I was delighted to receive notification of a fabulous review, written by members of the Cam Valley Forum (CVF), about the River Friend Series of little books. Download the review HERE

7 February 2022 “Three New Blades” (Artist Code 1604 Picture Profile)

Hello Tina
Just to say my daughter who lives near Norwich bought us your Three New Blades jigsaw for Christmas. What a cracking jigsaw. It certainly kept us two oldies absorbed through a wintry January. It’s a great picture with such detail, perfect for a jigsaw challenge and certainly a lot better than some of the saccharine pictures they churn out nowadays. Thanks for the challenge. This is one jigsaw we’re holding on to to enjoy again. HF, Tyne & Wear 

4 November 2021 “Fritillaries and Dew Drops” (Artist Code 0807 Picture Profile)

Dear Tina, Many thanks for your email. I have a card from the Post Office telling me I have a package to collect and I suspect that it will be the print we have purchased from you. This is the second of your flower prints we have bought, the first being at a stall within Council buildings when we were in Norwich recently. We have framed and hung that one and are very pleased with it and look forward to doing the same with the second. Kind regards. KM

A very enjoyable week at the Forum in Norwich September-October 2021. Thank you NWAS for some wonderful exhibition times at Banham Zoo and elsewhere.

22 June 2021 Queen Protea (Artist Code 0009 Picture Profile)

Good morning Tina
The picture [Print] arrived safely today and we are absolutely thrilled with it, thank you.  JP

7 December 2020 River Friend Series

The books arrived today. I can see why T. was so impressed – they’re informative, beautifully illustrated and utterly charming. I’ll make sure that my contacts across various organisations get to see them – they richly deserve to be distributed widely. RCSEMO.

21 November 2020 River Friend Series

J. kindly gave me five of your beautifully illustrated books for my birthday.  They are really lovely.  I have read the first one and shall enjoy all the others, referring to them when I visit nature reserves, when we are allowed to do that again.  There are several reserves around here with lakes and rivers that I go to regularly.  I really appreciate J’s thoughtfulness and your talent, so thanks again.  RC.

6 September 2020 – River Friend Series:

Dear Ms.Bone, My name is FH – JH’s grandson. I was just writing to say how much I have enjoyed the “River Friend” book series. I found the content informative and easily understandable, as well as there being a manageable quantity of it. I also enjoyed the illustrations, they both clearly conveyed the scenario and were very pleasant. All the best, FH.

15th March 2020: White Helleborines and Chiffchaffs Traditional and Whimsy Jigsaw Puzzles (Artist Code 1103 Picture Profile)

Hello Tina, What a wonderful picture of Helleborines and  Chiffchaffs with amazing detail. It must have taken you less time to paint the picture than it took us to complete the jigsaw !  I think I will recycle this via the Church summer event, that is if the virus has passed away by then. I always enjoy your work which is at the Art display in November. Keep painting, Alison D.

5th March 2020: MALTA. River Friend Series and Calendars

I have just received the two River Friend books sent to me. I have taken time to pore over them. They contain  down to earth, interesting observations and comments which the man in the street easily follows. Your line drawings are  fantastic [as usual]. The calendars, which XXX has kindly sent me over the years, are being used by my daughter in her art lessons to stimulate her sixth formers to work harder. Of course, your drawings are an inspiration for them.

25 November 2019: Lovely note regarding my Trout painting (Artist Code 1903 Picture Profile)

Dear Tina I can’t tell you how much XXX loved your painting of the trout.…our romance started with a poem about a river and a salmon…but as time went on he started to call me “Trout!” The picture made me cry and he smiled and cried too and said, “XXX darling, it’s us, my little Trout!”. You are so gifted! Thank you so much for getting it to us…also congratulations on the little books! They are looking wonderful. Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

May 2019: My first ever painting workshop for beginners:

Dear Tina, I attach the latest work on my watercolour. I did the left hand leaf with you, I think you can see the difference with the other two, when I didn’t have your guiding hand… I struggled to foreshorten the middle leaf.
Thank you so much for a lovely lovely day, such a joy, and you taught us so well, were so encouraging and also got round us all. Thank you for sending the invaluable resource cards, which as I said, I think would make lovely cards in themselves. I hope you now do more teaching as I will enjoy carrying on painting.

