Here are the first stages of the 10 x 8 inches dog oil portrait of Mr Bones. This is a surprise oil painting which will hopefully be presented to the recipient on August the 15th. Mr Bones was a much loved family member who has sadly now passed away. Nicholas will bring him to life on canvas for the family to treasure.
The composition of this painting is lovely, particularly the inclusion of the beautiful blue and white rug. I think its always fabulous to include surroundings or personal items in the paintings. It really makes them all the more unique and personal to the recipient.
I have added four stages of the dog oil portrait of Mr Bones below starting at the earliest stage at the bottom of the page. Nicholas has been working on the painting for a while. I will have more stages soon as he is painting while I’m typing this blog post. We hope you all enjoy the process!
Here are the photos of Angel and Patch framed! We really love the way this one has come out. It is a very calm portrait, the way Angel is looking out at us from a sunny day makes us smile. The portrait is as 16 x 12 inch pencil portrait with the windsor wash frame and double mount of Pale Grey and Hayseed. It is all packed up and ready for the courier to collect today. We hope the recipient will be thrilled as it has been commissioned as a surprise.
I have lots of admin to catch up on this morning along with a number of client emails and mockups to do. I will then be continuing painting the outside of our cottage. The front is finished and the back has had one coat but I ran out of paint. Having restocked yesterday I am hoping to get the second coat on the back this afternoon. I will start the gable end as far as I can reach on my small ladder, but its very high, so I will leave the top part Nicholas when he’s brave enough to climb the long ladder! I will post photos when its finished as its looking lovely.
Here is my latest dog and cat pencil portrait to come off of my drawing board. Its of a cat called Patch and a dog called Angel. The portrait is a 16 x 12 inches drawing for a returning client and the portrait is going to be framed using the Windsor Wash frame. As soon as I have photos of the drawing framed I will post them on here for everyone to see.
The drawing of Tyson is also now framed and I have taken photos for the website and blog and I will post those too along with a little video I took. The portrait is being collected in the next few days and it will head off to my client in the US, hopefully it will be a wonderful surprise for the recipient.
Nicholas has already started his next oil portrait of ‘Mr Bones’ and its looking amazing here in the studio. I really love the way this one is coming along, I will add some photos here tomorrow.
Here is the final scan of the family pet portraits painting that Nicholas has been working on for the last couple of weeks. The painting is for a surprise wedding gift and it has been really great watching the painting come to life in the studio. i just love the way Nicholas has painted the portrait and I’m not sure if you can see in the scan below, but the spaniel pup has a sandy nose! Its just fabulous! The attention to detail is superb. We hope that our clients have a wonderful wedding day…and both dogs too!!
Things have been busy here in the studio and again I am just about to catch up on lots of blog posts from everything thats been happening here with pour portraits. So first up are the rest of the stages of the portrait for Patricia. I will follow with a final scan of the painting. Hopefully it will be heading off to Australia later this week.
Here is the first stage of the latest painting Nicholas is working on. It is being completed for a surprise wedding present for a family in Australia. Nicholas has laid down the initial stages in an umber and sienna line drawing and now he is working on the undertones of the painting. I took this photo before he had completed the undertones so that our readers can see the stages in progress. I will have another stage to follow tomorrow. I also took a photo of his pallet, these are the colours he is currently using!
James (USA) emailed me a few months ago enquiring about my dog pet portraits as their family had recently lost their beautiful dog called Kilo. James requested a 12 x 10 pencil portrait and you can see the finished scan below. As kilo was mainly a white dog, I felt the background needed some amount of shading and it has really helped to bring out the light tones in his coat. I have also blended the background into his back and sides, so Kilo doesn’t feel cut out within the scene.
James was thrilled and you can read one of his emails below.
Melanie, Looks outstanding to me! I showed this to my cousin and she started crying.
Kilo is now waiting to be framed and is going to have the Windsor Wash frame with a slightly different colour inner mount which will work with the shaded background. As soon as I have photos and video I will post them here next week. I hope you like Kilos portrait too!