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common or garden cows

It’s a true story! What would you do if you found a cow in your front garden? Find out how people coped when the cows came to town!

Woodford-born artist Karen Humpage recalls the days when cows wandered around the suburban streets adjoining Epping Forest. See how their antics caused no end of consternation for homeowners and shopkeepers, frustration for motorists, wonderment and fun for children, and something to bark at for dogs. 

With the help of local peoples’ recollections, Karen’s gently humorous writing paints pictures of cow/human interactions, upsets to the suburban idyll and the occasional far-fetched flight of fancy. All accompanied by Karen’s gloriously colourful paintings complementing the text.

Not just a book for the people of Epping Forest, this book will resonate with anyone who lives near to an area of common land where cattle are grazed.

Signed and personalised copies are available from Etsy - click the button below.



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"This is a fun based book of memories of living with the cattle that roamed and grazed freely in Epping forest, peoples front gardens and the chaos they caused when mixing with rush hour traffic ! A book full of very recent social history, people's hilarious stories and Karen Humpage's beautiful colour illustrations, makes it a must have for those who lived in this unique part of Greater London and those who love their social history....."

"This is a gem of a book. Great stories and amazing artwork. Highly recommended!"

- Amazon customers



You can buy all of my limited edition cow and goat prints via Etsy - just click on the button below to open up a new window to Etsy.


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house and garden portraits

I welcome enquiries for house and garden portrait commissions. Of course, it doesn't have to be a house - I have painted shops, churches, opera houses and universities before, so it could be of any building precious to you. A wedding venue, shop, holiday home, place of worship, garden shed or, indeed, a house. It makes a memorable gift for all sorts of occasions - anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, moving and housewarmings, and weddings.

If you are interested in commissioning a portrait please email me first to discuss your requirements. I will need a couple of photos of your house, more if your house is large or has lots of architectural details. Once everything has been agreed I will endeavour to complete your artwork within 2 -4 weeks, depending on size. If you need the painting for a particular date (for a birthday present, for example), let me know and I will try to fit you in.

All paintings come fitted with a card mount. Where possible paintings are sized to fit standard ready-made frames, making it easier for you to frame your painting at a reasonable cost.

Sample sizes/prices

First measurement is the painting/aperture size, second measurement is overall mount/frame size. Other sizes on application.

 7"x5"/10"x8"       £45    Bijou (sketchy pen and watercolour style) 

 7" x 9"/10"x12"   £80    More detailed than above    

13"x9"/16"x12"   £150                         "

16"x12"/20"x16" £220                         "

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