Great Dane Portrait – Deano, Ole & Neo


Here is the final scan of my latest pencil drawing of Deano, Ole & Neo. The portrait is a 24 x 18 and is a compilation using three separate photos of the dogs along with other reference for grass. I have also added some photos I took along with my pencils to show scale. It hopefully gives a better overall feel…

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Pet Portraits FAQ’s


Good Morning everyone on this lovely Sunday morning! This past week has been busy and I have lots of blog posts to follow. My first post though is about our updated Pet Portraits FAQ page. We have been inundated with enquiries in the last couple of weeks, as of course Christmas is on the horizon. So we are starting to receiving…

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Emma and Poppy


It’s been a busy week so far here in the studio. I am just putting the finishing touches to my triple Great Dane portrait and I will have a final scan and photos to show everyone soon. Nicholas has been working hard on his next horse portrait, Radley and I will have photos to show of the first stages tomorrow.…

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Final Scans of Marley and Nohea


Here are the final scans of Marley and Nohea. We are so thrilled that our client Polly loves them! I will be packing them and booking them in for their journey to the USA this week. We hope you like them too!

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Final Stages of Nohea


Nicholas has now completed the portrait of Nohea, to go along side the painting of Marley. I have added the final stages of Nohea below along with a close up of Nicholas signing the painting. I am about to scan both portraits and so stay tuned for the detailed results!

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Final stages of Marley


Here are Marley’s final stages and a close up photo of Nicholas signing the painting too! We are so in love with Marley, he does remind us a little of our dog Lily. He has big beautiful brown eyes and gorgeous look on his face. I will have a final scan to show shortly however I will be posting more…

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Zeke’s Photo


Last year Manuela commissioned me to draw their dearly departed dog called Zeke as a pencil drawing. You can see the final scan here  Zeke’s Portrait >>  Manuela and her family miss Zeke terribly and this portrait has been a real comfort for their family. If you head on over to Zeke’s page you will see some fabulous drawings by…

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Jennifer & Bob with Lance


We were thrilled to receive this photo below from our client Jennifer last week. Jennifer contacted us earlier this year and wanted to commission a painting of her partners dog Lance. Jennifer presented the painting of Lance at their rehearsal dinner. We think the photo is simply wonderful and we hope to add it to our website soon. We would…

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New Studio Sofa and Website Updates


We have a new studio sofa! It has actually been here for just over a month however with the build and getting organised I hadn’t been able to take photos until now. So along with the new about us pages for the cottage renovations we also added a number of new photos to our studio page >> We opted to go for a…

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Welsh Cottage Renovation Photos!


I know that many of our clients and avid readers to our blog have been waiting for this post for a long time! We finally have collated all of our renovation photos of our little Welsh cottage and have added a few to our website for everyone to see. It is an understatement to say we are thrilled with the…

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More stages of Marley!


Here are a few photos of Marley’s painting! Lots more stages of both Marley and Nohea to follow, there are more in the camera however I will retrieve them tomorrow and post them here for everyone to see. I am loving the way Nicholas is painting Marley’s fur, the soft flicks and curves of the ears and Marley’s big eyes.…

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Lily Tibetan Terrier and her Rosette


Last week Lily passed her Novice Certificate Test at our local dog club and we are so pleased! We had a number of tricky tests to complete over the last few months. There are usually around 7 exercises and we can try one per week.  The most difficult exercise was getting Lily to stay looking at me for 20 seconds while…

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The Pet Portrait of Lance Framed!


We are thrilled with the finished outcome of the pet portrait of Lance. Its all framed and ready to send to our client. It has been framed using the Westminster Frame which has a gold inner liner to match. The liner is optional and we love it! You can see the frame in more detail on our framing page on…

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Final Scan of Lance!


Here his the final scan of the painting of Lance! It is going to be framed in the Spoon Aged frame with inner slip and then it will be heading to the USA for a special wedding next week. We are very excited to see photos of the recipient with the painting and hope we can share some with our…

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Next stages of Lance


The next stages of Lance are below. These photos are from early last week. Lance is primarily a black dog and I have a lot of difficult taking photos of black dogs under Nicholas’ easel so the first photo below was a photo of his portrait on our plan chest. It hasn’t come out completely the correct colour however it…

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Catching up on the blog!


