Postcards for Ants

Lorraine Loots is an artist who had a mission. This talented and charming painter, working a standard 9-to-5 job as a way to get away from an artist life, began a project in 2013 which entailed painting a tiny picture every day, resulting in 365 miniature works that measure one inch, approximately the size of a quarter. Each piece took about an hour to complete and this was enough artistic fulfillment to satisfy her.


Working in her native Cape Town, South Africa, the pieces quickly became a massive hit on her Instagram feed with people clamoring to purchase them. She sold them at modest prices until the demand became so powerful she saw she was on to something and decided to pursue this venture further and return to her artist self. Now the pieces can take as much as eight hours to complete, as her attention to detail is without comparison, and the values have risen in accordance with her career.[vc_separator type=’transparent’ position=’center’ color=” thickness=” up=’9′ down=’10’]

She decided to continue the exercise and the works created in 2014 now fill a beautifully bound coffee table book entitled 365 Postcards for Ants and the book is a true delight. The subject matter is pure South Africa and the paintings reflect Cape Town and the surrounding areas as well as bits of lifestyle, flora and fauna, and interesting sites.


Best viewed with a magnifying glass these tiny gems are pleasing not only to the eyes of ants but to their human counterparts alike. They can’t help but make one smile. Learn more about Lorraine and this special book at

"This just gives me a way to put something down and make a mark on each day." Lorraine Loots