Melanie and Nicholas Pet Portraits

Introducing Our Pet Portraits


Introducing our Pet Portraits by Melanie and Nicholas. If you have just landed on our Art Studio Blog and this is the fist post you are reading – welcome! We are delighted to see you here and are glad that you dropped by. In a nutshell, Nicholas and myself are professional pet portrait artists. We have been creating pet portraits…

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lily our tibetan terrier

Introducing Lily Our Tibetan Terrier


Introducing Lily our Tibetan Terrier. We have had Lily since she was 8 weeks old and she was so tiny. Such a little bundle of joy. We loved her from the moment we saw her. There is quite an unusual story behind her name which I have laid out below. We hope you enjoy reading about Lily our Tibetan Terrier,…

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Introducing Our Ordering Process


Introducing our ordering process for our pet portraits. If you are looking to commission an oil painting or pencil drawing of your dog, cat or horse, our ordering process page might be perfect for you.   Introducing Our Ordering Process – Photos The first step is to send us photos of your pet. Photos for a pet portrait is key.…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in May!


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in May! To go alongside our artwork posts, I thought I would do a little news of what’s been happening here each month. All about two pet portrait artists and their dog on their travels outside of the studio. Lots of photos! We have finally had some wonderful weather here this month in May. The…

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Spaniel Pencil Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Spaniel pencil pet portraits! My drawing is of two beautiful spaniels called Jenny an Fern. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing them. The portrait was a retirement gift for Gail, purchased by Tara and Mark for all of Gail’s hard work over the years. Gail emailed me lots of photos of her dogs when she received her Gift…

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Horse Oil Painting of Chino

Horse Oil Painting of Chino


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest horse oil painting of Chino. Olivia and Hannah Dix, mother and daughter, contacted us about having an oil painting. They wanted one created of their beautiful horse called Chino. I spoke to Olivia on the telephone a number of times at the start of the process. We chatted about the kind of photos required for an…

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horse pencil portrait montage

Horse Pencil Portrait Montage


Welcome to my latest horse pencil portrait montage! The horse in question is called Locksie and the portrait was commissioned by my client William here in the UK. The portrait was an 18 x 24 montage pencil drawing. It was traditionally hand drawn by myself, Melanie, here in my studio in the heart of Wales. William commissioned the drawing to…

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Great Dane Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Great Dane pet portrait. Jennifer, from Florida USA, emailed to see if we would be able to create a painting of her two Great Danes. She wanted to commission it as a birthday gift for a her husband. We were delighted and asked Jennifer to send photos of her dogs, along with ideas of the kind…

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Spaniel Oil Portrait


Welcome to our Spaniel oil portrait of Wilf.  Steve contacted us asking if we would be able to paint his gorgeous spaniel Wilf who had sadly passed away. Steve’s first email was wonderful. We really appreciated his words and were thrilled to hear he loved our artwork in both mediums. ……I’m hoping you maybe wiling to take on a commission…

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Spaniel Pet Portraits


Welcome to my Spaniel Pet Portraits of Bren and Bee. My client Helen saw one of my pencil drawings at a friends house. She had actually been looking for a pet portrait artist to create portraits for her of her spaniels and hadn’t yet found one. Her friend gave her our details and Helen got in touch! She wanted to commission two…

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Rhodesian Ridgeback Oil Painting


Welcome to Nicholas latest Rhodesian Ridgeback Oil Painting. This portrait will be a very special surprise for our clients wife as a birthday surprise! The Rhodesian Ridgebacks are called Maddie and Amber and  the portrait is a traditionally hand painted oil on Italian Linen canvas in fine grain at 21 x 21 inches. We worked closely with Neil in taking just the…

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Oil Portraits – Tilly


Welcome to the story of the oil portraits painting of Tilly. Nicholas painted this beautiful portrait of Tilly for our client Diane. Tilly’s oil painting was created to 14 x 11 size in traditional oils on Italian linen fine grain canvas. If you scroll further down, you will be able to see all of the stages in progress of the oil…

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Horse Oil Painting of Remy


Welcome to the horse oil painting of Remy and his story. Remy’s horse oil painting was commissioned by a returning client, Marianne, from Canada. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see there three horse portraits Nicholas painted a few years ago. Marianne had a new horse she wanted Nicholas to paint at the same…

