Mia and Harry Final scan

Here is the final scan of Mia and Harry!

Now we are in our new studio and work is going well I am aiming to be more organised with our social media! Hopefully there will be a photo of each of our work stations every day or so for clients to see some candid photos taken on the iPad of us working in the studio. I will be posting photos here on the blog taken with the studio camera of the artwork in more detail.

We mainly use facebook and each have our own dedicated page, although we do have google+ and Twitter which we use occasionally. If you were over on Nick’s Facebook page this morning you would have seen a photo of both of the Mia and Harry paintings together along with Jack’s canvas which is all prepared waiting for Nick to start today. As soon as I have the first stage I will post photos here in a few days time.

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I also posted a photo of Dizzy which is coming along well on my facebook page. Come on over and ‘Like’ our pages to keep up with our daily studio pics!

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Mia and Harry stages

Here are the stages to the portrait of Mia and Harry when they are a little older. I am hoping that they will be visiting us at the new studio very soon and I cant wait to meet them! Final scan soon.

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Tabatha’s Framed Print…

Here is the framed print of Tabatha. Our client who originally commissioned the painting of Tabatha last year, asked if we could create a stretched canvas, framed print for their friend in the USA. We were thrilled with the outcome, the quality of the print is absolutely superb and I have to say you would have a job to tell that it was not the original when viewing on the wall. Jane our framer, framed the print for us using the Oak Leaf frame along with the small inner linen slip. It will now be packed and sent to the USA this week!

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Murphys portrait framed

Here is the lovely portrait of Murphy framed! Our client opted for the traditional flat frame and we think it works really well with Murphy’s colouring. We spent a long time with Jane the framer making sure we chose the correct moulding as not all of the mouldings went with Murphy’s colouring and tones. This one works perfectly though and it is complimented beautifully with an engraved plaque in bronze. Murphy will be off to the USA in the next few days!

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Welcome to our NEW STUDIO…..!

We are now up and running in our new pet portraits art studio and today we can reveal photos of what it is like inside! It has been a long process to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for our working environment and it’s now all complete and a wonderful place to paint and draw!

For our clients that have been following our progress, we haven’t moved, we are still in our little cottage, we have converted what was our packing shed into a fully insulated, heated studio with double glazing and plenty of space to work.

I have added a few photos below and if you would like to see more photos and read all about it on our website visit our Pet Portraits Studio page >>

We are extremely excited about our new place to work,  I have been catching up on admin and website updates for a number of days, you can see lots of new photos across our website from the home page to the framing gallery. Nick has completed the puppy portrait of Harry and Mia and he is working away on the second painting of Harry and Mia when they are a few months older.

We understand that this project has put us a little behind schedule and we are now working hard to catch up and we will be in touch with a personal email to all of our clients within the next few days.

My next blog post will be following soon with two framed portraits, one oil painting and one print!

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Mia and Harry Final Scan

Here is Mia and Harry’s final scan, the portrait of them as the most gorgeous and cute puppies. Nick has already started the portrait of them a little older and I will have a next stage to it very soon.

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Non and Stanley pencil portrait

This is a pencil portrait that I completed a few weeks ago before we moved out of the old studio into the new one. Its only now that I have been able to blog it. Its of two lovely dogs called Non and Stanley and our clients were thrilled, plus the recipient had a wonderful surprise! They very kindly took a photo of the portrait framed which I have added below and I really love the light wood that they have chosen, it works perfectly with the drawing!

Nick has been working on Mia and Harry and I will post more stages next!

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The New Studio is DONE!

Some of our regular followers and clients will know that we have been a little quiet on our blog and social media in the last couple of weeks. We have been working extremely hard on renovating our new studio getting it ready to work in. It’s now finished, we are back to work on our first full day today and it looks AMAZING! We are still in our same little cottage, we haven’t moved, we have renovated our packing shed into a fully working, insulated, garden art studio to work in full time all year round. We are so warm and cosy down here, we have much more room to move and its so quiet being down our garden in the little woodland area. We have windows both front and back one side looks into the garden and one side into a few trees and a field, so we are hidden away, its absolute bliss!

In total I think it has taken 7 weeks from the first day the builders arrived on May 27th to this weekend 12th of July installing the phone line and final bits and pieces. It took around two weeks once the builders had nearly finished to get it decorated, painting the walls and varnishing the floor and whenever we have taken on projects like this, we always underestimate how long the decorating will take.

