Cat Folk Art Painting Art Nouveau style with poppies, butterflies and ladybugs

This is my completed Art Nouveau style Cat painting. It is watercolor with gold and colored pigment ink and is inspired by folk art as well as the illustrations of the Art Nouveau period which had a wonderful flowing style and often incorporated natural elements within the diverse themes depicted.

It is for sale as a beautiful print in my online shop here and the original painting is for sale here – I have not come up with a name for it, so any suggestions are welcome!

Cat with Red Poppies : a new Original Painting!

I have a fascination with red poppies and with cats, and have often portrayed them together in little montages and pieces of art, but have never done a full painting of these two lovely themes together.

Here are the beginnings of a watercolour based painting that I have been working on, Art Nouveau style, with pigment inks and white gesso highlights. The paper I use is Stonehenge cream paper – great for mixed media and especially good for etching and watercolors. I painted a yellow wash with touches of orange for a base design of colours to set the tone for what looks to be a folk-art kind of painting.                                         ~ More photos as I go along !

New : Original Miniature Paintings / Hand painted Gift Cards

I have been very busy painting these beautiful little pieces of art, each a one-off original miniature painting : I have produced about 20 or so, a selection of which you can see below.

Some of them are inspired by Art Nouveau style artwork, reminiscent of the art of Odilon Redon, and also the stunning designs of William Morris of the Arts and crafts movement in the late 1800’s. Each one has been carefully painted on gorgeous silky handmade mulberry bark paper in vibrant watercolors with highlighted colors in pigment gold and silver ink.
The border has been uniquely drawn in a combination of silver and gold ink.

The paintings, measuring 4.5cm x 4.5cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches) have been mounted on stiff coloured card which actually opens up and can be written inside, so this makes an ideal and very collectable all-in-one gift !

You can find a range available for sale in my Etsy online shop here: Small Original Art for Sale  ~~ or you can simply click on the Permalink below each image to find out more details and see a larger image…

Contact me if you see something below that is not for sale there…and thanks for looking!

John L Robson debut c.d: Spade and the Boxman

John’s powerful and original music speaks for itself…. he has been writing at an extraordinary pace and will be doing a gig up here in Katoomba on Saturday October 3rd at Blackburn’s Hotel.

Come along for a great night of original music from many mountain musicians!

He has just released his first studio recording called “Spade and the Boxman” recorded by Eliot at songcavestudios in the Blue Mountains, Australia.


Here is a selection of his songs as MP3′ s ~ just click on each one to listen :

John L Robson “Wild Wind”

John L Robson “She’s Everywhere”

John L Robson “Francesca’s Room”


– if you would like to contact John about his music please  visit his MySpace page:

or email him:


“Wild Wind”

~ words and music John Robson 2008 ~


I hear the father in the wild wild wind

I feel his hand on the back of my skin

I see the sky forever foreboding

So is this a storm or a welcoming call….

There are shadows on the streets tonight

Silhouetted souls moving from the light

Trees are dancing as a wind drives through

So is this a storm or a welcoming call….

It’s a wild, wild wind

It’s a wild, wild wind

All God’s children are asleep tonight

Their eyes are closed but hearts are open

While I’m up howling at smoke and mirrors

and is this a storm or a break in the clouds…

It’s a wild, wild wind

It’s a wild, wild wind…