Final scan of Clover

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Here is the final scan of Clover. Nicholas has been working away on Clover over the last few weeks and Im really loving the feel of this painting. The portrait is a 16 x 12 oil on Linen canvas and it is for a returning client. We hope that this will bring back wonderful memories of Clover for the whole family.


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Accounting Days

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One of the jobs that comes around very fast after Christmas each year is the accounts.¬†I have been working on them this week and they are now complete. It feels good to have them ready for the accountant, we will take them to him next week and collect last years accounts as i believe they are still with him ūüôā ¬†We have used the same accountant every year since 1997 and its fantastic to have a working relationship with the same company over the years.

I have lots of blog posts to add over the coming week and at the same time I will be updating  our websites with the new work that we created over the previous few months. Once thats complete I will be up to date with admin and I can start drawing again!


Georgie’s Interview!

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Jane Barrie, the owner of two portraits we created last year in both oils and pencil of the beautiful Labradoodle Georgie, has emailed us a scan of an interview for Somerset Life Magazine. We are absolutely thrilled to see our photo of Georgie with the portraits in print and we are looking forward to receiving our copy in the coming weeks. I have added the full article below and I have also added it to Georgie’s portrait page on our website which you can see here – Georgie the Labradoodle >>¬†

We hope you enjoy reading about Georgie and seeing her painting and drawings too ūüôā



In the Studio 2016…..

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A very happy, albeit a little belated, New Year to all of our readers. We hope that you had a lovely festive season and are now keeping well and happy in 2016.

It has been a few weeks since our last Christmas post, mainly due to the fact that I have taken a little time off at the start of January. Both Nicholas and myself worked extremely hard in the few months prior to and right up to Christmas, working full days and many evenings to meet our deadlines. I felt I needed a few weeks to recuperate, get a little refreshed, ready for my work in 2016.

I haven’t been sitting twiddling my thumbs though! I have spring cleaned our cottage, cleared out many things that we don’t need or use any longer, which our local charity shop were pleased with. I decorated our bathroom and kitchen and am in the process of revamping our spare bedroom ready for guests this year. Introducing some new textiles, blinds etc has refreshed our cottage and it feels lovely¬†to have an organised home. I have also started to paint our kitchen chairs. I have plans in the spring to sand the kitchen table top down to oil it and paint the legs to match, however we need to wait for some warmer dryer weather to sand the table¬†outside.

As you can also see we have also spring cleaned the studio and added some new furniture and the first photo below shows my new set up of storage units under my desk which houses my art materials, admin and packaging items. Nicholas has now got rid of his office chair which had to be 15 years old and replaced it with a bench with storage. he has invested in a vintage wooden boxes for his paints and has a new larger wooden trolley for his paints, along with a super new wooden pallet. He is now much more organised and has been back working on his paintings for the last week or so.

I¬†hope you like the photos, I have lots of posts to follow, with some lovely¬†photos from clients with their portrait which i will be adding both here and to our website very soon. Stay tuned! ūüôā


Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all of our clients¬†and readers of our blog! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients who have commissioned us this year. Without you, our dream job wouldn’t be possible and we have had the opportunity of creating some wonderful portraits this year in both oils and pencil and we hope that clients and family will enjoy our work for many years to come. Here’s to a fantastic year for everyone in 2016!


Ariel Framed

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Well…all we can say is – wow! We absolutely love the Gold Swept frame and we feel it works so well with Ariel’s portrait, we are thrilled. The painting is now on its way to our clients and I¬†took the opportunity of taking some photos before packing along with a video which I will post next too. We hope you all like the painting of Ariel¬†as much as we do and we are sure its will make the recipient smile on Christmas Day.

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Biscuit and Cookie Framed!

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Here are the photos of Biscuit and Cookie framed. It was a little dark for photography in the studio today, but I wanted to take a good number of photos to add to the blog to show our readers how beautiful the portrait looks of Biscuit and Cookie framed. The frame is a Chelsea City frame, one of our favourites. Its all packed up and ready to go to the post office first thing tomorrow! We hope you like it!

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Biscuit and Cookie Final Scan

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Here is the final scan of Biscuit and Cookie! It is a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas of two most adorable spaniels looking over a stable door in our clients home. I am taking the painting to Jane our framer tomorrow so it can be fitting in the Chelsea City frame which has already arrived and as soon as I have it back in the studio I will take photos and blog them here asap.

We are still waiting for the background to Ariel to dry so I should have photos of the painting framed after the weekend!


Daisy’s Pencil Portrait Framed and Displayed!