Its been a busy time here in the studio lately and so today I’m catching up on the blog. I have a number of posts to write and the first is a final scan of a recent pencil drawing of Poppy, which I completed for a lovely client called Emma. Sadly Poppy passed away a few months ago and Emma…

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First Stages of Lance


Lance is being painted by Nicholas at 16 x 14 size oil on canvas. As Marley and Nohea are in a short drying stage Lance is having a few days of attention on Nicholas’ easel. Lance is an Entlebucher Mountain Dog and the portrait is being pated as a gift by our client to her future husband on their wedding day.…

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Next stages of Marley and Nohea


Here are more stages of Marley and Nohea. Their paintings are 16 x 12 on Italian Linen canvas and they are looking fabulous here in the studio. I have taken some photos of them on Nicholas’ easel and some when he was working on them so you can see his brush and hand for scale. They are coming along beautifully…

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Marley and Nohea first stages!


Nicholas has been busy over the last few days starting the portraits of Marley and Nohea. As the paintings are for the same client we want a continuity of colour between the paintings. So at the start of the paintings, working on the background and overall colours scheme, Nicholas will have them both side by side on his easel as…

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Final scan of Sika


Welcome to the pencil portrait of Sika. This has been the portrait that has been keeping me busy on my drawing board for the past couple of weeks. The drawing is a 12 x 10 pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano paper and Sika has been a real pleasure to draw. Nicholas has been also busy working on Marley and Nohea’s…

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Final scan of Vinnie


Here is the final scan of Vinnie! Isn’t he gorgeous! I have added a scan along with a detail of the painting too so our readers can see him up close a little more. The portrait is a 12 x 10 oil painting on Italian Linen Canvas stretched on tulip hardwood. It was all traditionally hand painted by Nicholas at…

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More Stages of Vinnie’s Portrait…


Here are the next stages of Vinnie! Nicholas has been working on the painting these last couple of days and so I have added a few stages below. You can see the more up to date photos show Vinnie’s chest painted with his white flash painted too. The colours vary quite a bit however then final scan will show the…

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Bank Holiday Weekend – Cors Caron


It has been a bank holiday weekend here in the UK and we had a friend to stay from the south of England for the long weekend. Our friend is a gardener by trade and he very kindly offer to cut our hedge and chop up some wood with his chainsaw. He is a very handy person to know! On…

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Extending the chicken shed!


Some of our regular readers will remember the big storm here from 4 years ago. We faired pretty well here, where as some areas of the UK suffered flooding and much damage. That year we had purchased a brand new chicken house and put it up in our little woodland garden, it was the ‘Hilton’ of hotels for chickens. It…

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Boxes galore and new packaging rules….


We have been looking into a new form of packaging recently as the couriers we use seem to have decided to enforce particular packaging rules. We ‘have’ to adhere to the rules, otherwise we are fined. Sadly, we have been fined on a few recent portraits so we have had to quickly look into how we can not only keep…

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Vinnies Portrait First Stages


What a busy week it has been! We have very nearly finished the renovations…I can’t quite believe that I’m saying that, but we have. It is such a relief and I will soon be collating photos for the website and blog. We are thrilled with the results and there seems to be an air of calmness in the cottage where…

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Tobey Final Scan


Here is the final scan of Tobey’s painting! Happy Tobey! We love his smile and the way he is interacting with the viewer by looking right at us. I also love the way that Nicholas has painted the background, he has kept it fairly light behind Tobey allowing him to be centre of attention. I also love the beautiful colour…

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More Stages of Tobey


We hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Nicholas has been working on Tobey’s painting and I have updated photos of his progress.  He is looking so happy, Nicholas is really bringing him to life. We have been working in the cottage over the weekend on painting with slightly larger brushes! The decorating stage has started and it always takes three…

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Tobey’s Next Stage


Here is the next stage of Tobey’s painting. Doesn’t he look so happy! Nicholas has been working on the background as well as Tobey’s face as you can see his eyes are now blocked in and ready for the next layer of detail. Nicholas has kept the background fairly light so that it helps it to recede into the distance…

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Tobey’s First Stages


Welcome to our first blog post of the week! Nicholas has been working on Tobey’s painting, it is a 16 x 12 size portrait on Italian Linen canvas. I have added a couple of stages so far and will have more to post tomorrow. The renovations are coming along well and I will add some garden photos of some before…

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