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oh wonderful! congratulations! they are so pretty; i wish you the best in your new venture.

Lucy @ Attic24

Oh Vanessa, congrats!!! I so hope you do well with them :: see, what did I tell you all those months ago, I told you you should sell them. I still want to buy one...I love all those ones you've shown today, very very much. I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite, maybe the teacup with the primroses or the last one with the spotty mug.
Hope I might be able to buy one from you one day, I truly love them.
ps see you next week sometime?????? :o)x

Alice C

Vanessa, they are enchanting. I would love to buy one - I might have to fight Lucy for the primulas in the spotty mug.


did i not say something very similar a few months ago?! and judging by the other comments other people think so too!
why not put some (unframed?) on etsy too? in for a penny and all that




Hellebores for me ....I love flowers in
"Jam Jars" and I always think how clever to paint "Glass".
I can't think that they would not sell ,they are very sweet & the flowers look fresh ,perfect 10/10 gold star ...{:>)))


What beautiful paintings, they are so pretty. I wish you lots of luck with this new venture.


Wow your paintings are just beautiful i just love them, you WILL do well, not problems there thats for sure. Love the one of the flowers in the sopotted mug, actually i love them all!! Good Luck.


oh- Congratulations! That's fantastic! - the gallery accepting them and having the courage to ask. I know we all struggle with promoting ourselves!


congrats! they're really lovely, I'm sure they'll sell really well!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Thanks to whoever cajoled you! You know I think your little floral watercolours are competent and sweet darlings. I'm happy to hear that they are 'going out in the world' and look forward to learning that the public laps them up!
Cheers, Alice


How exciting, hope it goes well. They're very pretty paintings.


how nice! I like the one in the patterned tea cup. I remember you buying teacups when you were at our cottage - I feel there could be a lot of mileage in painting teacups!

well done and good luck for your new venture!

Love s xx

ps I am going to the cottage this weekend, what fun!


They are really beautiful. Some of the composistions remind me of Richard Spares work.


They are lovely paintings - they would make great cards, too. And I think the etsy idea is a really good one.
Nice to have found your blog!
P x

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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