I always seem to have drawn. During my early days it was with wax crayons which graduated to pencils and later pens.
As a small child animals were my favourite subjects. Woodland creatures would be drawn doing human things such as cooking, shopping and playing games. They often appeared in clothes similar to those of Beatrix Potter.
The other week I picked up some pencils and pens and had a go at drawing animals again, these were the result. The animals were created and named by Nick Lee-Frampton and I set about drawing them. The gnu is called Harold; he's a rather clumsy gnu who gets into various scrapes and the second a timid red squirrel called Melody. Mediums used were Derwent colour pencils and a fine Pentel black pen.
This good fortune cat is often depicted with an upright raised paw. This image also has a special place in my heart, as my elderly tabbycat (Sam) who died last year from a brain tumour was taught the trick of raising his paw and understood the command "happy paw". Here he is:
I've used acrylic paints and seal the paint with two coats of marine grade varnish to protect the pot. Ten years ago I used a similar method on pots I have outside in the garden and they still look like new. As a contrast to the black background I've painted some Cherry blossom. From the Heian Period (794 - 1185),the cherry blossom has been revered by Japanese. The flower's brief blooming time and the fragility and beauty of its blossom's, has led to an association with the transience of life.
These are ideal for presents to friends and family and can be planted up with either house plants, herbs, blubs or a favourite flower. I will be planting a palm in mine.