'Common or Garden Cows' illustrated book

by Karen Humpage in Romford, England, United Kingdom

'Common or Garden Cows' illustrated book

£1,870

raised of £3,000 target

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by March 29th 2019 at 12:00pm

I'm raising funds to publish my book of humorous paintings of the cows that used to wander the streets of East London.

by Karen Humpage in Romford, England, United Kingdom

Local history made fun!

I've had a jolly good idea to produce a book about the cows that used to wander the streets of East London and the borders of Essex/Epping Forest a few years back. It's a mixture of paintings, line drawings, photos and witty text.

Many locals fondly remember the herds of cows that grazed the common land around Epping Forest during the summertime. However, if they strayed off the pastureland and into suburbia they would get up to all sorts of mischief, mainly eating all the roses in people's front gardens. Their indiscriminate appetites, refusal to move, and bullish behaviour would cause no end of consternation for homeowners and shopkeepers, frustration for motorists, wonderment and fun for children, and something to bark at for dogs. Based on people's anecdotes gleaned from a Facebook request, I have created over 20 narrative paintings of some of the more typical incidents, along with some hilarious text, line drawings and photos recalling people's experiences with these mooing monsters.

Here's a mock-up of a portion of text and accompanying line drawing. It will look MUCH better when professionally printed, but I need your help to do it!

The paintings are bold, funny, colourful and quite charming, and have been likened to the works of Beryl Cook (though I can assure you any similarities are quite unintended!) Their appeal is wide ranging; they're a bit of unashamed nostalgia for anyone over 30, and children love them too (as two year 9 groups proved when I took my herd along to their school for a pow-wow about the cows).

The book is written mainly for adults but older children will enjoy it too. And for the younger ones there is a small amount of easy to read text underneath the paintings that could perhaps be read with the parents.

My fine art prints of the paintings have already sold extremely well, as people identify with particular incidents that they recall. Now it is time to join words with pictures!

Common or Garden Cows is being printed by Matador Publishing, who have been ranked as the UK's best self-publishing service provider by The Independent Publishing Magazine at the end of 2018, knocking Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing off the top spot. So I'm confident my book will be a thing of great beauty!

Funds raised will go towards the production of the book, with anything left over I have an idea to produce a colouring book of my images aimed at children (oh go on, adults can do them as well).

                         

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Common or Garden Cows book

Pre-order a signed copy of Common or Garden Cows and your name will be printed in it as a contributor to the project!

£23 or more

Limited Edition Print (selection 1)

Your name in the book plus a limited edition print. 20% off usual price with free p&p (normally £32.40) See www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for illustrations of the options available.

£23 or more

Limited edition print (selection 2)

Your name in the book plus a limited edition print. 20% off usual price with free p&p (normally £32.40) See www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for illustrations of the options available.

£75 or more

Commission a piece of art (small)

Your name in the book plus commission me to create an artwork of your choice. This could be a house or pet portrait 8" x 12" or anything else you'd like - the choice is yours! In watercolour or acrylics. Framed too! Normally priced at £137 inc p&p.

£95 or more

Your own house portrait + cow in the front garden

A house portrait with a difference! Your house painted in my 'cowtoon' style with a cow or two in the front garden chomping on all your plants and flowers.

£95 or more

Commission a piece of art (large)

Your name in the book plus commission me to create an artwork of your choice. This could be a house or pet portrait 11" x 15" or anything else you'd like - the choice is yours! In watercolour or acrylics. Framed too! Normally priced at £187 inc p&p.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting (Moonlight Encounter)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting (Subway Surprise)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting (Exotic Pets)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting (Pats for Parsnips)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting (Feast at the Florists)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting (Mow Cow)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original framed painting ( Holed up at the 14th)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of Holed up at the 14th from the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Sizes approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this are offered at 20% off with free p&p.

£120 or more

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Original framed painting 21st century front garden

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original framed painting (Santa Cows)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Original framed painting (Cows Stop Play)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Size approximately 28x36cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p. See website www.karenhumpage.turnpiece.net for images of the paintings.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original framed painting (Teatime Turmoil)

Your name in the book plus an original framed artwork of one of the paintings in the book. Frame is a natural ash moulding with a complimentary colour stripe round the inner edge. Sizes approximately 29x24cm overall. Normally £150, this is offered at 20% off with free p&p.


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