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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Pencil Portrait of Banjo


Welcome to my Pencil Portrait of Banjo. My client Rob commissioned me to draw their family dog called Banjo as a surprise gift for his wife. Rob and his family live in Central Queensland, Australia and I alway love sending my drawings far across the globe. Rob emailed me plenty of photos of Banjo on their farm in Australia. What beautiful…

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Pencil Pet Portraits of Stanley and Jarvis


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portraits of Stanley and Jarvis. The pencil drawing is a 24 x 18 pencil portrait which was commissioned as a thank you gift. The recipient Paula, was delighted and got in touch with us sending photos of her dogs. Although she had quite a few photos of Stanley and Jarvis, none of them were really…

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Lily the Tibetan Terrier – We Passed our bronze!


Lily the Tibetan Terrier has passed her Bronze Kennel Club Certificate. Lots of things have been happening here over the last few weeks. From doing lots of small jobs on our little cottage like painting the chimneys, painting and fixing our old sash windows. We have been getting quotes from builders for the our sitting room renovations next year. Also…

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Cat Portrait of Max


Welcome to my Cat Portrait of Max. Rebecca got in touch after loosing her much loved cat called Max. Max was a siamese cat and the photos Rebecca sent me were stunning. Rebecca ideally wanted a pencil drawing of Max, however she loved his blue eyes. So I suggested that I shade those in blue where as the rest of…

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Dog Portrait of Django


Welcome to my Dog Portrait of Django. Andrew, from the East Coast of the United States, emailed to ask if he could have a portrait of his friends dog drawn as a gift for her. Andrew wanted an 18 x 14 full body portrait laying down and we initially discussed this idea form the photos he emailed. However the photo…

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Dog Oil Painting of Lily


Welcome to our dog oil painting of Lily, painted by Nicholas. The portrait is a 12 x 10 inches portrait and was painted as a graduation gift for a returning client. I have add Janes initial email below. We always remember our clients. Although we have to be honest, we have been pet portrait artists professionally for over 20 years and we…

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Horse Oil Painting of Artu


Welcome to the Horse Oil Painting of Artu. Returning client Gill called our studio to arrange an oil painting of her daughter horse called Artu for her birthday. Bella’s  birthday date was fairly close, however we just managed to get the portrait complete and sent to Gill the day before the birthday. It was painted using traditional oils on Italian…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Kilo. James (USA) emailed me a few months ago enquiring about my pencil pet portraits as their family had recently lost their beautiful dog called Kilo. James requested a 12 x 10 pencil portrait and you can see the finished scan below. As Kilo was mainly a white dog, I felt the background…

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Oil Dog Portrait of Mr Bones


Welcome to our Oil Dog Portrait of Mr Bones. Our client Sarah, USA, commissioned an oil portrait of her sons sadly much loved and very much missed dog called Mr Bones. Sarah told us why he was called Mr Bones…. ……This is Mr. Bones…my son Walker’s dog. He had to put him to sleep a couple of weeks ago and…

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Dog and Cat Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest dog and cat pencil portrait. It is of a cat called Patch along with a Chihuahua called Angel.  Neil along with his son Dean contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw a 16 x 12 pencil portrait as a surprise gift. It was to be Neils wife’s 50th Birthday and I was delighted…

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Dog Portraits – Happy Clients


Paula commissioned me to draw her beautiful dog called Teasel at the start of this year. You can see Teasel’s portrait and read more about the drawing and the commission on my dog portraits gallery  – Teasels Portrait >>  Paula emailed me an absolutely fabulous photo of her with Teasels drawing now the portrait has been framed by her local framer. I…

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Cat Pencil Portraits – Happy Clients


You may remember Tyson, one of my recent cat pencil portraits, which I posted about a month ago. It was a pencil drawing at 12 x 10 size framed using our Windsor Wash frame. Kim, the owner of Tyson’s portrait, rang me all the way from the USA to thank me for the portrait which arrived safely after its journey from the UK. I love…

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Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage. This portrait was commissioned by Vivian in Hong Kong who arranged this portrait as a birthday gift for her friend. I think this has to be one of my favourite cat pet portraits to date. It was such a pleasure to draw and I loved portraying Gilli in all of the different…

