Studio Diary

Welcome to our pet portraits client list. We place all of our pet portrait commissions here for our clients to view. The oil client list for Nicholas is at the top and the pencil drawing client list for myself is below. All of our clients are able to watch their commissioned pet portrait move along in our client lists as the weeks and months progress.

Nicholas' Client List

Melanie - Client List



Pet Tails Magazine….

We are fortunate to have collaborated with a lovely website called Pet Tails Magazine which is about all things pet and wildlife. We have been very lucky to have been promoted on their website in their pet portraits section, you can see the advert I made for their site below. It has also been lovely conversing with Sally, who looks after the advertising side of the website, from the warm and wonderful Florida in the USA (we are feeling very cold here in the UK). Have a peruse of their website, it has lots of lovely articles about animals, pets and wildlife in general and is definitely one to bookmark. If you would like to have an advert on their site, drop them a line :)

pet portraits advert

Family Reunions and Website updates

We have been away for a few days this week to Cornwall to a family reunion on Nicholas’ side of the family. We happened to travel on the worst day of the year for rain. We have had storms a plenty this year and on our 5 hour journey it rained continuously. You can see one of the photos I took on the way, showing the water on the roads which had just poured off of the fields. There were also road closures due to a landslide only a few miles from Nicholas’ family home. We arrived safely and a good time was had by all. We are now back home in the dry.

While Nicholas has been painting at his easel, I have been tackling some admin and some website updates. I am about to add a few of the paintings and drawings we have completed last year to our site. However as always, a few spring cleaning jobs have to be done to the site before adding any new work. So today has been mostly about refreshing the current images and content and new images will be online tomorrow. I will be adding blog posts for each one with links so everyone can view them.

I will then be blogging Nicholas’ latest painting and I will be starting a beautiful Tibetan Terrier which I am really looking forward to. We hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Final scan of Clover

Here is the final scan of Clover. Nicholas has been working away on Clover over the last few weeks and Im really loving the feel of this painting. The portrait is a 16 x 12 oil on Linen canvas and it is for a returning client. We hope that this will bring back wonderful memories of Clover for the whole family.


Accounting Days

One of the jobs that comes around very fast after Christmas each year is the accounts. I have been working on them this week and they are now complete. It feels good to have them ready for the accountant, we will take them to him next week and collect last years accounts as i believe they are still with him :)  We have used the same accountant every year since 1997 and its fantastic to have a working relationship with the same company over the years.

I have lots of blog posts to add over the coming week and at the same time I will be updating  our websites with the new work that we created over the previous few months. Once thats complete I will be up to date with admin and I can start drawing again!


Georgie’s Interview!

Jane Barrie, the owner of two portraits we created last year in both oils and pencil of the beautiful Labradoodle Georgie, has emailed us a scan of an interview for Somerset Life Magazine. We are absolutely thrilled to see our photo of Georgie with the portraits in print and we are looking forward to receiving our copy in the coming weeks. I have added the full article below and I have also added it to Georgie’s portrait page on our website which you can see here – Georgie the Labradoodle >> 

We hope you enjoy reading about Georgie and seeing her painting and drawings too :)



In the Studio 2016…..

A very happy, albeit a little belated, New Year to all of our readers. We hope that you had a lovely festive season and are now keeping well and happy in 2016.

It has been a few weeks since our last Christmas post, mainly due to the fact that I have taken a little time off at the start of January. Both Nicholas and myself worked extremely hard in the few months prior to and right up to Christmas, working full days and many evenings to meet our deadlines. I felt I needed a few weeks to recuperate, get a little refreshed, ready for my work in 2016.

I haven’t been sitting twiddling my thumbs though! I have spring cleaned our cottage, cleared out many things that we don’t need or use any longer, which our local charity shop were pleased with. I decorated our bathroom and kitchen and am in the process of revamping our spare bedroom ready for guests this year. Introducing some new textiles, blinds etc has refreshed our cottage and it feels lovely to have an organised home. I have also started to paint our kitchen chairs. I have plans in the spring to sand the kitchen table top down to oil it and paint the legs to match, however we need to wait for some warmer dryer weather to sand the table outside.

As you can also see we have also spring cleaned the studio and added some new furniture and the first photo below shows my new set up of storage units under my desk which houses my art materials, admin and packaging items. Nicholas has now got rid of his office chair which had to be 15 years old and replaced it with a bench with storage. he has invested in a vintage wooden boxes for his paints and has a new larger wooden trolley for his paints, along with a super new wooden pallet. He is now much more organised and has been back working on his paintings for the last week or so.

I hope you like the photos, I have lots of posts to follow, with some lovely photos from clients with their portrait which i will be adding both here and to our website very soon. Stay tuned! :)


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of our clients and readers of our blog! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients who have commissioned us this year. Without you, our dream job wouldn’t be possible and we have had the opportunity of creating some wonderful portraits this year in both oils and pencil and we hope that clients and family will enjoy our work for many years to come. Here’s to a fantastic year for everyone in 2016!