Everything is much more grounded now on the 7 dog portrait, Nicholas has been adding in the curb they are sitting on. The next stage will be coming soon! The dogs in order are Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob.
I have also completed my pencil portrait of Stanley and Jarvis, a scan will follow!
Lots of things have been happening here over the last few weeks, from doing lots of small jobs on our little cottage like painting the chimneys, painting and fixing our old sash windows, getting quotes from builders for the our sitting room renovations next year, to getting quotes for drainage around the side of our cottage. Generally sorting things out before the winter sets in.
The drainage job, we are pleased to say, was finished yesterday which is hopefully one of the main things that will stop water seeping under the floor in our cottage. Our cottage is very old, possibly around 350 years old, so we don’t have any foundations or footings. We are literally built on bedrock with huge stone walls, next to what possibly is the remnants a very ancient building from many many years prior. So we are gradually renovating everything sympathetically and have been for the last 10 years.
Yesterday we had a lovely digger chap to carefully lay drainage pipes to allow the water to run away from our cottage instead of towards it. Hopefully this will help the cottage keep dry and next year we will have a whole new flooring system installed into the sitting room which was taking the brunt of the water seeping through. It has been quite an exciting week!
Just prior to this Lily and I, with our local dog club, took our Bronze Good Citizens test with the Kennel Club and passed! We were delighted, Lily was excellently behaved and the examiner was thrilled. I took some photos of Lily when we got home with her rosette, certificate and bronze coloured dog tag…which she is now proudly wearing! Well done Lily!
I think thats all of our HQ news! I am now getting back to my easel and I will have more photos of artwork very shortly!
Here are the first stages of the 7 dog portrait. Nicholas is working on the portrait as we speak and so I will try to take more photos of him working on the painting today. I usually add the photo of the dog he is working on in the corner of the images, however I haven’t at this early stage as i haven’t quite worked out how to design it! I will probably post the dog he is working on with the photo as singular images so that everyone can see the resemblance between the dog and the photo.
I am currently working on the two dog portrait of Stanley and Jarvis and its really busy here in the studio, arranging frames, chatting to clients, taking lots of bookings. Wonderfully busy!!
Here is the completed painting of Nelson the Leonburger. The portrait has been framed in our Curved Gold Line frame and it works really well matching our clients other frame for their previous painting.
Nicholas is now starting the big 7 dog painting so I will have the first stages of that soon. I am also just starting other really large drawing, a 24 x 18 pencil of Stanley and Jarvis so we both have a busy week ahead here in the studio.
Here is Max! I actually completed Max prior to Django, however, I have been doing some additions separate to the portrait which I will reveal when the portrait is framed. I will be able to blog the full story to Max in a few weeks time. Are you all intrigued? If you would like to hear the rest of the story stay tuned! The drawing is a 12 x 10 portrait with a fully shaded background to allow Max to stand off of the paper. I used a small amount of watercolour to bring out the blue of his eyes.
The drawing is a 12 x 10 portrait with a fully shaded background to allow Max to stand off of the paper. My client requested to have his eyes coloured so I used a small amount of watercolour to bring out the blue of his eyes. I think it works really well. The portrait looks a little harsh in the photos and scan, it’s much softer in real life and the eyes stand out beautifully.
The portrait is going to be framed in the ‘Aged Spoon’ however will take a few weeks to order, so as soon as its ready I will add photos for everyone to see, along with some video too.
As you can see I have been busy at my drawing board, and haven’t updated the blog for a while. This time of year gets so busy, I need to spend more time drawing than doing admin, so it does slide a little. Now we have stopped doing all social media it has helped a lot as this is the only place we update. We found that it was really only artists that ever visited our social media pages, no clients at all, so for us, although we have kept the pages we won’t be updating. Many of our regular visitors to our website will have noticed our new footer at the bottom of our website pages which I designed a few weeks ago. It’s looking really smart.
Here is the final scan and some lovely photos of the portrait of Django. It is an 18 x 14 pencil drawing for clients in the US. I’m hoping to have the final decision on the frame very soon. Hopefully I will have some more photos in the coming weeks when it’s completed. This is definitely one for the website which I will endeavour to do in my next round of updates soon.
Here is the final scan of Nelson the Leonberger. The portrait is a 12 x 10 oil on Italian Linen canvas and Nicholas has been working on the painting over the last couple of weeks. It will now be framed, our client has yet to decide on the frame, but as soon as its all completed we will be sure to take photos and post here for everyone to see!
My next cat portrait is nearly ready to blog, I just have a few tweaks and it will be added here. I’m really pleased with it. Next up is Django so stay tuned!
Here are the next stages of Nelson. The photos have come out a lot greyer, I hope to have a better photo by tomorrow. The scan will also show the colours better too…which will be coming soon! Busy, busy here!