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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Pet Portraits Contact in Pencil and oil!

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As you can see from the photos below this is me! We are now using one of these photos as our pet portraits contact photo on our contact page. I am the voice behind our pet portraits partnership. If you are new to our website and blog, my name is Melanie and I am married to Nicholas Beall.  We are professional pet portrait artists. I draw all of the portraits in graphite pencil and Nicholas paints all of the portraits in oils.

When clients call or email the studio, I am the one to answer emails and telephone calls. I am constantly in dialogue with our clients through the commission process. I am the organiser of the partnership! Im pretty good at organising and do like to take charge. When you are running a business things have to be done for deadlines. We have never missed a deadline, so things have to be organised to achieve this.

We used to have a photo of us on our contact page, however it was removed a few years ago. I was learning how to change our websites from the old style tables to writing it in CSS code so I made the layout extremely simplified. The basic layout of the sites are still there today being a single column, however I’m learning how to manipulate the code a little more now. This means I can gradually reintroduce some of the elements we used to have that were lost.

With this in mind, Nicholas took a few snaps of me while on the phone in front of my computer at the weekend. They were perfect for all of our pet portraits websites. So the main photo below left is now on all of our contact pages and you can see one of them here – Pet Portraits Contact. I think its very important for the client calling to know to whom they are speaking.

I have a few more photos I want to add around my pencil portrait website over the coming days. My pencil site is sorely lacking in photos of the artist – (me!) so stay tuned and I will blog them over the coming days with links to where you can find them.

Pet Portraits Contact.


Pet Portraits in Oil – Amber in Progress

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Here are more stages of the latest pet portraits in oil that Nicholas has been working on. It is looking absolutely amazing here in the studio and has been much admired by clients visiting. Nicholas is getting closer to the finished stages now. He is a little further ahead than these photos below, so I will post more soon.

Its absolutely pouring with rain here in Wales today. Not that we really need it! Everything in the garden is very green and growing profusely at the moment. Poor Lily has been looking longingly out the window hoping for a break in the rain so she can play in the garden. She has been on rabbit watch, as we have an abundance of rabbits beyond our fence in the field and she loves to watch them. We have also been seeing Mink and Polecats galore here! I am keeping my fingers crossed they don’t eye up my hens.

We have started working with the sleepers in the garden, however its tough work as they are very heavy. I think we will still be arranging them in three weeks time!

There has been a lot happening with regards to my pencil portraits and my website. I have lots of commissions on the go and lot son things to update on my site. Im so thrilled with the feedback I am receiving at the moment with regards to my drawings.  I have been working hard in the studio this past week on surprise pencil montage portrait which I’m really pleased with. I can’t quite show it here yet until it has been revealed to the recipient. Im thrilled with the outcome though and will post as soon as I can.

The cat pencil portrait of Tyson is now framed by our framer Amanda and looks amazing. We just love the frame and I will have photos and video to show here soon!

Pet Portraits in Oil

Pet Portraits in Oil

Pet Portraits in Oil

Oil Painting – More stages of Amber

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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 been admired by clients who visited the studio today with their three gorgeous Dachshunds. I could quite have dog napped them, they were beautiful. We took photos of them for a pencil portrait, Lily our dog, was quite fascinated by them.

More post to follow, including a lovely photo from a client of their framed pencil portrait.

Oil Painting - Amber

Oil Painting - Amber

Oil Painting - Amber

Pet Portraits Oil Painting – More Stages of Amber

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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 early this morning and took photos of the pet portraits oil painting on our Plan chest. This has enabled me to stand far enough to the side to take photos of the full painting.

The portrait is a 51″ x 16″ oil on Italian Linen  canvas. We have our canvases made bespoke here in the UK by professional Canvas makers. They are very high quality and they use a hardwood for the canvas frame (Tulipwood). Our clients can order any size they require so this is useful if they have a specific place in their home they wish to display the portrait. Also if they have particular photos they would like incorporated into a composition, similar to the painting below. The size and shape of the canvas can be made to work with the paintings design.

The painting of Amber still has a long way to go, lots more hours painting to be done yet. We have arranged framing however and it will be framed in our Chelsea City Gold frame. The frame is one of our favourites and it works so well with natural umbers. It should work well with the colour of Amber and also greens and blues. The frame has already been ordered and should be arriving in about a weeks time.

