Here are the photos of Merchant of Dubai framed. The portrait is just exquisite here in the studio. Today it has been pouring with rain and really windy outside, I expect you can just about see the grey colour through the studio window from the first photo below. It has been quite difficult to take photos of the portrait. I have so many lights on in the studio, I have probably knocked our village out today! With the three flat panel ceiling lights, the corner lamp, the photography lights and of course Nick with his super duper lamp above his easel, it should really have been light enough to take photos! Nothing can ever beat a beautiful sunny day for photography but hopefully they show the painting well enough so clients can see how lovely it looks. I have added the framed photos to our framing gallery already and Merchant of Dubai will be packed up and sent as soon as Nick has cut the hardboard ready for me to pack it in the next few days.
Our broadband is still not up and running. The hub is emitting an ominous red glow, so I will be calling BT again tomorrow if it hasn’t been switched on. I’m still connecting to the internet all the way from our little cottage up the garden so thank goodness for some kind of connectivity!
I will be posting a final scan of the 4 gorgeous rabbits tomorrow and then back at my easel for my next drawing so another post to follow tomorrow!
Here is the final scan, some close up photos and the stages of the commission Merchant of Dubai. The portrait is absolutely stunning and we whisked it off to Jane’s this morning to be framed. As soon as we collect later in the week I will take further photos and video. I have been working on the website in the last few days and Merchant of Dubai’s painting is online already on our websites and I will be updating the page with framing later in the week.
Nick is currently at his easel drawing out Julie and the two dogs, so i will have the first stages by mid week and I am nearly finished with the four rabbits, scan coming later this week also. Its very busy here as you can see!
More BT news, it turned out the BT engineer didn’t leave here till gone 9pm on Friday! Hopefully our dedicated broadband line will be up and working by end of play today and the new telephone number seems to be working ok as I have been ordering supplies and talking to clients on it already today. So once everything is up and running properly, I will be announcing the new contact number here very soon. This means clients will have the option to call either our mobile or our landline
We have just collected Tequilla’s portrait from Jane the framer and it looks absolutely stunning! It is extremely impressive here in the studio and the Traditional Flat frame goes beautifully with the colours within the painting. The plaque is particularly fabulous, have a look at the second photograph below.Overall this is going to look utterly amazing in the cleints home and I am certain will be quite a talking point for family and friends who visit.
My first job tomorrow (Monday) is to pack Tequlla and get it ready for sending out. Packing the paintings usually take me around about an hour to pack, but i think due to the size, its going to be slightly longer. Plenty of bubble wrap will be used definitely!
Here is the final scan of Amosite. The portrait was completed in September for a birthday surprise in October, and so we were unable to add it to our website or blog it until now. The portrait has been presented to the recipient and it was a wonderful birthday surprise, the recipient was delighted!
The oil painting is 20 x 16 and was painted in oils on linen canvas by Nick. I have collated below the final scan, the framed images and the stages of the painting are below that. I have also added the portrait on our horse portraits website and on Facebook. I have a video to post also, I took it just before I packed the portrait up, I haven’t watched it back yet so I am hoping that it is good enough to post too
We have had quite an exciting day here in the studio as our new telephone line and broadband is being put in today. Its actually very windy outside, although very warm but BT this afternoon have been up ladders and on a cherry picker in the lane by the telephone pole. Would you believe its nearly 7pm, pitch black and they are still working at it – what a long job at this time of year! They will soon be putting the final bits and bobs in the studio, that will be their last job of the day and im sure they will be glad to get home. I have been in the studio from around 7 this morning, kind of on call if they need anything while Nick is finishing his painting and so instead of drawing I have been working on our websites as its easier to dip in and out of. Although it has been a long day I have got an awful lot done!
Nick has completed the painting of Merchant of Dubai, I will have all the stages and final scan on here tomorrow and it will hopefully be whisked off to Jane the framer next week. Also we are picking up Tequilla tomorrow so photos to follow of that too! Busy, Busy!
Here is the final scan of Tequilla (Donny) which Nick has just completed. Its ready to take to Jane to be framed and the engraved plaque has arrived this morning so its good timing! As soon as its been okayed by our client I will be whisking it down to Jane’s.
The tail end of the storm hit here yesterday and it was extremely windy. We were slightly worried about the trees around our studio but everything is still standing and we were both able to spend the entire day down here which was great. It was lovely and cosy in the studio considering how cold and windy it was outside. I have a feeling we are in for quite a hard winter so im glad we are prepared!