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Corgi Pet Portraits


Welcome to our Corgi Pet Portraits oil painting of Thomas. Nicholas has been working really hard on his latest Corgi pet portraits painting, which you can see below. Thomas, the Corgi in question, has been traditionally hand painted in oils by Nicholas on Italian Linen canvas at 12 x 10 size. Thomas headed over to Massachusetts to very happy clients as…

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Spaniel Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Spaniel pencil drawing of the most gorgeous dog called Monty. Monty is a 12 x 10 pencil drawing commissioned by a lovely client called Allie here in the UK. Sadly Monty is no longer with us. Allie and her family wanted to have a drawing to remember him by. It has been wonderful to portray him…

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Horse Portrait of Inca


This is Nicholas’ latest painting, a horse portrait of Inca in oils, is beautiful. Jamie emailed us in 2017 to find out if we would be able to paint his wife’s event horse, named Shannondale Inca, by way of a 60th birthday present in October. Unfortunately we were fully booked as we have a fairly long commissions list however we…

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New Pet Portraits Frames!


We have some wonderful news we have lots of new pet portraits frames! We are working with a brand new framing company who produces the most beautiful hand crafted frames. The care and attention to detail they take over their frames is stunning. They create each frame from scratch and hand finish them so they are unique. Our framers are…

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Pet Portraits Stickers and Studio News


Welcome to the first blog post in a long time all about our pet portraits stickers and studio news. Readers of our blog, I’m sure that you have noticed we haven’t made a blog post for a while. It’s not that we don’t have anything to blog! On the contrary, it’s that I have just been really busy drawing and…

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Merry Christmas to all of our readers!


Nicholas and myself would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who commissioned portraits from us in 2017. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you all. Thank you so much for supporting our blog and signing up to our newsletter. This year…

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Sinuses and Christmas Trees


Welcome to my post all about Sinuses and Christmas Trees. Bizarre you are thinking! It’s been quite a while since I sat in my lovely little studio and tapped away on my keyboard. I have been unwell this week with a sinus infection. It actually started three weeks ago, however I wasn’t absolutely certain what it was and of course…

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A Tiramisu Of Artists!


You maybe wondering why this blog post is titled..A Tiramisu Of Artists! Funny story. We have some lovely friends which we head on out with each year for a special gathering. Karen and her son pop over from New Zealand this time of year to do a bit of travelling with Chris Chalk, a good artists friend who lives locally…

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Snow!


We have had a very pretty fall of snow here in Wales and we thought we would share a few photos with everyone. The first photo is one of our studio nestled down in the garden between the snowy trees. Everything looks so pretty when it has snowed. We then took Lily out and about down the lane and took…

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Montage Pet Portrait Framed


Welcome to my latest montage pet portrait framed. The portrait was an 18 x 14 inch montage drawing, traditionally hand drawn by myself using graphite pencil. The portrait was commissioned by a local client Roger, who wanted to have a portrait of his wife dog drawn. They very sadly lost their dog suddenly after an operation. Rogers wife Louise was…

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Horse Portrait Framed


Welcome to my latest horse portrait framed! The drawing is of a beautiful horse called Cherokee (Cherry) and was commissioned by Pauline and her sister Maureen. They wanted to give it as a joint gift to their niece Caroline on Christmas day 2017. Pauline emailed when the portrait arrived…… He has arrived !!! Cherry is brilliant !! The frame is…

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Pencil Pet Portraits of Mamesuke & Cinnamon


Welcome to my two Pencil Pet Portraits of Mamesuke & Cinnamon. Yuki emailed me via my website asking about commissioning two portraits of her dogs Mamesuke and Cinnamon. Mamesuke is Yukis boyfriends dog and she wanted to surprise him with a drawing for his birthday and also commission one of her dog to match for herself. Yuki, from Japan, emailed…

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Dog Portrait of Leon


Welcome to our latest dog portrait of Leon painted by Nicholas Beall. He has to be one of our favourite dogs that we have portrayed this year. Just look into his eyes soulful eyes! Are they gorgeous! Richard and his wife Chantal from Crete emailed to ask if Nicholas would paint Leon for them. Richard describes Leon … “He is extremely clever,…

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Pet Portrait of Amber


Welcome to the pet portrait of Amber. Richard emailed in August 2017 to arrange a portrait as a Christmas gift for his wife of their labradoodle. We do love organised clients! Richard took a number of lovely photos of Amber in their garden and had a particular favourite of Amber that he wanted Nicholas to portray. Ambers painting is an…

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Pet Portrait of Agarn


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Agarn! The portrait was commissioned by our client Bill in the USA and it was to be a complete surprise for his husband at Christmas 2017. We worked closely with Bill to create the perfect composition of Agarn using a number of photos to create the design below. Bill wanted the portrait to show…

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Day out at Mwnt


The weather was beautiful at the weekend and so we decided to have a day out at Mwnt. We headed out to the local beauty spot on the coast. The beach and little surrounding area is called Mwnt. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear you all try to pronounce it! Tourists come for miles…

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Pet Portraits Halloween!


We hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween yesterday if you were celebrating – we had our very own Pet Portraits Halloween! We worked for most of the day on our paintings and drawings, however stopped in the afternoon to head out and purchase some sweets for any potential trick or treaters. We live quite rurally so don’t usually have…

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Pet Portraits Article for Terrier Group Magazine


Welcome to our pet portraits article for Terrier Group Magazine. A few months ago we were contacted by a lovely lady called Melanie (yes! same name!) who asked if we were interested in writing an article for them. They wanted us to write about our Pet Portraits for their ‘Terrier Group’ Magazine. We emailed Melanie straight away and jumped at…

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Horse Portrait of Radley


Welcome to our latest commission, a horse portrait of Radley. The painting is a 14 x 11 inches oil on Italian linen canvas painted by Nicholas Beall. Our client Richard emailed us in 2017 asking if we would be able to portray his partners horse Radley who sadly wasn’t with us any longer. Richard sent us a number of photos…

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Great Dane Portrait – Deano, Ole & Neo


Welcome to my latest Great Dane portrait of Deano, Ole & Neo. Our clients wanted a portrait of their three beautiful great danes, two of which sadly aren’t with us any longer, only the great dane on the right called Neo. Nicola emailed all of the photos she had of Deano and Ole to find out if they were suitable for…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy


Here is my latest Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy. This pencil drawing is a 12 x 10 portrait which I completed for a lovely client called Emma. Sadly Poppy passed away a few months ago and Emma contacted me to find out if I was able to draw a portrait of her. Emma didn’t really have the perfect photo of…

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Pet Portraits of Marley and Nohea


Welcome to the two beautiful pet portraits of Marley and Nohea! Our client Polly emailed us in 2017 to ask if we would be able to portray her two beloved dogs what had sadly passed away. She wanted oil paintings as the centre piece in her home to remember both dogs by. Polly had two favourite photos and we were…

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Happy Clients – Zeke’s Portrait


We love hearing from our pet portrait happy clients! Last year Manuela commissioned me to draw their dearly departed dog called Zeke as a pencil drawing. The whole family missed their labrador so much and so Manuella commissioned a drawing as a suppose for them. You can see the final scan here  Zeke’s Portrait >> Manuela and her family miss…

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Pet Portraits FAQ’s


Good Morning everyone on this lovely Sunday morning and welcome to our post all about our Pet Portraits FAQ’s! This past week has been busy and I have lots of blog posts to follow. My first post though is about our updated Pet Portraits FAQ page. We have been inundated with enquiries in the last couple of weeks, as of course…

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New Studio Sofa and Website Updates


Welcome to our New Studio Sofa and Website Updates post! We have a new studio sofa! It has actually been here for just over a month however with the build and getting organised I hadn’t been able to take photos until now. So along with the new about us pages for the cottage renovations we also added a number of new…

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Welsh Cottage Renovation Photos!


Welcome to our Welsh Cottage Renovation Photos! I know that many of our clients and avid readers to our blog have been waiting for this post for a long time! We finally have collated all of our renovation photos of our little Welsh cottage and have added a few to our website for everyone to see. It is an understatement…

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Lily Tibetan Terrier and her Rosette


Welcome to my blog post all about Lily Tibetan Terrier and her rosette. Amazingly Lily passed her Novice Certificate Test at our local dog club and we are so pleased! We had a number of tricky tests to complete over the last few months. There are usually around 7 exercises and we can try one per week.  The most difficult exercise…

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Pet Portrait of Lance an Entlebucher Mountain Dog


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Lance an Entlebucher mountain dog! Jennifer contacted in 2017 and wanted to commission a painting of her partners dog Lance who is an Entlebucher mountain dog. Jenifer had a wonderful photo of Lance. He was sitting on their deck covered in sawdust after they had been cutting wood fixing the deck. We did a number…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Sika


