Oct 092016

Inspired by walks with my dog in our local forest, Cannock Chase

Digital Art by Gill Brooks

Feb 272016

Borth, North Wales

According to my Google research[!] the above is collectively known as a “galaxy of starfish”. ¬†Even if it’s incorrect, I’ll use it because it sounds so good ūüôā


Borth, North Wales Borth, North Wales

Our border collie, Tex, who sadly went over the Rainbow Bridge in March, 2008

Jan 242015

I’m a member of several Border Collie groups on Facebook, and one in particular, SkyBob Border Collies, which was started by Gordon McPherson. ¬†We all post photos and share stories about our furry lovelies and it’s a great group. ¬†Gordon is also an excellent photographer, and yesterday, he posted several photos of his pack, Sky, Bobby and Hemp. ¬†They really had that “WOW” factor and I just couldn’t resist tinkering with a few of them to give an illustrated/painted look.

Gordon has recently gone semi pro in the photography world and will take photographs and also offers a printing service.  Check out his Facebook page here.

Here’s what I came up with…

Border Collie - Bobby


Border Collie -  Hemp


Border Collie -  Sky


I posted then in the group and got an amazing reaction – I certainly wasn’t expecting that!! ¬†I had some requests from a few of the members so here’s a peek at what I did – before and after shots.

Border Collie Border Collie

And finally, Sky’s daughter and Hemp’s sister – beautiful Olive (mum and dad are James and Sallie Ashworth)

Border collie - Olive