Saturday, 10 March 2018

My thoughts On 'Supper Arrives'

'Supper Arrives' watercolour and gouache, 31 x 40cm
This is my latest painting for Galerie Daniel Maghen. I finished it last Tuesday, and I'm not sure exactly how long it took to complete other than I felt I spent longer on this piece than anticipated. 
The scene is taken from 'The Wind In The Willows', when the carol singing mice are invited into Mole's house for supper. Soon they realise Mole is low on food, so two young mice are sent out with a basket to fetch more vittles for their evening feast. Here you can see the mice have returned and their fellow creatures are excitedly dishing out the basket's contents.
Normally I'm very confident when it comes to these cosy interior scenes, however this time I really struggled to keep everything warm and slightly gloomy (if that's the right word), especially when I was painting the blue welsh dresser. If you're not careful, a blue dresser can swiftly turn green when painting in watercolour.
The gouache highlights certainly helped to sharpen well lit edges, such as an ear, whisker or ceramic mug. The candlelight was deliberately kept to watercolour and using the white of the paper to create a bright glow. If you try to introduce gouache into something so bright it can look a bit flat and even grey as the opague paint doesn't always reflect natural light as effectively as watercolour paper.
Out of interest, most of the items in the kitchen are taken from Avebury Manor in Wiltshire. The kitchen table, dresser and stove are very similar to the ones in this painting. It's always much easier to draw something straight from reality than invent your own objects, and quite often you spot something that you would never have imagined too.


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Another Free To Enter Competition

I just can't help myself. Not only am I giving away a free signed limited edition print through my instagram account (@chrisdunnillos), I am also offering a whole host of Paisley Rabbit prizes, to celebrate the book launch, to three lucky winners on Facebook. Here's how and what you can win:
If you are not on Facebook, do not despair! You can ask a friend to like and share the post (they must do both), and then collect your winnings if your name is drawn from the virtual social media hat.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Talk On My Career So Far, 18th Jan

There are still some tickets left to attend. With the aid of a projector and lots of prints and originals, I will be taking the audience through the various illustrations I have produced since graduating in 2008. I will also be giving away lots of freebies!!

Monday, 1 January 2018

25% Off All Signed Limited Editions
Happy New Year! To celebrate I'm having a January sale with 25% off all my signed limited edition prints. Visit my online shop to see what is available. Thank you to those of you who have already picked up a print.

In the meantime, here's some new artwork I finished last week:
'Leaving The Wild Wood' watercolour and gouache, 24 x 31cm

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas 2017

A surprise Christmas party for Paisley's little brother.
Merry Christmas everybody!!

Here's a festive illustration from 'Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest' which is due for release in March 2018. You can see lots more images from the story on my website, and you can now pre-order the book from all international variants of amazon. For example:

Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest at,, or how about Canada, Russia, Spain... you get the picture!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Christmas Card Packs

'A Winter Guest' is one of seven available designs
Another shameless plug! Love From The are producing A6 size Christmas Card packs (x5 cards for £6.70 incl P&P) from a selection of artists on their website, and my artwork has been included!

Here's the link -

Monday, 20 November 2017

'The Wind In The Willows' Illustrated by Chris Dunn (Chinese Version)

It would appear my illustrated Chinese version of 'The Wind In The Willows' has been published. I didn't receive notification, but I did find a link to buy the book (below) on TMALL. If you can read Chinese and you buy the book, please let me know what you think. I hope to get a copy soon!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Peacock Arts Trail 2017

Open Studios In North West Wiltshire
30 Sept - 8 Oct

I will be sharing a space with the ceramic artist Claire Baker for this year’s Peacock Arts Trail, and it would be wonderful to see you there. I will be exhibiting some originals and a large selection of signed limited edition prints.

Venue: The Plough, Chapel Knapp, Gastard, Corsham, Wilts SN13 9PT
Directions: At the top of Velley Hill in Gastard (B3353) is a sign for Boyds farm, turn into lane and the Plough is immediately on the left.

Both Weekends – 10 – 5
Monday 2 October – 10 – 5
Tuesday 3 October – 10 – 5
Wednesday 4 October – Closed
Thursday 5 October – 10 – 5
Friday 6 October – 10 – 5

Parking available.

All visitors will be given the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win a signed limited edition print of their choice!!