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Cat Portraits Happy Clients


Happy clients Julie and Howard commissioned me to draw their cats Pixie and Boots a few months ago. They have very kindly sent a photo of their portrait in Situ. They had their local framer frame the portrait in a walnut frame, leaving plenty of space around the drawing for it to breathe. Julie sent me a lovely email along with the photo.…

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Dachshund Pencil Portraits


Welcome to my latest Dachshund pencil portraits. Its funny how things are with the animals we paint and draw. This year we had two ‘Gypsy’s’ in a row – a horse and a dog. Now we have two Lily’s in a row, a painting and a drawing! This is Lily the Dachshund and I drew her a few months ago as a…

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Dachshund Oil Painting of Lily


Welcome to our Dachshund oil painting of Lilly.  The portrait of Lilly was commission by returning client Nicola from Cardiff. Nicolas has commissioned many oil paintings for over the years of her dogs and horses. She has four gorgeous Dachshunds called Harry, Mia, Lilly and Ted and they have also all had their portraits done from early puppy hood to…

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Pet Portraits Video of Chico and Amber


Welcome to my latest pet portraits video of Chico and Amber. The video shows the portraits close up and in detail while I narrate. Each painting was commissioned by returning clients of their dog and horse. Nicholas Beall traditionally hand painted the portraits in oils. They were framed by one of our amazing framers and you can see the frames…

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Tibetan Terrier – Our Lily!


As some of our regular clients and visitors will know we have a gorgeous and very lovable Tibetan Terrier called Lily. She is three years old this month and as any dog owner will know, time just flies from puppyhood to adult. She passed her puppy training two and a half years ago and as you can see from the photo, Lily…

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Oil Painting of Amber


Welcome to the oil painting of Amber. The oil painting was commissioned by a returning client, Una. At the same time she also commissioned an oil painting of her horse Chico. You can see Chico’s painting in more detail on our dedicated blog post, horse oil painting of Chico. The painting of Amber is a 51″ x 16″ and it…

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Cat Pet Portrait of Tyson


Welcome my Cat Pet Portrait of Tyson. He has been drawn for Kim, my client in the USA. The portrait is a 12 x 10 pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano paper and I have been working on his portrait for around a week in total. You can see the blog post about Kim and her portrait when it arrived and see…

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Cat Pet Portraits Pixie and Boots


Welcome to my cat pet portraits Pixie and Boots. The drawing is a 16 x 12 pencil portrait on Italian Paper using Derwent pencils. I have really enjoyed drawing them both and the clients are thrilled. Although the drawing was 16 x 12, I always cut the paper larger. This way my clients have plenty of choice when framing for…

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Horse Oil Painting of Chico


Welcome to our Horse Oil Painting of Chico. Chico was commissioned by returning clients and Unable asked Nicholas to paint not only the portrait of Chico but an oil painting of her Labrador too.  You can also see the oil painting of Amber, the second portrait Una commissioned. We have a full blog post with lots of photos on our Oil…

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Horse Montage Pencil Portrait of Casanova


Welcome to my horse montage Pencil Portrait of Casanova. My clients, Jane and Paul, wanted to commission as a surprise 18th birthday gift at the start of April. They wanted to keep the commission a compete surprise and called our studio to discuss the finer details. Jane and Paul wanted to capture a number of aspects of Casanova and their daughter…

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Pet Portrait Testimonials


We receive lots of pet portrait testimonials for our pet portraits and this one is wonderful. As a result, we received a fantastic photo from one of our clients. He was the happy recipient of one of our oil paintings. Gill commissioned Nichoals to paint their dog Sonny as a surprise for her husbands birthday. Gill sent us a lovely email along…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Gypsy


Welcome to the horse oil portrait of Gypsy. The painting of Gypsy is absolutely stunning and was commissioned for a birthday surprise. It is an 18 x 14 traditional oil painting on Italian Linen Canvas. Nicholas paints his backgrounds in a vary natural and realistic way, using subtle colours and tones to compliment the subject. This painting really depicts the…

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Pencil Pet Portraits – Teasel!


