Next Stages of Buttercup

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Here are the next stages of the painting of Buttercup! Nicholas is working more on the painting today and so I will have another stage in my next blog post.

September is here and it really does feel as though the weather is turning Autumnal here. The garden is full of leaves and although we have the studio door open, it feels colder than is has been.

Today for me is all about admin. I have been emailing clients, arranging our schedule and updating our client list, ordering canvas and creating mockups. I’m finally getting caught up here in the studio and it feels good to be getting ahead. It’s really important to be organised as we have lots of work ahead of us.

We are now fully booked for portraits for Christmas and are taking bookings for January. This is the most pencil drawings I have ever had in my schedule along with the largest paintings Nicholas has had in his schedule.

So if anyone is interested in having portraits for specific dates, do let us know as soon as possible. We can get you into our client lists for the January spots as they do get booked up fast.

More posts to follow of Buttercup tomorrow.

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Buttercup – Dog Oil Portrait Early Stages

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Here are the first stages of Buttercup, the current oil painting on Nicholas’ easel. As you may have seen from our blog today I have done many posts, and have finally got caught up.

While I have been doing admin on the iMac, Nicholas has been working on Buttercup’s painting all day. We have lots more stages in the camera, so I will follow this post tomorrow with lots more photos. The portrait is a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas and it will be for a birthday surprise very soon.

More to follow, stay tuned!

Dog Oil Portraits

Dog Oil Portraits

Dog Oil Portraits

Dog Oil Portraits

Dog Oil Portraits

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Artu – Horse Portrait Stages

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Here are the stages to the horse painting in oils of Artu. As our readers have seen from the last few blog posts I created, I’m gradually catching up with the blog.  I haven’t been able to post Artu’s stages over the last week. Nicholas has been working really hard on the painting and its looking lovely in the studio, its really delicate and the colours in the background are so natural and serene. I will have a final scan next so you can see it in more detail.

horse oil painting stages

horse oil painting stages

horse oil painting stages

horse oil painting stages

horse oil painting stages

horse oil painting stages

Video of Kilo

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Here is the video of my pencil portrait framed of Kilo!

Some of our readers might have been following my research over the last few months into DSLR cameras and recorders to record my videos on. I received some great advice from experienced filmers and You Tubers as I was looking to upgrade my filming system.  The main sticking point with the dslr cameras was that it wasn’t auto focusing as I would expect. There needs to be much manual focusing if you are going to be moving around a lot. I do this quite a bit with the paintings and drawings. This was very difficult when trying to not only film the portraits but to be narrating at the same time. Its not easy!

So the best advice I was given was to upgrade my iPhone 5s to the 6s. The lens is much better, the screen is larger and it means I can still use my hand held stabiliser, microphone and the ‘joby’ that holds it all together. The main thing I am trying to practice now is to keep tapping the screen to re-focus as I move. I found this much easier than focusing a dslr lens.

This video of Kilo is the first video using the new phone, but my next one hopefully will be better as I will be using my photography lighting. I now have new bulbs for them which will also help the iPhone lens and keep things sharp and in focus. So we are good to go! Now I just need a painting or drawing to film…….!

Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo Framed

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Here are the photos of my pencil pet portrait of Kilo framed. We really love this frame, it is becoming one of my personal favourite for my pencils drawings. The inner mount on this one is a slightly darker colour. Its a bluer grey than we usually add. We felt that as the background of the portrait was shaded, it needed a little more contrast. We always use a textured Hayseed colour for the main mount which is a lovely pale cream and the combination works beautifully here on Kilo’s portrait. I hope to add Kilo to my website very soon and the video will be coming next!

Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo Framed

Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo Framed

Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo Framed

Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo Framed

Pencil Pet Portraits of Kilo – Photos on my easel.

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I have been wanting to blog these for a number of weeks, since the portrait of Kilo was complete. However with preparing for going away on our summer holidays, I completely ran out of time.

So finally I am happy to be able to blog the photos I took while the portrait was on my easel and then on my plan chest with my pencils laying on it for scale.

The portrait as a 12 x 10 pencil drawing with fully shaded background to allow Kilo to stand off from the white of the paper. The portrait was framed using the Windsor Wash frame and I took photos and video which I will add next! Stay tuned!

Pencil Pet Portraits of Kilo

Pencil Pet Portraits of Kilo

Pencil Pet Portraits of Kilo

Pencil Pet Portraits of Kilo

Back from Holiday!

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We have recently returned form a lovely holiday visiting friends and family in Cornwall. We came back just over a week ago and have been really busy on our return. I’m just finally now catching up on our blog.

It is a summer bank holiday weekend here in the UK, although not for Scotland! Having said that, we are working today and have been the entire weekend. So Scotland are not alone!

Since returning from holiday I was determined to catch up with my work for the London Art College. I spent most of last week doing the long overdue updates I have promised to do for them on their website. I also prepared lots of blog posts for the coming months. I used to work a lot more for them, I tutored and wrote courses, designed and maintained their website and more. However our business has become so busy there just wasn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. So last year I handed over the running of the website and technical support and reduced my workload. I help out when needed and look after their blog and social media. I love conversing with the students, thats my favourite part. I really enjoy seeing their artwork, all of the different genres and styles and watching them develop. So it has been a lovely few days working for them.

Im now back on our own work and am starting with updates to the blog and I will continue to finish my list of jobs that I was doing prior to our holiday. I have been updating our websites, I am three quarters of the way through, so it will be lovely to have everything finished soon.

The photos below are just a few snaps from our travels. I have written about each one underneath so that our readers and clients know where each one was taken.

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This is Nicholas sitting on the rocks on Looe beach with lily, although you can only just see her in the water. The Island behind is called Looe Island and apparently one of Nicholas’ smuggling ancestors called Amram Hooper lived on the Island on the 1800’s.

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A lovely view looking across to Looe, where you can experience some of the best Cornish pasties in Cornwall!

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Our friends took us down to a beautiful place called Golitha Falls pictured above, and we followed on to the famous Jamaica Inn for lunch. Some of our readers may have read Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Jamaica Inn which was based there.

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Then we spent a day out and about and visited the village of Minions. Yes, there is a real place called Minions and the village even have Minions on their sign coming into the village. I of course had to have a photo – I love the Minions!

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A quick snap of Lily, taking her long walks in Minions all in her stride!

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Just outside the village of Minions you will find the Cheeswrings. They are absolutely incredible, a natural geological formation that has formed naturally as the result of erosion, weathered granite stone in the oddest but most beautiful shapes.

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The photo above shows Nicholas and Lily climbing up to the Cheesewring and the photo below is of me and Lily looking up at it! You can see the size of them, it almost looks as though its a face looking down at me in profile!

I hope you have enjoyed the photos, we certainly enjoyed our break and are all refreshed ready for the next set of work leading up to Christmas!

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