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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Horse Oil Painting – Chico’s Oil Painting


Here is the final scan of the horse portrait of Chico. The painting is a 14″ x 14″ oil on Italian Linen Canvas and it has been painted by Nicholas Beall. The portrait is in a series of two paintings for our clients, the next portrait will be of their dog Amber. I will hopefully have the first stage posted…

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Pet Portraits Garden…


Due to things being busy last week, going out and about for one thing and another, I’m just catching up in the studio and doing some admin today. I had two dental appointments last week which is a bit of a trek down to south wales each time, a hair dressers appointment at a new place and lily had her day at the groomers.…

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In progress – Pencil Drawing of Pixie & Boots


I have been working on the portrait of Pixie and Boots and this is the first progress photo. I have competed Pixie and am about to start the drawing of Boots which will be positioned to the right of Pixie. The drawing is 16 x 12, however I always cut the paper larger so my clients have plenty of choice when framing for…

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Oil Horse Portrait – Next stages of Chico


Here are the next stages of Chico, I have taken a close up photo while Nicholas was working and one whilst he was away from his easel so I could get a full shot of the portrait. It won’t be long and I will have a final scan. He only has the final details to add, so its all very exciting. I can’t wait to…

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Oil Horse Portraits – First stages of Chico


Here are the first stages of Chico’s oil horse portrait at 14 x 14 inches in size. The painting is for a returning client who will be having the next portrait in Nicholas’ client list too. It will be a portrait of their gorgeous dog Amber. The portrait is based on a photo taken of Chico in an autumnal woodland setting which is the perfect backdrop.…

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Sad News – Jane our Lovely Framer


One of the reasons both Nicholas and myself have been behind over the last month is because our most wonderful framer and friend Jane sadly passed away on Sunday. Jane was more than a framer to us, she was our friend. She lived in the next village and when she became poorly earlier this year we helped her as much as…

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Website Changes and Updates!


Many of our clients and regular visitors may have noticed there have been some subtle changes to our website over the last couple of weeks. We have created so many changes its difficult to list them all here, however one of the main changes you will have noticed, is that our Studio Diary (where you are reading this!) is now called ‘On…

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Horse Montage Pencil Portrait – Casanova


A number of weeks ago I completed horse montage a commission as a surprise 18th birthday gift at the start of April. My clients wanted to keep the commission a compete surprise from their daughter and called our studio to discuss the finer details of their requirements. They wanted to capture a number of aspects of Casanova and their daughter in the…

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Pet Portrait Testimonials


We received the most wonderful photo from one of our clients a few weeks ago. Gill commissioned Nichoals to paint their dog Sonny as a surprise for her husbands birthday. Gill sent us a lovely email along with the photo that we could use for our website. I have collected all of the main elements of the commission in the image below. The…

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Video of Hollie


Here is the little video I did of Hollie just before I packed her up and sent her to the client. The portrait was commissioned by Caroline and her family as a surprise for their mums 60th birthday. Unfortunately, Hollie past away last year at 15 and half years old and so the portrait will be a wonderful reminder of Hollie…

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Video of Teasel’s drawing


Following from my video of Gypsy in my last post, I am about the add a few more videos that I have filmed of our artwork over the last couple of weeks. I am still experimenting with the Final Cut Pro software, which I’m am really enjoying. Im still also researching better cameras and sound microphones. The video below is of…

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Gypsy’s Video and our new software


There has been a lot of happening in the studio over the last few weeks. I have been a bit behind with our blog for a number of reasons, a few of which I will explain in my blog posts to follow. The first thing to blog about however, is our new video editing software. We have been making videos since midway…

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Gypsy’s final scan


Here is the final scan and detail of Gypsy. The painting is a 16 x 12 oil painting by Nicholas Beall on Italian linen Canvas, which is stretched on Tulipwood, a hard wood. The painting looks absolutely amazing here in the studio and I have taken video of it this afternoon too. I am just uploading it to YouTube on…

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Stages of Gypsy – 16 x 12 oil on canvas


It has been a holiday weekend here in the UK, however Nicholas and I have been working away on lots of exciting projects here in the studio! I am now catching up on our blog posts and here are just a few of the stages of the oil painting of Gypsy. The portrait is a 16 x 12 oil on Linen canvas…

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Gypsy’s Video…


As promised here is the video of Gypsy filmed and edited by myself – Melanie painted by Nicholas Beall. The portrait of Gypsy is framed in the Chelsea Gold moulding which works so well with the background colours and over all feel of the painting. Its the perfect choice! The painting is an 18 x 14 oil on linen canvas and it will be sent…

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