Next stages of Cinega


The next stages of Cinega are below. I was really busy yesterday in the cottage so these are yesterday stages. I will have the updated stages later today or early tomorrow. The portrait is coming along beautifully and Cinega is looking very three dimensional already, you can see in the photos below, the gorgeous look in her eye and its…

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First stages of Cinega’s Pet Portrait


Here are the very first stages of Cinega’s portrait. It is a 12 x 10 oil painting on Italian Linen canvas and it is going to be framed in our beautiful Chelsea City frame. I can see already, even in these initial stages, how well the natural colours of Cinega and the background will go beautifully with the colour of…

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Les and Alfie pet portrait framed….


The pet portrait of Les and Alfie is framed! We love the overall feel and look of the painting and really hope it will be a very special day when the painting is presented by our clients to the recipient, Les. The portrait has been framed in the traditional Flat frame, which is one of our longest running and favourite…

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Final scan of Alfie and Les


Here is the final scan of Alfie and Les along with some photos of the portrait with Nicholas’ hand holding his brush so that our readers can see the scale of the painting. The portrait has been painted in oils on Italian linen canvas at 16 x 12 size. The portrait is already framed and I have taken some photos…

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Final stage of Les and Alfie


How is everyone here in the UK feeling in this heat?! Here in Wales are aren’t use to hot weather. We usually have below average temperatures, sometimes sunny, sometimes showery, and then pretty long rainy winters. Overall its not the best place to live weather wise – but its beautiful and always green! This year however we have been hit…

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Humphrey’s Pet Portrait


Humphrey is the most gorgeous Cavapoo and I have drawn him at 16 x 12 size adding a final scan for you to see below. I worked from two photos for this portrait to get the best pose for Humphrey, one for the head and one for the body. The original photo of Humphrey sitting on the bench was lovely,…

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Sunday Painting….


Here are the next stages of the oil painting of Alfie and Les, we hope that you are enjoying the stages so far. The portrait is coming along beautifully and Nicholas is working on Alfie and the ice-cream today. These photos were as of yesterday as I didn’t get to add a blog post after completing Humphrys portrait. I will…

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Next stages of Les & Alfie’s Pet Portrait


Here are the next stages of Les and Alfie’s Pet Portrait. Nicholas is painting as I type. He is a little further forward than the latest stage here, however I haven’t liked to disturb him for a photo! When you are painting and you are in the ‘zone’ and things are going well, I know all too well what its…

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Pet Portraits Framed


Here are the photos of Macko, Rex and Rosie’s pet portrait framed. The frame is our beautiful Chelsea City frame and it works absolutely stunningly with this painting. The Chelsea City frame is one of our favourites for a number of reasons. The colour of the gold is very natural and is slightly aged in the framers painting process and…

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Packing Pet Portraits…


I thought I would make a quick blog post about packing pet portraits. When our paintings are framed we need to protect them as best we can as they are sent to our clients via courier. They travel far and wide and sometimes have quite long journeys, to America and Australia for instance. Wherever they are heading and however far…

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Blessings in Disguise…….


It was a pretty busy day all round yesterday so I thought I would do a quick update before blogging photos of framed paintings and next stages of portraits. The renovations are coming along well and it just so happened that our kitchen and french doors and little window were being installed on the same day as the wood burning…

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Alfie and Les first stages…


Here are the first stages of the painting of Alfie and Les. The painting is coming along really well and I will have more stages shortly as Nicholas is painting as I type. I’m getting back on with Humphrey’s drawing, so its all go in the studio!

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Pet Portraits Labrador Oil Painting


Here is the final scan of the latest Pet Portraits Labrador oil painting of Macko, Rosie and Rex! The painting is 20 x 16 size and the portrait will be framed in the Chelsea City frame next week. We are thrilled with how this one has turned out, all three labs looking at the viewer from their garden, they definitely all…

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Pet Portraits Stages of Macko Rosie and Rex


Here are three more stages of the painting of Macko, Rosie and Rex. The portrait is coming along beautifully and Nicholas has not only been painting the dogs, but has been working on the background too. The garden behind has been painted very naturally and kept slightly blurry to allow the three subjects – Macko, Rosie and Rex, to be the…

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Jasper’s pet portrait framed!


