Last Call for Registration!

Flower Collage II

Flower Collage II

Flower Collage II

The next Explore Colour course will start on 12 October. Flower Collage II is a four week long online art course inspired by flowers, but done in different ways and linked to various themes and art styles. Daily mini projects that will guide the way, and explain processes used to create layered mixed media painted paper collage artworks. This method is a great way to explore ideas and expand creativity with a focus on using traditional materials alongside new generations paints, and combining alternative techniques in water based media on paper. The course is structured to develop art practices regardless of artistic experience, it is suitable for designers, illustrators and painters. Discover new paint techniques, ways to create colours and use them in combination to extend artistic knowledge, inspire new projects and expand art practices.

There are four modules in Flower Collage II. The mini projects done on weekdays build up to a bigger weekend artwork project. The closed Facebook group is where five live demos will be shown to compliment the course content. This is also the place where feedback is given on work posted.

Registration closes on Thursday 10 October.

Flower Collage 12 October to 10 November.

A Brand New Course!

Explore Shapes in Ink and Watercolour

I’d like to tell you about a new course that I developed this year. Following the same principles of my Explore Colour courses, Explore Shapes in Ink and Watercolour was developed around a limited selection of materials, simple concepts and fresh ideas to guide students to push their own limits regardless of previous artistic experience. This three week course is ideal for those on a summer break since it is done on a watercolour paper pad and easier to transport. An Early Bird discount applies until 21 June, £120 instead of the full price of £150. You can read more about the content below.

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Explore Shapes in Ink and Watercolour

Explore Shapes in Ink and Watercolour is a brand new three week course running from 7-27 July 2019. 


Shapes, colours and a variety of painting techniques explored in water-based mixed media. A fresh and light course with the aim to inspire and uplift. Develop your sense of colour and use of shapes, Play and expand your knowledge of media and create a vocabulary of shapes, forms and techniques to use in your own art practice. Be inspired!

 The Course

A course consisting of daily mini-projects Monday to Friday to explore shapes and painting techniques in watercolour and acrylic ink with a bigger weekend art project to incorporate aspects of that week’s mini-projects. The course runs over three weeks and is a bit different than the other Explore Colour courses in that it can be done in a watercolour paper sketchbook with minimal materials, so it's ideal to do even if you are on vacation.


The aim of this course is to explore colours and techniques by creating project starting with simple shapes from a variety of everyday sources. Inspiration comes from basic geometric shapes, organic forms found in vegetable and fruit, handwriting and letters and more. By using traditional art materials in innovative 'outside the box' thinking, new directions are explored.The daily mini-projects are important to keep the focus on developing forms that are central to the creation of a vocabulary of shapes, colours and and techniques to be used in the bigger weekend projects, and in your individual art practices.


The course is delivered in three modules. Every weekday at 9am BST, a mini-project will be released through the course portal on the Explore Colour website.

They contain instructions to create the daily assignments to be done in sequence in order to build up to the weekend art project to conclude the module. The daily projects can be done in the space of 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how much exploration is done by individuals. 

The weekend projects are longer since they incorporate techniques and shapes introduced throughout the previous five days to create an artwork. Este will be doing weekly live demos to compliment the course material. These are delivered within a private Facebook group setup for this course. On Sundays there will be no projects to afford some time to catch up, expand projects as you see fit or take time out.

Once the course ends, an additional two months will be available to revisit projects through the course portal.

Facebook group

This group is for students to share work in progress and finished projects. It is also the place to ask questions and where Este will give feedback and do the live demonstrations. 

The Facebook group will remain up after the course ends and the live demos can be viewed later. 

Who the course is for

Artists and designers of all descriptions and levels of experience will benefit from the course. Este has created all of the Explore Colour courses to focus on keeping things very simple whilst allowing for individual exploration and development from the basic course materials.

Registration is via a link on Explore Colour. The Early Bird discount of £120 applies until 21 June. After this date the prices will be £150.

