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 client list, one of which is on my easel as we speak! So watch this space!!
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 afternoon. The delivery of sleepers arrived and we had to lift each one around the back into our garden. This wasn’t an easy job, the sleepers aren’t actually liftable, so we had to lift each end, one at a time, onto a block, then onto a garden flat trolly and then wheel each one around into the garden and lift them off. Incredible heavy. We have a number of little projects we are using them for, replacing the studio steps is one, so hopefully we will be able to get that done this week and ill take photos for the blog.
We have also been on Jenny Wren duty! We have a family of Jenny Wrens nesting in our woodshed. We have heard the little squeaks over the last couple of weeks and the parents are busy going in and out feeding them all day and don’t seem to mind us working in the garden at all. Yesterday however, one fell out of the nest into a trug below that we use for carrying wood! We heard cheeping and so ran to the rescue. I quickly scooped it up and popped it back in the nest. Phew! But before we knew it, another had fallen out! During the afternoon two came out together, so I popped them back in again. They are getting very big, they are nearly fully feathered but not quite ready to fledge yet. The nest is quite small and I think when they pop their heads out of the front to be fed they get a little carried away. So we are on monitoring duty until they fledge, the parents don’t seem to mind us putting them back, they are too busy collecting food for 4 hungry mouths!
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 an update with new gallery images on the main page. We are in the process of adding a new frame which currently has a holding page so far for one of my pencil portraits up and coming soon.
I have also added a few photos below of the back of the framed portrait below. We have recently seen some paintings framed by other framers and it really made us aware how great and amazing our framers actually are!! Our frames are truly high quality and professional and we can’t stress to our clients enough how important the framing of your painting is. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, please do get in touch for us to frame your portrait. We can guarantee that it will be professionally handled and you will end up with a frame that will last years upon years. Our framers use high quality woods, they are solid and well made and everything is put together as it should. We have taken the opportunity of showing how the painting is held into place, without impacting on the canvas.
I have also added a photo of when the painting was being packed as we use professional packaging to protect both the portrait and frame too – extremely important when the portrait is travelling a good distance around the world.
We hope you enjoy the photos and I will add a testimonial from Oliver regarding their portrait!
“Well we are jolly impressed, the painting is absolutely fabulous….we all really pleased with the painting, Molly and Oscar have given it an approving sniff and Alex and I really love it, so thank you very much. Please also pass on our thanks to the framers. We think the frame is great too. We will take you up on your offer of a cuppa next time we are in the area. Many thanks again, Olly, Alex, Molly and Oscar”.
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 looking into new equipment so watch this space!
I have added the video onto our website already and I have taken some lovely photos for our framing gallery which I will add here next.
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 on the blog next week. The canvas is all prepared and ready to be started!
Both paintings are going to be framed using our Chelsea Gold frame which I think will work really well and the frames have been ordered. The colours will go beautifully and bring out the lovely warm tones behind Chico.
We hope you like Chico’s painting and another blog post will follow soon!
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. We also attended Jane’s funeral last Friday, so we took the entire day out of the studio to pay our respects, say goodbye and take time to reflect.
It has been a bank holiday weekend in the UK. For our international readers, I believe it was a spring Bank holiday – celebrating the arrival of spring. The weather was lovely so we took the opportunity to work three days in the garden, sorting out our tool sheds, having a bit of a spring clean. We laid gravel on the base of the garden shed which has made it much easier to get things in and out. The garden is looking lovely and I have added some photos below. Look out for the photo of Lily’s nose as I took a macro shot of one of my alpine plants!
Next weekend we have an old friend visiting for a few days and he usually helps us with some kind of garden project. So this year we have ordered 15 railway sleepers to use around the garden, some for borders, some to add more steps going up to the studio and a few to add as steps in front of our tool and storage shed. We put the tool shed up two years ago and we use it to store general tools and all of our packaging materials for our portraits. However since its been installed, we have been clambering up into it as its on a slight incline and there is a tree stump in front of it. It will be a fabulous improvement when the steps are in and its complete. We have also ordered a new huge bag of cotswold stone for in front of the studio too. A slightly different colour this time, a much warmer colour, so I will take photos when its complete. Fingers crossed the weather holds, as it has been lovely here so far, defiantly bbq weather!
I hope you enjoy the photos and I will have another blog post coming up shortly.
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 space around the drawing. You can see in the photo the paper is quite a lot larger. I will have another photo very soon!
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 get this one scanned, it looks simply amazing.
I have been packing up portraits this weekend, the family painting of Olly and Alex with their dogs is finally framed and will be sent off today on a 24 hour delivery. The frame is beautiful, its the gold swept frame and I have taken photos and video. I will be processing it all this week and will post them on our blog soon.
I have also been titivating with our websites again this weekend in my spare time. You might need to refresh you browser to see the changes on our home pages. We have also been working hard in the garden and I have taken lots of lovely photos as everything is growing really well. We have had quite a bit of rain so the garden is looking fresh and green. We have planted up the hanging baskets so we are now eagerly waiting for them to start growing. Its warm and sheltered just outside the cottage so they should do well this year. I will try to get a blog post about our garden for our readers to see in the coming days.
Another blog post to follow of my easel and the ongoing portrait of Pixie and Boots!