Here are the photos of Jasper’s portrait all framed and ready to send to my client. I am in love with this frame, it’s sooo lovely. We haven’t used this one before and I know that now I have photos for clients to see, I’m sure its going to be a popular choice. You can take a look at Jasper on the SP…

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More Stages of Macko Rosie and Rex


Catching up with lots of blog posts today and here are the stages so far of the Three Labrador Portrait – Macko Rosie and Rex. As you can see Nicholas has been working not only on the dogs, but on the background also. Still lots of stages to go, but all the canvas is covered now and its coming along…

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Jasper’s Pet Portrait Montage


I have completed a lovely montage drawing of the fabulous Jasper and I thoroughly enjoyed drawing him. My client commissioned me to draw Jasper as a surprise for his wife on their anniversary which is this month. The portrait is going to be framed in the most exquisite frame which we haven’t used before and I am really looking forward to posting…

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Pet Portraits Testimonials!


Some of our regular readers and visitors to our website may remember the portrait I created earlier this year of the lovely Mango. It was framed in the Windsor Wash frame with a Hayseed textured mount along with a pale grey inner mount to match. To complete the portrait, our clients chose a silver engraved plaque too. The portrait was commission by Sylvia as…

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Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver!


Lily and I have been training with our local dog club over the last couple of months on the exercises for the Kennel Clubs Good Citizens silver test. We passed our Bronze last year however we all knew this one would be much more tricky! The test day was 2 and a half hours long and we did about 10 different exercises from road walking…

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Macko, Rosie and Rex Labrador Oil Painting


Here are the first stages of the portrait Nicholas is currently working on. The labradors are called Macko, Rosie and Rex. Our clients very helpfully took a number of fantastic photos of the dogs in their garden on a sunny day. They took a variety of photos of the dogs all together and some individual photos of each dog too, so we…

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Tess is Framed!


The portrait of Tess is now framed and all ready to send to my clients early next week. The portrait has been framed by our lovely framer Amanda and my client chose the Sandringham frame with the Hayseed double mount with pale grey inner mount. The colours of the mount are just perfect, it is overall very natural and compliments…

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Cat Pencil Portrait – Penny


The portrait below was drawn at 10″ x 8″ size and it is of a most beautiful cat called Penny. After our initial contact, my client took new photos of Penny over a period of a few weeks, waiting for a time where the sun was shining so she could capture how she would like to see Penny in a portrait. We chatted on…

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Fine scan and photos of Tess


Here is a lovely and happy Lab called Tess. I have completed a 10 x 8 pencil drawing for a returning client who commissioned a portrait for her sisters birthday. Amanda my framer will be framing Tess and as soon as I have photos of the portrait completed I will post them here for everyone to see. I have added a…

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Paint & Draw Magazine Article!


I am very pleased to announce that my drawing of Poppy is is this months edition of Paint & Draw magazine! I was asked to produce a step by step guide of how I create my portraits for the magazine. Although every single portrait is unique and tackled in slightly different ways depending on fur texture, length of fur etc the fundamentals…

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Frankie Blue Eyes Final Scan


Here is he final scan of the beautiful cat called Frankie Blue Eyes. You can see immediately why Frankie was called Frankie blue Eyes. He was a Snowshoe Siamese Cat and was commissioned by returning clients. Sadly Frankie passed away only a few months ago and so we are honoured to be able to portray him so our clients can remember his…

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Cat Oil Portrait – Frankie Blue Eyes


I don’t think our readers received a blog news letter last week. It has been pretty busy here in the studio and I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog posts. Nicholas has been working hard on the cat oil portrait of Frankie Blue Eyes and I have created a surprise pencil portrait for a birthday and along…

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Yogi’s portrait in situ with a Testimonial…


We have received the most wonderful testimonial from one of Nicholas’ clients regarding the oil painting of Yogi. Our client Shane from Canada, commissioned an oil painting of Yogi as a Christmas gift for his wife Nikki. Nikki has very kindly taken photos of Yogi in situ and we are so grateful for Nikki and her family for allowing us to use them,…

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Horse Oil Painting of Remy


Here is the final scan of the horse oil painting of Remy and it is simply amazing. Nicholas has created a beautiful painting for our client, something that is going to look completely stunning on their wall. Also hopefully matching in well with the other paintings our client has commissioned from us over the years. The portrait has been painted on…

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Happy Client – Nicola with Ted


Nicholas painted an oil portrait of Ted last month, you may have seen the final scan here on our blog. He is the most gorgeous little puppy with beautiful big eyes. He has grown quite a bit since the portrait was painted and Nicholas will create a painting of him when he is fully grown with his three buddies – Harry, Mia and…

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