Birds, OWLS, and naked ladies

I spent the majority of 2019 attending a local life drawing class; you may have seen some of the pieces on my instagram @yasminfrench or my artfinder account. I posted some of my favourite pictures- they’re not all great, but I just love capturing expressions and mannerisms, it truly is what makes us human.

I’m hoping to continue drawing and sketching to my heart’s content this year, but, amongst all the naked ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be trying to sketch more scenes and animals. It’s hard, isn’t it – always looking for that balance! Does anyone ever achieve a balance of everything they want to do, or is it just some kind of utopia? 

Spotted Eagle Owl Hiding in Tree Trunk
Spotted Eagle Owl Hiding in Tree Trunk

In December I got really excited to have an excuse to get my acrylics out. I decided to paint an owl for my boyfriend’s parents for Christmas! His mum had hinted she would love a picture of mine and I thought, well, why not?! I chose owls, just because… well, I’ve painted lots before, and a lot of people like owls. His parents live in the countryside, and I knew my portraits of alpacas, emus and similar wouldn’t go down well (they used to run a farm and were sick of the sight of them!).

Owls were a safe bet so I found a really lovely reference photo of a spotted eagle owl in a tree trunk. I cropped in a lot closer, changed the background a bit, adjusted and simplified the bark … you know the drill. There are little bits of Golden gold mica in there, too, to really make the bark pop.  I had so much fun playing with the textures in this!

It is in its new home now. The painting has gone and I’m sad because I was pretty happy with the results (which is rare!). I’m pleased that they were really happy with it and it’s got pride of place at their house. It’s definitely one that I’ll be producing prints of, on greeting cards, and 8×8″ prints.  If you’d like a print, message me via the contact page.

I will be back and will post more about the workshop I went to last year, where I rediscovered a love for painting street scenes! I am seeing paintings everywhere I walk in town, now – expect more in 2020…

It’s been a long time!

It feels like I haven’t posted in years. I’ve been busy – not just with the day job, but I’ve also been attending weekly life drawing classes, which has been great fun. I go to a small studio, with seats for 10 artists, so there’s plenty of room for a good view and it’s suitably quiet and relaxed.

If you fancy checking out the classes, you can find out more here (

The life models are rotated but there are some regulars, so you can study the forms well over time. You can see some of my latest sketches below. I’m putting these up slowly on Artfinder, so if you like a piece, you can purchase it.

Summer Traffic Jams and more sweet babes

Here’s another picture up on Artfinder! This was created during the Patti Mollica colour course. Click to view more info.

I went for a walk with one of my bestfriends last week and we took some pictures of her sweet boy. It is so hard to shoot in the forest, I forget how difficult it is to manage the light. Here are some of my faves.

It must be the season for mushrooms – we saw lots of them and I took a few pictures. I’ll have to go back when the leaves have turned and started falling, it was still very green!

All things pink: New Babies and Blossom Paintings

I recently had the privilege of photographing a good friend’s newborn – she is absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to try and create some traditional newborn shots with cuddly toys and soft blankets. I have shared some of my favourite photos in this gallery. Here is sweet Sophia:

I have also added a recent piece to Artfinder and the painting gallery. This was a lovely, whimsical painting of cherry blossom. I wanted to create a serene, soft atmosphere and it’s a relatively large canvas for me. This could be a real statement in the right spot!

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