Here are the next two stages of Lilly’s Dachshund Portrait. The camera seems to be whiting the painting out slightly. The background is much richer in tone here in the studio. Its a warm ochre colour which works really well with Lilly’s coat colouring. Hopefully the finished scan will show the colours better which I will post here next week.
Its pouring with rain here in Wales today, although we don’t mind as we are working in the studio. Nick is working on the Dachshund Portrait and I am working on Kilo’s drawing. We did take a day out of the studio yesterday when it was beautifully sunny. We had a friend over for a BBQ and it was Lily’s birthday too, she was 3! So it was a wonderful day.
My list for updates on my website is ever increasing, I have two surprise pencil portraits to add both on our website and here on the blog. I have more orders to add to our client lists, its busy busy here. Nicholas is getting booked up close to Christmas now, so if you are looking to have an oil painting this year, email us with your photos soon!
Here are the early stages of Lilly, Dachshund Pet Portraits. This is Nicholas’ latest painting on his easel. Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous! Lilly was fast asleep when our client Nicola took the photo and it has made for a beautiful painting and a great memory of when Lilly was a puppy. We are hoping to meet Lilly very soon as we are delivering the painting ourselves!
I will have another stage to follow as Nicholas is slightly further ahead than these stages. Stay tuned!
Here is the video of Chico and Amber, which is slightly longer than usual as I am chatting about both paintings. I have taken video of each painting separately too and I will add those to the horse and dog website soon along with this one for our main website. I also have a few updates planned with a new page for each site coming soon and Chico will star in one of the pages, so watch this space!
I hope you like the video and I will have another blog post to follow showing the first stages of Lilly. If any of our readers and clients have not found our client list yet, you can see it on our website. It use to appear here on our blog, however we moved it in our website updates a few months back. You can see the photo of Lilly at the start of the client list here – Pet Portraits Client List
Here are some photos of Nicholas’ latest oil paintings framed and ready to send to our clients in Belguim. The first portrait is of Chico and he was a 14″x 14″ portrait in oils on Italian Linen canvas. The second set of photos are of Amber, a 16″ x 51″ oil painting. Both portraits were framed using our ever popular Chelsea City frame. The large painting of Amber was tricky to photograph as you can imagine. It only just fitted on the plan chest! We love both paintings and can’t wait to see when when they are hanging in situ in their new home.
As you can imagine it took quite a while to pack the portraits. We used plywood for the large portrait to make sure it as sturdy enough for its journey along with plenty of foam wrap.
I have taken video of each portrait along with one video of them both together so I will try to get those ready of the blog and website soon. Nicholas is now in the process of painting a portrait of a gorgeous Dachshund called Lily and I will post the stages soon too.
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 has now passed her ‘starter’ in obedience!
We have been going to obedience classes since last Autumn. We quickly moved from the beginners to advanced class and in March we started to work towards our starter obedience test. Lily and I go to have a bit of fun and it gives her some socialisation. It took Lily a number of months to gain her confidence as the classes are outside in a field with around 10 other dogs. We are really pleased with how she is getting on as she is much more relaxed there now. We were so thrilled to get our rosette and it will sit with her puppy rosette. We are now working towards our ‘Novice’…wish us luck!!
Here is the final scan of Amber’s montage oil painting. It has come out beautifully, we are really pleased with it. It looks wonderful here in the studio, full of movement and splashes. The painting is 16″ x 51″ oil on Italian Linen Canvas traditionally hand painted by Nicholas.
It took us a good while to scan on our A4 scanner as you can imagine, scanning each section of the painting really carefully. Easy to put together as now computer software is far improved from what it use to be and saves me hours of work.
Then next thing to do is frame it and take photos and video of both this painting and the portrait of Chico. They will be framed using the Chelsea City frame and we think they are going to look beautiful.
I have a number of blog posts to follow as usual…busy busy!
My client Caroline has very kindly taken a photo of their portrait of Hollie now its all framed, for my website and blog. The frame they chose is fabulous and I am really loving the inner black line on the mount which finishes the portrait off beautifully.
The photo below has already been added to my pencil pet portraits testimonials page. I have lots of website updates to do in the next few weeks and Hollie needs to be in my gallery in the next round of updates. My folder of portraits on my iMac waiting to go online is getting larger each week. I must spend some evenings in front of my computer uploading them.
I have added a lovely email below which Caroline has sent along with the photo of Hollie. I’m really looking forward to receiving their next photo too!
Hi Melanie! My mum picked Hollie up today from the framing shop! She’s so happy, thank you so much. I’ll get a picture of us standing next to her when I’m next round and I’ll send it to you. 😀 Caroline X
We have received a fantastic photo from one of our clients of their horse oil painting displayed on the wall. The oil painting which Nicholas painted was of a stunning horse called Whisky. It was commissioned by Nicki and Neil as a gift for their daughter. The portrait was a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas which was framed by our wonderful, but now sadly departed, framer Jane.
You can see the painting in full on our horse portraits website and read one of the lovely testimonials from Nicki below. We are always so grateful for our clients in taking time in their busy day to photograph our paintings when they are hanging in situ. It really does help bring our website to life.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
We hope all is well and that you are both being kept very busy. We have attached a few photos of Whisky’s portrait in situ. We are still very happy with the portrait. Until Alice has a home of her own, it remains here, in her bedroom. Whisky is still thriving – aged 20 now. Kind regards
Nicki and Alice