Another blog post to follow with the first stages of Nicks next painting, Merchant of Dubai.
Here are the next stages of Tequilla. Nick has been working hard for most of the day as you can see from the stages below, and I say most of the day as we had a bit of an incident at the cottage. One of our radiators in the hallway has been very slowly dripping for a few months. A casual ‘oh Nick you should tighten that nut while I get lunch’…caused quite a lot more panic than it should have. Nick nudged the pipe that connects to the radiator and water sprayed everywhere…all over the walls and floor….and Nick! Minutes later, hall full of towels and Nick stemming the flow, I quickly called our lovely friends from down the road who are a general building and D.I.Y team, who were here within minutes to fix it for us. I have to say my hall floor is now very clean!
Here is the portrait of Curly framed. We collected Curly from Jane the framer yesterday and I took a number of photos for the website today. The portrait has been framed using the curved gold line moulding with a narrow inner linen slip. It looks fantastic!
I do love this frame, its one of my personal favourites as the wood is so sleek and smooth, the curve of the wood is beautiful too. I think it works really well with Curly and I’m just about to pack it up ready to go to the US to be home with the family.
Its been quite a comical and eventful day here in the studio, will tell all in another blog…back soon!
Here are the first four stages of the 26 x 28 oil on Italian Linen canvas of Tequilla (Donny) currently on Nicks easel. The painting is coming along really well and I will have more stages to follow tomorrow.
We have our new hub working now both at the cottage and in the studio so we have given our neighbours back after a huge thank you to her for allowing us to use it all day yesterday and part of today. All we need to do now is wait to hear from BT, hopefully tomorrow, with the date of our new line and broadband install to the new studio. Once installed I will be emailing all of our clients with an additional telephone number that we can be contacted on and I will of course add it to our studio news here and on the website too.
Today I have been updating a few things on the website and blog. Nick has received a number of commissions through in the last week, a returning client which was lovely and a gift voucher from a few years ago, so I’m now booking clients into our March / April schedule for oil paintings. Nick does get booked up really fast at this time of year so if you are thinking about ordering a portrait, email us as soon as you can to save your space in our client list as we work on a first come first served basis.
Finally I have been rearranging our home page a little and you can now catch the start of our blog posts near the bottom of the page. Titles and the first part of the description will show and update automatically. Click on the titles and it will take you directly to – here! I am aware that clients need to find out whats happening in the studio at all times, particularly if something happens similar to this week when we haven’t had any broadband and often our blog posts are missed by our clients. So hopefully this will give our clients and visitors another opportunity to find out whats happening. We always love to hear feedback, let us know what you think about our home page and the way its set out. Ideas and feedback always welcome!
My client has just posted a photo on Facebook of the pencil portrait I did of Forrest, Jenson and Liffey a few weeks ago and its now framed. I have screen captured the page so that you can see along with the lovely comments. It looks fantastic framed and I’m so pleased with the outcome
What a time of it! We have had 5 days without broadband since the storm hit. Unfortunately having booked the BT engineer who was supposed to fix both ours and our neighbours this morning, the BT engineer said we weren’t on his job list and couldn’t do anything for us – we then found out we were booked for NEXT Monday!
This is becoming a recurring theme as this is the second time this has happened to us and its just fluke that our neighbour is lucky with the BT engineers and gets fixed days before we do! This was devastating news as we have a lot of client emails to do, mockups etc and helpless to do anything.
Our neighbour got a nice new shiny hub and is up and running……so we promptly borrowed her hub to get us online to try to catch up a little. We have a lovely neighbour!
So the engineer is still booked for Monday, but we have BT sending us a new hub in the mail on Wednesday so we can give our neighbour back hers. We then ordered a new hub ourselves as a backup in case the lightening takes us out again.
The biggest business decision of the day is that we have ordered a new telephone line to our garden studio and we decided to go for a business line so that if anything like this happens in the future we get a priority call out within 24 hours. So we will have a dedicated landline for the business as well as the mobile for customers to call!
I think all in all when things like this happen, we do try to make it a positive for our business and hopefully it makes our business stronger
We have had thunder storms for a full day and night and unfortunately it has taken out our broadband. I am writing this from Jane the framers house who’s Internet is still working! We hope that we will be back online very soon. If anyone needs to get in contact please telephone 07855582109 and we will be delighted to hear from you.
