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I just love painting number three, I feel that I can smell the flowers and want to stroke the petals of the pink daisies to see if they are real and not a painting at all.


they're lovely Vanessa, I can't remember the last time I painted anything, and it certainly was nothing like yours!!!!


Really beautiful, all three of them. I could sit and look at them for a very long time taking in all the subtle differences, I like them all.
Do you think that at some time you might start selling your paintings, maybe an etsy shop? I would really love to have one in my house on my wall RIGHT NOW!


I love seeing the progression in your three paintings. You chose the right time to move on. Still life is my favorite of all things to paint. Hope to see what you are doing now.

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Such an interesting approach, to redo the small still life three times. I must say I think your third rendition is your finest. I smiled at you quitting on three, more from a concern about obsessing. Artists are a sweet mad, don't you think?
Regarding the Fragile Shadow painting, yes, it was remarkable how it sold so quickly. It must be that someone related to the departure from my normal style/subject and felt it was a special painting. Certainly, it was from a very special photograph!
Cheers, Alice



So beautiful, I always make little posy jars from a big bunch. In some ways I prefer them. Your pictures capture them perfectly.

What do you with the pictures that you aren't satisfied with?


Absolutely gorgeous paintings. I would love to be able to paint, but no can do! If any of this pictures need a home...

Sally Anne

You are so clever. How amazing to be able to pick up a brush , mix a few colours and create something so beautiful. All three paintings are delightful.


All of them look beautiful to me! I think my fav. is the one just above "so I painted it again." Something about the dark purple around the flower's center.


Alice C

How fortunate you are to have the ability to express yourself in paint. I am sure that you cannot imagine not being able to capture images like this - and I, who will not ever be able to do it, look at these paintings and wish that I could.



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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon