Art Journal: The Peony Collection, a little shed and a magical cat

Completing my collection of three hyper-realistic flowers, drawn between January and May 2021, is the delicate pink peony. The photographic reference was kindly given to me by my lovely friend Sally who has the most beautiful garden full of flowers. She has been so supportive all the way through the creation of this artwork; a constant source of daily encouragement and kindness.

Sally’s Peony, by Tiny Potager

With the launch of the Peony Collection, for the very first time my little art shop is selling notebooks …

… and large “beach bag” totes – which was an ask from my very talented photographer friend Anna, who already owns two of our smaller bag designs (and styles them very beautifully for us!). Thank you so much Anna x

One commission I have been really enjoying working on in the last few weeks is an artwork of a hand-built family shed. A wonderful lady named Julia was the winner of the “Best Shed” competition in the Tweeters Garden Show on Twitter. The prize was for me to draw the winning shed. I admit I was a little nervous about what I might be drawing, but this could not have worked out better for me. Julia created the shed with her family from reclaimed items. Isn’t it brilliant?

Initially, I made a sketch of the dimensions from a reference photo, but since then I have been working solely from my draft – to help create the pieced-together character of this charming little building. I think definite lines and precision would be all wrong here. The dark background may or may not stay – I tend to work on a black background because it helps me to prevent eye strain when working digitally. Julia kindly let me know the summer plants she intends to grow, so I am now adding sweetpeas to the trellis and tumbling tomatoes to the hanging baskets.

Finally, I would like to introduce you to Koshka the cat. She rules my two human friends Will and Kirsty and I have the joyful task of drawing her.

Since they both love myth, folklore and Dungeons & Dragons, I am making the portrait a little bit magical in their honour. Will does a lot of work online promoting kindness and compassion in the online DnD community and you can find him here.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. With several deadlines out of the way, I am looking forward to spending time in my tiny potager garden now that the sun is shining x

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. dprastka says:

    Beautiful artwork, such talent!! Thank you for sharing even the work in progress of your kitty! ❤️ ~ Diana

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    1. Thank you so much – I’m glad you like them! I’ve never drawn a pet portrait before, so it’s been a lot of fun to try drawing something so different 🤍

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  2. My wife would love that tote bag.

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    1. Thank you, that’s very kind. The totes are a bestseller in the little shop – I have one myself for my library books 📚🤍

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  3. Love your peonies and your kitty!

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    1. Thank you very much Crystal x 🌸🤍

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  4. Wow you’re a talented artist! The cat is adorable in person and lovely interpreted as art!

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    1. Thank you so much Tierney xxx

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  5. TanGental says:

    Delightful. I thought I’d share this.
    Julian is a friend who has a studio adjacent to where the Olympic Park was built in East London. One of the loses in creating the Park was the allotments. Julian decided to capture some of those loses in his shed series. Your lovely commission took me right back there!!

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    1. Thanks so much – I spent a very happy tea break browsing all of the shed paintings, they are fantastic! 🙂


  6. Your amazing output continues

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    1. Thank you Derrick! I’m finding a little time to get back into my reading, writing and hiking too now that summer is here 🙂

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  7. Shannon says:

    Stunning flowers as always! And that shed is my dream shed. Wish there were heart-eyes emojis on WordPress. 🙂

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    1. It’s my dream shed too – Julia has built perfection! 🙂


  8. Utterly fabulous!

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    1. Thank you so much Laurie xxx

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  9. I love peonies and cats! Lovely artwork.

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    1. Thank you very much! 🙂

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  10. Widdershins says:

    Love Koshka’s magical eyebrows/lashes/whiskers. 😀 … they’re purrrfect! 😀

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    1. Thank you! It happened all of a sudden, completely unplanned, but I am really happy with the effect x

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  11. Are you still using your iPad or tablet to draw the cat? Or have you gone to mixed media?


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