Scrump’s First Stage

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Here is the first stage of Scrump! He is a 16 x 12 oil painting on Italian Linen canvas and as you can see Nicholas is starting to add some colour into the background over the top of his oil sketch base. Tomorrow he will be moving onto adding colour and tone to scrump himself and as soon as he starts working I will take photos for you to see! More to follow!


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Sonny’s stages and final scan

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Here are the stages of the oil portrait of Sonny along with the final scan and some close up photos. Nicholas has been working on this portrait for a while and it is for a special birthday at the start of March. As soon as its been framed its being whisked off to our clients in time to be presented on the recipients birthday. I have already added Sonny to our website and you can see him here in our dog portraits oil gallery – Collie Pet Portraits >> As soon as the painting is back here in the studio I will take photos for everyone to see and post them here and on his webpage too!

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Cat Portraits online plus website updates!

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I have now added two fabulous cat portraits in oils that Nicholas painted last year to our cat portraits website. I have added a sneak preview of part of one of them framed below. Head on over to our cat oils page to see more! The portraits to look out for are Ginger & Maggie and Puff.

I have also given our home pages of all of our sites a bit of an update with lots of lovely new and much larger photos. I have been meaning to get to update our websites for ages and Im thrilled now to be able to get in the zone to actually be able to do it. I really feel, as web design and maintenance takes so long, you have to really want to sit here for long hours actually doing it. I have worked some late evenings this week but I am thrilled that its now done.

We have 5 websites in total and they are all joined together in some form but can be viewed as separate sites. It can be a little confusing but I’ll add all of the index pages below for our readers to view.

Pet Portraits Site –
Dog Portraits –
Cat Portraits –
Horse Portraits –
Pencil Portraits –

We would love to hear your views on our websites, let us know what you think!!

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Happy Clients with their painting

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I have added the horse portrait of Ariel on our website today, along with the wonderful photos of Eleanor and her mum with the painting in situ that you can see below. I have added them to our testimonials gallery too!

Eleanor and her father commissioned Nicholas to paint Ariel as a surprise gift for Christmas 2015 and they were thrilled with the outcome. I have added a testimonial from Eleanor below 🙂

If any of our readers are looking to commission an oil painting of their dog, cat or horse for Christmas 2016, don’t leave it too late! Although we are only in February, Nicholas is usually booked up for Christmas portraits by July. His work is always worth the wait!

Hi Melanie,
Christmas has been busy! Mum absolutely loves the painting! 🙂 Here are some photos of the painting where it is at the moment. We aren’t sure whether we’re gonna keep it here or put it somewhere else in the house but thought I should send through some photos anyway 🙂
Thanks so much again for everything!
Eleanor Pile

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Kewlia’s online!

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I have finally added the amazing painting Nicholas completed in 2015 of the much loved horse Kewlia on our website. You can see the painting in full along with a lovely testimonial from Rosemary here – Horse Pet Paintings >> Rosemary chose the most stunning frame for the portrait and this is one of my favourite photos that I took of the corner of the frame and painting last year before packing the portrait. The frame is called Chelsea City and it comes in a variety of colours. In actual fact you can have it painted in any shade to match your home decor using the well known British paint manufacturers Farrow & Ball. The colour Rosemary choose is mid gold which works beautifully with the greens within the painting. We hope you enjoy viewing Kewlia’s painting!


Happy Pet Portraits Clients!

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We are thrilled to be able to post the most wonderful photo of our clients Kris and Kevin Fitzpatrick with their family 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 Kris’s birthday and we have added the painting of Maggie and Max onto our website and you can see the full painting here – Maggie and Max Pet Portrait >>.  Kris emailed us the most wonderful testimonial which you can read below and we would like to thank both Kevin and Kris for taking the time to email it to us!

Hello Melanie and Nicholas!!!
It would be impossible to convey to you my complete happiness, awe and gratitude for the truly magnificent painting my husband, Kevin, gave me for my 50th birthday. It not only captures my beloved dachshunds perfectly, but our home as well. Now I know that my dogs will live forever and this time in my life has been captured so beautifully. It’s SO beautiful!!
I am truly in awe of your talent, Nicholas, and so incredibly grateful to you for doing this work of art for me. I still can’t believe it’s mine and was made for me. It will be an heirloom for our children as it portrays our home and precious pets so perfectly. Check out the picture showing me and my family on Christmas Eve, my birthday, when I opened this amazing gift.
Thank you!!!
Kris Fitzpatrick


Pet Tails Magazine….

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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 🙂

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Family Reunions and Website updates

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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!


Accounting Days

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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!

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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…..

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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!

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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!


Ariel Framed

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Well…all we can say is – wow! We absolutely love the Gold Swept frame and we feel it works so well with Ariel’s portrait, we are thrilled. The painting is now on its way to our clients and I took the opportunity of taking some photos before packing along with a video which I will post next too. We hope you all like the painting of Ariel as much as we do and we are sure its will make the recipient smile on Christmas Day.

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Biscuit and Cookie Framed!

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Here are the photos of Biscuit and Cookie framed. It was a little dark for photography in the studio today, but I wanted to take a good number of photos to add to the blog to show our readers how beautiful the portrait looks of Biscuit and Cookie framed. The frame is a Chelsea City frame, one of our favourites. Its all packed up and ready to go to the post office first thing tomorrow! We hope you like it!

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Biscuit and Cookie Final Scan

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Here is the final scan of Biscuit and Cookie! It is a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas of two most adorable spaniels looking over a stable door in our clients home. I am taking the painting to Jane our framer tomorrow so it can be fitting in the Chelsea City frame which has already arrived and as soon as I have it back in the studio I will take photos and blog them here asap.

We are still waiting for the background to Ariel to dry so I should have photos of the painting framed after the weekend!


Daisy’s Pencil Portrait Framed and Displayed!

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We would like to officially thank our client Mary for taking these beautiful photos of my pencil portrait of Daisy now she is framed and standing on the display easel in their home. We are absolutely thrilled to receive them and they will be going on our website very, very soon! The frame that has been chosen is fabulous, it is off black with antique pewter highlights and the inner frame, which is my favourite part as it works really well with the drawing, is matching but in antique pewter. The framer has done a marvellous job!

We really love to receive photos like this from our clients as it allows us to see what our portraits look like in their forever home 🙂 Thank you Mary!



Biscuit and Cookie first stages!

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Here are the first stages of Biscuit and Cookie – aren’t they gorgeous! Im loving this portrait, its a 16 x 12 oil on canvas and Nicholas is slightly ahead of my photos so I will have more stages to show tomorrow. Its been a very busy day here in the studio, lots of portraits packed, scanned and photographed but I’m back to my easel drawing the montage of Naughty tomorrow which will be lovely.

More coming soon!