Handmade in Oxford

Art in Action used to be a highlight in the artistic calendar and I was lucky enough to be a demonstrating artist at this event on a number of occasions. The last Art in Action was in 2017 and this year sees a new event taking place at Waterperry house. Handmade in Oxford celebrates art and craft in many forms and I will be there from the 27th to 30th June demonstrating painting techniques I use in my paintings. This event is bound to be an inspiring and invigorating place to be.

Summer Exhibitions

My paintings can be found in a number of galleries around the UK, and over the summer collections can be seen at Gallery Top, Red Rag gallery Iona House Gallery Wills Art Warehouse and others.


Last Call! Flower Collage

Flower Collage 4-31 March

This Explore Colour course is packed with projects to inspire and enthuse. It is a popular course, created over the summer of 2018 and repeated one more time in 2019. I will create a follow on course towards the end of 2019, building on the processes and concepts used to create dynamic mixed media painted paper collages. 

Have a look at the Explore Colour for information about the course and feedback from past students.


‘A moveable feast’ 120x150cm Acrylic on linen canvas.  

‘A moveable feast’ 120x150cm Acrylic on linen canvas.  

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

March is when the Affordable Art Spring Fair in Battersea takes place, I have been represented at this event by Wills Art Warehouse for over a decade, and a brand new collection of my paintings can be seen here from 7-10 March 

My solo exhibition Halcyon is on at Wills Art Warehouse until 26 March.

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A little paradise 90x95cm Acrylic on wood  


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Flowers in February

Halcyon is the name of my solo exhibition that starts this weekend at Wills Art Warehouse in Wandsworth, London. Twenty four new floral paintings in bold and vibrant colours can be seen from 16 February to 25 March in this bright and friendly gallery.

I have expanded the limited edition print range of flower paintings in my Etsy shop to include some of these brand new paintings. A 10% discount applies to all orders over £90 with COUPON FLOWERSINFEBRUARY10

Be inspired!

Twice a year I offer art courses on my Explore Colour website. In 2018 I created Flower Collage, focussing on colour, paint techniques and a variety of paper collage processes in an alternative art course. It proved to be very popular, and I am offering it one more time before moving on to a follow on collage course to explore more ideas in this exciting medium.

The course starts on 4 March, it runs for four weeks, registration will close on 28 February, or when spaces have filled up, there are a few more available. More information can be found on Explore Colour.

More news coming up soon regarding collaborations and large paintings for the Affordable Art Fair Battersea in March.

Ninfea 70x90cm Acrylic on linen.

Ninfea 70x90cm Acrylic on linen.

Marguerite 40x40cm Acrylic on fine linen.

Marguerite 40x40cm Acrylic on fine linen.


A Creative New Year!

Happy 2019!

The New Year has started. Have you made any resolutions for this one? You can make it a special one by giving yourself time to explore your own creativity and expand your artistic skills. Flower Collage is a four-week course originally run in October 2018. It proved to be very popular and it will be offered once more in 2019. Flower Collage is packed with daily mini-projects that guide you towards four larger collage projects. This online course will run from the 4th to the 31st March and is suitable for all levels of artistic experience. Course material will remain online for an extra two months (until the end of May) to allow you to redo projects or catch up.

The Early Bird discount offer of £165 will expire on the 4th January. The regular price is £195.

To read more about the course and register for Flower Collage please take a look here. I’ve also included feedback from previous students below.

With colourful greetings!


You're a generous and talented teacher/artist Este. I appreciate you so much. Thanks for all of this time and information. I just love playing, learning more and more and being inspired by you and others in our course Facebook group.
— L W.

Thank you for this amazing course bursting with so many creative ideas, new skills and so so much beauty. You truly are amazing both as an artist and as an instructor. Thanks so much!!
— E.B.

I learned far more than I ever expected. Before this course I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Now I am eager to practice and then learn more. Many many thanks.
— E.D.

