Photos of Lucky Framed 


Here are some photos of Lucky’s panting framed in the Langham Gold frame. I am due to do some updates on the website over the coming weeks and will be adding this frame to our framing gallery. It looks so beautiful here in the studio and works really well with our oil pantings as it has a deep rebate, the…

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Video of Lucky’s painting Framed 


Here is a video of Lucky’s portrait all framed and ready to send to our client. I will have a blog post next with photos of the painting. The framed is our new Langham Gold frame which was made by our fantastic and very talented framer Amanda. It will definitely be a popular frame with our future clients I’m sure.…

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Video of Lucky’s Painting 


Here is a short video clip of the commissioned painting of Lucky by Nicholas Beall. It is a 12 x 12 inches oil painting on Italian Linen canvas. I will post photos and another video when its framed, it has the most beautiful frame…stay tuned!  

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Lucky oil painting complete


Here is the final scan of the oil painting of Lucky. It is a 12 x 12 inches painting by Nicholas Beall. I have already taken some film of it so I will post that next. If our readers would like me to chat about anything particular in our videos about the paintings we create do let us know.  The…

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My new apprentice!


I’m often up and down from my swivel chair during the day. At every opportunity Lily our Tibetan Terrier jumps on it to make it hers! I am considering training her up as my apprentice…! Just to add…she does have many other places in the studio of her own to sleep already!  As you can see my drawing of Padstow…

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Tree surgeons were here…


We have had tree surgeons in to fell a large ash tree which is right next to our studio. It has been worrying us for a few years as if something happened to it one winter, it might cause damage to the studio. So it came down yesterday by two very professional tree surgeons. We also had them take down…

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Chickens outside the studio..


A sunny day here and we are letting the chickens out into the woodland garden now the flowers and plants are dormant for the winter. They have a big run, however they love coming out and enjoy a few biscuits in front of the studio. Lily loves to watch them from the studio too. She is very good with them,…

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Video of 3 Dogs in pencil


Here is a video clip of my latest pencil drawing of the three dogs Dexter, Tui and Purdy. The portrait is 24 x 18 in size and as you can see from the video my pencil is shown for scale. More photos and video of the portrait framed on its way! 

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Signing of Lucky Video


Here is a short video clip of Nicholas signing the oil pet portrait of Lucky along with a close up view of the portrait. I will have a finished scan to show here very soon. We hope you enjoy the video! 

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The 3 dog portrait….


Here is the final scan of the pencil portrait of Dexter, Tui and Purdey. It is a 24 x 18 drawing on Italian Fabriano paper. I will have a video clip to follow so you can see it in more detail. The portrait is going to be framed in our Aged Spoon frame and it’s going to look amazing! Stay…

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Studio and website news!


It’s amazing when, all of a sudden, you find new ways of using technology. It never ceases to amaze me how things develop so fast and also how important it is to keep up with technology. So much has happenened in our little world in the last few days. It has opened us up to new ways of blogging and…

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Lily our Tibetan Terrier


One of our lovely clients, Marcella, asked about our dog Lily so I thought I’d add a couple of photos on our blog for Marcella to see, along with our readers to view. Lily is with us 24 / 7 and we take her everywhere we go. She is a very lucky dog!  She loves being down in the studio…

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Video of Mikes drawing


Here is a short video of the portrait of Mike, with my pencils to show scale, I have narrate the video too. It was a 16 x 12 drawing on Italian Fabriano watercolour paper, drawn by me – Melanie! I hope you like it.

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Final scan of Mike


Here is the final scan of my latest pencil drawing. It is of a very special dog called Mike. The portrait will be heading off to Australia this coming week and I have a video clip of the artwork which I will post next. The drawing is a 16 x 12 pencil on Italian Fabriano paper and my client wanted…

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Another video of Lucky


Here is another video of Lucky’s portrait in progress. Nicholas is gradually adding lots of detail into the portrait using a fine paintbrush and in the video you can see how carefully he is adding the fine layers of fur and whiskers. We hope you enjoy watching, check back for more stages soon! 

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Quick video of Lucky….