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Sika. My client Nick contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw a pencil portrait of their spaniel Sika. It was to be a gift for his sister Jessica. Nick had one photo that he particularly liked that captured Sika well. It was perfect for a pencil drawing. Photos are…

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Pet Portrait of Vinnie


Welcome to the pet portrait of Vinnie! Isn’t he gorgeous! I have added a scan along with a detail of the painting too so our readers can see him up close a little more. The portrait was commissioned by a returning client Katherine, for a special birthday celebration and was to be a complete surprise to the recipient. The portrait…

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Bank Holiday Weekend at Cors Caron


We have spent a lovely bank holiday weekend at Cors Caron. We had a friend to stay from the south of England for the long weekend. All of us visited a beautiful natural reserve a few miles from here called Cars Caron. It is a natural bog which has built up over 12,000 years. The bog was formed when the glaciers…

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Extending the chicken shed


We spent the weekend Extending the chicken shed! Its a fairly long story though. Some of our regular readers will remember the big storm here from 4 years ago. We faired pretty well considering many areas of the UK suffered much flooding. However we did have some damage….. That year we had purchased a brand new chicken house and put…

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Pet Portrait of Tobey


Welcome to the pet portrait of Tobey! Chuck and his wife Gaye wanted a portrait of their beautiful spaniel called Tobey. Chuck actually called us while we were in our car on errands, and he was at a stop light also in his car travelling near his home in the USA. We had a brief chat on the phone and…

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Horse Pet Portrait of Favorite


Welcome to my beautiful horse pet portrait of Favorite! Carrie from Sydney, Australia, emailed to ask if I would be able to draw her sisters horse called Favourite as a birthday surprise. She had one particular photos she loved and wanted me to use for the basis of the drawing. Carrie decided she wanted the portrait drawn at 14 x…

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Oil Portrait of Maco, Rex & Rosie


Welcome to the Oil Portrait of Maco, Rex & Rosie. Our client Katie contacted us asking if Nicholas could paint their dogs for birthday surprise. Katie inlisted her daughters helping in taking photos. She took a number of fantastic photos of the dogs in their garden on a sunny day. Taking a variety of photos of the dogs all together they too took…

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Pet Portrait of Cinega


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Cinega. Karen emailed to ask if we would be able to paint a portrait of Cinega for her husbands birthday. The deadline was pretty tight but we had the portrait there in time for faming and then presenting to her husband on his special day. The painting is a 12 x 10 oil on Italian…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Henri Bell


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Henri Bell. This commission was very special for me. I was able to work with a very well known actress here in the UK. Meg and her family sadly lost their gorgeous dog Henri Bell at the age of 18 after having rescued him at aged 1yr. Meg got in touch as she…

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Cat Drawings for Packaging


Welcome to my two cat drawings for Packaging. I was contacted by a pet food company to draw two cats for packing. They needed to drawn to at size in the style of their current artist. Their artist was away on holiday and they needed two drawings created as soon as possible for deadline. Even though I was tempted at…

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Pet Portrait of Les and Alfie


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Les and Alfie. Kerrie and her mum emailed us to see if we would be able to paint a portrait of Kerrie’s dad and their dearly missed and much loved dog Alfie. They had seen a portrait Nicholas painted of a man with his dog on a boat on our website and hoped we…

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Humphrey’s Pet Portrait


Welcome to Humphrey’s Pet Portrait. Joanna emailed to ask if I would be able to draw Humphrey as a Christmas gift for her husband. Humphrey is the most gorgeous Cavapoo and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Joanna. Joanna emailed a full range of photos she had taken of Humphrey that year. There wasn’t one photo…

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Jasper’s Pet Portrait Montage


Welcome to Jasper’s pet portrait montage pencil drawing. Richard contacted me enquiring about a montage pencil portrait of their horse called Jasper that they had to sadly have put to sleep that very same week. Their family were all deviated as Jasper had been with them for a very long time and was a much loved horse. Richard knew exactly…

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Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver


Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver! Lily and I have been training with our local dog club over the last couple of months. We have been studying 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…

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Cat Pencil Portrait of Penny


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Portrait of Penny. Jeanette telephoned our studio to ask if i would be able to draw their beautiful black cat called Penny. Jenette wanted it to be a gift from her family to her on a special 50th birthday. Jeanette emailed and said – I have researched many pet portrait artists, and believe you…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Tess


