painted pumpkins – daily sketchbook

Apparently it's pumpkin spice season now. September is definitely giving autumn vibes already and I'm definitely not mad at it given the hot hot hot summer we've had in London. What's your opinion on the painted pumpkin craze? This page had an acrylic* background that I painted, like the last one for the mushrooms yesterday,... Continue Reading →

magic mushrooms – daily sketchbook

Mushrooms come in so many different shapes and sizes and colours. These are just imaginary ones but perhaps there are as yet undiscovered ones that look exactly like this, in Faerieland perhaps? My imagination is my escape. Life can be hard sometimes, and lately in the UK it's just getting more and more stressful, surprising... Continue Reading →

Popular British beer

Sometimes, having a simple conversation over a drink can spark an idea for an illustration. That's exactly what happened when I asked my husband why he prefers IPA over any other type of beer. Planning out my artwork and confirming the beer 'colours' And he said that's not exclusively what he drinks, and he also... 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 →

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 →

studio vlog #5, behind the scenes again

Hi everyone! Here's my new studio vlog! Another month full of art, chat, packing orders and visiting art shops in London! Enjoy! 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. I'd love to hear... Continue Reading →

my dad is a true marshmallow

This beautiful quote really sums up my lovely dad... This past weekend, it has been nine years since he gave me a second chance at life along with one of his his own kidneys. That's why I thought sharing my painting of this Richelle E Goodrich quote was particularly appropriate. Share your favourite quote that's... Continue Reading →

the pros and cons of commissioned work

Hello! I've finished the Fish Pie recipe illustration you might have spotted in my vlogs and here is the full process! I'm also having a chat about commissioned work and why I love to do it. You can also watch on and subscribe to my YouTube channel. There are subtitles available, and the transcript is... Continue Reading →

in reality, it takes me ages

Here is my actual, real-time process. Slow, precise strokes, taking the time to think, then paint. This is all I can actually do in just 15 seconds. So take these moments of painting zen and just BREATHE. It's not always necessary for artists to make a new piece of work every day and post on... Continue Reading →

years apart but still connected

It's funny how certain themes resonate with me. Does that happen to you – whether you're an illustrator like me, or creative in another field – a few themes and related imagery stick in your mind and are expressed in artwork. Zesty Escape Zesty Escape was painted in gouache (W&N designer gouache *) very recently.... Continue Reading →

it’s giving me that sunshine feeling…

This sketchbook piece I did a few weeks ago captures my feelings today. Yesterday was a downer, but my sunshine inside has been regenerated today by spending time with my husband and dog, despite it chucking down with rain all day long (refer to my stories for the depiction a very soggy dog walk). The... Continue Reading →

spooky cat silhouette paintings

Here's how I paint my cats. I draw a little half circle and add the pointy ears. Then I paint straight down for the front of the body, with one cheeky little paw out, and then a gentle curve for the back following on into a tail. How I paint a cat silhouette I then... Continue Reading →

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