Welcome to my latest Pencil Pet Portraits. The pencil drawing is a 12 x 10 on Italian Fabriano paper for a lovely client called Paula based in Cornwall. Sadly Teasel had passed away and Paula got in touch with a most gorgeous photo of Teasel. One of Paula’s first emailed to us included this…   She was called Teasel, as…

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Cat Portraits Happy Clients


Welcome to our cat portraits happy clients post all about Puff.  Nicholas painted a beautiful pet portrait of the lovely cat Puff last year. He was painted din oils on canvas at 16 x 16 size. We are always happy to create bespoke sized portraits for clients, it is imprint to work with the composition of the photos. Our client…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Sonny


Welcome to our oil pet portrait of Sonny.  Gill contacted us requesting a portrait of their collie Sonny as a special birthday surprise for her husband. This was Gills initial email to us… …..Our Welsh Border Collie, Sonny, has just died at the ripe old age of nearly 17. It is my husband, Rob’s 50th birthday coming up. I would…

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Happy Clients with their painting


Here are our happy clients with their painting. I have added the horse portrait of Ariel on our website, in addition to the wonderful photos of Eleanor and her mum with the painting in situ. I have also added them to our testimonials gallery too! Eleanor and her father commissioned Nicholas to paint Ariel as a surprise gift for Eleanor’s…

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Happy Pet Portraits Clients


Here are our very happy Pet Portraits Clients Kris and Kevin. They took the most wonderful photo of them with their portrait. They posed with the painting also with their children holding the portrait of Maggie and Max. Kevin commissioned Nicholas in 2015 to paint their Dachshunds as a surprise birthday present for his wife. The photo below was taken on…

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In the Studio 2016…..


In the Studio 2016 wishing our readers a very happy, albeit a little belated, New Year. 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…

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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. We have had the opportunity of creating some wonderful portraits this year in both oils and pencil. Both Nicholas and myself hope…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Rufus and Floyd


Welcome to my Cat Pencil Drawing of Rufus and Floyd. Sebastian emailed me to find out if I would be able to draw their two cats Rufus and Floyd as a family gift. We always love hearing how client find us.   Dear Melanie and Nicholas, Having looked at the works of various artists, I would very much like you…

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Horse Pet Portrait of Ariel


Welcome to our Horse Pet Portrait of Ariel. We received a wonderful email from Eleanor who asked if we would paint a portrait of their horse. It was to be for her mums Christmas gift. You can read one of Eleanor’s initial emails to us below.   Melanie and Nicholas, I’ve been looking for someone to do a portrait of…

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Pencil Pet Portraits Montage


Welcome to my latest pencil pet portraits montage. Dean, my latest pencil montage, was for a returning client called Lizabeth. The portrait is a 18 x 14 drawing which was framed using our Craigowan Charcoal. Lizabeth emailed me to thank me for the portrait when she saw the final scan which you can read below… Hi Melanie, Perfect! I’ve had emails…

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Pencil Horse Montage of Rose


Welcome to my latest pencil horse montage of Rose. Callum emailed to ask if I would be able to draw a montage portrait of his partners horse Rose as a surprise Christmas gift. I worked very closely with Callum and we chose photos that captured Rose well. We had lots of lovely photos to choose from. After creating a number of…

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Happy Clients John And Luna


Here are very Happy Clients John And Luna. We have received a lovely photo of our client John with his two dogs Lunita and Pincho. Also along with Luna’s painting on the wall behind. Nicholas painted Luna a few months ago in oils on canvas. John didn’t have many photos of Luna however did have one of her walking along…

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Pencil Drawing of Murphy


Welcome to my latest pencil drawing of Murphy. The portrait of Murphy was commissioned by a returning client called Karen here in the UK. Karen had previously commissioned a drawing of a horse called Charles as a gift for her friend. She also had a print made for herself. You can see the portrait of Charles on my pencil pet…

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Cat Portrait of Ginger and Maggie


Welcome to the cat portrait of Ginger and Maggie.  Irene contacted us to see if we could create an oil painting of her two cats Ginger and Maggie. Sadly Ginger passed away suddenly Irene sent us this beautiful email which you can read below. We often hear about our clients visiting our website daily and weekly watching everything that we…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Daisy


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Daisy. Mary contacted me to see if I would be able to draw a portrait of Daisy for her daughters birthday gift. Her favourite photos were on a CD which she sent via Fedex with notes of her favourite photos. I always love seeing plenty of photos of the pets I draw. Especially…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Kewlia


