This is the secret portrait that I have been working on and it is of Jenson, Liffy and Forrest, three gorgeous Flat Coated Retrievers. It has now been presented to the recipient at their birthday bash and it was very kindly videoed too!
It is always so wonderful to see our portraits with the recipients, photos are amazing, but video allows us to feel we are almost there in the room. It bought tears to our eyes and I hope that our clients who read our blog enjoy watching too. Have a look in our Happy Clients Gallery for the video!
Here is CC Tops final scan! I wanted to post this on Friday however we have had a friend stay over the weekend and so I’m just catching up with admin today. The portrait took quite a long time to scan as it has a few intricate details that needed lining up and the scanner picked up the reflection of the oil in the background so it was all a bit tricky. Hopefully it shows it well here. I will be taking the portrait to Jane as soon as its been okayed by our client and I will take photos when its back in the studio.
Here are the last few stages of CC Top before I scan the final painting. Nick is making a few final adjustments and final details this morning and I should have him here for all to see a little later today.
I have now completed my surprise portrait and its been sent off to the client so as soon as it has been received and given to the recipient at the weekend I will be able to post it here too
Here are the next two stages of CC Top. The painting us coming along really well and I should have a final scan over the weekend! More stages to follow tomorrow!
Nick has started the painting of CC Top and these are the stages so far. The painting is going to be framed by Jane and then sent off to Norway for a birthday very soon! More stages to follow…
We were thrilled to receive these photos from Alan and Amanda of Milly & Molly and Purdy in situ in their home over the weekend! They look absolutely stunning and we are so pleased to also have a photo of the portraits with Amanda too We are thrilled that both Alan and Amanda were so happy with the paintings. These will definitely be going on the website very soon.
We hope that everyone had a lovely weekend, it seemed to fly by for us having friends over all day Saturday with their dog Meg so we had one very tired Lily at the end of the day and then more friends for a cuppa dropped by on Sunday so we didn’t get any work done at all. Back to work today though and Nick is still working on CC Top and he is coming along beautifully. I will be posting stages tomorrow. I am also starting the surprise portrait so once completed and its been delivered I will post it here for all to see.
Still battling with BT and slow broadband, I think I have finally convinced them there is a fault on the line as I have been through yet another hour of diagnostics on the phone today and I think that they can see that our average speed now is 0.29 so they are supposed to be calling me tomorrow to do more tests. I really hope that we are getting somewhere now so that they can send someone to fix. At least they have finally admitted there is an issue as for 9 weeks there has been ‘no problem’ that they could see. Daily life will run much more smoothly without having to open a webpage and make a cuppa while its loading
Here at last is the video of Milly & Molly and Purdy’s paintings. Its taken a huge amount of time to upload as we are still running on 0.47 broadband speed. Archaic! I hope that you can see them in more detail. I am hoping video allows our clients to see them in a different way opposed to just seeing static photos.
Alan, the owner of Milly & Molly and Purdy, came to collect his portraits this evening. It was great to meet him and we were was so happy he was thrilled with the paintings, we hope that his wife Amanda will be too. I took a quick photo of both Alan and Nick along with the paintings before Alan left for his long drive home which you can see below.
We are having a few broadband issues at the moment however as soon as I can post the video of the paintings I will pop it on the blog for all to see asap
Here are Milly and Molly’s portrait along with the portrait of Purdy, all framed and ready for our customer to collect. We are absolutely thrilled with the frames, as you can see they are both framed to match each other using a narrow inner linen slipp and the Ornate Pewter moulding which in different lighting is a mix between gold and silver. Its just beautiful. I have taken video this morning which I will post later today.
Here is the final scan of Junji and Daisy. I am really pleased with how these two dogs have come out. When creating a mock-up for our client in Hong Kong, they requested to have both Junji and Daisy in the portrait together. My client had taken a range of superb photos using a digital camera and I was able to use two separate photos and sit both dogs together within the scene. I have taken a few photos of the dogs from a variety of angles, and Nick also took one of me drawing on the portrait too.
My next portrait is for a returning client who is purchasing a portrait as a gift and they all follow my facebook page and blog. Due to this surprise, the drawing wont be revealed for a few weeks but as soon as I am able to show it here I will post photos for all to see
Nicola, our client who commissioned the portraits of Jack the horse, and two portraits of Dachshunds Mia and Harry, came to collect her portraits today. I was able to take a quick snap of Nick with Nicola and the portraits before they left the studio to travel back with them to south wales. Nicola will be having them framed at her local framers and we are really looking forward to seeing photos of them in situ along with Billy, which we painted for Nicola last year.
Its always wonderful to meet our clients as so often they are situated around the world – although tomorrow we hope to meet another client travelling quite a distance to collect his paintings of Purdy, Milly and Molly so I hope to have more happy client photos soon!
Here is the final scan of Milly and Molly! The portrait is 26 x 14 in size and Nick painted it on bespoke made Italian Linen medium grain canvas. The portrait of Purdy and this painting is now ready to take to Jane the framer and they will be both framed in matching Ornate Pewter framed with inner linen slips. I have also taken some photos of Nicks hand on the portrait and added two below. Nick has a number of paintings on the go at the moment, he has been working on ‘CC Top’ the horse today and I will have some stages for everyone to see tomorrow