Bee Books Card

This unique book art card shows a shelf of honey-coloured titles all about the fascinating world of the wonderful bee 🙂

  • Image from an original Shelf Portrait oil painting by Roo Waterhouse
  • Square greeting card (145 x 145 mm)
  • Printed on sustainable card
  • with Kraft recycled paper envelope
  • Choice of Unwrapped or Cello bag
  • Shipped in 1-2 days

**PLEASE NOTE: Orders for United States and Europe may incur local taxes on or before delivery. If you wish to ship elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

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Bee Book Print

A lovely honey-coloured collection of books all about the wonderful life of the bee 🙂

  • Fine Art print on archival paper
  • signed by the artist
  • image size 6″x9″ with border
  • with backing board
  • ready to pop in an A4 size frame (frame not included)
  • Shipped in 2-3 days

**PLEASE NOTE: Orders for United States and Europe may incur local taxes on or before delivery.

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

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ABC of Bees: Limited Edition

This image of my original Shelf Portrait oil painting ‘ABC of Bees’ is available as a special Limited edition Print.  Featuring a honey-coloured shelf-full of books about the wonderful bee! With meadow wallpaper for the background 🙂

Limited Edition archival print on 280g Fine Art paper

  • Numbered out of an edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered under the image by the artist
  • with a certificate of authentication on the back
  • Backed and Mounted (except for United States and Europe**)
  • If in stock: shipped in 2 to 3 working days
  • On back order (or international): shipped in 10-14 working days

The printed image measures 12 x 16 inches.
Total size including window mount approx 17 x 21 inches
Frame not included

**Please note orders for the United States and Europe will be posted unmounted in a cardboard tube, and may incur local taxes on/before delivery** If you wish to ship to elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

 

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C is for Childhood Favourites….

‘When We Were Very Young’ Limited Edition print

The worlds of imagination that we find in books as children can expand our universe and expand our minds, helping us to see that there is a big wide world of opportunities and adventure out there…

One of my favourites to dip in and out of was A. A. Milnes When We Were Very Young’, which brought such delight and thrills to everyday life: there was a man that wasn’t there half way down the stairs! There were bears hiding around the corner! …and the simple happiness of John with his Great Big Waterproof Boots on…

I included this wonderful book in my painting of the same title, which is available to buy as a Limited Edition print in an edition of 100.

When We Were Very Young
‘Sarah’s Room’ the next Childhood themed Limited Edition print?

M is for Milly Molly Mandy

The copy of Milly Molly Mandy pictured in  ‘Sarah’s Room’ belonged to my mother as a child. The first of Joyce Lankester Brisley’s MIlly Molly Mandy stories were published in 1928, the year my mother was born, and they are still being republished today.

When she passed this copy on to my youngest, we were delighted to discover that Granjay had been a naughty child and scribbled on the illustrations with crayons! Very reassuring to discover that one’s parents are actually fallible human beings!

I was thinking of bringing this second childhood themed painting out as a new Limited Edition print – what do you reckon?
Which of these books takes you back to your childhood? I’d love to know!

‘Hug’ – a bespoke painting

H is for Hug

For one more glance back to childhood, this painting ‘Hug’ was a bespoke present for my youngest, Theo. He chose  his most treasured books on his 18th birthday, and I painted this Shelf Portrait ready for his 21st.

As you can see from the tape (barely) holding it together, Jez Alborough’s ‘Hug’ , was a favourite toddler book!

“I liked the idea that the smallest hug has the power to fill up even the largest animal” says Jez.

If you are looking for that illusive unique gift for a special someone in your life, what about a bespoke Shelf Portrait?

You can find out more on my website, or reply to this email with your enquiry 🙂

Bespoke paintings

Yes, it’s that fabulous time of year again!
Hebden Bridge artists and makers will be opening their doors and welcoming you into their studios over the weekend of

July 5th-7th from 10.30am to 5pm 🙂

More details to follow……

Best nostalgic childhood wishes,
Roo

Currently Reading: ‘Joan Eardley’ by Christopher Andreae

Roo’s Shop Here 🙂

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside :-)

Here’s a sneak peek at some details of  the new Shelf Portrait painting that I finished this week:
‘Beside The Seaside’

I especially enjoyed painting the shells and pebbles, as well as the detail of Hokusai’s ‘

The Great Wave off Kanagawa‘, possibly the world most famous woodblock print, on the cover of Iris Murdoch’s ‘

The Sea, The Sea

 

Once it’s dried and varnished it will be off down to London for the 

 on Hampstead Heath in May.
I’ll be going down with it, and I’m looking forward to venturing into the
Hamptead ponds for a swim 🙂

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!
I do like to be beside the sea!
Oh I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play, “Tiddely-om-pom-pom!”

I’m not sure there’s much of a chance of catching a brass band on the prom these days, but I don’t think that would stop me from heading to the seaside if I had half a chance!

Easter holidays is the classic time to head for the coast, I wonder where you might all be off to? I’m hoping for a day trip to Formby beach – a beautiful spot with pine forest, sand dunes, miles of sandy beach and even the chance of spotting a red squirrel 🙂

Above is a sketch I did there last Easter – I can’t believe it was so sunny!!

