About Me

Portfolio

As a multidisciplinary artist I’ve produced pieces in various mediums over the years. These days I mainly work in watercolour and ink, but I’m skilled at drawing, bookbinding, embroidery, or a combination of any or all! I hope you enjoy browsing, and if you’re interested in commissioning something then please do get in touch.

Snapshots

My Polaroid-style watercolours are a fun way of enjoying quirky views. If you'd like to commission one then please get in touch by email (thegiftshed81@gmail.com) or by messaging me via Instagram (@thegiftshed). Commissioned snapshots start at £50 and there are a selection of originals available in my Etsy shop (£30 each). Please note that if that link doesn't work then there's a button on the homepage, or a search for Thegiftshed on Etsy will bring me up!

Prints of my snapshots aren't currently available, but I'm working on it! I'm hoping to be able to offer prints very soon (follow my Instagram to keep on top of any announcements) so please be patient! Check out my Instagram to see all my past snapshots.

I also have a selection of my snapshots available as stickers and greetings cards via my Redbubble shop. Again, if you don’t see what you fancy then don’t hesitate to ask!

Prints - coming soon!

Prints - coming soon!

My Shops

If you like my work and want to help keep me fuelled with inspiration (aka caffeine) then feel free to buy me a coffee!

Instagram

Stuff about Instagram

Doing his democratic duty for more than ten years now #dogsatpollingstations #shibainu #londonmayoralelections
Doing his democratic duty for more than ten years now #dogsatpollingstations #shibainu #londonmayoralelections
2 weeks ago
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A selection of the prints I have available of views in Maida Vale. Check out the link in my profile for more info!

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #localartist #localart #supportlocal #london #maidavale #warwickavenue #paddingtonrecreationground
A selection of the prints I have available of views in Maida Vale. Check out the link in my profile for more info! #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #localartist #localart #supportlocal #london #maidavale #warwickavenue #paddingtonrecreationground
3 weeks ago
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Some 43rd birthday highlights (slightly belated, but I was busy enjoying myself!). Hounds, beautiful flowers, and delicious food ❤️

#isabellaplantation #richmondpark #birthday #shibainu @idarestaurant @isabellaplantation @flowerbeuk
Some 43rd birthday highlights (slightly belated, but I was busy enjoying myself!). Hounds, beautiful flowers, and delicious food ❤️

#isabellaplantation #richmondpark #birthday #shibainu @idarestaurant @isabellaplantation @flowerbeuk
Some 43rd birthday highlights (slightly belated, but I was busy enjoying myself!). Hounds, beautiful flowers, and delicious food ❤️

#isabellaplantation #richmondpark #birthday #shibainu @idarestaurant @isabellaplantation @flowerbeuk
Some 43rd birthday highlights (slightly belated, but I was busy enjoying myself!). Hounds, beautiful flowers, and delicious food ❤️

#isabellaplantation #richmondpark #birthday #shibainu @idarestaurant @isabellaplantation @flowerbeuk
Some 43rd birthday highlights (slightly belated, but I was busy enjoying myself!). Hounds, beautiful flowers, and delicious food ❤️

#isabellaplantation #richmondpark #birthday #shibainu @idarestaurant @isabellaplantation @flowerbeuk
Some 43rd birthday highlights (slightly belated, but I was busy enjoying myself!). Hounds, beautiful flowers, and delicious food ❤️ #isabellaplantation #richmondpark #birthday #shibainu @idarestaurant @isabellaplantation @flowerbeuk
1 month ago
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Your name's not down, you're not coming in. Swipe to see what a good teacher Loki has been for the pup. When she does something she's not supposed to (such as eating my plants or, as in this instance, catching me with her teeth) and I chide her verbally, she'll *immediately* look at Loki, and get back out of reach in case he decides to tell her off for it. He doesn't even need to move, just be in the vicinity 😂 I think he's stricter than I am about a lot of things, so he's been a marvellous help! Pup is 9 months old now and growing into a wonderful little dog, I'm so pleased to be involved in her life 😁❤️

(I think Loki's secretly quite pleased to have her around, even though he acts like a wee grumpus a lot of the time. After all, what's the point of being the Boss Dog if you have no one to lord it over?! 😂) 

#shiba #shibainu #prouddogowner #shibalife
Your name's not down, you're not coming in. Swipe to see what a good teacher Loki has been for the pup. When she does something she's not supposed to (such as eating my plants or, as in this instance, catching me with her teeth) and I chide her verbally, she'll *immediately* look at Loki, and get back out of reach in case he decides to tell her off for it. He doesn't even need to move, just be in the vicinity 😂 I think he's stricter than I am about a lot of things, so he's been a marvellous help! Pup is 9 months old now and growing into a wonderful little dog, I'm so pleased to be involved in her life 😁❤️ (I think Loki's secretly quite pleased to have her around, even though he acts like a wee grumpus a lot of the time. After all, what's the point of being the Boss Dog if you have no one to lord it over?! 😂) #shiba #shibainu #prouddogowner #shibalife
1 month ago
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The big pink teapot hanging outside 101 Portobello Road is one of the many eye-catching sights in the colourful area of Ladbroke Grove / Notting Hill. I couldn’t resist capturing this view.