Thanks for sharing wonderful new techniques and ideas. With this course and the one before, I have gained confidence in what I make and made more time for my art. You are a constant source of inspiration.
— C.P.

Thank you Este. As always your online course has been fantastic. You definitely plan and present an extremely thorough course. So much goes into each one... So many fun activities, so many great ideas!

Thank you Este for such a wonderful class. I learned so much...not only about collage...color mixing, design....even to let my imagination run wild to make flowers from the letter of the alphabet! Your course was clear and easy to follow, with each step building on the one before it. I look forward to taking other classes from you in the future.
— D.L.

Thanks Este! It was a great class. So filled with information I thought my head would explode! You are a great teacher!
— R.W.

Happy Holidays!

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December, the last month of an eventful year and Christmas is around the corner. 

This is probably my last newsletter for this year, and I’d like to share some news with you.

Creative Collaborations

Over the last year I have been doing a collaboration with the creative team at Crate and Barrel. The collection of designs will be launched early 2019. In October their new collection of Crate and Barrel gift cards was launched featuring designs from fourteen artists, including mine as part of the “Wrap your gift in art” campaign.


Another collaboration was with Flametree Publishing who produced a 2019 wall calendar featuring twelve of my flower and bird paintings. These can be found globally in good books stores, on Amazon and in my Etsy store. They make practical Christmas gifts that’ll last all year.

Exclusively on Etsy

Speaking of gift ideas, until Tuesday 4 December a 10% discount applies to orders over £50 in my online Etsy store. The last day for Christmas orders is 10 December. My limited edition prints are only for sale exclusively in the Etsy store.

Explore Colour -  Flower Collage

I created a new month long online art course this Autumn, and will be offering it once only in 2019. The course is packed with 28 daily projects, including four big weekly art projects and live demos in a closed Facebook classroom space. The course has been developed to explore floral styles and themes by means of painting techniques and different colour combinations.


Flower Collage is suitable for artists and designers of all levels of experience. The course will be available for eight weeks after 31 March to allow students to catch up or redo course projects.

Until 31 December an Early Bird discount applies £165 instead of £195. Treat a creative loved one this Christmas to an alternative present, a course guaranteed to inspire and enthuse.

Have a Jolly December!

Colourful greetings,


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Love Flowers and Colours?


Join in the fun this autumn. It’s not long to go before Flower Collage starts. I’m very excited about this brand new course and what it has to offer regarding a different way to explore colour and using flowers as muse.


Flower Collage became a course in its own right after I noticed how effective collaging was as a mini-project during the previous Explore Colour course where I used it to explain layering and shading. As an artist, I use painted tissue paper collages as part of my own creative process, to plan colours combinations and basic compositions to be used in paintings. The process of collage offers a freedom to explore with different ideas, and the incorporation of paint techniques allows you to be brave and bold. Flower Collage is a course developed to inspire artists and designers alike.

Flowers as Theme

Flowers are the perfect subjects for exploring creative styles and the method of using painted paper collage is ideal to expand and develop colour combinations in different ways.


This month-long course has been developed as a program to explore collaging in a different way. Thin papers are covered with acrylic paint then applied using a variety of techniques. These are then used in layers to create mixed media collage flower arrangements. Central to the course is the combination of colours and decorative floral styles that are explored in alternative ways. There are several mini-projects that will form the basis of four principle flower-themed projects developed around distinct artistic styles and colours and incorporating different creative processes and mediums.


The course materials will be published on via a password-protected page. The course is delivered in video format, with demonstrations showing a variety of paint techniques and colour combinations to be applied to the different projects.


Elements included in this course are drawing, stamping, mark making, layering of paint, shading, and collaging with mixed media.


A closed Facebook Group page will be used to aid communication and will be the place where questions can be asked and project outcomes can be posted. This group is also for general networking and where I will offer feedback.


Flower Collage has been developed as a place to experiment and to develop knowledge of colour, collage and painting skills.


