Next stage of Sophie and Jack

Here is the next stage of the portrait of Sophie and Jack. Nick has blocked in the undertones of their coats along with the lighter tones and basis to their eyes and they are coming along really well.

This will be the last stage of the painting until we go back to work just after Christmas. We have a busy couple of days ahead cramming lots in before the christmas break seeing family and friends. Lily is off for a grooming appointment on Wednesday and we have friends coming for the day here so it will be very quiet without her as she is away for 5 hours or so. We are hoping then to have Christmas Eve off here relaxing!

Happily the new iMac arrived yesterday so I have had nose to screen over the weekend setting it up. I have pretty much got everything working as it should, all of my files are transferred over and software installed. Its now a case of learning where everything is as its just slightly different to a PC. Im completely sold on Apple and now wouldn’t go back, even only after two days.

Nick has managed to salvage bits from my old pc and has upgraded his with the good bits so at least nothing has been left to waste. Plus he has my lovely Dell 27inch monitor so he has two now connected to his computer, one for painting from and one for surfing. Its quite space age in his part of the studio!

We took a lovely photo of Lily today and I will post it here very soon, she is a little tousled as her fur is long but she looks happy amongst the tinsel. So a post will follow very soon.


Sophie and Jack

Here are the very first stages of Sophie and Jack, a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas. Nick has drawn both Sophie and Jack out and laid down the base tones. He has started adding in the lovely tones and colours behind of the field and the whole portrait has a lovely feel to it already, I think overall this one is going to be beautifully peaceful!

I will have more stages tomorrow.




Siamese cats Pencil Portrait Tai & Chin Final Scan and Photos

Here is the final scan along with some photos I took of Tai and Chi’s artwork before packing and sending a few days ago. The portrait is for a UK client, however it has been commissioned as a Christmas gift for the daughter who is in University in Berkeley. The portrait is of two beautiful and elegant Siamese cats at 14 x 10 size and I hope the recipient is thrilled!

We have had quite a couple of days here as yesterday my PC decided not to turn on, we think there is a a hard drive issue. I have managed to amazingly get back to the desktop after lots of researching and testing and have backed up all of our artwork – Phew!

I am back on the PC today managing to turn it on, hopefully doing my last stint of administration for the business before Christmas. Its great that we will be having a few days break as it will mean we can research and purchase a new system, and i am going over to Apple. We already have iPads and iPhones so it seems to make a lot of sense to be streamlined. So although things here have been a little fraught with regards to technical side, its very exiting to think in the coming week i could be set up with an iMac.

Nick has now started Sophie and Jack and I will have the first stages posted here later today.

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Joey’s framed portrait

Here are the final photos of Joeys portrait framed and the close up photos of Nicks hand on the portrait to give scale. Joey’s portrait was an 18 x 14 oil on canvas and it was the first time Nick had used the amazing new canvas we have found, such beautiful quality and the hardwood (tulipwood) is superb. The portrait was then framed by our lovely framer Jane in the Traditional Flat frame with a wheat inner linen slip. The cream colour of the slip really brings out the lighter tones in Joeys coat.

I have already added Joey to our website along with the in ‘Up close and detailed’ photos and the video too :) Joey is on his journey now to the recipient in the US and we hope that it will be a lovely surprise this christmas.

I am now and going to take photos of my pencil portrait of Siamese cats Tai & Chi, pack it up and take it to the post office before the last post goes today. Hopefully I’ll be back in time to add the scan here, if not it will be first thing tomorrow! :)


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Schnapps Framed and close up photos

Here are the close up photos of Schnapps along with photos of her framed! She looked beautiful here in the studio, we framed her in the Subtle bronze with inner linen slip which really bought out her white blaze. I have already added Schnapps to our website today along with the close up photos on the ‘Up close and detailed’ gallery and to Nicks Facebook page too. We hope that you like her!

Its very busy here in the studio, I’m having a catch up admin day similar to yesterday and my final pencil portrait will be packed up and taken to the post office this afternoon. A few more blog posts to follow today so stay tuned!






Framing Section

I’m not sure if any of our clients have been perusing our framing section on our website, however I have been updating it recently with our newly framed portraits and there are more images being added later today.

I have just added the portraits of Schnapps which you can see in the screen capture below. I will add further photos of the portrait of Schnapps in my next blog post however if clients click on the image below it will take you to our main our framing section, where there are an abundance of famed and portraits to view, plus all of the images are clickable to see them in a larger size. I hope you enjoy your visit!


Final scan of Schnapps

Here is the final scan of Schnapps! The painting has just gone to the framers this weekend and Joey is back! I will be taking photos and video of it today so more blog posts to follow! Final scan of Tai and Chi’s portrait on Monday too!


Next stages Schnapps

Here are the next stages of Schnapps! Nick has been working on her today, she is an 18 x 14 oil on Linen canvas (Tupipwood) and is coming along beautifully. I will have more stages to post tomorrow. I am also in full flow of the pencil portrait of Tai and Chi, no where near a final scan yet but will have one towards the end of this week.

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First stages of Schnapps!

Here are the first stages of Nicks painting of Schnapps. Very early stages so far, more to follow!



Final Scan of Patsy

Here is the final scan of Patsy, 18 x 14 oil on canvas. It will be sent off to the US this coming week along with the portrait of Otis. Ill see if I can take some video of them both together as they work really well together. The paths seem to connect which was bizarrely unintentional but it works so well!