Welcome to the beautiful horse oil portrait of Kewlia. Rosemary called our studio to find out if Nicholas would be able to portray her daughters horse as a surprise birthday gift. We were delighted to speak to Rosemary on the phone and asked for photos of Kewlia via email. We received lots wonder photos although Rosemary had one particular favourite…

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Pencil Dog Portrait of Peppa


Welcome to my pencil dog portrait of Peppa. My client Emma contacted asking about having a pencil drawing created of their 2 year old Black Labrador Peppa. She wanted to commissioned the pencil drawing as a surprise Christmas present for her husband Phil. Emma emailed some lovely photos of Peppa and had one particular favourite however wanted my professional opinion…

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Oil Dog Portrait of Zizou, Gingko & Rover


Welcome to the Oil Dog Portrait of Zizou, Gingko & Rover. Nicholas completed a stunning painting at 30 x 24 in oils on Italian Linen canvas late last year. The dogs are Rover, (grandfather now deceased), Zizou, 8yrs (son of Rover and uncle of Gingko) and finally Gingko, 3yrs, (grandson of Rover and nephew of Zizou). All are working gundogs of a…

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Happy Pet Portraits Clients – Tracey and Moo


Happy Pet Portraits Clients Tracey and Moo visited  my art studio to collect her portrait of Moo.  Tracey commissioned me to draw her gorgeous cocker spaniel called Moo. She was a returning client and it was lovely to be working with Tracey again.You can see Moo’s pencil portrait on her blog post page Cocker Spaniel Pet Portraits where you can…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Ella


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Ella.  David Canty commissioned a pencil drawing of his mum’s Spaniel Ella as a surprise present for her 60th birthday. He wanted his mum to choose what she wanted, so ordered one of my Gift A Portrait vouchers for Louise. They are perfect for allowing the recipient to choose exactly what they would…

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Dog Oil Portrait of Maggie and Max


Welcome to the Dog Oil Portrait of Maggie and Max. We received this wonderful initial email form Kevin, which laid out his requirements extremely well. We love it when clients have an idea of the kind of portrait they would like. It gives us a much better idea as to how to create a design for them upon our reply.…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Gianni


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Gianni. Gianni is a King Charles Spaniel who lived with his owner Kelly, in Australia. Sadly Gianni passed away at the age of 12 and so Kelly sent us this wonderful email to enquire about having a portrait…. Hi Melanie & Nicholas, I’m located in Central Victoria in Australia. I’ve been searching on…

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Dog Portrait in Oil of Georgie


Welcome to the dog portrait in oil of Georgie! The portrait of Georgie was commissioned as a retirement present for Jane, UK. It was arranged by Alannah who emailed…. …The recipient will be a lady called Jane Barrie and her dog is called Georgie. These pictures are being paid for by a variety of people. They will be given to…

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Niko who is named after Nicholas!


Welcome to our blog post all about Niko who is named after Nicholas! Our clients recently commissioned a painting of they very handsome dog Remi who passed away suddenly.  You can see the portrait which Nicholas painted here –  Remington. Remi sadly passed away far too soon in his life. Pattie decided that she wanted to breed with remission sister Ruby. Thankfully…

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Cocker Spaniel Pencil Pet Portrait


Welcome to my Cocker Spaniel pencil pet portrait of Moo. Returning client Tracey contacted me to commission a pencil pet portrait of  ‘Moo’.  Tracey requested the portrait to be drawn from two photos. Moo had been swimming – as spaniels love to do! So she wanted to use two photos if possible. It’s never a problem to amalgamate photos. Moo’s…

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Happy Clients Ted and Janice


Welcome to our post all about happy clients Ted and Janice. Ted is a returning client of ours and such a lovely man. We love him so much. He is a wonderful person to know, completely genuine. We have been honoured to work with him and Janice over the years. Janice, his partner is very lovely too. One evening when…

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Cat Oil Portrait of Puff


Welcome to the cat oil portrait of Puff.  Kristin emailed enquiring about the process of having a pet portrait of their cat painted. This was one of Kristin’s initial emails to us…. Hi Melanie, thanks for your fast response! I have attached a photo, let me know if it works. The portrait is for my husband, I bought him this…

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Duffy Home & Framed


Welcome to our post all about Duffy Home & Framed. The portrait Nicholas recently painted of Duffy has now arrived safely to our clients. It’s framed and is now hanging in situ in our clients home. Beth very kindly took some photos of the painting and we can’t thank Beth enough for doing that for us! We absolutely love the frame,…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Floss