This is also a place for designers to expand portfolios. Work developed as a result of the course can be shared on websites, social media and blogs. 

Course Fee £195


Summer fun!

Creative Leap: If you can write, you can draw.

Do something fun this summer, develop your creativity and artistic skills with a month long drawing focussed course. Creative Leap is an alternative online art course designed to get people drawing, using handwriting and the letters as link. I created this program in 2016, and developed two Creative Leap courses using the concept of handwriting and the alphabet as basic prompt to draw and create from.  

This course is offered for the last time in its current format, to include four bigger weekend art projects. The weekend projects are exploring art techniques and mediums and are complimentary to the 26 letter based mini projects.

The course runs from 1 to 31 July, with an additional four weeks to catch up.

Registration closes on 30 June. Information and sign up: 


I am giving away two free places on the Creative Leap course. The winners will be announced on my Instagram account on 30 June.

Other news:

In May I exhibited in New York at the Blue Print Surface Design and Print Show. There are a number of projects and the pipeline, collaborations with homeware companies and publishers. More on this in the months to come.

Teatowels and Notebooks! 

I now have a collection of 20 notebooks and 10 tea towel designs available in my Etsy shop.  These are available at wholesale prices as well. Get in touch for larger orders. 

2019 Calendar

Flametree, publishers of beautiful calendars used 12 of my bird paintings in a colourful 2019 calendar. This will be available from Amazon and stores in the U.K. and abroad. I will also have a quantity available from August.  

i am making new paintings for upcoming shows. and are taking part in a number of summer shows in galleries around the UK. More about this in the next newsletter. 

Colourful greetings


Early Bird

Creative Leap!

In July I will be running the month long Creative Leap Summer course. From 1-31 July, twenty six daily projects and four weekend projects will be offered that will be the last drawing focussed Explore Colour course for 2018. 

The July course is a repeat of the new 2018 Creative Leap course that was launched in February. This is a follow on after the successful first Creative Leap course that was launched in 2016.  Once again it will be packed with alternative daily projects to inspire ideas and ignite imaginations. The course can be done during July with four additional weeks in August to catch up, or redo projects. All twenty six projects can be downloaded too. Over the four July weekends, I'll be doing live demonstrations of extended art projects, showing a selection of techniques and processes linked to the basic course. The demonstrations will happen in the Facebook private classroom page.

Enrol on Creative Leap at the Early Bird price of £85. This is available until 29 May only! The regular price is £125. Registration for the course closes on 30 June.

Here are some testimonials from previous students:

"Thank you so much for this unique and amazing class! It has given my art and creativity such a boost, rekindled my creative spirit, and I have absolutely loved each project, and loved seeing everyone else’s creations and interpretations. I’ll definitely sign up for other courses you’ll teach. Thank you!!" CP

"Thank you for this wonderful course! You offered us a different, more playful approach in being creative, providing us with many inspiring mini projects." MS

"Finally finished the mini projects, took my time with Z and enjoyed looking back, we've done so much! A great finish to a fantastic course, and my main aim which was to encourage myself to make more time for art has been fully achieved. Thank you Este, and thank you everyone on the course, I've really enjoyed sharing this experience with you all." SM

"Sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Este Macleod and all my classmates for this wonderful, fun, and enlightening opportunity. It has been such an honor and privilege to study with you, I look forward to taking another one of your classes someday Este." CM

A new painting course!

A brand new Explore Colour painting course will be offered in October. The theme is 'Landscapes' and it promises to be filled with exciting new content. A variety of painting techniques and creative processes will be demonstrated in this course, with the landscape theme linking the projects with the four seasons. Registration will open in August. More on this later.

