First stages of Olly Alex, Molly and Oscar

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Here are the first stages of the people pet portraits Olly, Alex, Molly and Oscar. The painting has been commissioned by the lovely couple Olly and Alex, who visited our studio with Molly and Oscar a few weeks ago. The painting is being completed in oils on Italian Linen, fine grain canvas at 20 x 20 inches.

Nicholas is only at the very early stages as you can see, however its coming along beautifully. I love the warmth of the spring trees and the light dappling through, the colours he is using are beautiful. I have added a close up of the background below for our clients to see it in more detail. I hope to have more stages of the painting shortly.

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Tibetan Terrier Pet Portraits

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My latest Tibetan Terrier pet portraits is now complete. It’s of the most beautiful Tibetan Terrier called Hollie, who sadly passed away at the amazing age of 15 and a half.  Caroline commissioned me to draw Hollie as a gift for her mum. Caroline said….

She looks amazing! Thank you so so much, I actually had a little tear in my eye because it’s just Hollie completely!

I very much enjoyed drawing Hollie and owning a Tibetan Terrier myself, it was lovely to be able to study Hollie and bring her to life on paper for Caroline and her mum. I have taken some photos of the portrait and added a final scan below. I will also be adding Hollie to my website in the next round of updates on there soon.

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Pet Portraits Happy Clients

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Nicholas completed a stunning painting at 30 x 24 in oils on Italian Linen canvas late last year. The dogs are Rover, (grandfather now deceased), Zizou, 8yrs (son of Rover and uncle of Gingko) and finally Gingko, 3yrs, (grandson of Rover and nephew of Zizou). All are working gundogs of a very high standard. Rover has produced several Field Trial Champions including the Champions of France and Belgium.

Nicholas was commissioned to paint all three dogs in their back garden in November last year. John had some lovely photos of the dogs sitting in dappled sunshine in his garden that were perfect for a portrait. He also had one particular photo he wanted us to use showing the bridge, pampas grass and the seating area.

We framed the portrait for John using the bespoke hand made swept frames that we commission a framing company to make especially for our clients and it worked really well with the colours in the painting.

John emailed us some fantastic photos of when the painting was displayed in their home in Switzerland and sent us a lovely email too which you can read below. We think that the frame works beautifully with the wooden walls and we just love the gong too! I will be adding the photo to our testimonials page in the coming weeks, I have quite a few new photos to add there soon.

Dear Melanie,
Here is the painting hung in our Swiss home. Everyone in the family loves it and many of our friends love it too.
Big thank you to you and Nicholas
Best wishes

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Horse Pet Portraits

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In 2014 Nicholas painted the most fabulous horse called Leah for June to give as a present to her daughter Amy. They took some excellent quality photos especially for the portrait of Leah out in the field. You can see the painting in more detail on our horse portraits website –  Horse Portrait of Leah.

June and Amy very kindly emailed us a photo of the painting now its displayed in their home. June emailed me this fantastic email yesterday and we would officially like to thank her for taking the photos and allowing us to use it on our website.

As some of our followers of our Studio Diary will know I have been completing some work on our websites over the last couple of weeks. I finished the pencil portraits site and the cat portraits site last week….although websites are never finished! I have now completed the updates to our horse portraits website and I feel this is a wonderful addition to it.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Amy is so happy with her painting. We have it in our kitchen this is the room we spend most of our time in and it’s amazing how much we look at her!
Thank you again
June and Amy


Puff – in Situ

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Nicholas painted a portrait of the beautiful cat Puff last year and you can see him on our cat portraits website. Our client Kristin very kindly emailed us some photos of Puff now that he is proudly displayed on the wall in her husbands office. Puff, who sadly passed away at a young age from a heart condition, used to lay behind Kirstin’s husbands keyboard while he worked. They felt this would be the perfect pose for a portrait and if you look at the photo below, you can even see the keyboard thats in the oil painting. Isn’t that wonderful! I have added the photos to Puffs’ webpage and we hope that you all enjoy viewing the photos and artwork.

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Review Us on Google+

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We have a wonderful testimonials page on our website full of very happy clients and beautiful photos of pets with the portraits, clients with their portraits, portraits in situ etc. We even have some videos of portraits being handed over to recipients on their special day, which are fabulous. It is simply an amazing page.

Online reviews seem to be important in this day and age and we thought that we should perhaps embrace them and promote the fact that we have a Google+ page as currently there are no actual reviews on there. It would be lovely if it was populated as we know that we have lots of happy clients.

So we would really love it if our clients would be able to write us a review on Google+. I have a link to the review page on our testimonials page. When you get there click on the grey box which says-  ‘Write a testimonial via Google+ Reviews’ and it will open in a new window and take you straight there. If you have any problems, search for Melanie and Nicholas Pet Portraits, in Google and our images should come up on the right hand side where you can click the button for the review.

We really look forward to hearing from you all soon and thank you!


Final scan of Scrump

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Here is the final scan of Scrump. It has been very difficult to scan this painting due to the difference in tones on the painting itself. I don’t feel the digital version below does justice to Nicholas’ wonderful painting however hopefully it will give our readers a good idea of what the painting is like. The portrait of Scrump has been painted in traditional oils on Italian linen canvas stretched to 16 x 12 and will be heading off to the client next week. It’s in its final drying phase and by Monday it should be ready to be packed.

My next blog post will be of my pencil portrait of Hollie so stay tuned!


Next stage of Scrump’s pet portrait.

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We have had a busy weekend, Saturday I had a local client over who needed some photo editing done which worked out really well. I then finished all of the extra work that needed to be done on my pencil portraits website, so I feel good that its now complete.

I have also very nearly completed the pencil portrait of Hollie and Nicholas is nearing completion on the puppy portrait of Scrump. I have added another stage below and should have a final scan on Wednesday as we have to go out of the studio all day tomorrow. So another post will follow mid week!


Sonny’s Pet Portrait Framed!

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Here is Sonny’s pet portrait framed, we hope that you all like it! The painting is an Oil on Italian Linen canvas painted by Nicholas Beall at 18 x 14 size, framed using the curved Gold Line frame with inner linen slip. I have also added these photos to Sonny’s page where you can see the painting and close ups in full – Collie Pet Portraits >> I also took some video which I will upload to You Tube and post soon 🙂

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Scrump’s Next Stages

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Here are the next stages of Scrump’s portrait and its coming along beautifully. Nicholas is around half way now and has lots more detail to add in the dog and background. So ill have plenty more stages to follow.

We also have just received back the portrait of Sonny framed, it looks amazing in its frame. It was framed in the curved gold line frame with inner linen slip and so I will be adding photos and video soon too!



Pencil Pet Portraits Happy Client Photos!

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I have been updating my pencil portraits website today and have added two lovely happy clint testimonial photos which I recently received from a returning client. The portraits of Ivar and Djeen were created my myself in 2015 to give as Christmas gifts. They headed all the way to Paris and the recipients were thrilled. These photos were taken just before the portraits were wrapped!

My Happy Client Testimonials page has, up to now, been half complete. Last year I added a host of lovely client photos without any actual testimonials or headings to each of the photos. So I have taken some time to finish the page and make it look a lot more tidy and happy. If you would like to have a peak, head on over to my website here…Happy Client Testimonials >> I hope you enjoy viewing them!

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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!


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!