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Tess, a very happy Labrador. The portrait of Tess was commission by a returning client who wanted a drawing of her sisters dog. They were heading over to Spain where Tess lives and wanted to give it as a birthday surprise. Lucky I managed to get the portrait all completed and framed just…

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Paint & Draw Magazine Article


Welcome to my 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. This depends…

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Cat Portrait of Frankie Blue Eyes


Welcome to our cat portrait of 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 and so we are honoured to be able to portray him. Our clients can remember his wonderful character and personality along with his beautiful colouring…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Mungo


Welcome to my cat pencil drawing of Mungo. Charlotte emailed me to ask if I would be able to draw their beautiful cat called Mungo. Charlotte emailed the following… I am based in Hong Kong, and my first year wedding anniversary is approaching. I was hoping to get my husband a portrait of our darling kitten, Mungo. Would you have the…

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Flat Coat Drawing of Saffy


Welcome to my Flat Coat drawing of Saffy in pencil on paper.  Saffy was commissioned by Tara who is based in Sweden. I was so thrilled when Tara emailed as I absolutely love drawing Flatcoated Retrievers, they are one of my favourite breeds to portray. I have drawn quite a few over the years and you can see just a…

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Daemon’s Pet Portrait and Superfast!


Welcome to Daemon’s Pet Portrait. Its been a pretty exciting and full week here and I will start with two drawings I have created of a very elegant dog called Daemon. I have not only drawn his portrait, but I have drawn his paw also. My client sent me a photo of the underside of his foot and wanted me to…

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Dog Oil Portrait of Ted


Welcome to the latest dog oil portrait of Ted. Nicola, a returning client from Cardiff, commissioned a portrait of Ted the Dachshund in oils on canvas. She wanted it to match portraits she commissioned of her other Dachshund at this age.  The portrait is 14 x 14 size on canvas. It was the perfect shape to work with a photo…

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Pencil Drawings of Cosmo & King Chinook


Welcome to my Pencil Drawings of Cosmo & King Chinook. I have completed two pencil drawings for separate clients and thought I would post about them together. The drawing below of Cosmo was sent off to client Matilda this week and she emailed the testimonial below when she saw the final scan. Im thrilled that she loves it. The drawing…

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Dog Pet Portrait of Yogi


Welcome to our Dog Pet Portrait of Yogi. Client Shane from Canada, emailed to ask if we would paint a portrait of their Bernese mountain dog called Yogi. We were thrilled and Nicholas was really looking forward to putting brush to canvas. Shane wanted to surprise his wife with the painting as a special gift for her and his family.…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Poppy. Adam emailed to let me know that his family had purchased him a Gift a Portrait. He was ready to send me photos of his dog Poppy, who had recently passed away, for the portrait. The photo of Poppy that he loved was perfect for a drawing and I was excited to…

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More Cottage Renovations


Yes, we have been doing more cottage renovations! We have been living in our little cottage for 10 years this autumn. We have been doing renovations since we moved in. Some of our regular readers may have seen on our cottage renovations page on our website. This year though is the big year for us as its the final push…

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Tibetan Terrier Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Tibetan Terrier pet portraits is now complete. The portrait was commissioned by Caroline and her family as a surprise for their mums 60th birthday. Unfortunately, Hollie past away last year at 15 and half. The portrait will be a wonderful reminder of Hollie and hopefully bring back lovely memories for them all. Caroline emailed when she saw the…

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Pet Portrait of Mango


Welcome to my Pet Portrait of Mango, which was completed by myself, Melanie Phillips as a 16 x 12 size. My client, Sylvia, commissioned me to not only draw Mango, but also Ozie and Joey as well. She wanted to give them as Christmas presents for each of her children. Mango was to be for her son James and his family…

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Ozie and Joey’s Pencil Portrait and Frame


Ozie and Joey’s pencil portrait and frame is now complete and on its way to my clients in the USA. Ozie is the King Charles Spaniel and Joey is the cat who has sadly passed away. The family didn’t have many photos of their cat Ozie as he passed very young. So I used two photos as reference for the drawing,…

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Husky Pencil Pet Portrait


Welcome to my Husky pencil pet portrait, commissioned just prior to Christmas 2017 by a client in the USA. Stephen wanted me to draw his three Huskies – Sasha, Bear and Punky. it was to be a large portrait for a special birthday gift for his wife at 40 x 30 inches. We chatted about how amazing his Huskies were…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Ziggy