The Broadway Arts Festival

If you are in the vicinity of Broadway in the Cotswolds, England around 8 to 17 June, pop into this wonderful summer art event, packed with a variety of art workshops, talks and demonstrations, as well as exhibitions. I will be doing two hands on demonstrations on 8 and 9 June as part of the artBEAT program. I will be doing the talks from 2:30 to 3:30 on Friday and Saturday afternoons. You can sign up on this link

Juicy June

Daily updates of new work, exhibitions and glimpses into my art practice can be found on my Instagram account.  In June I will be celebrating a month of colour, with each day will be devoted to a different colour. I am inviting a number of artists and designers to join me. Follow to find out more. I will be doing some colour mixing and impromptu painting sessions during this month. #juicyjune is the hashtag to look out for if you are on Instagram.


Manic May

It's May, and probably the busiest month of this year for me! 

Open Studios

From 5 to 7 May I will take part in the Henley Arts Trail, opening my studio to visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend. New paintings, limited edition prints and other products will be available directly. Opening times: are 10am to 5pm daily.


The Affordable Art Fair. London, Hampstea

A selection of large paintings, including new still life and floral artworks will be on show in this special location. I’m represented by Wills Art Warehouse at this event from 10 to 15 May 


Blueprint Surface Design and rint Show, New York

From 20 to 22 May I will be in New York for this design orientated expo. Even though I am known as a painter, I am also a designer with a background in textile design. Over the last few years I have been doing collaborations with homeware and interior companies, greeting card producers and publishers.  A collection of my artworks will be launched as repeat patterns for surface design and pattern applications. 

If you are in New York at this time, and interested in meeting up with a collaboration or project in mind, get in touch or visit me at Stand 52. Location is Hudson Mercantile, 500 West 36th Street, NYC.


Arran, Scotland

Upon my return from ew York I will be enjoying a week to be recharged, rejuvenated and relax with my family on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. This is a magical place, with beautiful scenery to inspire atmospheric landscape paintings.                  

Arran info:

What is your favourite?

Do you have a favourite kind of fruit?

Mine is Clingstone peaches and nectarines, and maybe cherries. I love most fruit actually. Did you know that the vast majority of fruit are pollinated by honey bees? Almost all fruit were flowers at first. It is a bit dreary, grey and damp in my neck of the woods, so I thought I'd create a cheery artwork in praise of the humble honey bee. A daily mini project inspired by flying insects and pollinators will be included in the next Explore Colour onllne course. 

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If you would like to get a glimpse of my creative process, and are interested in doing the Creative Leap Course that will start on 1 February, you can follow me on  INSTAGRAM where I will be doing a live demo at 4PM GMT. This can be viewed for 24 hours afterwards

The course consists of 26 daily mini projects that are inspired by the alphabet, letter shapes and individual handwriting. The themes range to cover all sorts of topics and are suitable for all levels of ability. Four bigger weekend projects will focus on using a variety of art materials and techniques. If you would like more info on the course please see the Kickstart blog post of 1 January. Registration is open until 28 January.

Check out my  ETSY shop over the next few days if you are interested in smaller original paintings. I will be adding a fresh collection work that is available for global shipping.

Colourful greetings



Creative Kickstart 2018!

Happy New Year!

January is here. One way to kickstart the year with something fun that generates creative energy is to join the next Explore Colour course in February, a brand new Creative Leap that I've been developing over the last twelve months.

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The first Creative Leap was launched in February 2016. It was so successful it was repeated three times as a live course and I'm in the final stages of getting it ready for publication too. 

Creative Leap 2018 is the follow up course: it is based on the same ideas and principles as 2016 with twenty-six brand new projects added and four bonus weekend projects (these are optional for people wanting to explore some of the projects in greater detail using different art materials and techniques).

Here are some Question and Answers with more information on the course:

Q. What is the course about?

A. It is an online art and creativity course, focussing on drawing as basic tool that will lead to an abundance of discoveries and ways to develop art practices, and creativity with explorations of  new ideas, methods techniques and fresh observation techniques.

