Henry the Cat Portrait in Oils


Here is Henry, Nicholas’ latest cat portrait in oils. Nicholas has been painting Henry for the last week and a half, and he is finally complete. I have added some photos of the stages below too. Henry is sadly no longer with us and we amalgamated two photos for our client so that she had a beautiful reminder of Henry for both…

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Yogi’s Oil Painting is Complete!


The oil painting of Yogi is complete. It is simply amazing. Nicholas has excelled himself and I think its one of his best paintings to date. It really is beautiful viewing it here in the studio, I’m really looking forward to seeing it all framed. I will definitely be taking photos and video for everyone to see. Our client emailed the following…

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Poppy Pet Portrait Framed


Here is Poppy’s pencil portrait all framed and ready to go! Amanda is an excellent framer and has done a wonderful job here, its perfect!  We love this moulding too, its one of our longest running frames and works beautifully with the drawings. You can get two different sizes of the honey knots frame, there is also a wider one for larger…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy


Here is the final scan of the pencil pet portrait of Poppy. This is my latest pencil drawing and one of the most exciting pet portrait commissions this year. I was recently asked to feature in an edition of Paint and Draw Magazine to create a step by step tutorial of how I draw my portraits. I was delighted and very excited at…

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Video of Yogi in progress


This is a short video of Nicholas painting Yogi’s pet portrait. He is using Rosemary & Co Paint Brushes (who we absolutely love) and HarrisMoore canvases. We hope you enjoy the video and gain an insight into how Nicholas paints!

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More Cottage Renovations


We have been living in our little cottage for 10 years this autumn and we have been doing renovations since we moved in. Some of our regular readers may have seen on our cottage renovations page on our website. This year though is the big year for us as its the final push for a completed cottage. This year sees…

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Yogi’s next stages


Its been a busy few days here and I thought it was time to update the blog with some wonderful photos of Yogis painting. It’s coming along beautifully and I have taken some really close up photos of Nicholas’ paint brush actually painting so you can see the size of brush and the fine paint strokes. It has a little…

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Hollie and her Family….


We have received the most fabulous photos from my client Caroline (pictured below left) of a portrait I completed last year of Hollie the Tibetan Terrier.  Sadly Hollie passed away at the great age of 15 and a half and so Caroline commissioned a pencil drawing of Hollie as a surprise for her mum. This was a very special commission for me…

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Another stage of Yogi….


Another stage of Yogi the Bernese Mountain dog today. The painting was quite difficult to photograph due to the dark areas on paint of the canvas whinging under Nicholas’ daylight lamp. Hopefully it will give our readers an idea of what the painting is like at this stage. The sun is actually shining today after a number of days of…

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First stages of Yogi!


Nicholas is currently working on a superb oil painting the moment of a gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog called Yogi. Our client commissioned Nicholas just prior to Christmas as a surprise for his wife. He took a number of photos for us to work with. The photos Shane took had beautiful scenery in the background and so we all decided it…

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Mango’s Drawing Completed and Framed


The drawing of Mango was completed and sent to the recipient just before we went away on our few days break. I didn’t get time to post the photos before we went, so here they are! Nicholas took a photo of me drawing which you can see below along with the final scan of Mango. The portrait was framed in our…

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Ozie and Joey’s Pencil Portrait and Frame


The portrait of Ozie and Joey is now complete, framed and on its way to my clients in the USA. Ozie is the King Charles Spaniel and Joey is the cat who has sadly passed away. It was commissioned by Sylvia as a special gift to give to her granddaughter Zoie. Sylvia chose the Windsor Wash frame which works beautifully with Ozie and Joey’s pencil drawing.…

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Happy Clients and Holidays!


We have been quiet on our blog for just over a week as we have been away for a weeks holidays with our family and niece and nephew. We travelled down to the south west of the UK to Cornwall to an eco cabin. Our immediate family all live around the UK, london, cornwall and us here in wales so…

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Pumpkin – Happy Clients!


We have received a lovely photo this week from our cleints who commissioned me to draw their gorgeous cat called Pumpkin. Sadly Pumpkin passed away at a very young age so it was wonderful for me to draw him to keep his memory alive for the whole family. The frame that Claire has chosen is perfect –  ideal colours, which work really well…

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Video of the Huskies!


Here is a video I have taken of the completed Husky portrait. This is my first video with me in the video itself! I wanted to show the scale of the portrait, but also I want to be in more of the videos to make them a little more personal. I am always trying to improve on our tech and as you…

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Husky Pet Portrait!