Nick is working on Tequilla and and as soon as I am back online I will post the stages!
Here is beautiful Curly, all scanned and ready to be taken to Jane to be framed. She is going to frame Curly in the narrow inner linen slip with the Curved Gold Line frame, which was actually my favourite choice for Curly and coincidentally it was our clients choice also! As soon as I have Curly back which i think will be next Monday / Tuesday time, I will take photos for the blog for everyone to see
Nick is now starting Tequilla (Donny)’s portrait and I will have photos here very soon.
Nick has been working really hard in the studio over the weekend and here are the next stages to Curly. It wont be long and I will have a final scan! I have already prepared the next canvases and ordered frames from Jane so its all go here!
Here are the first stages of Curly’s portrait! Curly is the most gorgeous dog and this portrait is being painted by Nick in oils on Linen canvas size 16 x 16.
Curly was a poodle mix, who sadly passed away at the amazing age of 24. Her family were completely devastated and I can fully appreciate how important this painting will be to Curly’s family.
Our client, Tracy, has always taken photos of Curly every year for Halloween and to celebrate her 22nd birthday last year, Tracy photographed her in various costumes and put together a 2013 calendar for family and friends. Tracy emailed us several favorite photos of her from that calendar and we chose our favoruite from the selection for the painting.
Nick is painting Curly as I type so there will be more stages to follow. When completed Curly will be framed by Jane the framer, we just have to decide upon which frame will suit Curly best.
I just wanted to make a very quick post to let our clients and prospective clients know about our new videos page.
Earlier this year we chatted with one of our clients who said the outcome of their painting was stunning, far superior to the final photos we had taken and posted online and the painting was even better than they had expected. We were thrilled to hear this although this wasn’t a new revelation, many of our clients have said this over the years, but this time it got us thinking about what else we could offer our clients so that they could really see the product before sending it to them.
I have been toying with the idea of taking videos of Nick’s paintings for a number of years but just haven’t had enough time to do anything about it. So the chat with our client and making time to do this, I actually put it into practice. Hopefully this way, with enabling our clients to see their painting in video format, gives them a better idea of what it was like. Hopefully this goes one closer on allowing everyone to really see the portraits in all their glory. We hope you enjoy viewing them!
As soon as the leaves start falling and the BBq items start to disappear from shops, surreptitiously being replaced by chocolates and mince pies, whether we like it or not, we know its time to start to think about Christmas presents!
Between now and Christmas we receive a lot of enquiries from clients asking if we can complete oil paintings for Christmas presents. In general we usually work to around about a 5 to 8 month waiting list and so invariably Nick is fully booked for oil portraits by this time of year (October).
Not all is lost however Many clients opt for our gift voucher packs, some clients ordering right up to the last minute for our email versions to be delivered direct to the recipient on Christmas day. We have always met our gift voucher demands even last thing on Christmas Eve….but it is always good to be organised and order your vouchers early!
One client and her family have done just that and you can see the voucher goodies ready to be packed up to sent to the client below. I’m sure they will be hidden away in a bottom draw ready for the big reveal on Christmas day.
So if you have someone in mind and you would like to give them a portrait, pop over to our Gift Voucher Page and order from there. You can either send them a voucher for the value of the complete portrait or a voucher for part of the portrait so they can add to it themselves and choose what they would like when ordering.
If you are able to arrange the photos you would like to use for the portrait with us before hand, the mockup can be included in the voucher pack and you will automatically be added into our client list to save your space. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to email at any time.
Here are the photos of CC Top framed before I packed it ready to send to Norway. The frame is the Traditional Flat with a narrow wheat inner linen slip. It should very nearly be in Norway by now, hopefully in time for the big reveal on the recipients birthday.
I will also be adding CC Top into Nicks gallery today along with two other paintings of his. I have been updating our website on and off over the last week with pencil portraits, frames and happy clients that have been waiting on my pc. My desktop was becoming a little cluttered with photos and folders ready to add, so I felt it was time to do something about it, so website updates it has been! I have completely overhauled our happy client gallery as the page was getting really long, so its now divided into sections. Pop on over and have a look Happy Client Gallery >>
Nick is currently painting the portrait of Curly and I will be posting stages soon. He has also completed the surprise portrait of ‘A’ – I cant add the name of the horse as its a complete surprise. It is the most fantastic painting and I will be posting it as soon as its been presented to the recipient in a couple of weeks. I will be taking it to Jane the framers next week and will do a little video as per usual.