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Hi, My name is Irene Owens. My greatest passion in life is Art. I love drawing portraits, painting whimsical pictures and illustrating for children. I also collect children's books and hope to one day get one of my own picture books published. I have a shop on Etsy where I sell my prints, hand painted pendants and mirrors. In this blog you will find artists that inspire me, brilliant handmade creations and my own art. I hope you enjoy my posts.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Hoggy and Mummy

I've just a finished a small series of paintings for nursery of Hoggy and his Mummy. Very happy with the result :)


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sad Hoggy by the lake

I was looking through my folders yesterday and came across this illustration. This was originally made for my book "Hoggy" but I've later on decided to replace it with a more striking image, this one

I still like this painting though, so here we are :)

Acrylics on watercolor paper

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Custom Baby Name

Here's a new commission I've just finished. These are the little girl's favorite toys :)

Acrylics on canvas paper

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Everything and Nothing

I am a universe - complex, mysterious, full of life. I'm also just a grain of sand - soon to be lost forever, forgotten. How can I be everything and nothing at the same time?

Sea always makes me feel tiny and insignificant, in awe of its beauty and power. It makes me ask myself questions I know I can't answer.


Monday, 26 November 2012

Painting time!

Here's a sneaky peek at my new painting. I've tidied up my desk a bit before the picture was taken, usually it's a LOT messier, no matter how hard I try to keep it neat. Tell me about your working spaces - neat or chaos?

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Pumpkin Surprise

Well, Halloween is upon us and I couldn't resist painting some gorgeous pumpkins :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

Irina Andreeva

I have always been a fan of simplicity in art. A few lines can tell a story, evoke a strong emotion. When I look at amazing felt sculptures by Irina Andreeva, I want to smile, laugh, cry. These sculptures say so much. They're so wonderfully simple and at the same time so complex, so full of life.


Monday, 1 October 2012

Christmas Cards

I know, I know... it's only October :) Time flies before Christmas though so get your cards now! very limited amount of these is being printed


Saturday, 29 September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Bunnies Picnic

I have been commissioned to create a banner and a few elements for a website selling beautiful clothes for little girls. It was a fun project and I'm so pleased to finally see the result. I think it looks very cute :) What do you think?

Bunnies Picnic

Friday, 21 September 2012

Christmas Cracker

I've started working on Christmas illustrations for my Etsy shop, going to have them as prints and as greeting cards.

Here's a brand new illustration

And these are from a couple of years ago, I think they'll make nice cards. What do you think?


Sunday, 16 September 2012


First time I've tried gouache paints and I really liked them, they work brilliantly with my favorite acrylics

My own little muse seems to be on holiday right now, I'm supposed to be drawing Christmas cards and have no good ideas, not one! Muse, come back!

Acrylics, gouache and pencils on watercolor paper


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Beach Hut Hunt

Inspired by the colorful beach huts in Thorpe :)

Acrylics on watercolor paper