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We have just got back from a few days break in Cornwall to visit family and came home Saturday evening. Sunday was spent in the garden doing 101 jobs! Mowed the lawn, had a bonfire, did plenty of washing and most importantly stacked the wood for the winter! I have included a few photos for our clients and readers to see, the first is Nick and Lily in the garden, the second is the woodshed stacked – we only just managed to get them all in! I have also added a few photos from holiday, one of Lily in Nicks mums garden getting comfy on the garden furnitaure and one of Murphy looking very hopeful in that if he posed well for the photo he may well just get a treat! Finally a lovely one of a small and beautiful fishing village called Port Isaac on Conrwalls North coast. Just exquisite.

We are now back to work and I have lots and lots of blog posts to catch up on, so stay tuned!! 🙂

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Next stages of Max and Maggie

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Here are the next stages of Maggie and Max. Nick is doing a wonderful job and I just love the windows behind, the light pouring through them is magical. Nick is currently adding more details on Maggie and Max’s faces and Ill have another stage very soon. I have been working on Gianni’s portrait today and its coming along beautifully too!

Our next blog post possibly won’t be tomorrow as we have a power cut here for most of the day while BT cut some trees down in our neighbouring fields around us so we won’t be able to work and we are preparing for a busy day with lots of workmen around! We will be back soon!




Final Scan of Ruby

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Here is Ruby! I have completed this portrait for the charity I support, we have friends who rescue dogs in Greece, called  ‘Halkida Greek Animal Welfare’. We donated a portrait for their competition at the start of this year and Wendy Nutland won. So this is Ruby all completed and she will be on her way to Jane’s to be framed very soon.

We have had family staying over the weekend, along with my little Niece and Nephew which has been really lovely. They were kept quite entertained with the two dogs and our chickens, the latter of which were a huge novelty for them. Im not sure how many eggs they thought the chickens were going to lay per day, but pretty much every hour they went out from morning to evening to check and were to pleased when they came back with eggs – even more pleased when they had the eggs for breakfast 🙂

So back to peace and quiet here and back to work for us today. Im starting Ginani’s portrait and Nick is still working on Maggy and Max which i hope to have the next stage of very soon.


First Stages of Maggie and Max

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Here are the first stages of Maggie and Max. The painting has wonderful light flowing through the window, across the top of the sofa onto the dogs, its going to be stunning. The painting has been commissioned to be given as a gift and we hope to have it framed and sent to the US ready to be wrapped in time for the big day. More stages to follow early next week.




Final scan Georgie

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Here is the final scan of Georgie! The painting is beautiful, wonderful textures in the background and the overall colour scheme goes beautifully. I am hopefully taking the portrait to Jane early next week and as soon as its back here I will take photos to post here on the blog. The painting is a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas. Nick has started Maggy and Max and so I will add the first stages of their painting next!


More stages of Georgie

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Here are the next stages of Georgie, its looking fabulous. Nick is putting the finishing touches to the painting today. Its a busy day here in the studio and a rainy one unfortunately. We have a client coming from England to collect the portrait of Moo so I hope to have photos to post tomorrow. We are also off to a friends gallery opening too so its all go here. I have very nearly finished Rubys portrait, I will probably have a final scan by the weekend. As always stay tuned!



Niko….named after Nicholas!

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Nicholas painted a portrait of a beautiful English Bull Dog called Remi in 2014 and you can see the portrait here –  Remington. Remi sadly passed away far too soon in his life. Pattie, his owner was lucky enough to breed with Remi’s sister Ruby who had the most adorable puppies. They named one Baxter which they have kept for showing and another of the pups was named after Nicholas! What an honour!

Nicholas was sold to another family and we have been receiving regular updates of how the pups are getting on and Nicholas the puppy is now fully grow and his nickname is Niko. Pattie sent the most wonderful photo last week of Niko snoozing in his comfy bed and we thought we would add it to our blog for our readers to see. Im sure it will make you smile as much as it has made us smile. Our clients and family live in Hawaii so we are unable to meet them in person…although maybe one day!! 🙂


Happy Clients!

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I have just received a wonderful email and photo from Steve Reader who recently commission a portrait of Shep. Steve and his family have just had Sheps portrait framed and we love it! The shape is a perfect match with the composition of the piece. I would officially like to thank Steve for taking it and allowing me to use it on my website. I have added it to my happy clients page already! 🙂

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Please see below Shep fully mounted and framed. We are chuffed to bits with the final portrait.



Moo’s Final scan

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Here is the final scan of Moo! Tracey contacted me to commission a pencil pet portrait of her gorgeous Cocker Spaniel ‘Moo’. She requested the portrait to be from two photos, the main pose from one photo and different ears from a second photo as in the first Moo had been in the water and they were wet. You can see my amalgamation photo in the small box below.  I have also added a photo of the portrait with my pencils to help give the portrait scale. You might also notice that in the photograph of the portrait below, Moo is wearing her collar. Tracey asked if i could remove it and so you can see in the scan cleverly it has now been erased 🙂 The portrait has just arrived back here in the studios all framed so I will take photos of it and post them here next!

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Puff’s Painting – Framed!

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Puff’s painting is now back from Jane the framers and it looks fabulous! The subtle bronze frame works really well with Puff’s beautiful fur and it seems to sparkle in the light and draws the viewers eye to Puff’s eyes. Its quite magical. I will be packing the portrait up and sending it on it’s way to our clients in the USA first thing tomorrow.