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Ziggy!Steven emailed to find out how to commission a pencil drawing of their dog Ziggy. Many clients have never commissioned a portrait before so we have lots of information on our website to help. Most of the time clients like to get in touch and chat about their specific requirements though and I am…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Gus


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Gus. Coren commissioned me to create a pencil drawing of their beautiful Labrador who had passed away. Coren emailed the following. We are always so thrilled to hear how clients find us. We often hear that they have been looking for an artist for a long time and as soon as they find…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Jubilee and Trinity 


Welcome to our horse oil portrait of Jubilee and Trinity.  Clive and his wife were moving out of the country and so had to sell their two treasured horses Jubilee and trinity. They decided that they would have an oil painting of them to remember them by. They took plenty of photos of each horse for us and we designed…

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Sunday Squirrels


Our post today is all about Sunday Squirrels. We have a pair of squirrel who live in the little woodland of trees just below our studio. It isnt really a woodland as such, although we call it that. It’s just a scattering of trees, oak and sycamore that divide us and the field beyond. The small area is a haven…

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Siyouni the Aga Khans Stallion


Welcome to my latest portrait of Siyouni the Aga Khans Stallion. I have been commissioned on three separate occasions in recent months by Lady Bamford. The latest commission was a drawing of a stallion called Siyouni which you can see below. Lady Bamford commissioned the drawing for the Aga Khan as a birthday surprise on the 13th of December. For…

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Happy Client and Mr Bones


Welcome to our wonderful post about a very happy client and Mr Bones. You can read all about the oil painting of Mr Bones on his dedicated blog post Oil Dog Portrait of Mr Bones. View the oil painting in more detail and see some of the stages during the portraits process too. Sarah commissioned the portrait of Mr Bones…

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Happy Clients Stanley and Jarvis in Situ


Welcome to my happy clients Stanley and Jarvis in Situ. I created this portrait for a lovely family her min the UK, which was a gift from their friends. The two dogs, Stanley and Jarvis, modelled very well for new photos. Paula waited for a sunny day to take photos of both Stanley and Jarvis outside in their garden. Taking…

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Banjo Framed, A Must See 


Welcome to my latest post, here is Banjo framed, a must see post. The frame is amazing! My client Rob emailed us these wonderful photos. They are of Banjo’s portrait which was commissioned as a surprise for Rob’s wife for her birthday. The pencil drawing headed all the way to Australia form us in the UK. Rob framed the drawing…

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The Portrait of Mike


Welcome to the portrait of Mike. Barry, from Australia, emailed me to find out if I would be able to draw his dog called Mike.  Mike passed away very suddenly and Mike was devastated. He was a true and loyal friend to Barry and was a very special dog. He wanted to have a portrait of him to remember him by…

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Max Framed and in Situ


Welcome to Max framed and in situ in my clients home. So these photos below are of a portrait I drew last year of a very much loved and missed cat called ‘Max’. Some of our readers will remember his portrait from previous blog posts. I drew him with a fully shaded background and created a watercolour wash and coloured…

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Rooney and his portrait


Here is Rooney and his portrait. Eva received Rooney ‘s portrait as a Christmas present from her sister Marcella. She has emailed me two amazing photos of Rooney with his portrait. Arent they wonderful! Apparently Eva and Marcella had been trying to get photos for a while. However Rooney had the zoomies and wouldnt sit still! He must have tired…

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Video of Violet and Gil, Charlie and Rooney


Here as promised is the video of Violet and Gil, Charlie and Rooney. They are two portraits of 10 x 8 and one portrait of 18 x 14 size. The portraits were commissioned by Marcella, USA. They were for her family as gifts for Christmas. I took the opportunity of taking some video of all three pencil portraits. Especially while…

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Happy Client Photos! 