Q. Drawing, I don't think I am very good at drawing, is this for me?

A. Yes, if you can write you can draw! The course is suitable for all levels of artistic experience, including professional artists, illustrators and designers. In short, as little children we all draw by our own accord. As we grow, we learn how to write by means of letter shapes, the twenty six letters of the alphabet are universally used to create codes in the form of words and sentences. The letters that are universal are written in handwriting which is unique to each of us. In this process most people lose the creative and expressive qualities of drawings we possess as children. By deconstructing the use of letters as fundamental lines, forms and shapes, new ways of drawing,  creating and observing are introduced. The familiarity of our own handwriting is fundamental to the process. Drawing skills will also improve for those who are rusty or novices.

Q. Daily projects: How much time would this require daily?

A. Probably 20-30minutes, but It depends on how much you wish to explore. The nature of the mini projects are to inspire and entice people to want to do more by drawing and discovering new ways to create. Once the basic idea has been grasped, it will open up the way to draw more in this unusual way. The bonus weekend projects will take longer, between 2 and 3 hours.

Q. Drawing is mentioned, what else will be covered?

A. Drawing form the basis of this course, but it is a way to introduce different mediums and techniques: Golden High Flow or other acrylic inks, watercolour paint, pencils, fine liners as well as non regular materials. A variety of unusual surfaces are introduced for the weekend projects but remember, these are optional: the twenty six mini-projects are the focus of this course.

Q. How long will the course material be available for?

A. The course runs from 1st to 28th February. Mini-projects are published daily and the majority will have short video demonstrations as well as instructions and images to explain the process or concept. PDF downloadable documents are available for download in order to do the projects at a later stage. The four weekend art projects will be demonstrated in live sessions in the private Creative Leap group on Facebook with access limited to Creative Leap students. The recorded live sessions will still be viewable after the end of February.

Q. Materials: the list for Creative Leap is quite long, can I use my own mixed media instead?

A. Yes and no. An indirect aim of this course is to show the versatility of acrylic inks as drawing and painting tools, and they'll be used in the course with a dip pen, as watercolour substitute, as acrylic paint, mixed with paint medium. They'll also be used for printing,  tinting substrates and painting in thin layers. Regular acrylics do not offer the same options. If you're unsure, one or two colours of the acrylic ink is sufficient to try it out, 

Q. Why is the course only for a month?

A. One of the purposes of the course is to use the daily mini-projects to gain creative momentum. The course is intended for personal artistic growth and the downloadable projects will offer enough information to do the projects at a later stage. After the course finishes, a further four weeks will be made available to view course material.

Q. I have done the first Creative Leap course, is this a bit of the same?

A. No. Even though the principle is the same, with projects developing mainly from handwriting, there are twenty six different projects, with new topics and creative processes introduced. The course is practical as a follow on from the original course, as well as a stand alone option. Creative Leap is intended for all kinds of artists. NEW: I've included a selection of predicted trending designs and images, in particular aimed at surface pattern designers and illustrators.

Q. Can I post course material and project outcomes on my blog, website or social media or use it in my own workshops or demos?

A. Creative Leap is intended to develop artistic practices in quite precise ways as developed by myself. Outcomes done as direct results from the projects are not to be shared online please, and Creative Leap concepts are not to be used for individual workshops or demos.

Register for Creative Leap, the Early Bird registration is £85, and available until 3 January. Registration after 3 January is £125 and closes on 31 January. Registration is via the Paypal button on the website. An email will be sent out on the 7th of January to give instructions to join the course starting on the 1st of February. Please check if the email address used for registration is the one to be used for course communication. If not, email me an alternative one. 


In December I launched a giveaway for one free place for the Creative Leap Course on Instagram and Facebook 

The winner is Fran Gracieotropp.

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Find out more! On Friday at 12PM GMT (London time) I will be giving a live demo in Instagram to explain one of the projects of Creative Leap in more detail. 

Wishing everyone good health, happy times and much creativity in 2018.


Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

This year has flown: 2017 is nearly done and I would like to wish everyone who follows my work and does my courses a merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.