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We would like to officially thank our client Mary for taking these beautiful photos of my pencil portrait of Daisy now she is framed and standing on the display easel in their home. We are absolutely thrilled to receive them and they will be going on our website very, very soon! The frame that has been chosen is fabulous, it is off black with antique pewter highlights and the inner frame, which is my favourite part as it works really well with the drawing, is matching but in antique pewter. The framer has done a marvellous job!

We really love to receive photos like this from our clients as it allows us to see what our portraits look like in their forever home ūüôā Thank you Mary!



Biscuit and Cookie first stages!

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Here are the first stages of Biscuit and Cookie – aren’t they gorgeous! Im loving this portrait, its a 16 x 12 oil on canvas and Nicholas is slightly ahead of my photos so I will have more stages to show tomorrow. Its been a very busy day here in the studio, lots of portraits packed, scanned and¬†photographed but I’m back to my easel drawing the montage of Naughty tomorrow which will be lovely.

More coming soon!





Rufus and Floyd Final Scan

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Here is the final scan of two beautiful cats called Floyd and Rufus. They are drawn at 16 x 12 and will be sent to my client this week to give as a Christmas gift for his family. Sebastian and myself spent a lot of time working on the design for the portrait, many mockups went back and forth, working out which photos of the cats would work best together and the overall design of the portrait. I think we came up with a lovely composition Рand a very peaceful one too. I hope you like it!


Rose Framed!

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Here are the photos of Rose framed in the Decorative Pine frame with plaque. I am so pleased how this portrait has come out and I will be adding it to our website in the next round of updates in January. The colour of¬†the photos are very warm as I took the photos in the studio yesterday afternoon when it has got dark, so it was under all of our studio lighting,¬†however hopefully you will be able do see what its like. Im just off to pack this up now and then out to the framers again to pick up the pencil portrait of Dean. More photos to follow ūüôā

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Final Scan of Ariel

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Here is the final scan of Ariel. She is an oil on Italian linen Canvas at 16 x 13 size. She is currently drying here in the studio and then she will be framed in the gold swept frame. Its going to look wonderful! I will of course posts photos and hopefully a video when its all complete. Nick has been working on the double portrait of Biscuit and Cookie for the last few days and its coming along really well, so I will have photos soon.

Im on a day of admin here, blogging, scanning portraits, packing drawings, visiting Jane our¬†framer and emailing clients. Its all go! So there will be lots more blog posts to follow…stay tuned!


New drawing Desk and Lighting

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I am very excited as I have taken delivery of my new desk and drawing light recently and they are a dream to work with. I use to work on¬†an easel, particularly when I did oil¬†paintings, however now for the last number of years specialising in pencil drawings, I have become increasingly aware that my needs have changed. My old easel light wasn’t really a strong enough light so i had other lights in the room to compensate¬†and I often wanted the opportunity to work at more of an angle which my easel didn’t allow.

So I have invested in a new photography light, the same one as Nicholas uses, which is a dimable¬†led light with a diffuser and its perfect! I then ordered a drawing table which can either lay flat or at varying increments. It is primarily a draftsman’s table as it has the¬†pulley¬†system with ruler which I am finding very useful for keeping artwork in place, leaning on – or laying my pencils and putty eraser on ūüôā ¬†I am so thrilled with my new set up¬†and it is a pleasure to sit at my desk.

I hope you like the photos below, if you look closely in the first one you can see Lily, our Tibetan Terrier there too! Lily always sits on my chair when I get up, she sleeps in her crate by my feet, however she always has one eye open to make sure I’m not too far away. If I get up, the chair is a much better vantage point to see what I’m doing! We also recently put up some fairy lights around our beams and I hope to keep them there all year around. Its lovely to have them sparkling in the evening when its dark outside, we love our mood lighting while working as it makes the studio a cosy place to be ūüôā




Dean – Montage final scan

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Im a little behind on my blog postings this week, manly due to it being really busy here¬†in the studio. I have been working at my ‘desk’ (hint – blog post to follow!) getting my christmas commissions completed, so there is less time for admin. There is always lots¬†of admin to do but at this time of year it does slip a little, as most importantly we have to get all of our drawings and paintings done for deadline.

Dean, my latest pencil montage below is for a returning client. Its now complete and i have taken a photo with pencils for scale. I have delivered both Dean and Rose, my previous horse montage, to Jane the framer and we hope to collect them early next week. Rose will be having a plaque fitted and then they will be packed ready to send to the recipients, Rose for the uk and Dean to the US.

I have already started my next portrait which is of two lovely cats and then I have one more montage to complete before christmas. it is for a birthday just after christmas so it will heading off to Norway very soon. So i will be working right up to the last minute this year. Hopefully there will be some very happy recipients on and around christmas.

Nick is working on the portrait of Ariel and there will be lots of stages to follow, more blog posts later!

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