We have had quite a difficult weekend as Nicholas’s dad was whisked into hospital with a heart attack on Friday. With a multitude of tests and a tricky procedure he is now able to coming home for strict rest today. While Nick travelled 6hr journey to be with him, the dogs and I have been home looking after the fort! Nick came home yesterday, much to Lily and Murphy’s delight who seemed to know and were waiting at the window on him for most of the day. Nick is back working on Georgie’s painting today and so I will have more stages of her very soon. I actually have lots of things to blog this week, I really must catch up!





Georgie’s First Stages

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Here are the first stages of Georgie’s portrait and it’s coming along beautifully. The background is so soft and the colours Nick has used are subtly diffused, bringing all focus on Georgie. Even though it’s at the blocking in stage, you can really see how it’s going to develop. It’s in a little drying phase at the moment and Nick has started on Maggie and Maz’s portrait so i’ll have those stages next. Oh and my portrait of Moo, too, as I know I have been promising to post it for so long 🙂



Ted and Janice

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Here are some wonderful photos of Ted and Janice collecting Ballycastle King, plus two prints from our studio. Ted and Janice got a little lost arriving to our studio so we have added a map on our contact page so everyone can find us 🙂 Both Ted and Janice were thrilled with the portrait and prints and we all went out for a meal to celebrate. It has been around 6 years since we did the last paintings for them so it was lovely to catch up and we had a fabulous evening. I have added the photos onto our testimonials page, you can see them all here – Happy Clients >>


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Website Updates!

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Its been a number of months since we had our last website update when we moved the behind the scenes code from the old way of doing things to a new responsive design. It was a lot of work and a huge change and I concentrated on getting things right in the code, more than elevating the design. We needed to meet the April deadline when google were looking at sites to make sure they were mobile and tablet friendly, which e did!

Since doing the update however I have been tweaking things here and there, and the last three weeks I put a big effort into getting it completed. The basic structure and design is pretty much the same, all of the elements are still in place, however things have been upgraded to give a cleaner effect, hopefully allowing the viewer to flow around with ease.

One of the exciting new areas is our fluid pricing table which I am hoping is easy for clients to view and read on all devices. We also have a new top header images  on different pages through the site, a new footer which is much tidier with lovely colours throughout.

The first of a couple of new features is a new interactive map on our contacts page. We had a client visit the studio lat week (photos in my next post) and unfortunately, even though they had been to us a couple of times before, they got lost. Thankfully they got here in the end, however our client said that it would be great to see a detailed map on our website. I always like to keep clients happy so we now have a shiny new map. You can either zoom out to see the shape of the uk and the red pin will show you where we are – or you can zoom right in and stand in front of our little cottage!

The second of our new features and thats our interactive portfolio. The feedback we have received so far is superb and so i am hoping to make a few more as the weeks go by dedicated to other artwork. I will of course reveal them on here when completed. My first one is dedicated to Nicholas’s artwork, its at the bottom of our home page and ill embed it below for you to view.

We would love to hear your feedback on our website, we are always happy to hear ideas from our clients on how we can improve it – so let us know what you think!!!

Final scan of Puff

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Here is the final scan of Puff! its a 16 x 16 oil on Italian Linen canvas and Puff’s fur looks so soft in the painting here in the studio, just superb!  Im taking the painting to Jane this morning and its going to be framed in the subtle bronze moulding. As soon as Its ready and I collected it, I will take more photos and show them here. Lots more posts and studio news to follow!


Next stages of Puff

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Here are the next stages of Puff’s portrait. What a beautifully fluffy cat! It really feels as though you can touch the fluffy fur on the canvas while the portrait is here on Nicholas’ easel. The painting is very nearly complete and I should have a final scan very soon…along with a final scan of moo….and our updated website news too! Stay Tuned!!



First stages of Puff

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Here are the very first stages of Puff! The portrait is a 16 x 16 oil painting on Linen canvas and it is for clients based in the USA. The painting is quite a bit more ahead than I have posted below and its looking amazing on Nicholas’ easel, so i will be posting more stages very soon. I have lots of photos still on the camera yet to be put over to the iMac.

Its been very busy here in the studio, I have now finished Moo’s portrait and we have had clients visit top collect paintings plus lots more so stay tuned and posts will follow! 🙂



Secret Portrait Scanned

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Nicholas has completed the large 36 x 26 painting of the two labs and here is a section. It is now with Jane our framer who is framing the painting with the Gold Dots moulding. As soon as Its back Ill take some photos and video. Ill post a corner of the painting to show the frame and the video will be posted along with a final scan in the coming weeks, hopefully when the painting has been given to the recipient 🙂 We hope you like it…even though its only s snippet!


Duffy – Home & framed!

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The portrait Nicholas recently painted of Duffy has now arrived safely to our clients. It’s framed and is now hanging in situ in our clients home. Beth very kindly took some photos of the painting and we can’t thank Beth enough for doing that for us! We absolutely love the frame, a beautiful chunky dark wood, with detailing around both inner and outer edges. The natural colour works extremely well with the painting and I will be adding it to our testimonials page very soon!
We love our picture of Duffy… It looks so much like him, I cried when I put it up. Duffy is now right back in the middle of our house, so you can see him every time we pass through to our family room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room. It is the perfect place as this is where Duffy always stayed when taking down time… Allowing him to keep an eye on all of us as we went on our way.
Thank you!!!

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