April 2019: Fantastic Catch (1806)

Ann: It’s lovely Tina. I’m sure the owner must be well pleased.
Sue: That is beautiful
Debbie: It’s stunning Tina
Ann: Beautiful Tina 👏👏👏
Linda and Michael: What a beautiful painting
Jacqui: Another stunning picture Tina, I love it
Edwina: It’s a beauty and so delicate
Suzan: Its beautiful, you are very talented. What an amazing gift you have.
Kathleen: Really lovely Tina
Karen That is lovely Tina Bone and the shadows are fantastic

March 2019: Trout and Ranunculus (1903)

Jacqui: Well done you🤗🤗
Karen: Love the ducks especially the one that has ducked its head into the water. Amazing detail as always

March 2019: Incubation Calls (1902)

Bill: Wow – you are amazing
Cathie: Beautiful Tina
Edwina Delightful.

January 2019 “Maddy” (1812)

Nessa: Beautiful. Very lifelike 👏
Zena Beautiful Tina so life like
Karen Tina that is truly beautiful all the detail of all the shading on the coat just looks so shiny just want to put my hand out and give it a stroke

November 2018: Sunny Benny (1805)

Ann: How lovely. Makes you feel you want to stroke him.
Ann: Amazing picture
Julie: Lovely image would have liked one of My Old girl!

August 2018: “The Green Man’s Covert” (Nature’s Myths and Legends, 1803)

Ann: Love it
Cathie: Wow…Tina, that is amazing.
Vicki: Amazing Aunty T love it 😊 you know how much I love 🦄 xx
Ann: How do you manage to come up with such brilliant ideas? Can’t stop looking at it.
Diane: That is such a beautiful picture. Well done.
Sonja: So freaking in love with this must have looked at it 100 times today incredible

August 2016 Prints hung in a Saudi Palace:

…I also said that I would send you a photo of your wonderful prints in their frames for our project so I have attached these for you and we think they look really lovely. Bearing in mind they’ll be hung in a palace in Saudi.

August 2016: Commission for packaging:

What a beautiful image, the lavender looks pretty and delicate. We are going to mock up a design with your illustration and present it to the board of directors. Hopefully its a winning design! If it is I will contact you immediately 🙂 No wonder you are selling cards already, it really is a wonderful illustration.

August 2014: The Grandmas’ Picnic

The commissioner of the painting The Grandmas’ Picnic arrived at my studio today, after travelling all the way from Australia. He had requested that I keep my Cambridge Open Studio Exhibition up until he came over. It was a wonderful day and we had a nice chat and a cup of tea. He was very pleased with the finished painting

March 2012: Two paintings chosen as Whimsy Jigsaw puzzles

I have good news. We’d like to use your image, if still available for licensing, in our summer 2012 catalogue. We actually like two ‘Chiff Chaffs’ and ‘Orioles’ (I’ve attached small copies). We’ve selected Orioles for summer, but what season is ‘Chiff Chafs’? Would it work for autumn?

March 2010: Comment regarding my Artist’s Impression of a Chelsea Flower Show Garden “The Victorian Aviary Garden” (Commission)

“Tina Bone, who comes from Comberton, Cambridge, down Philippa’s way, has produced this exquisitely detailed, wonderful watercolour of our Victorian Aviary garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. This is the image which will go into the official Show brochure and which will accompany all our press and media releases in the run up to the show. I’d be perfectly happy to rest on my laurels now, but apparently its the done thing to reproduce in real life what you promise in the brochure. Will this be possible, or has Tina set the bar too high? I now understand why so many of the gardens in the show brochure are represented by vague artists’ impressions.” (Jonathan Denby)

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