β€˜
Limited edition run of 150
Image size: 8β€³ x 10β€³
Mount size: 14β€³ x 16β€³ (Ready to fit in a standard size frame)
GiclΓ©e prints on 300gsm on fine art, archival quality paper.
Each print will come professionally mounted/matted.
Each print will be hand signed and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Β£35 (including P&P within UK)
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Multiple reference photographs and my own imagination creating a one off layout have created this piece making it one of a kind
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‘First Few Steps’

I have my prints back from the framers and as always he has done an amazing job. Beautifully mounted and ready to go off to their new homes. I am in the process of having a shop made on my website so that you can purchase prints directly from here :). That would be up and running very soon. If you would like to purchase any of my prints until then please feel free to email me anytime at zara.toms@hotmail.co.uk

β€˜ First Few Steps’
Limited edition run of 150
GiclΓ©e prints on 300gsm on fine art, archival quality paper.
Each print will come professionally mounted/matted.
Print size: A5 5.8β€³ x 8.3β€³
Mount size: 10β€³ x 12β€³
(Ready to fit in a standard size frame)

As are all my pieces of artwork from pet portraits to wildlife I only use the highest quality materials that are lightfast and made to last. The prints will be of the same excellent quality. Each print will be hand signed and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Β£25 (including P&P within UK)
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Reference photograph taken by Pam Donovan
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First pastel piece!

Six months ago I purchased 2 full sets of pastel pencils and a full 120 set of pastel sticks and a pad of Pastelmat paper.. without trying any of them first.. Maybe a silly decision! Turns out I HATE the feel of pastels on the sanded paper. The feel of it goes straight through me – sort of like how nails on a chalk board makes some people cringe! I will be doing more pastel pieces and am determined to like them haha!

Well because I had invested a fair chunk of money into these supplies I pushed through it and created this as my first pastel drawing. I always knew with this piece I wanted to try some bright colours for the background. So I went with some blues and greens which I wanted to resemble the distant green hue of the northern lights type effect. I then added some of the white pastel to create his breath and was pleased with how that overlapped the blue background.

I then thought .. Lets try something completely different and not my normal style and make this piece have a magical type feel. So I added some twinkly stars and I felt it completed this piece. A few of the background colours layered into the fur to make it feel part of the new environment and this piece was finished :). I’m pleased to say that this sold as soon as it was finished and its being professionally mounted ready to be shipping to its new home in Scotland!

Wolf reference photograph taken by Paul Fine.

‘Purrfection’ Limited Edition Prints

All of my prints will be limited edition. I have limited them to a 150 print run and each print will all be professionally mounted ready to fit in a standard size frame.

The prints are such high quality that I decided to have a nice 40mm mount put on all of them. The image of the print themselves has a 10mm border on 3 sides and a 15mm border on the bottom. This is where I will number, name and sign each print. I shall post some pictures of them mounted as soon as I pick them up from my framers :).

Print details for this cropped Lioness:

Title: β€˜Purrfection’
Image size: A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″)
Professionally mounted to 14β€³ x 16β€³
Β£35 (including P&P within the UK) Shipping outside UK available.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like a print of this Lioness or any of my other available prints all of which are listed on my website). Maybe a nice Christmas present :).

Each print will then be hand signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. They are Giclee prints on fine art, archival quality 300gsm paper. These are the highest form of print you can get and just like all of my original work they are made to last.

I do ship worldwide so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in a print or any original artwork.