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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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Another beautiful fashion illustration from my favourite art deco illustrator George Barbier. For more gorgeous George you can click here: George Barbier. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at matouenpeluche
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I made my drawing "Betty and Friend" into an animated gif! Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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The Willoughby Incinerator is an Art Deco gem that has been lovingly restored and converted into a a cafe and art gallery. Built and designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1930, it is also very historic. As you may or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I thought this quote by Neil Gaiman was pretty cool. I illustrated it by combining two of my reading girl images: Diana the reader of bird books and The Constant Reader: Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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There is a London Plane tree in Rushcutter's Bay Park that has a cockatoo sized hole in it which is, funnily enough, the home of a very handsome sulphur crested cockatoo. I have seen him there most days as I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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All images from here. Have you been watching Netflix's "The Crown"? I have, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! I didn't take to it immediately: nobody truly looked like the royals and I was a bit put off initially by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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One Cat Just Leads to Another... Ernest Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms, was a keen cat lover. He had a six toed cat given to him by a ship's captain. Apparently,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Did you know that Galaxy Cat had a twin brother called Sky Kitten? Here they are together looking very similar as twins often do, but are in fact different enough to tell apart. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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A mosaic of botanical garden photos I took not so long ago: A native noisy miner bird supping on nectar, dew drops, a pretty orchard - type flower, more dew drops and a field of tulips. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Grace Cossington Smith: The Bridge in-curve, 1930. One of my favourite landmarks in Sydney is The Sydney Harbour Bridge. I drive over it most days and every time I do, it is an absolute treat! Even whilst driving you can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Just in time for the party season - my Edward and Eliza drawing now as an animated, glamorous gif! Happy Friday! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I came across these magical pussy cat water colours by Serbian artist Endre Penovác recently. He has to my mind captured the essence of the feline in these paintings, don't you think? You can see (and buy!)more of his wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This Gordon the handsome siamese tom cat watching the birds fly by. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is my drawing of Eloise The Serious Knitter - I made her into a gif today. As you can see she has a very important friend who is assisting her with her knitting. I think anyone who knits and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I've been watching Mary Beard's excellent "Rome: Empire Without Limit". This documentary reminds you just how enormous the Roman Empire was and how much we are indebted to it today. Anyway, speaking of the classical world, several weeks ago I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Something I've been working on this weekend: Famous Cat People. And here I have also collected some interesting tidbits about each of these terrific people. Mark Twain was a very keen cat fancier and was quoted as saying, "When a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is Galaxy Cat who you may or may not remember as being the last ever drawing I did for 2015. Well, I have turned him into a gif to celebrate the return of the Perseids Meteor Shower which is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This attractive Art Deco seat (made from Bondi sandstone) was built in 1939 for the Australian poet Henry Kendall. It is in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia which I had a stroll through on the weekend. I had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This GIF was made from my Jasper green swallow bird drawing. I made it in after effects some time ago and have only just recently converted it into a gif. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is Miss Faye. She is an Art Deco beauty. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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It was a perfect winter day yesterday here in Sydney and I was lucky enough to get out and about in it! I went to Nielsen Bay and took a stroll around the headland and park which overlook the harbour,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Tuxedo cat parade starring 1) Save the Last Dance for Me 2) Out and About 3) Green Eyes 4) Simon 5) Velvet Paws and 6) Earl Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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1) You are So Tall 2) Contemplation 3) Jean-Paul has a nap 4) Sweet Dreams 5) Upside Down 6) Tete-a-tete Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is Mimi and Hokusai. Mimi often takes Hokusai out and about. Hokusai is exceptional company as you can imagine. They almost always end up at the local cafe where Mimi has a soy latte and Hokusai has a warm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Fashionistas, The Ice-Cream Lover, My Favourite Chair, Doris and Dylan, Sweater Boys, Pascal at the Footy. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at matouenpeluche