This is a bespoke sized commission, it is a 6.5 x 4 inch drawing of Old English Sheepdog, Chester who is sadly not with us any longer. He has been drawn to this size specifically so that he can fit into a collection of drawings that our clients have of their other dogs and so I hope that my drawing fits well within the mix It has been drawn as a surprise for the recipient at Christmas so I really hope that the whole family are thrilled. I will be drawing Barney, their new dog in the New Year, you can already see him in my client list.
Final stages of Patsy and a final scan to follow!
Here are the first stages of Patsy, I hope to have more later today. This painting is for the same clients as Otis, they are 18 x 14 oils and they will be hung together in their home with matching beautifully carved frames which we are looking forward to seeing. More to follow!
Here is Monty! He is a 12 x 10 full body study completed in graphite pencils, hopefully he will be sent off to his owner in the next few days ready for framing and then presented to the recipient on Christmas day.
Here are all the stages and final scan of Otis along with some close up details of the painting. I have already added this one to the website as it has been going along in the background while other paintings have been in drying stages. Its been sitting here in the studio for a couple of weeks all completed. I have been at my easel drawing Milo so am a little behind with blogging. Otis, along with the next painting in the list ‘Patsy’ is for a returning client in the US. I will post the early stages of Patsy tomorrow.
Milo’s final scan is coming up next!!
Busy here in the studio today, even on a Sunday its all go. We are working every day at the moment to fulfill all of our portrait commissions before Christmas and here is the latest completed portrait which has just come off of Nicks easel. The final scan of the portrait painting ‘Julie with Brighton and London’. Nick will oil out the portrait tomorrow to smooth out the dark areas and once dry it will be sent off to the US to its forever home
Here is the eleventh stage of Julie and her dogs, I will have a final scan tomorrow
I have taken two lovely photos of Joeys portrait with Nicks hand holding his paintbrush to help our clients understand the scale of the painting. We like to do this with a few of our portraits, to help clients see how large or small they are and we collate them on our Up close and detailed gallery page. I have added slightly smaller versions below
Here are the next stages of Julie and her dogs Nicks been painting on the portrait today so i will have lots more stages to post tomorrow
Here is the beautiful final scan of Joey’s portrait. Nick put the final touches to it yesterday and it was dry enough to scan this morning. It is an 18 x 14 oil on linen canvas and it has been painted on our new brand of canvases that we are now using!
As our readers will know, our paintings and drawings are traditionally hand painted and drawn and will last more than a life time. In fact many of our clients who order from us intend to hand them down through the generations. The materials we use need to be long lasting, archival and of extreme high quality. This is why we constantly try to source the best materials available to us here in the UK.
The new canvas we are sourcing are made by UK company Harris Moore. Their Professional Artists Canvas range are made using high quality extra wide stretcher bars made from hardwood, which is Tulipwood, which gives it strength and solidity – you definitely know you are holding them due to the weight. They use the best Italian linen and are 25mm deep. They are extremely good quality and lovely to paint on as you can see.
All of our future paintings from mid December onwards will be painted on this new brand of canvas and we are very excited to be able to make it available for our clients.
Some of our clients and readers may remember Nick’s painting of Kojak from earlier this year. Our client Whitney, has taken some wonderful photos of Kojak’s painting now its framed and hanging in situ. We love the frame, the colours go really well with the portrait and Whitney very kindly allowed us to add them to our website, which I have done so already Whitney’s email is below, we hope that you all enjoy viewing Kojak ‘s painting!
Hi Melanie and Nick,
Hope you are doing well! I am sorry it has taken me so long to get pictures of Kojak’s portrait sent to you, but here they are! It’s hard to take a photograph of his portrait that really shows how amazing it looks. So, the pictures really do not do it justice. It’s even more stunning in person. Thank you again for working with me and thank you to Nick for doing such a wonderful job of capturing my Kojak.
Whitney K. Wilder-McClain
Here are the current stages of Joey’s portrait. Nick is still working on the painting so I will have more stages very soon