Here are some fantastic Happy Client Photos. Marcella commissioned three portraits for herself and her family for Christmas 2017. You can even see a video of all of the Pencil Portrait Video together in my art studio. Marclela took this wonderful photo of her sister Eva and her mum on Christmas morning when they received the portraits! its wonderful1 I ahve also…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Spaniel Charlie


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Spaniel Charlie.  My client Marchella commissioned me to draw her sisters dog Rooney and her parents dogs English Setters Violet and Gill as Christmas presents in 2017. She also asked me to draw her own Spaniel Charlie which you can see below. You can see both drawings here on my blog and in…

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Pencil Drawing of English Setters Violet & Gil


Welcome to my Pencil Drawing of English Setters Violet & Gil. My client Marcella commissioned me to draw Violet and Gill as a Christmas gift for her parents in 2017. Marcella also commissioned me to draw her sisters dog Rooney and her own dog Charlie too. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing both Violet and Gill. Particularly all of the intracacies of…

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Pencil Drawing of Rooney


Welcome to my pencil drawing of Rooney. Marcella, my client, emailed to ask if I would be able to draw her sisters dog Rooney as a surprise gift. I was delighted! Rooneys photos were wonderful and so happy. He has such a happy face. I couldn’t wait to get started. Marcella also commissioned me to draw her parents dogs English…

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Happy New Year to all of our readers! 


Happy New Year to all of our readers! We hope that everyone reading our blog had a wonderful festive season! With all good intentions I had tried to get down to the studio to make a final Christmas blog post of 2016. However we have been swept up with seeing friends and family, so I didn’t get time! We have…

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Pencil Portrait of Three Dogs


Welcome to my pencil portrait of three dogs called Dexter, Tui and Purdy. Heather, my cellists, commissioned a drawing as a surprise for her mum. She had one particular photo she knew her mum loved that was on her facebook page. The photo showed all three dogs really well and luckily enough it was good enough to work from. This…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Padstow


Welcome to my cat pencil drawing of Padstow. Claire and her family emailed to ask if they could commission me to draw their beautiful cat who had recently passed away at a very young age. I was so sad to read their email about Padstow and was honoured tp be able to draw him. Claire didn’t have many photos however…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Lucky


Welcome to the Oil Pet Portrait of Lucky. Our client Ita, is a returning client and has commissioned oil paintings from us in previous years. This particular commission was to be a surprise gift to a close friend of their King Charles Spaniel called Lucky. The oil painting is a 12 x 12 inches painting by Nicholas Beall. It has…

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My new apprentice…


Who do you think is my new apprentice….!? Yes you have guessed it – it is Lily our Tibetan Terrier. While working in the studio I am often getting out of my chair for one thing or another. At every opportunity Lily jumps on it to make it hers! Unless its something exciting happening and Lily wants to be involved.…

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Tree surgeons were here…


Tree surgeons were here recently to fell a large ash tree which is right next to our art studio. The tree was very tall and straight. It was an Ash tree, however it did sway quite a bit in the windy weather. We felt it was safer to have the tree felled professionally. Just in case something happened and it…

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Chickens outside the studio


Our chickens outside the studio today were sunning themselves and I thought it was a great photo opportunity. The chickens do have their own run, its quite large. They have a little one in front of their shed and a longer one to the side. This runs behind our large woodpile that is drying for a couple of years. This…

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Studio and website news!


Welcome to our latest art studio and website news! It’s amazing when, all of a sudden, you find new ways of using technology for blogging. It never ceases to amaze me how things develop so fast. Also how important it is to keep up with technology. So much has happenened in our little world in the last few days. Using…

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Dog Pencil Drawing of Mike


Welcome to my Dog Pencil Drawing of Mike. Barry, Australia, got in touch as his stunning dog Mike passed away suddenly quite out of the blue. Mike was a very special dog and very much Barrys best friend. The drawing is a 16 x 12 pencil on Italian Fabriano paper. Barry emailed me lots of lovely photos however had an…

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Cat Portrait Max Framed


Here are the photos of the Cat Portrait Max Framed. Its a beautiful frame, its called Westminster and it works so well with my pencil drawings. There has been a bit of an extra wait with this moulding as my framers are really busy. We love to hear about business succeeding! I will be adding this to the website in my next…

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Lady Bamford and Betty


Welcome to my commission from Lady Bamford and Betty! This is the second commission on behalf of Lady Bamford for her staff. The portrait below is for Lady Bamfords personal assistant Emma as a gift for her birthday. The pencil drawing is a 9 x 9 inch study on Italian Fabriano paper. Betty is the most gorgeous dog and I really enjoyed drawing…

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Pencil Portrait of Zeke


Welcome to my Pencil Portrait of Zeke. Zeke was a very much loved and very much missed Labrador residing in Florida. The portrait is an 8″ x 7″ drawing on Italian Fabriano paper and its heading off to the USA later this week. It would have been Zeke’s 14th birthday on December 8th so my portrait will be arriving just in…

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