Wild dog art

by Lori Bentley on April 26, 2016

These two paintings were a result of an afternoon spent playing with watercolours.

wild dog 1 wild dog 2

I posted the images on facebook and they were sold within 6 hours.

Sometimes the paint just works, and I am incredibly proud of the way they turned out.

As a result, I have issued a limited edition print run of 10 copies of wild dog 1 (the top one in this post). Two have already gone, and I have only eight left.

They are A4 size giclee prints, numbered and signed.

If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact me directly.

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Designs for a Christmas wedding

by Lori Bentley on January 26, 2015

hELEN AND cHRIS ORDER OF SERVICE backMy nephew got married on the 19th of December, mainly because it was the best time for family from all over the world to converge on the Cambridge area.

He and his then fiancee, decided they were going to do as much of the wedding preparations, decorations and organisation themselves as the costs needed to be kept reasonable. Of course, getting hold of “Auntie-dearest” to design the wedding stationery was a given. After much though we decided it would be lovely to use the Twelve Days of Christmas (I’m sorry, it’s going around your head now, isn’t it?) as the basis of the design, as it gave us twelve convenient symbols to use for the tables at the reception. I designed each day’s representative gift as a repeat pattern that could fit into a circle, The twelve circles were then printed on the back of the order of service and used during the service when the song was sung. Each day was then separated out and one version of each was printed on card to use as table labels, with the main table being designated as “five gold rings”. The colour scheme of the wedding was a dark green, dark red and gold/cream.

All artwork was set up so that it could be printed on a home printer. The bride and groom bought some gorgeous cream stock in different weights for everything from the invitations, and information cards to the Order of service, seating plan and Menus.

These two young people are incredibly adventurous. They travel a lot and are prepared to take on anything new. For instance, they got engaged under the stars in the middle of a nomad camp in the Jordanian desert. With this in mind, I thought that it would be fun to play around with the typography, just to make the invitation a little less conventional and boring.

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The attention to detail and simple style of this wedding was amazing. The bride wore a dress made by the incredibly talented Rosalind Evans. The beadwork on the dress was perfect: hundreds of sparkling snowflakes. The bridesmaids wore dresses of dark green, while the groom, best man and ushers were decked out in dark red cravats, and cream ribbon rose and holly buttonholes. Tiny little details: the one red buttonhole on the groom’s cuff; snowflake shaped hair ornaments for the bridesmaids… every little thing was incredibly well thought out.

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Here’s to a great life together, and thanks for asking me to design for you. I enjoyed it and your wedding more than I can tell!

p.s. Alex Beckett was the photographer at the wedding and did a beautiful job

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How I wanted to put Excalibur through my book cover illustration

April 22, 2014

There are many many moments in a creative person’s life, where you produce a piece of artwork with a deadline looming and you then just want to tear your hair out. I did this recently with the book cover illustration  the second of Fiona Ingram’s series. in the first book cover illustration – The Secret […]

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Bridging the gap

March 28, 2014

I got a request from my friend Leslie of spectacular quilt fame: “Josh’s dear friend Emily is marrying Jeff on Jan 25th. I’m wondering if you could paint a watercolor for them with the intersecting hearts, their names and even the date if it fits the design.  Emily is an extraordinary musician.  I even took […]

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Portraits – my pre-Christmas challenge

January 30, 2014

A lot of my work is figurative, especially the illustration, but it has been a long time since I have been challenged to create portraits. I count the onsite sketches I have done over the years as useful exercises in hand/eye coordination. Just before Christmas I was contacted by my friend, Ken who now lives […]

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Advent Challenge 24 – go eat your turkey!

December 24, 2013

It’s over! This is the final post – I’m about as done as the Christmas turkey and probably gobbling just as much. This illustration by Benji Davies just about sums it up! Thank you to everyone who has read my completely odd list, bearing with me when I threw products, conservation and art into the […]

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Advent Challenge 23 – sunshine and sandals

December 23, 2013

When we were moving from America, back to South Africa, a child asked us this question: “When do you celebrate Christmas in South Africa?” As it was asked by a child, I didn’t unleash the sarcastic side of me (always very close to the surface), but explained about the difference in seasons and that our […]

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Advent Challenge 22 – Louise Collis

December 22, 2013

  Welcome to the wild paint world of Louise Collis. Louise lives and works in Wales where she paints plein air landscapes in oils. I love how the paint is evident, and yet miraculously becomes sea or cliff or beach. Giveaway alert! Louise’s annual Christmas/new year competition is happening today! She picks a map co-ordinate […]

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Advent Challenge 21 – in good taste

December 21, 2013

The Victorian Garden is a creative idea worth sharing. Lindsay Salthouse started the company, using recipes for skin care products found in a collection of diaries written by her great-grandmother. She started out small, and has since gone from strength to strength. The Victorian products were soon joined by the African Indigenous collection,  the Tudor […]

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Advent Challenge 20 – Joan Aiken and friends

December 20, 2013

James Mayhew posted a link on facebook to a page on the website Illustration Cupboard, where some of Jan Peinkowski’s illustrations are for sale. It was like stepping into a time machine and being whisked back to my childhood. My reading life took off the day I picked up my first Joan Aiken book The […]

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