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The courtship of parrots

More than just bright plumage, Love Birds have equally vibrant personalities and form even stronger bonds. The couple in Daniel's  Love Birds design are simply enjoying each other's company - the perfect card for a wedding, anniversary, or perhaps as a subtle hint to the object of your affections?

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The chimpanzee

June 18, 2017

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An even closer relatives?

Humans' similarity to chimpanzees has long been a source of fascination and amusement. Daniel's illustration of a chimp captures that 'human' quality (it's all in the eyes apparently!) whilst showing him right at home in his jungle habitat.

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We've all seen the images of 1950s chimps brought to our domain adopting human customs of smoking cigars and wearing top hats for the (human) crowd's amusement. That these wild creatures could even pretend to copy humans was a source of great mirth.

Our perceptions started to change a few decades later though when Jane Goodall famously spent time living amongst the primates and was accepted into their troop. Her observations about the sophisticated use of tools, emotional life and intricacies of chimp society transformed the way we think about these 'lesser' mammals. 

More recent studies have theorised that chimpanzees may be even more complex, and similar to us. Scientists observing chimpanzees in the Republic of Guinea followed a hunch of their local guide. Their hidden cameras proved him right. It was chimps making strange markings on trees and amassing piles of stones in hollowed trunks.

This doesn't immediately serve any purpose we understand chimps pursue - there's no food, shelter or status derived from this. The stone piles had initially been thought to be left by tribespeople, as around the world ancient cultures have honoured their gods with offerings of rock. Could the chimpanzees be doing the same? Perhaps the primates have a spiritual life as well as the complex social hierarchy they navigate.

It certainly proves we have much more to learn about these fascinating creatures. And much more to do to protect their habitat - as the wild population has plummeted in recent years

Shop the DM Collection Monkey greeting card. 

A heavenly creature
Daniel's stunning Bird of Paradise design brings a flavour of the tropics to the DM Collection, with it's vibrant colour and abundant flora. 
It is said the first Europeans to see the birds believed they were magical creatures from heaven. Having travelled half way around the world on sailing vessels enduring untold hardships, they landed in Papua New Guinea... 
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Happy Summer Season!

This is a wonderful time of year when flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining the birds are chirping and the general landscape is colourful and happy.

Back at base at The DM Collection, things are no different as the colourful prints and cards are going from strength to strength we are pleased to launch our brand-new designs this year; the stunning Bird in Paradise, cheeky Lovebirds, and the Chicken. The Monkey and Elephant is part of a new jungle series.

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May flowers

May 26, 2017

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15% off this Bank Holiday

Be one of the FIRST 50 customers to use checkout code FLOWERS with your order this weekend to get 15% off! 

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...and the Beautiful 

Daniel Mackie's Bumblee Bee animal art illustration

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“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” - Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Many profound thinkers have philosophised over a sense of dualism in life: our night and day, the masculine and feminine, birth and death, the good and the bad.

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Choose your favourite bloom and WIN A PRINT

The DM Collection is celebrating May flowers this month - offering you the chance to WIN A PRINT of the DM design featuring your favourite bloom.

Enter the Favourite Florals competition - closes MIDDAY Thursday 25 May 2017. 

Daniel's paintings depict creatures in all kinds of habitats, but none are more beautiful living environments that those filled with nature's beauty - flowers. 

You can win one of four of Daniel's best-loved floral designs as a medium size art print. Enter here by clicking on the name of your preferred creature and filling in the short entry form (then Submit!). 

The four creatures you can choose your favourite from are:

The Butterfly fluttering around the blush pink peonies. It's wings are reimagined in Daniel's original watercolour as a hand-tied bouquet of floral delight. 

The Meadow Hare rushing through the long grass, disturbing the abundance of wild flowers as it goes. Daisies, buttercups, clover and more delicate petals are swept up on its coat. 

The Bumblebee buzzing between the brilliant yellow buttercups. Daniel's hand-painted illustration wove these blooms to form its distinctive stripes. 

The grey cat prowling its chosen territory - this cat owns the rose garden. The soft pink of the flowers' petals perfectly compliment his soft grey fur, as he basked beneath them in the sun. 

Enter the Favourite Florals competition - closes MIDDAY Thursday 25 May. 

The beauty of the beast

 
"Our task must be to free ourselves...to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty"
- Albert Einstein

If nature is the template for beauty - the artist's palette if you will - then animals are the individual living works of art. The animal kingdom is the basis for the DM Collection, combined to great effect with the creatures' natural habitat depicted within the beast rather than the usual other way around. 

Shop the DM Fawn in a Meadow design or Daniel's designs by Collection.

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Let's talk paintings

Hello beautiful people, we're back on the quest to try and find out what actually makes something 'beautiful'.  After the Eye of the Beholder blog confirmed the bleeding obvious, (beauty being subjective), let's now look at what makes a visual piece of art beautiful.  We're talking paintings. 

The DM Collection designs start as pencil sketches, which Daniel laboriously fills in layer upon layer of watercolour paint in an array of pigments (though if you compare and contrast, you'll see he has his favourites!). But what makes for a 'beautiful' painting? 

See the completed Fox in a Meadow design. 

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What is beauty, and can it be defined?

"Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers are perhaps the most obvious of nature's beauty and if I asked you to pick the most beautiful thing in a garden, woodland or meadow it would most commonly be a bloom.

Shop Daniel's floral Meadow Collection and Bugs and Butterflies Collection.

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