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Floss. Lee snowdon contacted me to find out if I would be able to draw their beautiful black Labrador called floss as a present for Lee’s partner. Lee had taken a wonderful photo of Floss and I draw her at a bespoke size. The composition of the photo was fairly unusual and so…

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Henry and George’s painting with Simon


Welcome to the post all about Henry and George’s painting with Simon. Henry and George’s portrait was painted by Nicholas at 16 x 12 size on Italian Linen Canvas. Lisa Shaw commissioned Nicholas to paint Henry and George for a birthday surprise for her husband Simon in 2015. Sadly George passed away before the painting was complete, so it serves…

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Bea’s portrait with Bea!


Here is Bea’s portrait with Bea! Elizabeth commissioned me to draw Bea in 2015 as a surprise gift for Charles, her husbands birthday. We have just received these wonderful photos of Bea posing with her portrait. The drawing is now framed and ready to be displayed in the family home. I have added the photos and a lovely testimonial from Elizabeth on…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Shep


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Shep. Steve Reader emailed our studio ensuring about having a pencil drawing of his dog called Shep. Sadly Shep had passed away and you can read Steve’s initial email to us below… Hi Melanie, We are very keen to commission a pencil portrait as a special tribute to our recently departed rescue dog,…

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Bilbo’s portrait in situ


Here is Bilbo’s portrait in situ! I thoroughly enjoyed working with client Tony on the portrait of Bilbo, who is a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. We chatted on the phone many times, not only about the portrait but about computers too. Tony knew a lot about working with them so we had a lot in common. He was also an…

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Pet Portraits Happy Clients


Welcome to our Pet Portraits Happy Clients post all about Jane and her portraits. The school emails us the most fabulous photos of Jane receiving Georgie’s portrait. Jane retired after 22 years of service to Taunton School. Our photos show Jane receiving the pencil drawing. The second part was an oil painting of Georgie. The portraits were a complete surprise to Jane…

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Boomer with his family!


Here is Boomer with his family! We have received a wonderful photo from our clients Deepy and Kristian. In 2015 Kristian commissioned Nicholas to paint their much love and missed dog called Boomer. The portrait was an 24 x 18 oil painting traditionally hand painted by Nicholas. Our Traditional flat frame works beautifully with it too. Furthermore, you can see Boomers painting…

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Horse Portrait Happy Clients


Welcome to our Horse Portrait Happy Clients post all about Tequilla’s portrait. Also a very happy client called Jaime. Last year Nicholas painted a stunning horse for Jaime Todd in Ireland. The horse was called Tequilla (Donny) and the painting was in oils on linen canvas 20 x 20 size. Jaime has recently emailed us some photos of the painting…

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Junji and Daisy Framed!


Here are the portraits of Junji and Daisy Framed. My clients too sa range of fabulous photos of Junji and Daisy sitting beside their portrait. It is now framed and hanging in situ in Hong Kong. We can’t thank Wendy and Malcolm enough for taking these photos for our website. They have been posted on both ours and their Facebook page which…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Leah


Welcome to the Horse Oil Portrait of Leah. June Foster emailed to find out if we would be able to create  portrait of her daughters horse for a very special up and coming birthday. June’s initial email was as follows…   ….I  have seen on your website and that you paint and draw horse portraits. I’ve attached a few photos…

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Pencil Drawing of Labradoodle Georgie


Welcome to my pencil drawing of Labradoodle Georgie. Georgie was commissioned for a special lady called Jane who was retiring. The portrait was in recognition of 22 years of service at Taunton School. Also for her services on the board of governors. The pencil drawing was given at the retirement meal presented in front of many of her colleges. They…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Doc


Welcome to the Pencil Pet Portrait of Doc. Here is the final scan of gorgeous dog called Doc who is passed away on Christmas day, which is so sad. Jeff’s first email is below to read… Dear Melanie, Our golden retriever Doc passed away on Christmas day this year after 11 wonderful years. He was the brightest and most loving…

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Horse Oil Painting of Ballycastle King


Welcome to the stunning horse oil painting of Ballycastle King. Ted, a returning client commissioned Nicholas to paint his horse Ballycastle King in oils. The oil painting was commissioned at 30 x 20 inches. It was painted on Italian Linen canvas made bespoke using Tulip hardwood stretcher bars. Ted wanted a head study of Ballycastle King, but with it also depicting their family…