Not only have we decorated in the studio, but we have revamped what was our old studio into a beautiful bedroom and that’s another room done in our cottage renovations. We asked our lovely neighbour DIY team to remove some old plasterboard and replace it with tongue and groove to tidy it up a little, and upon pulling off the old plasterboard we found old rustic wood paneling, which was lime washed and wallpapered in disintegrating newspaper from 1877! We know the cottage is over 300 years old but this proves that the paneling is at least 140 years old. So we saved as much of the remnants of the newspaper as we could, cleaned the wood paneling with a brush and wire wool, oiled the wood and it now looks stunning, it’s such a feature!

We are always so excited to do these little building projects, not knowing what we are going to find, going back in history with the cottage. Having done a lot of renovating in the cottage over the last few years, each time we are in chaos and a mess I vow never to take on any more building projects! At the end though it is so worth while but it just zaps all of your time and energy so I am quite relieved to be back to work! We only have one more room to do in the cottage and it will be the most difficult, the front room with the large inglenook, but I think we will leave that for a couple of years….

I will be taking some promotional photos this week for the website but as a little teaser here is a photo of our new door sign (Red Kite Studios is our business name) and Nick painting inside!

More posts to follow!

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Mia and Harry

Here are the next stages of the Dachshunds! Its the big push now to get the new studio finished, we hope to be in by next weekend and its going to be a long week of finishing things off inside, decorating, staining the floor etc. I am nearly complete on the portrait of Non and Stanley and i hope to have a final scan in the next few days. I will then be on hand to help decorate the shed. Its all very exciting here at the moment, we have been taking lots of photos so will have the big reveal very soon!

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Dachshunds in progress…

Nick has been working on Mia and Harry’s oil painting and the first two stages are below. Our client is having two portraits painted of Mia and Harry, the first painting is of them as puppies, the second is when they are just under a year and the third and fourth will be commissioned as they grow. The portraits will be displayed together and so Nicholas has got them both on his easel at the same time to make sure there is a continuity between them for colour and tone.

I have been working on the pencil portrait of Non and Stanley and I’m about half way while the builders are working very hard on our new studio! They still have quite a bit more to do and once they have finished we will need to take a few days off form work to decorate and put all of our equipment and easels down there. I am hoping it will be up and running within the next couple of weeks. Its very exciting and its looking great so far. We have been taking photos so there will be the studio in progress photos coming soon!

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Murphy’s final scan

Here is Murphy! Nick has now completed this beautiful Chow, the painting is really stunning. the portrait is 20 x 16 in size in oils on Italian Linen canvas. The colours have come out a lot brighter now that I have put the image below, however it should give you an idea of hat the painting looks like in real life. Murphy will be framed in the coming weeks and i will have photos once he is completed.

The electrician and carpenter are here today working on the studio but then three days gap and they will be back on Monday. We hope that the rest of the windows and roof will be done next week, weather permitting.

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Murphy’s Final Stages

Here is the final stage of Murphy’s portrait, here you can see Nick is putting the finishing touches to the tags and generally adding the final details. I hope to have final scan to post here tomorrow.

The new studio is coming along well, the floor is done, the insulation is complete along with the vapor barrier and they are in the process of putting the tongue and grove onto the walls. The boss has started work on fitting the windows and having just taken them all a cuppa its exciting to see the first window go in. They are limited today with what they can do as its an awful day here weather wise, pouring hard with rain and it seems to be so for the next few days. Lets hope that our weather brightens up soon.

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Final Scan of Reilly

The portrait below is a 12 x 10 pencil portrait of Reilly. I have been working on him this week and now he is complete. He will be sent to clients in the UK ready for the bride to give to the groom on their wedding day – so romantic! The portrait will be then off home with the bride and groom to Norway. I will be adding Reilly to my website when I update in a few weeks time, although I have added him to our home page already as I thought it was about time for a change.

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Exciting news revealed…..

Some of our clients may know from our ‘About Us’ section on our website that we are currently working in a lovely studio in our cottage. We renovated the upstairs of our cottage a few years ago revealing the old stone wall and oak beams and wooden floor which turned into a wonderful place to work. During that time we purchased a large pavilion shed which we had put up in our little woodland area in the garden for packing the portraits and storing all of the packing materials that we find difficult to store in our cottage, among other things.

