Crow 2017

Crow 2017 ellaquaint x the paper rain project

Crow is my first completed painting of 2017 and I have to say that I am pretty chuffed with how he has turned out. Skate decks provide a gusty format that force you to think outside of the square (or rectangle as is mostly the case), to utilize the space effectively. This work is a collaborative work with the lovely folk at The Paper Rain Project.

The Paper Rain Project is a wonderful venture based in Picton, New Zealand. Their ethos is founded upon beautifully made quality products that are either ethically produced, whether that is employing disadvantaged women in India and or environmentally friendly, for example; up-cycling old skateboards or wine barrels into aesthetically pleasing art works or functional long boards.


Fawn Bouquet – a colouring page.


Fawn Bouquet is a downloadable (savable) image that is my first colouring page design. For a limited time you can save it for free to print off at your leisure, the link is attached to the photograph or here.

Colouring is an activity associated with relaxation and mindfulness, things that many of us need to focus on as a counterpoint to our hectic, multi-tasking lifestyles. I tried to apply similar principles when illustrating this little cutie, aiming to have fun with the process and not striving for perfection with the rendering or composition. Admittedly drawing like that was really hard!

Please read the page on my website that the illustration appears on, that way you can print if off to scale because for some reason the file size was reduced, stupid website! Should you like it a lot and feel that you would be happy to purchase it, it is listed on my Etsy store ellacute. I am aiming to add to that collection over the next couple of weeks.

What do you think that my next animal subject should be?

2017 . . . there’s no pressure.

‘You know those days when things keep getting worse faster than you can lower your standards?’ Carrie Fisher

Well, we are very close to the end of a rather significant year. So many treasured icons have passed and it really did seem like we were thrust into another dimension with the passing of David Bowie. Ridiculous people gained copious amounts of power. I don’t think I have ever been more happy to be living in New Zealand, distance from the rest of the world can at times be frustrating, but in this sense it is such a good thing. Environmental disasters plagued the world like the fires in Indonesia. Humanitarian tragedies occurred, ones that seem like they have no feasible end as the influences upon the whole Syrian situation are so convoluted. Indigenous rights continue to be flouted to meet the needs of multi-national conglomerates and militarized forces being used despite the peaceful resistance that the water protectors are maintaining. Some of us also had some rather trying times in personal arenas. Frankly 2016 you weren’t the best. However there were times that you were pretty damn amazing. 2017 please look to those positive moments as the source of your inspiration so you can be ridiculously good.



Ooops . . . Broke my Blog


Bear 2016 by ellaquaint



This guy sums up the astonishment I felt at realizing that I could no longer log in and contribute to my old blog site. Blogger you suck! Admittedly it had been a while. The last post had been about Bears so I thought it was only fitting that the first post on my new blog featured a Bear also.

Welcome! Hopefully this space will evolve into an interesting collection to peruse. I have many wonderful ideas and great intentions that will hopefully manifest. Art, adventures, nature . . . maybe the odd art tutorial . . . these are just some of the notions rattling around in my head. Anyhow, it has begun.