I have been working quite a lot since Christmas on plenty of portraits and I’m just catching up on the blog with them all this week. I was commissioned just prior to Christmas by a client in the USA who wanted me to draw his three Huskies – Sasha, Bear and Punky. My client wanted a large portrait as a special…

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Ziggy Framed


I am loving this frame! It has to be one of my favourites to date. It’s called Windsor Wash and it’s so popular with my clients. Obviously all of us pet lovers have extremely good taste! Not only was Gus framed in it, Ziggy is below…along with two more of my portraits which will be revealed this week. My framer Amanda…

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Ziggy final scan 


I have finally found five minutes to sit here and update my blog. The days are flying by here, I can’t believe it’s February already. We will be booking Christmas portraits before we know it! Here is a pencil portrait I completed a while ago called Ziggy. He’s all finished, framed and sent off to my client. Just in time…

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Gus – Framed! 


The drawing of Gus is on its way to my clients in the USA. The portrait has been waiting here to be framed and it’s finally complete. I packed it up yesterday and booked it in for collection. Before doing so I took plenty of photos for our website and social media pages. I have even taken a photo of…

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Pet Portraits Branding!


Pet Portraits Branding! Since the start of January I have been working on the branding of our business and developing it on our websites. I did lots of work on our websites and am still in the process of tweaking things here and there, but the majority of changes are done which is great. So over Christmas I not only…

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Gus – final scan and photos!


This portrait was completed quite a few weeks ago, however I have been waiting for it to be framed it and it’s now all done! So I thought it might be nice to create a couple of blog posts together with the finished scan and photos in one and the framed photos in another.  The portrait is an 8 x…

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Final Scan of Jubilee and Trinity 


Jubilee and Trinity’s oil painting is complete. Nicholas has been working on the portrait of horses Jubilee and Trinity since around the second week in January. Nicholas complete the final details a few days ago. The panting is fully dry and I have taken photos of the portrait up close so that you can see the detail…probably more detail that…

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Next stages of Jubilee and Trinity 


Nicholas has been putting the finishing touches to the painting of Jubilee and Trinity today and these are a couple of photos I took yesterday. I will have a final scan to post tomorrow along with some photos of his hand on the painting to show scale similar to the ones below showing more detail. Lots happening in the studio…

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Video – Jubilee and Trinity 


Here is a short video which I filmed and narrated over of Nicholas painting Jubilee and Trinity. I hope you can play it successfully. I will have more photos of the painting to follow soon!

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Jubilee and Trinity – in progress


Here are a few stages so far of the painting that Nicholas has been working on recently. The portrait is a 16 x 12 oil on Italian linen canvas of two beautiful horses called Jubilee and Trinity. The portrait is for a birthday surprise in February for a client here in the U.K.  I will have some more photos and…

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Sunday Squirrels! 


We are in the studio all day today, Sunday, working on our portraits. I thought I would post this fabulous photo I have just taken out of the studio window of a squirrel sunning himself. Although we have blue sky’s here it is very cold so I think he’s trying to warm himself up in the sunshine. We hope that…

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Siyouni – the Aga Khans Stallion


I have been commissioned on three separate occasions in recent months by Lady Bamford. The latest commission was a drawing of a stallion called Siyouni which you can see below. Lady Bamford commissioned the drawing for the Aga Khan as a birthday surprise on the 13th of December. For those who aren’t familiar with the Aga Khan or his racehorses…

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Mr Bones…..


Having gone through my collection of client photos on my desktop ready to add to the blog and website, I couldn’t remember if I had blogged Mr Bones and his owner Walker. So here he is! The oil painting of his much loved and very much missed dog called Mr Bones was a surprise for Walker. He received the portrait…

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Stanley & Jarvis…in Situ!


Another wonderful photo from one of my clients, this time the drawing of Stanley and Jarvis completed last year. It was a 24 x 18 inches pencil drawing and my framer Amanda framed it in our Sandringham Silver frame. A firm favourite, the frame is fabulous and reflects the differe tones and shades in the room.  It works perfectly in…

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Banjo Framed! A Must See! 


These photos have been sent by my client Rob of a portrait I created last year of his fabulous collie called Banjo. The portrait was commissioned as a surprise for his wife and was sent from us here in the U.K. all the way to Australia. Rob framed the drawing himself using reclaimed fence posts from his farm – isn’t…

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