The lovely warm sunshine we had here on Sunday seems like such a distant memory! Pootling in my garden, I was happy to see a few fluffy bumble bees buzzing about 🙂
Why not spread some bee love this Spring with the warm, bumble-bee colours in my ‘
ABC of Bees‘ range of prints and cards!

I also had a lovely stroll up through the woods to gather wild garlic, and made this delicious 

for my lunch 🙂

Wishing you all a relaxing Spring Break 🙂

Best Wishes,
Roo

What The Dickens!

The leaves are turning here in the lovely Colden Valley. It is such a blessing to be able to start my day with a stroll through the beech, oak and Scots Pines 🙂
While browsing for a link to put with this photo, I came across a blog about the hidden gems of this lovely valley.                                                                                                                          Have a look here.                                                                                                            But don’t tell everyone how lovely it is!!

New Limited Edition Print:

What The Dickens!

Now available in an edition of 100 Fine Art Giclee Prints

I love the warm tones of the worn leather and the way the gilded text shines out of the spines on these Dickens books.
Prepare yourself for an atmospheric Dickensian Christmas this year!

(remember to use the code EARLYXMAS23 for 10% off!)

 

A date for your diaries:

Northlight Winter Fair

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
10.30am – 5pm
with a dozen or more of your favourite Northlight Artists, along with refreshments, raffle and an art activity 🙂
Yes, there will be MULLED WINE!

The Winter Fair is just one of the arty things happening all around Hebden bridge as part of the
Hebden Bridge Open Studios Winter Weekend

Follow @northlight_studio @hbopenstudios and #hebdenmakeschristmas on instagram for more news from all those taking part…

Getting Christmas sorted early….

To encourage you to get Christmas sorted early, I am offering you an exclusive 10% off throughout my website shop from now until the 4th December 🙂

Simply add the code: EARLYXMAS23 to your basket…

With Best Wishes
Roo

A Round Up of Recent releases…

Last week I delivered my latest bespoke commission ‘Younger Next Year’ in time for the client’s husband’s big birthday – he loved it – always such a relief!!

Now that I have a couple of studio-based weeks without rushing around to events, I thought I would do a little
Round Up of some Recent Releases
as I can never be quite sure that I have told you about them all.

I really should be more organised, with proper launches etc. but, hey ho, that’s not really my style!! 😂

Firstly, two new Limited Editions prints for you:

Partners In Crime
because autumn is the perfect time of year to curl up on the sofa with a pile of classic Agatha Christie paperbacks and a mug of cocoa 🙂

Look At This
a nostalgic shelfful of Ladybird books to take you back to your early school days…

Drift away with the flow of the river and memories of summer with
‘By The River’
now available as an A4 mounted print

Two new greetings cards from my Portico Library collaboration:
Spine[Less] and Portico
are now in my online shop too 🙂

 

Getting Christmas sorted early….

I know we’re not past Hallowe’en yet, but I have been gathering gifts already, as I like to get my Christmas present buying started in October (if not before!) and well sorted by the time December gets underway.

To encourage you to do the same I am offering you an exclusive 10% off throughout my website shop from now until the 4th December 🙂

Simply add the code:

EARLYXMAS23

to your basket…

Roo’s Shop

… and the sun did eventually shine in Dumfries & Galloway!

Thank you Wigtown Book Festival people for a super weekend!

… and another thank you to all the lovely visitors at York National Book Fair, now that I have actually added you to my mailing list!

With Best Wishes
Roo

Partners In Crime: Limited Edition Book Art

This image is a detail of one of my original Shelf-Portrait oil paintings ‘Partners In Crime’, showing a packed full shelf of vintage classic Agatha Christie mystery novels in their Pan paperback editions. Available here as a Fine Art print in a Limited Edition of 100.

  • Limited Edition Fine Art print on 280g Fine Art paper
  • Numbered out of an edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered under the image by the artist
  • with a certificate of authentication on the back
  • Backed and Mounted (except for United States and Europe**)
  • If in stock: shipped in 2 to 3 working days
  • On back order (or for International Shipping): shipped in 10-14 working days

The printed image measures 30 x 60 cm.
Total size including window mount approx 35 x 70 cm
Frame not included

**Please note orders for the United States and Europe will be posted unmounted in a cardboard tube, and may incur local taxes on/before delivery**If you wish to ship to elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

I love painting the details of the scuffed corners and worn edges – the evidence that these books have been well loved, playing their parts in peoples life stories….

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

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Odyssey: Limited Edition Book Art

This image is a detail of one of my original ‘Shelf-Portrait’ oil paintings ‘The Odyssey’, available here as a Fine Art print in a Limited Edition of 100.

  • Limited Edition Fine Art print on 280g Fine Art paper
  • Numbered out of an edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered under the image by the artist
  • with a certificate of authentication on the back
  • Backed and Mounted (except for United States and Europe**)
  • If in stock: shipped in 2 to 3 working days
  • On back order (or International): shipped in 10-14 working days

The printed image measures 30 x 60 cm.
Total size including window mount approx 35 x 70 cm
Frame not included

**Please note orders for the United States and Europe will be posted unmounted in a cardboard tube, and may incur local taxes on/before delivery**If you wish to ship to elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

I love painting the details of the scuffed corners and worn edges – the evidence that these books have been well loved, playing their parts in peoples life stories….

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

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