Misty Framed

I have just taken photos of Misty here in the studio and added her on the website in the galleries and in the framing section. We really love the gold dots frame and it works so well with many of our paintings. I am about to add the portrait to Nicks Facebook and Google+ page. Don’t forget to follow us if you are on either of those social medias too!

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Misty Video

The portrait of Misty has just come back from framing and its for a returning client. The portrait has been framed by Jane our local framer and our client requested the Gold Dots with the inner linen slip and this time the slip has a lovely gold line which works superbly with the frame! This time, as some of our readers will know I’m testing out all the different methods for filming and this was taken with the iPhone. The sound is still low but I enhanced it on iMovie this time so I am hoping it isn’t too bad. Still have some experimenting to do though. We hope you like it and more photos will follow.

Horse and Hound Feature!

We have had some fantastic news in that one of Nick’s paintings has been chosen to be on the Horse and Hound website in a feature they did about ‘six ways to capture your horse in time’. We allowed them to use the portrait of Amosite and we think he looks fabulous on their webpage. You can visit the site at the link below :)

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Final Scan of Boomer

Here is the final scan of Boomer! It took me a few hours to scan the painting as he is a 24 x 18 oil on linen canvas but here he is in all his glory! I have also added a couple of close up photos of Nicks hand on the portrait to help give scale. I’ll pop those on the website in my next round of updates.

Next to scan Bilbo who is completed and I will post here asap.

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Next Stages of Boomer

Here are the final stages of Boomers portrait and it is just looking AMAZING! Nick has been working really hard on this painting and it is incredible. Boomer looks as though he is ready to jump out of the canvas at you and is so lifelike. Any visitors we have had to the studio along with Skype callers have all been following Nicks progress which is fantastic. I am about to scan the final painting, its going to take me a few hours so ill be back with a post this afternoon along with some close up photos!

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Website Updates – Phase Two complete!

Having just finished the last round of updates to change our sites from Tables to CSS, I wasn’t expecting to have to tackle another lot of complicated changes so soon. We have been receiving emails from Google constantly regarding our five websites that they weren’t mobile friendly and that we needed to change them to keep Google happy. Having researched the issue we found that Google are making changes coming into effect in April and sites that are mobile friendly will possibly be ranked higher than non friendly mobile websites. We didn’t want our websites to slide in the rankings, thats the last thing we need, so something had to be done!

It was a good job that I had recently converted our sites to css otherwise this job would have been a much more daunting task. Im happy to say with many early mornings and a number of late nights and with a little help from a good friend of mine to help start me on the right path, our sites are now mobile friendly! I am elated and slightly relieved to be one step ahead for once.

As they are all hand made by me, not a themed site, any changes have to be fathomed, tested and implemented by hand on each page. So I have been doing a lot of tweaking and although I have a couple more of the ‘about us’ pages to tweak, everything should flow nicely on a mobile and tablet.

We have iPhones and iPads and it does seem to work on those, however if any of our readers have android phones and tablets id be happy to hear if they come across anything out of line or wonky! On a mobile version the navigation is zipped up under one heading called ‘menu’ which you tap to drop down to navigate the site and tap again to pop it back up. Its so clever and thank you Chris for that one! On a tablet everything is the same as a desktop version just slightly smaller.

So now I’m back in the land of the living I am going to blog the final stages of Boomer, my portrait of Bilbo and the photos of Misty the King Charles Spaniel that Nick is about to collect from Jane the framer! So its all go here today and more will follow!

Bilbos Next Stage

I have been working at my easel for most of the day today apart from some admin this morning. Bilbo is a joy to draw and he is coming along really well. A long way to go yet but he’s starting to take shape. Nick has been working on Boomers portrait too and I’ll hopefully have a stage to show tomorrow. I have also received the most lovely email from a previous client, I drew their dog Judy a few months ago and I wanted to post the email I have received as it was really touching. I have such a wonderful job, the best job in the world :)

Dear Melanie,
 Just before Christmas of 2014, my daughter Jo and the rest of my family commissioned you to draw a portrait in pencil of my late dog Judy, who sadly passed away in January of 2013.
This came as a complete and pleasant surprise when I received the mock-up of the portrait of Judy on Christmas Day – you could have knocked me over with a feather!
When I received the finished portrait I was absolutely overwhelmed by the life-like appearance of Judy, who has now been placed in a beautiful frame. She will live in my heart for the rest of my life. I cannot thank you enough for the excellent quality of the portrait – it is absolutely great. May you continue to produce fantastic work of this nature.
Thank you so much and very best wishes.