Happy Clients!

I have just received a wonderful email and photo from Steve Reader who recently commission a portrait of Shep. Steve and his family have just had Sheps portrait framed and we love it! The shape is a perfect match with the composition of the piece. I would officially like to thank Steve for taking it and allowing me to use it on my website. I have added it to my happy clients page already! :)

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Please see below Shep fully mounted and framed. We are chuffed to bits with the final portrait.



Moo Framed!

Here is Moo framed! Tracey is scheduled to colect Moo from the studio next week and we are really looking forward to meeting both her and Moo. In the mean time I have been busy photographing the portrait and have added it to our framing section and more photos which you can see on the honey knots page. We hope you like it!





Moo’s Final scan

Here is the final scan of Moo! Tracey contacted me to commission a pencil pet portrait of her gorgeous Cocker Spaniel ‘Moo’. She requested the portrait to be from two photos, the main pose from one photo and different ears from a second photo as in the first Moo had been in the water and they were wet. You can see my amalgamation photo in the small box below.  I have also added a photo of the portrait with my pencils to help give the portrait scale. You might also notice that in the photograph of the portrait below, Moo is wearing her collar. Tracey asked if i could remove it and so you can see in the scan cleverly it has now been erased :) The portrait has just arrived back here in the studios all framed so I will take photos of it and post them here next!

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Puff’s Painting – Framed!

Puff’s painting is now back from Jane the framers and it looks fabulous! The subtle bronze frame works really well with Puff’s beautiful fur and it seems to sparkle in the light and draws the viewers eye to Puff’s eyes. Its quite magical. I will be packing the portrait up and sending it on it’s way to our clients in the USA first thing tomorrow.

We have had quite a difficult weekend as Nicholas’s dad was whisked into hospital with a heart attack on Friday. With a multitude of tests and a tricky procedure he is now able to coming home for strict rest today. While Nick travelled 6hr journey to be with him, the dogs and I have been home looking after the fort! Nick came home yesterday, much to Lily and Murphy’s delight who seemed to know and were waiting at the window on him for most of the day. Nick is back working on Georgie’s painting today and so I will have more stages of her very soon. I actually have lots of things to blog this week, I really must catch up!





Georgie’s First Stages

Here are the first stages of Georgie’s portrait and it’s coming along beautifully. The background is so soft and the colours Nick has used are subtly diffused, bringing all focus on Georgie. Even though it’s at the blocking in stage, you can really see how it’s going to develop. It’s in a little drying phase at the moment and Nick has started on Maggie and Maz’s portrait so i’ll have those stages next. Oh and my portrait of Moo, too, as I know I have been promising to post it for so long :)



Ted and Janice

Here are some wonderful photos of Ted and Janice collecting Ballycastle King, plus two prints from our studio. Ted and Janice got a little lost arriving to our studio so we have added a map on our contact page so everyone can find us :) Both Ted and Janice were thrilled with the portrait and prints and we all went out for a meal to celebrate. It has been around 6 years since we did the last paintings for them so it was lovely to catch up and we had a fabulous evening. I have added the photos onto our testimonials page, you can see them all here – Happy Clients >>


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Website Updates!

Its been a number of months since we had our last website update when we moved the behind the scenes code from the old way of doing things to a new responsive design. It was a lot of work and a huge change and I concentrated on getting things right in the code, more than elevating the design. We needed to meet the April deadline when google were looking at sites to make sure they were mobile and tablet friendly, which e did!

Since doing the update however I have been tweaking things here and there, and the last three weeks I put a big effort into getting it completed. The basic structure and design is pretty much the same, all of the elements are still in place, however things have been upgraded to give a cleaner effect, hopefully allowing the viewer to flow around with ease.

One of the exciting new areas is our fluid pricing table which I am hoping is easy for clients to view and read on all devices. We also have a new top header images  on different pages through the site, a new footer which is much tidier with lovely colours throughout.

The first of a couple of new features is a new interactive map on our contacts page. We had a client visit the studio lat week (photos in my next post) and unfortunately, even though they had been to us a couple of times before, they got lost. Thankfully they got here in the end, however our client said that it would be great to see a detailed map on our website. I always like to keep clients happy so we now have a shiny new map. You can either zoom out to see the shape of the uk and the red pin will show you where we are – or you can zoom right in and stand in front of our little cottage!

The second of our new features and thats our interactive portfolio. The feedback we have received so far is superb and so i am hoping to make a few more as the weeks go by dedicated to other artwork. I will of course reveal them on here when completed. My first one is dedicated to Nicholas’s artwork, its at the bottom of our home page and ill embed it below for you to view.

We would love to hear your feedback on our website, we are always happy to hear ideas from our clients on how we can improve it – so let us know what you think!!!