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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen


Bilbo is a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. I drew him for client Tony Goode and his wife here in the UK. Tony called me here in the studio out of the blue one afternoon asking if i was the person he saw at a stand at crufts that year. I have been to crufts, however it wasn’t me who was…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Boomer


Welcome to our Oil Pet Portraits – Dog Portraits Oil painting of Boomer. The oil painting of Boomer was traditionally hand painted by Nicholas Beall on professionally stretched gallery wrapped linen canvas. You can view Boomers dedicated gallery page on our dog portraits website by heading over to his page Oil Pet Portraits. Here you can see the stages of…

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Julie Johnson is a Happy Client!


Julie Johnson is a Happy Client! So this is the most recent testimonial to arrive in our inbox from a lovely client of ours called Julie Johnson in the UK. Nicholas has painted both of Julie’s dogs over the last few years. The first oil portrait was Charlie, which Nicholas painted in 2013. The most recent was Kara which he completed…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Misty


Here is the oil pet portrait of Misty the King Charles Spaniel. Our client commissioned the oil painting as a surprise gift. Heather Budsworth was the lucky recipient. If you scroll down you can see lots more photos and more information about the oil painting commission. We hope you enjoy reading about Misty…. Oil Pet Portrait of Misty – Happy…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Bix


Here is the Pencil Pet Portrait of Bix. Gill Austin, a returning client, contacted to see if we would be able to draw a portrait of her dog called Bix. Gill also called my art studio to discuss the commission and this was her follow up email. Thanks for your time on the phone just now. As discussed, I’d love…

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Pencil Drawing of Barney


Here is my pencil drawing of Barney the old English Sheepdog. My client Chris wanted a portrait of her dog Barney. She wanted a pencil drawing, however was concerned as his fur was white. Chris was worried that Barney wouldn’t stand out as a pencil drawing due to his white fur. White dogs, or white pants are never a problem.…

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Happy Clients Photos!


Here are a selection of Happy Clients Photos! Our client Karen very kindly took photos of the oil paintings commissioned recently for Harlan Crow and his family.  Kipper, center (Dec 2012) and Patsy and Otis either side (Dec 2014) and they look absolutely wonderful! Nicholas commented that it was like his own ‘mini gallery’ in America! The family also commissioned a…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Judy


Here is my pencil pet portrait of Judy, a gorgeous Jack Russel who had sadly passed away. The portrait was commissioned as a surprise for Joannes father Ivan, who loved Judy dearly. Joanne and her family originally arranged one of my Gift a portrait vouchers for Ivan. The gift voucher came as a complete surprise to him on Christmas day. Joanne had…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Jack


Here is the final scan of Jack’s 12 x 12 oil pet portrait. Jack is a very much loved and missed family pet. The oil painting was completed for a client in the USA. He is giving the portrait as a gift, so we hope that the recipient is thrilled. The portrait has been framed in the curved gold line moulding…

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Pencil Drawing of Bea


Welcome to my Pencil Drawing of Bea. Elizabeth emailed me along with beautiful photos of Bea, their families black labrador. Elizabeth wanted to commissioned a pencil portrait of Be a for her husbands birthday. I was delighted and the photo was perfect for a portrait. I drew Bea at 12 x 10 inches which was the perfect size for her.…

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Happy Clients Catherine, Nina and Smasher


Here are happy clients Catherine, Nina and Smasher. We received two wonderful photos just before christmas from Catherine Nash. They are of her framed pencil portrait of cats Nina and Smasher. Catherine received the portrait in 2014 as a surprise gift from her uncle, Fred Nash. Catherine has very kindly posed with Nina and Smasher along with the portrait and sent photos for…

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Happy Christmas!


