Painted Elephant Trail

Photo by Derek Gerrard Photography

I loved painting this lush and leafy design onto a plain elephant, it was a great shape to paint on. I built up layers of greens, turquoise and olives to create depth and the feeling of a tropical rainforest. I then added hibiscus and ditzy flowers with tropical leaves in an allover pattern. And of course a striped trunk and tail! I named it Lush + Leafy, I was inspired by elephants of the tropical jungle of Borneo, camouflaged in the luscious tropical patterns.

Work in progress video

Work in progress video

My elephant is part of The Big Trunk Trail in Luton raising money for Keech Hospice Care. Big thanks to the sponsor HBD Places. If you are in Luton you will spot Lush + Leafy in The Moor Park, please tag me in on social media or send me a photo! hello@louisekirby.com Here are some work in progress photos

The elephant sculpture was massive and wasn’t going to fit into my studio on the 4th floor at Wasps studios. I’m super grateful for the kindness of Derek from Circle Signs offering me space in his workshop to paint!

Thanks to the Sandra Webster for escorting my elephant to Luton with her colourful elephant also on the trail.

Finished painted elephant – Lush + Leafy

I love taking part in the Wild In Art trails as they allow me to use my skills of applying colour and pattern to objects and surfaces. They raise money for charities and the trails themselves are great at encouraging people to get out and about and explore the area.

Next one to look out for is my Lighthouse, part of the Light The North Trail. You can see my other Wild In Art painted sculptures on my website

Thanks for reading!

LOUISE KIRBY X JERRY RANDALLS Music and Art Collaboration

I was asked by composer Jerry Randalls to collaborate with him to create some visual to go with his new Laxmi composition.

I created a series of abstract compositions called Counterpoint in response to repeatedly listening to the Laxmi composition. I used gestural marks and movement with the brushes to create colourful textural marks in watercolour.  The individual pieces were sliced and re-composed to create new compositions of juxtaposing colour and pattern.  Colours were inspired by the Laxmi Hindu goddess.

Counterpoint 1
White mount size 21cm x 29.7cm
£45
Counterpoint 2
White mount size 21cm x 29.7cm
£45 – SOLD
Counterpoint 3
White mount size 21cm x 29.7cm
£45
Counterpoint 4
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£35
Counterpoint 5
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£40
Counterpoint 6
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£45 – SOLD
Counterpoint 7
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£40
Counterpoint 8
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£40
Counterpoint 9
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£30 – SOLD
Counterpoint 10
White mount size 21cm x 29.7cm
£45
Counterpoint 11
White mount size 21cm x 29.7cm
£40
Counterpoint 12
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£35
Counterpoint 13
White mount size 21cm x 21cm
£35

If you are interested in any of the pieces for your home or office, please email hello@louisekirby.com They are all one off watercolour collages ranging from £30 – £45.

To listen to the collaboration click here

Jerry writes “Laxmi (also known as Lakshmi) – for Flute trio, jazz trio and cello

I have fused a jazzy arpeggiated melodic pattern with a 17th century harmonic progression which suggests more than a nod to J S Bach, but is also, as it happens, a staple of the jazz world. The piece concludes with a brief blues break which merges into a classic Baroque final cadence.

Louise has a striking and wholly individual style which resonates with the renaissance of her home town of Dundee as a leading citadel of contemporary creative arts. Her work is always confident, fresh and dynamic – and echoes techniques and principles which also guide my composition technique: line, patterns and sequences, energetic rhythms, tone colour, momentum and structure. I love how she has taken the idea of counterpoint – melody against melody – and applies it to visual art. I couldn’t have imagined a more spectacular exhibition to accompany my music. “

Artist Support Pledge

artist support pledge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress, artists are committing to the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE. Thanks to @matthewburrowstudio who started it. I pledge to buy £200 of art from another artist’s work when my sales reach £1000.
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Please email me directly message if you have any questions on the pieces or would like to buy anything. hello@louisekirby.com

Number 1 – 11 one-off hand screen printed on 16mm birch ply telling the stories of design in Dundee. Number 12 – 15 hand screen printed on paper.

  1. Under one roof 40cm x 40cm £175
  2. Fashion Textiles 40cm x 40cm £175
  3. Hands of X1 24cm x 24cm £60
  4. Hands of X3 24cm x 26cm £60
  5. Precious 40cm x 40cm £175
  6. Sonic 40cm x 40cm £110
  7. Sonic on Pattern 40cm x 40cm £110
  8. Building New Worlds 40cm x 24cm £120
  9. Warp and Weft 40cm x 24cm £75
  10. Tayberry 40cm x 24cm £90
  11. Fleet 40cm x 24cm £74
  12. Precious on Paper 29cm x 31cm £38
  13. Dundee Cake Check 28cm x28cm £42
  14. Dundee Marmalade Pattern 28cm x 28cm £42 – SOLD
  15. Dundee Marmalade in gold 28cm x 28cm £38


1. Under one roof 40cm x 40cm £175
2. Fashion Textiles 40cm x 40cm £175
3. Hands of X1 24cm x 24cm £60
4. Hands of X3 24cm x 26cm £60
5.Precious 40cm x 40cm £175
6.Sonic 40cm x 40cm £110
7.Sonic on Pattern 40cm x 40cm £110
8. Building New Worlds 40cm x 24cm £120
9. Warp and Weft 40cm x 24cm £75
10. Tayberry 40cm x 24cm £90
11. Fleet 40cm x 24cm £74
12. Precious on Paper 29cm x 31cm £38
13. Dundee Cake Check 28cm x28cm £42
14. Dundee Marmalade Pattern 28cm x 28cm £42 – SOLD
15. Dundee Marmalade in gold 28cm x 28cm £38

Thanks you for looking at my work. If you would like to see more about the work I do, check out my website www.louisekirby.com