There should be more stages to follow, probably over the weekend. We are having some time out here on Saturday though with friends and their children which will be lovely. Im sure the kids will enjoy running around the garden with Lily our dog. The forecast is set to stay dry, so fingers crossed we can lunch in the garden!

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Oil Pet Portrait – Next stages of Amber

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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, but you should see the final scan of Chico here on our blog. You can also see all of the oil painting in stages too. I hope to add Chico to our website in my next round of updates.

The oil pet portrait of Amber is coming along really well. It’s been quite tricky photographing the entire portrait in one go. I hope to get some good photos when its in a bit of a drying stage on our plan chest. This should allow me to take some better photos for our readers to view as I can stand further back than when its on Nicholas’ easel. In the mean time, here are some closer in photos of Amber for you to see. She is coming along beautifully.

Its always busy here in the studio, there is never a dull moment. Either Nicholas and myself are at our easels painting and drawing, or the phone is going and I’m chatting to clients. Mockups are being created quite a bit this week and frames are being organised. Amanda our new framer is absolutely fantastic and we have some beautiful new frames coming along for clients. I am really excited about them and I have been helping in the design process between clients and Amanda so its been a really creative time. Its wonderful when you find the perfect person to collaborate with in your business. I feel another overhaul of our framing pages on our websites will be needed to display them all to show how beautiful they are.

Stay tuned as there will be more photos of Ambers Oil Pet Portrait to follow!

Oil Pet Portrait

Oil Pet Portrait

Oil Pet Portrait

Oil Pet Portrait

Oil Painting – First Stages of Amber

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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 of Amber when she was a puppy, and the left and right studies are of Amber jumping and splashing in the water. Nicholas has started to capture the movement stunningly and I can’t wait to show the next stages here as its looking amazing in the studio.

I have added some far out photos and some closer in shots too of the oil painting, as it shows Nicholas’s initial lines when drawing out amber on the canvas. He uses a fairly thin brush for this stage and a variety of colours from his pallet. Prior to this he painted the entire canvas a pale grey / green as his base.

As usual I’m a little behind on the blog, we had a friend staying over the weekend and on Monday too so we have had 4 days off this week. We did lots of touristy type things and ate a lot!! We were lucky with the weather as it has rained pretty solidly since our friend went home. The garden needs the rain though and the grass is starting to grow again, so much so, it now needs mowing!

An update on the garden birds. The wrens fledged which was lovely to see, there were 4 in total I have no clue where they are now, so we are hoping they all flew away and survived. There are so many baby birds in the garden at the moment cheeping and chirping away. They come to the bird feeder to feed and I watch from my window next to my easel. We see two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers regularly on the bird feeder and their babies are now joining them. We have a family of  Jay’s and the tiniest of baby Coal Tits. While I type there are adult Great Tits and Blue Tits feeding.

I will be posting more photos of the oil painting of Amber shortly so stay tuned!


Oil Painting

Oil Painting

Oil Painting

Oil Painting

Oil Painting

Oil Painting







Cat Pet Portraits – Tyson

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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 our lovely framer Amanda and as soon as its complete I will post photos here for our readers to view.

The photos of Tyson haven’t come out as well as the final scan, however hopefully it will give my readers a good idea as to what the drawing is like. I took some photos of the portrait with my pencils in their jugs, as well as on the portrait itself which you can see below. This often helps to give prospective clients an idea of the scale of the portrait. Its often very difficult to visualise how big a portrait is, not forgetting the finished article will be bigger due to the mount / matt and frame.

I will be adding Tyson to our cat pet portraits website soon, I have lots of portraits to add to our website, I’m behind as usual with my updating. I will also be adding the cat portrait of Pixie and Boots too. I packed and sent it to my clients yesterday, and it has just arrived safely this morning as they emailed to let me know. Great news!

My next blog post will have an abundance of photos of Nicholas’ current portrait on his easel that he has been working on for the last week. Its absolutely amazing and is a portrait of Golden Retriever Amber. There are three poses within the painting, two action and one puppy pose. Its looking stunning so far, so all will be revealed soon!




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