During the lockdowns I’ve been enjoying painting at the weekends. While I love digital art, it’s nice to have a break from staring at a screen. I’ve mainly got into watercolours.
Recently I’ve enjoyed combining my love of hamsters and art in a series called Hamster Art Gallery, with hamster versions of famous artworks from history.
Hamster Starry Night
The first in the series, in acrylic paint on a mini canvas – I find these canvases irresistible in shops and have a collection of blank ones waiting for paintings. Originally I planned on doing all the paintings on mini canvases and holding a whole miniature hamster art show (no biting the paintings!).
Hamster Sistine Chapel
I painted this after saying goodbye to my tiny best friend Kyary Hamu Hamu, so it’s also a tribute to her.
Immediately after starting I regretted having to draw a hand, but I think it came out ok!
Here’s the rough sketch:
Hamster Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa sharing a moment with her little hamster friend.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (and a Hamster)
Hamsters are way too squirmy to stay perched on your shoulder for more than a few seconds, but we can dream…
I found a gachapon of this once! The series had various animals acting out The Scream by Munch.
Hamster Birth of Venus
Botticelli’s dreamy ocean masterpiece, recreated in shimmery metallic watercolour.
The Waterlillies by Monet
My new garden pond inspired me to paint this hamster version of Monet’s Waterlillies, with a little ham perched on a lily pad:
Sunflowers by Van Gogh
When I was growing sunflowers as seedlings my hamster was very interested, just like this; I think she wanted to eat them!
Van Gogh’s Chair
A little ham sitting peacefully on Van Gogh’s famous chair. If the perspective looks off, it’s because it’s not quite right in the real painting either!
Hamster Great Wave
A tiny hamster riding the waves – the great wave off Kanazawa by Japanese artist Hokusai.
A hamster version of pre-Raphaelite Ophelia by Millais. Ophelia’s pose in the real painting is just like this – perfect for a tiny ham to perch on!
If you like hamsters…
I love them too! Take a look at my designs featuring the cutest hams. They’re all original designs, only available at Cakes with Faces (worldwide shipping).