quick draw LIVE!

Remember the last time I did a live quick-draw on Instagram?! Well, it happened again, as one of the demos for the Super Seconds Festival in my previous post and it was so much fun! My followers suggested a variety of fun things to draw (mostly dogs!)... And it was an adventure in paint and... Continue Reading →

super seconds festival spring 2022

There is a massive SALE this weekend! I am so excited to be taking part in Super Seconds Festival Spring 2022, and it's going to be a whopper, at which I will be getting myself some bargains too! Check out the FESTIVAL PREVIEW now! The event starts at 10am on Saturday, 9th April and runs... Continue Reading →

working for good – a fundraising announcement

This month, I signed up to fundraise for UK for UNHCR via Work for Good (#notsponsored!!) in order to be able to fundraise both legally and consistently. UK for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the UK, building solidarity and raising funds to protect refugees worldwide. (via Work for Good which takes care of the legal aspects of fundraising as a business). You may... Continue Reading →

using good quality art materials is essential

Using gouache as a base, with pencils adding detail on top, it's a joy to work with good quality art materials. The priorities are always ease of use, range of colours, depth of colour and, of course, lightfast-ness, because you don't want the tones to fade over time, right? These Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils have been... Continue Reading →

studio vlog #7, the last vlog of 2021!

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's already time for the last vlog of 2021?! Happy New Year!!! I look forward to making more videos for you! You can also watch on and subscribe to my YouTube channel. There are subtitles available, and the transcript is below if you need to read as well as watch.... Continue Reading →

painting a crafty fox

Sly as a fox” is a traditional saying, painting the fox as a very crafty and cunning hunter in many fables and stories, so, over time, the fox became associated with trickery. I painted this fox in an instagram live "quick draw" the other day; it was requested by Sinead of The Crafty Fox Market,... Continue Reading →

the joy of tidying

There is nothing quite a satisfying as neat and tidy product storage. It's quite terrifying how much I appreciate a tidy drawer. It's not that I spend an inordinate amount of time organising or cleaning up, it's just that once I have done it, it stays like that for quite a while and it's enormously... Continue Reading →

cats seem to be on my mind lately

Everyone who knows me would unanimously agree that I, Arati, am a dog person. I don't by any means hate cats at all, I just prefer dogs! But, lately, I have been painting rather a lot of cats... Mostly influenced, I have go admit, by my sister's rescue cat, a lovely lad. This latest piece... Continue Reading →

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