Here is a short video of the painting Nicholas is currently working on. It’s a 12 x 12 oil on linen canvas for a returning customer. It’s coming along beautifully and I should have a few photos to blog soon too. We hope you like it!

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Cat Portraits Framed

Cat Portrait Max Framed!


Here are the photos of the portrait of Max framed. Its a beautiful frame, its called Spoon Aged and it works so well with my pencil drawings. We have had a bit of an extra wait with this moulding as my framers are really busy – which is wonderful! We love to hear about business succeeding! We just need to be…

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Final scan of 7 Dogs


Here is the finished scan of the 7 dog portrait! Its all packed up and waiting for FedEx to collect and it will be winging its way over to the USA later today. The portrait is really stunning here in the studio and Nicholas has done a marvellous job on it. Scans never really do our artwork justice however hopefully everyone reading…

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Derwent Pencils

Derwent Pencils Have Arrived!


My Derwent pencils have arrived! I have been in touch with Derwent over the last few weeks as myself, a couple of London Art College tutors and 5 students have had the opportunity of testing and reviewing their new range of graphite pencils. Some of my readers will be aware that I work for the London Art College as well as drawing.…

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Final scan of Betty


Here is Betty! This is the second commission on behalf of Lady Bamford for her staff. The portrait below is for Emma as a gift for her birthday. It is a 9 x 9 pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano paper. Betty is the most gorgeous dog and I really enjoyed drawing her. The portrait should be arriving at their office today, so fingers crossed…

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Zeke


Here is the final scan of Zeke. The portrait is an 8″ x 7″ drawing on Italian Fabriano Artistico paper and its heading off to Florida later this week. It would have been Zeke’s 14th birthday on December 8th so my portrait will be arriving just in time for the family to have it framed and displayed for his birthday. Hurricane Matthew,…

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Early Morning Start…..


Early morning start here at our studio – Red Kite Studios. Particularly early this morning as we have been following the nights events of the US election. Its always cosy down in our studio in early mornings and late evenings. The heating is on constantly at 21 degrees, the lights are twinkling and its just a fabulous place to be creative!…

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Next stages of the 7 dog painting


Here are the next stages of the painting of the 7 dogs Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob. Nicholas is still painting away, its coming along well. All of the undertones are in now and its all about the detail on the dogs themselves and the grass around their feet. The colouring of the painting isn’t quite the same…

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More stages of the 7 dog portrait….


Here are the next stages of the 7 dog portrait which is coming along really well. The dogs in order are Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob. Nicholas has been painting for a number of weeks and will be completed next week. he is a little further ahead, I have more photos in the camera so I will load them onto…

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Banjo Final Scan and Photos


Here is the finished scan of the gorgeous collie called Banjo – I hope that you all like it! The drawing is a 12 x 10 pencil and its going to be heading off this week to Australia for a special gift. I would of course like to take it in person….! I have taken some photos of the drawing with…

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Windlesham Warm White New Frame


We have some very good friends who’s daughter will be 18 soon and I have drawn her an autumnal leaf study for her birthday. Having chatted with my framer Amanda on the kind of look I wanted for the frame, she came up with the most beautiful moulding for the project. It is called Windlesham Warm White and its simply stunning. Its such a…

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Stages and final scan of Junior


Today I’m catching up on the blog! There have been lots of portraits completed over the last few weeks and so today I felt the need to catch up. I wanted to let everyone know what amazing artwork has been flying off of our easels and heading out to clients. This portrait of Junior was painted a number of weeks ago and…

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Double Dog Pencil Pet Portraits

Double Dog Pencil Pet Portraits and News!


This week has been very busy in the studio. However it has been very quiet blog wise, as we have been without any internet! We have very slow speeds living rurally, sub 2mbps. Many homes around us are on superfast, however we are one of the minority who don’t and wont be for a number of years. We still have to wait…

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7 Dog Portrait continued….


Everything is much more grounded now on the 7 dog portrait, Nicholas has been adding in the curb they are sitting on. The next stage will be coming soon! The dogs in order are Thurston, Molly, Zoe, Radar, Isabelle, Dixie and Bob. I have also completed my pencil portrait of Stanley and Jarvis, a scan will follow!

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