The next Explore Colour online course, Creative Leap starts on 1 February. Treat yourself, or give an alternative gift that will inspire in numerous ways and will last for a long time. Creative Leap is a newly developed course of twenty-six mini projects and four more in depth bonus weekend art projects to nurture individual creativity. I will be giving away one place in this course to someone who tags a friend or shares the Winter Landscape video that can be seen on my Instagram and Facebook pages on 24 December. A winner will be picked on 1 January. 

Make use of the Early bird offer valid until 3 January 2018, £85 instead of £125. Sign up on Explore Colour


Many thanks to everyone who bought prints on my Etsy shop this month. 10% of all sales will be donated to Sightsavers, In the UK the government is matching any donations made in December and so far, the money raised has been enough for several cataract operations. See the wonderful work this organisation does. If you would still like to buy a last minute gift, here is the link to my Etsy shop.

Colourful greetings,



Spread some joy!


It's the last month of 2017! The world is in turmoil and at times a bit overwhelming. For me personally 2017 was a rather tricky one, with house renovation dramas and an eye illness, but it was also a very good and eventful year and I am feeling grateful for many good things that happened along the way.

I feel thankful for continued support from my family and friends, the galleries representing me in the UK and abroad, as well as people following my processes on social media and collecting my work. I love being an artist and creating paintings a bring me a lot joy!

A Special Project!

Raising funds for good causes.

The 1st December is World AIDS day. This disease affect many people worldwide, in South Africa still more than 7 million people live with AIDS. I was born and raised in South Africa and support a number of charities who do valuable work there.

Winter Morning, the painting in this post, is a special one: all proceeds from its sale will be shared between two charities working to better the lives of children in South Africa. Starfish is focussed on helping AIDS orphans and Kungweni is an organisation close to Pretoria that supports people with mental illness and runs a separate orphanage.

The painting is in acrylic on fine linen canvas. the size is 20"x24" (50x60cm) The gallery price for this size painting is £850. If you are interested in buying it, please contact me with offers above £650. The painting will go to he highest offer received by 18 December.

Please contact me at if you are interested. You can see the creation process of the painting here on Instagram. I will be giving away one print of Winter Morning to a social media follower, see Instagram link for info.

There's more

As mentioned earlier, this year I had a serious eye illness. It made me realise again how dependent I am on my sight and how it can be taken for granted. As the third charity that I would like to support in December, 10% of all limited print sales in my ETSY store will be donated to Sightsavers this month. See the link for more information about the work they do.

A newsletter will go out on 12 December with information on enrolling for 2018 EXPLORE COLOUR online painting and creativity courses.

Colourful greetings!

Black Friday!

For me? A still life painting in acrylic on linen canvas. 90x70cm.

New work


This is just a quick post about the Black Friday special offer I will be running this weekend.
I sell limited edition Giclee and prints as well as some smaller original paintings and silk screen prints in my ETSY shop. There are new small and medium paintings available for global shipping if you are thinking about getting someone a special Christmas gift.

From 24 to 26 November everything in my store will be discounted by 24% for orders over £90.

In December I will release the dates for the next two Explore Colour Courses. After running Creative Leap three times as month long courses, I have now created a new course that will run next February.
More information in the next newsletter.


Twenty four of my paintings are currently exhibited in a number of Christmas shows in the UK, information on these can be seen in my previous Blogpost. For information on shows and new work you can see daily updates on my INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK pages. I also occasionally do Live Demos on these platforms.

Enjoy the weekend!

Pomegranates Acrylic on linen canvas 70x90cm

November News


A lot is happening this busy month in the run up to Christmas. This weekend, from 9 to 11 November I will be the artist in residence at the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair that will take place on the grounds of the Windsor Race course. Over three days I will guide the creation of an interactive art project, inviting visitors contribute their marks to an artwork on a large canvas. The theme is Numbers. The canvas will be covered by numbers and shapes, created by visitors. Once covered with numbers, it will be turned into a colourful painting, using the many marks and shapes as guide for the creation of the final painting. I will be posting updates on the progress on  Instagram 

New paintings can be seen in exhibitions across the UK in the coming weeks. The first group exhibition I'm taking part in will open this Saturday at Gallery Top in Matlock, Derbyshire.

