People Pet Portraits!


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…

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Dog Pet Portraits


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…

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Dog Portraits – Happy Clients


Paula commissioned me to draw her beautiful dog called Teasel at the start of this year. You can see Teasel’s portrait and read more about the drawing and the commission on my dog portraits gallery  – Teasels Portrait >>  Paula emailed me an absolutely fabulous photo of her with Teasels drawing now the portrait has been framed by her local framer. I…

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Cat Pencil Portraits – Happy Clients


You may remember Tyson, one of my recent cat pencil portraits, which I posted about a month ago. It was a pencil drawing at 12 x 10 size framed using our Windsor Wash frame. Kim, the owner of Tyson’s portrait, rang me all the way from the USA to thank me for the portrait which arrived safely after its journey from the UK. I love…

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Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage. This portrait was commissioned by Vivian in Hong Kong who arranged this portrait as a birthday gift for her friend. The portrait was a complete surprise last month and so I wasn’t able to post it on my blog until now. I think this has to be one of my favourite pet portraits…

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Cat Portraits Happy Clients


Happy clients Julie and Howard commissioned me to draw their cats Pixie and Boots a few months ago. They have very kindly sent a photo of their portrait in Situ. They had their local framer frame the portrait in a walnut frame, leaving plenty of space around the drawing for it to breathe. Julie sent me a lovely email along with the photo.…

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Dachshund Pencil Portraits – Lily


Its funny how things go with the animals we paint and draw. This year we had two ‘Gypsy’s’ in a row – a horse and a dog. Now we have two Lily’s in a row, a painting and a drawing!  This is Lily the Dachshund and I drew her a few months ago as a surprise birthday present. Sue rang me from London…

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Dachshund Oil Painting – Final Scan of Lily


Its been quite a few days since our last blog post showing the dachshund oil painting in progress, as usual its been busy, busy, busy in the studio. Nicholas has completed the portrait of the sleeping Dachshund puppy called Lilly and I have added a finished scan below. The painting is 26″ x 14″ and it is a traditional oil on linen…

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Dachshund Portrait – Next stages of Lilly


Here are the next two stages of Lilly’s Dachshund Portrait. The camera seems to be whiting the painting out slightly. The background is much richer in tone here in the studio. Its a warm ochre colour which works really well with Lilly’s coat colouring. Hopefully the finished scan will show the colours better which I will post here next week. Its pouring…

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Dachshund Pet Portraits


Here are the early stages of Lilly, Dachshund Pet Portraits. This is Nicholas’ latest painting on his easel. Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous! Lilly was fast asleep when our client Nicola took the photo and it has made for a beautiful painting and a great memory of when Lilly was a puppy. We are hoping to meet Lilly very soon as we…

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Chico and Amber Video


Here is the video of Chico and Amber, which is slightly longer than usual as I am chatting about both paintings. I have taken video of each painting separately too and I will add those to the horse and dog website soon along with this one for our main website. I also have a few updates planned with a new page for…

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Oil Paintings Framed – Chico and Amber


Here are some photos of Nicholas’ latest oil paintings framed and ready to send to our clients in Belguim. The first portrait is of Chico and he was a 14″x 14″ portrait in oils on Italian Linen canvas. The second set of photos are of Amber, a 16″ x 51″ oil painting. Both portraits were framed using our ever popular Chelsea City frame. The large painting of Amber…

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Tibetan Terrier – Our Lily!


As some of our regular clients and visitors will know we have a gorgeous and very lovable Tibetan Terrier called Lily. She is three years old this month and as any dog owner will know, time just flies from puppyhood to adult. She passed her puppy training two and a half years ago and as you can see from the photo, Lily…

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Montage Oil Painting – Ambers final scan


Here is the final scan of Amber’s montage oil painting. It has come out beautifully, we are really pleased with it. It looks wonderful here in the studio, full of movement and splashes. The painting is 16″ x 51″ oil on Italian Linen Canvas traditionally hand painted by Nicholas. It took us a good while to scan on our A4 scanner as you can…

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Pencil Pet Portraits Testimonials


My client Caroline has very kindly taken a photo of their portrait of Hollie now its all framed, for my website and blog. The frame they chose is fabulous and I am really loving the inner black line on the mount which finishes the portrait off beautifully. The photo below has already been added to my pencil pet portraits testimonials page. I…

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Horse Oil Painting – Happy Clients!