Happy Christmas to you all! We would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We would also like to thank everyone who reads our blog and also those who comment too. It really makes our day when we receive comments about our work or our studio news. Especially when funny things…

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Siamese Cats Pencil Portrait of Tai & Chi


Welcome to my Siamese cats pencil portrait of Tai & Chi. This is the first time I have drawn Siamese cats. Not that breed of dog or cat makes any difference when painting or drawing. We can portray any breed. It’s more that I am surprised we haven’t been commissioned to portray a Siamese cat before as they are popular…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Schnapps


Here is the Horse Oil Portrait of Schnapps! Iain got in tough as you can read from the email below asking if they could commission a portrait of their stunning horse Schnapps who sadly they lost the previous year. Hello – we are looking to have an Oil Portrait commissioned of a beloved horse which we lost last year. Unfortunately…

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Dog Portrait of Patsy


Welcome to our dog portrait of Patsy, traditionally hand painted in oils by Nicholas Beall. Our clients Harlan Crow and family, have commissioned three oil paintings in total. They have them displayed in their beautiful home in the USA. You can see them all together and read testimonials on our dedicated Happy Client Photos page. The family wanted a portrait…

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Boxer Dog Pencil Portrait of Milo


Welcome to my Boxer Dog Pencil Portrait of Milo. Returning client Catherine Cave commissioned a pencil drawing of Milo in 2014. Sadly Milo had to be put to sleep so Catherine thought a portrait woudl be the perfect gift for her husband on his birthday. This was Catherines first email… Hi Melanie, I am very keen to have a pencil…

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Bull Dog Puppy Portrait of Otis


Welcome to our Bull Dog Puppy Portrait of Otis. This portrait was commission day returning clients in the USA. Harlan Crow and his family wanted an oil painting of their beautiful Bull Dog Called Otis.  The family took lots of photos fo Otis in their garden. They then also supplied us with a photo of their lake in the grounds…

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Sheltie Pet Portrait


Here is the beautiful Sheltie Pet Portrait of Joey. Nicholas put the final touches to it yesterday and it was dry enough to scan this morning. The painting is an 18 x 14 oil on linen canvas. It has also been painted on our new brand of canvases that we are using. They are beautiful, high quality canvases and perfect for our bespoke…

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Happy Clients Curly and Tracey


Here are happy clients Curly and Tracey. We have received the most beautiful letter accompanied by two fabulous photos from Curly’s family of Tracy with the portrait of Curly and their dog Sarah. The portrait of Curly was shown on our previous version of our blog so its no longer here. So to recap, Nicholas painted Curley in 2013 for client Tracey who…

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Rabbit Pencil Pet Portraits


Welcome to my rabbit pencil pet portraits. This was quite a rare commission as I don’t often get asked to draw a rabbit, let alone four! The portrait was commissioned by Robert in the USA and was given as a special gift to the rabbits owner. It was quite a tricky portrait to compose as not all of the rabbits…

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Horse Oil Painting of Merchant of Dubai


Welcome to the horse oil painting of Merchant of Dubai, traditionally hand painted in oils by Nicholas. The portrait was commissioned by returning cleint Richard Lobban as a surprise present for his father. They emailed us the perfect photo to use for the oil painting and Nicholas was delighted. photos are absolutely key in creating a good portrait and this…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Amosite


Here is the horse oil portrait of Amosite. Mark commissioned an oil painting of their horse Amosite, to give his wife as a birthday surprise. The oil painting is 20 x 16 and was painted in oils on linen canvas by Nicholas. I have collated below the final scan, the framed images and a few of the stages of the painting…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Jenson, Liffy and Forest


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Jenson, Liffy and Forest. They are three beautiful Flatcoated retriever – who I absolutely adore to draw. The portrait was commissioned by Gill, a returning client. It was to be a surprise for her very good friend Mandy – also a client of mine. I have drawn a number of flat coated retrievers…

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Horse Oil Painting of CC Top


Horse Oil Painting of CC Top. Jeanne from Norway, however living in the Isle of Man, commissioned an oil painting of her Son in Laws horse called CC Top. Her son in law, a show jumper, lives in Norway and so the painting was to be sent direct to him when it was complete. It was for his 30th birthday…

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Happy Clients Alan and Amanda!


Here are happy Clients Alan and Amanda! We were thrilled to receive these photos from clients Alan and Amanda. The portraits are of Milly & Molly and Purdy in situ in their home! 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…

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Video of Milly & Molly & Purdy


Here is the video of Video of Milly & Molly & Purdy. You may have already see the paintings of the cats on their respective pages. Also the posts about happy cleints! I will add links below to them. I hope you enjoy watching the video of the frame cat portraits. You can see Milly and Molly’s Portrait on their…

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