Towards the end of November, my work will be in a show at Iona House Gallery in Oxford and D'art Gallery in Dartmouth, Devon. In December paintings will also be exhibited at Byard Gallery in Cambridge.

Work can be seen at Red Rag Gallery in Bath and Stow in the Cotswolds, the Tiny Art Gallery in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, Golden Hare Gallery as well as Wills Art Warehouse in London where you normally can find an assortment of my still life and floral paintings.

Other News

Botanica This beautiful book is the creation of Janine Vangool and forms part of the Encyclopedia of Inspiration Range. I am honoured to be featured in this colourful publication along with forty five other inspiring artists. It is published by Uppercase

The television program DIY SOS is a BBC production about home improvement for special circumstances. Earlier this year I was contacted by the producers and asked if I would like to be involved in the current series called Veteran Street. Eight of my images were used as prints by the interior designers to brighten a property redesigned for an army veteran.

In this program, the presenter Nick Knowles quoted Ronald Reagan saying We cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone. In that light, I'd like to thank you for the continuing support received for the causes I support.  Over the last month funds were raised to buy much needed mattresses for a stimulation centre for disabled children in Shoshanguve South Africa. Another organisation I support is Starfish Greathearts an AIDS charity. One of my paintings is currently being raffled for this very worthy cause on Justgiving 

A selection of my paintings are available as limited edition prints as well on ETSY for international shipping. Look out for original paintings as well, occasionally one or two are available in my ETSY shop. At the end of the month on 24 November a Black Friday sale will contain some special offers in my ETSY shop. I will send a newsletter out closer to the time.


Ever so often there are giveaways on my Instagram and Facebook page. Recently one of my prints, as well as two sets of greeting cards were up for grabs on social media. 

The winners are:
  • Meredith Anne: one limited edition print of Alfie and Rufus
  • Daniela Glassop and Nada Delore each with a set of four greeting cards.
Follow me on social media for daily updates, occasional live demo sessions and giveaways.

Colourful greetings,

Este MacLeod



The school holidays have just began in the UK. I do enjoy the longer summer days and in the last few weeks I have been inspired to create new floral and bird artworks as well as bold colourful still life paintings.

Some of these images are now available on products such as dresses, cushions and scarves on Redbubble. Orders are shipped worldwide, look out for Monday special discount offers.

For those who follow me on Instagram! I will be giving away a personalised watercolour artwork created from a name. This is to be given to someone nominated by a friend. The winner will be picked on Sunday 24 July. To enter the draw find the round painting post of 8 July for details.

Hummingbirds 50x50cm acrylic on linen canvas, available as original painting, limited edition print, and on a selection of printed products on Redbubble.
A selection of new paintings are also available as prints in my Etsy shop. As a special summer offer, everything in my Etsy shop is discounted by 20% until 26 July. Use the COUPON CODE 'SUMMERDAYS20'

In September, new ranges of my greeting cards and notebooks will be available in Etsy as well.

I am currently working on a new body of work for two Affordable Art Fair events coming up  in September and October.  Bristol Affordable Art Fair will take place from 8 to 10 September followed by the Stockholm Affordable Art Fair from 12 to 15 October.

Summer joy 100x100cm, acrylic on linen canvas. Available from Red Rag Gallery in Bath. Also available as limited edition print and on products on the Redbubble site. 
In addition to the two Affordable Art Fairs where I am represented by Wills Art Warehouse, I will be exhibiting paintings in gallery shows in London, Oxford, Dartmouth, Bath and Stow. More information to follow in August.

Apart from making paintings, I am currently working on completing a book based on my Creative Leap Art Course, as well as a brand new Explore Colour painting course, to be released early 2018.

With colourful greetings,