We have received a fantastic photo from one of our clients of their horse oil painting displayed on the wall. The oil painting which Nicholas painted was of a stunning horse called Whisky. It was commissioned by Nicki and Neil as a gift for their daughter. The portrait was a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas which was framed by our wonderful, but…

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Cat Portraits Video – Tyson


Here at last is the cat portraits video of Tyson all framed. The portrait was a 12 x 10 inch pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano Hot Pressed paper using Derwent graphite pencils. I am so pleased with the frame, it’s called Windsor Wash and it sports a double mount in Hayseed and Pale Grey. This frame is actually a really good…

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Pet Portrait Oil Paintings – Amber in progress


A quick post this evening as its been all go here in the studio today. Here is the next stage of Ambers oil portrait. Its coming along really well and a final scan will be posted soon. I will also be posting tyson video here too tomorrow!

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Cat Pet Portraits Framed


Here is Tyson my latest cat pet portraits framed ! Isn’t it wonderful!  I worked closely with my framer Amanda, to create a combination of mount / matt and frame that suited the portrait. We also worked with my clients requests too at every stage. The frame is called Windsor Wash and the mount / matt colours are Hayseed and Pale Grey. It…

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Pet Portraits Contact in Pencil and oil!


As you can see from the photos below this is me! We are now using one of these photos as our pet portraits contact photo on our contact page. I am the voice behind our pet portraits partnership. If you are new to our website and blog, my name is Melanie and I am married to Nicholas Beall.  We are…

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Pet Portraits in Oil – Amber in Progress


Here are more stages of the latest pet portraits in oil that Nicholas has been working on. It is looking absolutely amazing here in the studio and has been much admired by clients visiting. Nicholas is getting closer to the finished stages now. He is a little further ahead than these photos below, so I will post more soon. Its absolutely…

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Oil Painting – More stages of Amber


I took a few more photos of Amber’s oil painting early in the studio before Nicholas starting painting today which you can see below. The oil portrait is coming along beautifully and it is actually a few stages further forward than as you see it is below. I hope to post some more photos of the oil painting tomorrow. It has…

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Pet Portraits Oil Painting – More Stages of Amber


Here are a few more photos of Ambers pet portraits oil painting. This is Nicholas’ most recent pet portraits in oil which is currently on his easel. If you have been following our ‘ On The Easel’ blog this week you will have been seeing lots of stages of the oil painting so far. I have been up in the studio…

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Oil Pet Portrait – Next stages of Amber


Here are the next stages of Amber’s oil pet portrait. Just to catch our readers up on Nicholas’ latest oil painting, it is a 51″ x 16″ oil on Italian Linen Canvas. The oil pet portrait is being painted for a returning client who also commissioned the horse oil painting of Chico. You might need to scroll down a little,…

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Oil Painting – First Stages of Amber


Here at last are the first stages of Amber! This is a beautiful Oil Painting that Nicholas started last week and I have lots of lovely stages to post here for our readers to view. The painting is a 51″ x 16″ and it shows Amber, a gorgeous Golden Retriever in three poses. The central study is a beautiful photos…

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Cat Pet Portraits – Tyson


Here is the final scan of my latest cat pet portraits, along with some photos of Tyson. He has been drawn for Kim, my client in the USA. The portrait is a 12 x 10 pencil drawing on Italian Fabriano paper and I have been working on his portrait for around a week in total. The portrait will hopefully be framed by…

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Cat Pet Portraits – Pixie and Boots


Here is the final scan of Pixie and Boots! The drawing is a 16 x 12 pencil portrait on Italian Paper using Derwent pencils. I have really enjoyed drawing them both and the clients are thrilled. I will be packing the drawing and sending it off tomorrow. I am so pleased also to have two other cat portraits in my…

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Cat Pet Portraits


Here is the next stage of my double cat portrait, I will have a final scan to follow. The portrait is of Pixie and Boots and it is a 16 x 12 pencil portrait. Its been quite an exciting weekend here, we have been working in the studio in the mornings, and have been doing work in the garden each…

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Olly, Alex, Molly and Oscar


Here at last are the final photos of Oliver, Alex, Molly and Oscar! The portrait came out just beautifully and we love the swept frame, it works so well. The painting is now with the family and we are thrilled they love the outcome. I have added the new photos to our framing gallery, which actually has had a bit of…

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Oliver and Family Video


Here is the latest video of the oil painting framed of Oliver, Alex, Molly and Oscar. The painting was very well received by our clients and we are thrilled with the frame, it looks gorgeous! Have a look at the video. I am hoping this will be the last video taken with my iPhone and small microphone, we are now…

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