Originally painted in watercolour, you can now snap up prints via my websites - check the link in my profile! 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #portobelloroad #portobellomarket #nottinghill #ladbrokegrove #localartist #london #watercolourpolaroid #localart #teapot #snapshot #artprints #etsy #etsyuk
The big pink teapot hanging outside 101 Portobello Road is one of the many eye-catching sights in the colourful area of Ladbroke Grove / Notting Hill. I couldn’t resist capturing this view. Originally painted in watercolour, you can now snap up prints via my websites - check the link in my profile! #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #portobelloroad #portobellomarket #nottinghill #ladbrokegrove #localartist #london #watercolourpolaroid #localart #teapot #snapshot #artprints #etsy #etsyuk
3 months ago
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One of the most iconic shop fronts along London's famous Portobello Road, @alicesportobello is undeniably picturesque. This quirky view was originally painted in watercolour and is now available as a print. Available via my Etsy shop, or through my own website (links in my profile) - snap one up and add some cheerful colour to your home!

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #portobelloroad #localartist #london #watercolourpolaroid #localart #portobellomarket #paddingtonbear #alicesantiques #nottinghill #ladbrokegrove #artprints #shopfront #supportlocal #shoplocal #W10 #winsorandnewton @winsorandnewton #etsyuk @etsyuk
One of the most iconic shop fronts along London's famous Portobello Road, @alicesportobello is undeniably picturesque. This quirky view was originally painted in watercolour and is now available as a print. Available via my Etsy shop, or through my own website (links in my profile) - snap one up and add some cheerful colour to your home! #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #portobelloroad #localartist #london #watercolourpolaroid #localart #portobellomarket #paddingtonbear #alicesantiques #nottinghill #ladbrokegrove #artprints #shopfront #supportlocal #shoplocal #W10 #winsorandnewton @winsorandnewton #etsyuk @etsyuk
3 months ago
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Absolutely love the colour of this house in #kensalrise that I was commissioned to paint. I don't do house portraits very often, but actually I do enjoy them so if you're interested please do get in touch!

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #houseportrait #localartist #london #ourhouseinthemiddleofourstreet #localart @winsorandnewton #winsorandnewton
Absolutely love the colour of this house in #kensalrise that I was commissioned to paint. I don't do house portraits very often, but actually I do enjoy them so if you're interested please do get in touch! #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #houseportrait #localartist #london #ourhouseinthemiddleofourstreet #localart @winsorandnewton #winsorandnewton
3 months ago
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Chinese New Year is only a few weeks away, and 2024 is the Year of the Dragon! The wood dragon, specifically, and the associated colour is emerald green. Here's a simple dragon, painted in @winsorandnewton Emerald ink. Once the painting was complete I scanned it in to create a print - which was then given golden highlights using @schmincke_official Aqua Bronze pigment. I hope you enjoy the very highly speeded up video! 

#chinesenewyear #cny2024 #yearofthedragon #winsorandnewton #ink #painting #processvideo #artist #workinprogress #schminke #emeraldgreen
Chinese New Year is only a few weeks away, and 2024 is the Year of the Dragon! The wood dragon, specifically, and the associated colour is emerald green. Here's a simple dragon, painted in @winsorandnewton Emerald ink. Once the painting was complete I scanned it in to create a print - which was then given golden highlights using @schmincke_official Aqua Bronze pigment. I hope you enjoy the very highly speeded up video! #chinesenewyear #cny2024 #yearofthedragon #winsorandnewton #ink #painting #processvideo #artist #workinprogress #schminke #emeraldgreen
4 months ago
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William Couch 13th September 1944 – 22nd December 2010.

The Lord of the Rings by William Couch. Pencil and charcoal on paper.

PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.”

#lotr #lordoftherings
#inmemoriam
William Couch 13th September 1944 – 22nd December 2010. The Lord of the Rings by William Couch. Pencil and charcoal on paper. PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way. GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what? GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise. PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad. GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.” #lotr #lordoftherings #inmemoriam
5 months ago
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