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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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Valentine's Day + The Chinese New Year (16th of February) all rolled into one! Image from here! Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Rachel and Rudy in New York. You can see the handsome art deco Chrysler building behind them. Rudy is actually a very rare lilac schnauzer. Everywhere Rachel goes with Rudy people stop and admire his fine lilac coat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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February 16th is the Chinese New Year which will be the year of the dog. In preparation of this event, I have created Fifteen Pups! (see above). Included are a spaniel or two, a poodle, pug dogs, dachshunds, french bull... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Sophia and Simon. Simon is an exotic cross between a spaniel and collie and an Irish Red Setter. He is very proud of his heritage as is Sophia. You can find Sophia and Simon here! Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is Isadora and Iggy. Isadora takes her Iggy everywhere which he thoroughly enjoys. Last week they went to a glamorous high society garden party at a large house that overlooked the ocean and on the weekend they drove along... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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January is hot and humid as advertised. Meanwhile, here are some flowers that are quintessentially Aussie and Sydney in particular: pale yellow gum blossoms, red gum blossom flowers, flannel flowers, and an orange grevillea. And below is a photo of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Happy Australia Day! This is a medley of mermaids. I thought the beach/ water theme was vaguely appropriate considering it's Australia Day. Meanwhile, here are three mermaid jokes you can wow your friends with at an Australia Day BBQ or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This is a white cat doing something I too enjoy doing which is gazing at and appreciating beautiful flowers, be they wild or in a garden. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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This stylish pair are Daphne and Dennis. Meanwhile it has been very windy in Sydney, which was nice because it brought the temperature down a bit, but now it has returned to the heat that is usual for January. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at matouenpeluche
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Little Garden Ballerina - probably my last drawing for 2017! I hope everyone has a joyful time this evening! Here's to 2018! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! There are a lot of "2017..." type things going on, so I thought I'd get together some of the drawings I've done this year as a way to say goodbye to 2017. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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I hope everyone has a lovely day tomorrow filled with good company, fine food and excellent activities (i.e. Southern hemisphere: swimming, walking, playing games, keeping cool etc! Northern Hemisphere: building snowmen, keeping warm etc)! By the way, this is Cuthbert,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Top two: Mona Vale looking north and south. Apricot and yellow Frangipani, the El Alamein Fountain in Kings Cross, electric orange gum blossoms, two personages at Narrabeen Lakes, looking up from a courtyard in Potts Point, pale yellow gum blossoms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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I thought it was time all the dog lovers out there had something they could relate to as well ...Queen Victoria was apparently a huge dog fancier. She owned the first dachshund in England in the 1840s and later had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Purr Purr...I had a beloved cat when I was growing up who had a very loud purr. You could hear him purring in another room, and you could hear him purring as he walked around the house. It was very... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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This is a list, in no particular order, of the series, documentaries and movies that stood out for me in the televisual viewing arena of 2017. The Roosevelts - An Intimate History and Ken Burns. Image from here It's no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Behold! The shy and elusive butterfly cat going about his business. The butterfly cat is seen here fluttering above his favourite type of flower: the mauve/ blue agapanthus (which happens to be flowering at the time of writing). A shy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Christmas approacheth, therefore, Cat + Confetti. Jim understands that confetti is a festive/ celebratory thing, but nevertheless is still not entirely sure about it. Meanwhile, only one more sleep until The Crown series two appeareth on Netflix! Alas, no John... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Twenty Cats! A collage I made from a selection of my cat drawings. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Non-cat people look away now! (*ahem*) Here's another quote for all those cat lovers out there. I didn't know Charles Dickens was a cat fancier, however, I whole heartedly agree with him on this point. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Something I did a while ago, but is perpetually relevant for any endeavour! Happy Monday! Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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A thought of the day courtesy of that great Victorian/ Edwardian French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Other great things Rodin said were: "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely" "Sculpture is the art of the hole... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Recently, Taylor went to his favourite museum: The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and insisted on having his photo taken in front of his favourite work by Wassily Catinski. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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Animalia - a rearranging of my alphabet poster I did a year or so ago. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at matouenpeluche
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I went for a bush walk today in Garigal National park and was delighted to spot my very first echidna! He/she was very busy foraging for ants (probably) in a tree stump. It was a sight to behold and totally... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at matouenpeluche