Everyone who visited has been wowed by the shed telling us that it would make a wonderful studio to work in full time. Yes it would – but only in the summer months! As you can see from the photos below it would be impractical for the winter being made from tongue in groove wood. It is really idyllic down there in the summer, especially in the dappled light of the trees, hearing the birds and watching the wildlife out of the windows…just beautiful.

We knew that there would be quite a bit of work involved in upgrading the shed and not something we could do over night, it would need a lot of planning! So last month we had a site meeting with our trusty builders who renovated our kitchen for us last year and discussed all of the ways we could tackle the job. We came up with a plan of action and the date was set. They started today!!

So the floor is coming up, its being insulated and wooden floorboards laid. The walls and ceiling are being insulated and tongue in groove added to both gable ends and ply around all the windows. The windows are being taken out and new double glazed ones installed with two extra at the back of the shed for the north light – very important for artists! Then we will have a double glazed door fully lockable at the front along with a small porch on the outside using the current doors, just so we can dry Lily and leave our wet coats in there as it does rain a lot here in Wales! We will also have a sink for Nick to wash his brushes and to make cups of tea. Finally we will be installing a heating system which will heat, dehumidify and air condition.

Of course the builders have only just started and it will take them a few weeks to do all of the work, weather permitting and then we will need to decorate – paint the walls, stain / varnish the floor,  put up lighting and take all of our equipment and easels down there. I am looking forward to decorating it, my favorite part being creative. I have been designing it in my head for the last few weeks, I know the exact colour scheme I would like along with the feel and have just purchased ‘the’ most beautiful piece of ‘artists furniture’ for it. I will reveal all when everything is completed! I will create a page on our website so you can see a few of the stages along with finished photos :) Exciting times!

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Next stages of Murphy

Here are the next stags of Murphy. Nick has started to add detail around the muzzle, eyes and cheek areas and the latest stage shows Nick with his fine brush painting the hairs under Murphy’s ears.

I have completed Reilly’s portrait and the client is thrilled so i will be posting that soon…PLUS its time to reveal our exciting news too!

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Cheerful Monk!

We have recently been contacted by a lovely lady in the US who found our website and has enjoyed viewing our work and reading our portraits in progress blog. She asked if she could write about us on her blog and this is the link. We are thrilled!

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Jeans blog is wonderful, I have been fascinated with the photos of the rebuild of their home. sadly the whole mountain was wiped by raging fire burning all the trees and everything in its path. They are making a spectacular job of building and are currently tackling the heating with solar panels. I have bookmarked Jeans blog and hope that you can too, to also follow their progress and Jeans fabulous posts.

Murphy – First stages

Here are the first stages of Nicks portrait of Murphy, a beautiful Chow, for a returning client. All i can say is – stunning! This one is going to be fabulous, the colours are beautiful, Nick has only just started adding the detail but its coming to life so much, Murphy seems to be really jumping out of Nicks easel. As soon as I have more stages I will post them here.

I have spent the last couple of days fathoming a new invoicing package which I hope is going to be a bit of a time saver as currently I am doing a lot of admin behind the scenes and it could be streamlined. I have sent my first invoice which has an integrated Paypal button within it (very clever!) so fingers crossed it will work for us. I have also updated our prices page with a new shopping cart just below the prices table so its easy for our clients to place a deposit. I have also set up a new cart on our gift voucher page too. My next task is the prints page :)

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Zulu Final Scan

Here is Zulu! He is now with his owners and will be presented this weekend at a birthday lunch, which I’m hoping goes superbly! We have had a slight delay on the exciting news, but it will definitely be announced next week! Nick has started Murphy and I will be posting stages tomorrow.

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Joeys Final Scan

Here is the final scan of the oil painting, it is a 12 x 10 on Italian linen canvas of the stunning boxer dog called Joey. He will be hopefully sent off to South Wales later on this week. Our big news may slightly be delayed a little, we are hopefully finding out more next week and then we will reveal all. There is lots happening here at the moment, lots of organizing and arranging…..intrigued? Stay tuned!!

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Joey Stages

I have been very silly this week as I deleted over 200 images from my camera because I was running out of space and I have inadvertently deleted the first stages of Joey’s portrait. Joey is being painted for a returning client and is a gorgeous but very much missed and loved boxer. Nick started Joey’s painting a number of weeks ago and so I hadn’t added them to my pc yet. So today I have been taking photos of Nick painting to add some to our blog :)

I will have a final scan soon…PLUS the exciting news I mentioned in my last blog post will be announced on Monday. We are very excited and looking forward to sharing it with our clients!

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