Oil Paintings Framed – Chico and Amber

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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 was tricky to photograph as you can imagine. It only just fitted on the plan chest! We love both paintings and can’t wait to see when when they are hanging in situ in their new home.

As you can imagine it took quite a while to pack the portraits. We used plywood for the large portrait to make sure it as sturdy enough for its journey along with plenty of foam wrap.

I have taken video of each portrait along with one video of them both together so I will try to get those ready of the blog and website soon. Nicholas is now in the process of painting a portrait of a gorgeous Dachshund called Lily and I will post the stages soon too.

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Pet Portraits Oil Paintings Framed

Tibetan Terrier – Our Lily!

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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 has now passed her ‘starter’ in obedience!

We have been going to obedience classes since last Autumn. We quickly moved from the beginners to advanced class and in March we started to work towards our starter obedience test. Lily and I go to have a bit of fun and it gives her some socialisation. It took Lily a number of months to gain her confidence as the classes are outside in a field with around 10 other dogs.  We are really pleased with how she is getting on as she is much more relaxed there now. We were so thrilled to get our rosette and it will sit with her puppy rosette. We are now working towards our ‘Novice’…wish us luck!!

Tibetan Terrier Lily

Montage Oil Painting – Ambers final scan

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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 imagine, scanning each section of the painting really carefully. Easy to put together as now computer software is far improved from what it use to be and saves me hours of work.

Then next thing to do is frame it and take photos and video of both this painting and the portrait of Chico. They will be framed using the Chelsea City frame and we think they are going to look beautiful.

I have a number of blog posts to follow as usual…busy busy!

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Pencil Pet Portraits Testimonials

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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 have lots of website updates to do in the next few weeks and Hollie needs to be in my gallery in the next round of updates. My folder of portraits on my iMac waiting to go online is getting larger each week. I must spend some evenings in front of my computer uploading them.

I have added a lovely email below which Caroline has sent along with the photo of Hollie. I’m really looking forward to receiving their next photo too!

Hi Melanie! My mum picked Hollie up today from the framing shop! She’s so happy, thank you so much. I’ll get a picture of us standing next to her when I’m next round and I’ll send it to you. 😀 Caroline X

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Horse Oil Painting – Happy Clients!

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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 now sadly departed, framer Jane.

You can see the painting in full on our horse portraits website and read one of the lovely testimonials from Nicki below. We are always so grateful for our clients in taking time in their busy day to photograph our paintings when they are hanging in situ. It really does help bring our website to life.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
We hope all is well and that you are both being kept very busy.  We have attached a few photos of Whisky’s portrait in situ.  We are still very happy with the portrait.  Until Alice has a home of her own, it remains here, in her bedroom.  Whisky is still thriving – aged 20 now. Kind regards
Nicki and Alice

Horse Oil Painting


Cat Portraits Video – Tyson

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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 one for adding an engraved plaque on too if clients wish.

It’s taken me a while to get the video online as I have had a few problems with Final Cut Pro. I’m not sure what it was, however a lovely chap from Apple helped me out on the telephone and everything seems to be working again. Phew! So happily here is the video of Tyson.

My videos are still being filmed with my iPhone 5. I am trying to find the right camera and looking around for not only a good deal but all the gubbins that goes with it, like lenses and microphone. One day I will make up my mind about which is best for me. Until then here is the video, with a little wobble and muffle!

I have been doing a few updates to our websites and a bit of admin today too. It’s absolutely pouring with rain outside, but it’s snug and warm here in the studio, so a good day to be working. I have added Tyson’s video to our cat portraits website on the index page, so hopefully our visitors and prospective clients will be able to view it with ease. I have also started a video page on our cat site to collate the videos together as I have another video to show in the coming weeks. It is a cat montage pencil portrait, however I can’t show it yet as it has been drawn as a surprise gift. Watch this space!

I have a few more posts to follow with photos that our clients have taken of their portraits, so stay tuned!

Cat Pet Portraits Framed

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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 works so well with the drawing of Tyson, it has to be one of my favourite frames to date! I have taken some video and will endeavour to upload it on our slow internet connection today and post it here as soon as I can.

I have a number of updates to complete on our website with new portraits and frames. I am hoping to get these completed in the next few weeks. I will then add Tyson’s frame online too and post here when its all done.

Nicholas is painting the portrait of Amber as I type. I hope to take more photos and post here soon too as he has come quite a long way since the previous days post.

I hope you all like the photos and another post will be along soon!

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