Final Scan of Sophie and Jack

Here are the final stages and final scan of Sophie and Jack’s portrait. It is an oil on linen canvas 16 x 12 and Nick has put the final touches to it today :)  The painting depicts our clients dogs in their local landscape which shows a very natural colour pallet and an overall warm feel with the rich Ochre colour of the grass behind. We hope our clients will be thrilled!

I have now completed Bea’s portrait and a final scan will follow!






Happy Clients – Catherine, Nina and Smasher

We received two wonderful photos just before christmas from Catherine Nash of her framed pencil portrait of cats Nina and Smasher. Catherine received the portrait in 2014 as a surprise gift from her uncle, Fred Nash.

Catherine has very kindly posed with Nina and Smasher along with the portrait and sent photos for our website. We can’t thank Catherine enough for taking the time to do this for us and allowing us to use them online. They will be going on our website this week! :D

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of our readers..albeit a little delayed. Even though we haven’t posted here since christmas, we have been working back in the studio from Monday 29th getting ready for 2015. The yearly accounts are done and ready to take to the accountant and I have been working on a graphic design project for a local client for a few days which is now pretty much complete apart from a few odds and ends.

As some of our clients may have read, my pc gave up a week before Christmas. I think it was the hard drive, but it was around 6 years old so it could have been a number of things. For months and months I have had to wait over 10 minutes for everything to turn on in the morning and start working, google wouldn’t come up unless you went off to make a cup of tea!

My aim has been for a long time that when my pc went to pc heaven I would opt for a Mac as we use iPads and iPhones so it seemed like the obvious progression. I opted for the 27inch iMac and what a belter of a machine! Its been a long time since I researched computers, we use to be quite up on the gen of what speed they go and their technology but a lot has changed in the last 6 or 7 years. My new iMac has a solid state 1tb drive so no whiring parts, the screen is amazing, plus it is absolutely silent, which compared to my old pc is heavenly! It also goes at the speed of light and even with our snail paced internet, pages seem to load really fast. I am so pleased!

It did mean quite a learning curve with regards to how it worked, however playing with it over the christmas period I have now got the hang of it. I have also upgraded my Photoshop and Dreamweaver, the software I use to make our websites and create all of our client mockups and graphic design work. My old versions are pc and not mac compatible so I am now renting the latest versions from Adobe which is very exciting.  I will always have the latest version which will be great as my versions were about 5 years old. Still learning where everything is on them – 2015 is becoming a year for learning I think!

Nicholas has taken a few days over christmas to do some maintenance jobs on the cottage. We have a long list of small jobs do here and are doing some inside jobs when the weather is rainy and looking forward to spring so we can get outside and do some of the jobs in the garden that need doing too.

Nicholas is now back to work and has been painting the portrait of Sophie and Jack over the last couple of days and ill have another tomorrow.

So heres to a happy and healthy 2015 for all of us, I hope that where ever you are, you all had a wonderful festive season and our next blog post will follow soon!


Next stage of Sophie and Jack

Here is the next stage of the portrait of Sophie and Jack. Nick has blocked in the undertones of their coats along with the lighter tones and basis to their eyes and they are coming along really well.

This will be the last stage of the painting until we go back to work just after Christmas. We have a busy couple of days ahead cramming lots in before the christmas break seeing family and friends. Lily is off for a grooming appointment on Wednesday and we have friends coming for the day here so it will be very quiet without her as she is away for 5 hours or so. We are hoping then to have Christmas Eve off here relaxing!

Happily the new iMac arrived yesterday so I have had nose to screen over the weekend setting it up. I have pretty much got everything working as it should, all of my files are transferred over and software installed. Its now a case of learning where everything is as its just slightly different to a PC. Im completely sold on Apple and now wouldn’t go back, even only after two days.

Nick has managed to salvage bits from my old pc and has upgraded his with the good bits so at least nothing has been left to waste. Plus he has my lovely Dell 27inch monitor so he has two now connected to his computer, one for painting from and one for surfing. Its quite space age in his part of the studio!

We took a lovely photo of Lily today and I will post it here very soon, she is a little tousled as her fur is long but she looks happy amongst the tinsel. So a post will follow very soon.




Sophie and Jack

Here are the very first stages of Sophie and Jack, a 16 x 12 oil on Italian Linen canvas. Nick has drawn both Sophie and Jack out and laid down the base tones. He has started adding in the lovely tones and colours behind of the field and the whole portrait has a lovely feel to it already, I think overall this one is going to be beautifully peaceful!

I will have more stages tomorrow.




Siamese cats Pencil Portrait Tai & Chin Final Scan and Photos

Here is the final scan along with some photos I took of Tai and Chi’s artwork before packing and sending a few days ago. The portrait is for a UK client, however it has been commissioned as a Christmas gift for the daughter who is in University in Berkeley. The portrait is of two beautiful and elegant Siamese cats at 14 x 10 size and I hope the recipient is thrilled!

We have had quite a couple of days here as yesterday my PC decided not to turn on, we think there is a a hard drive issue. I have managed to amazingly get back to the desktop after lots of researching and testing and have backed up all of our artwork – Phew!

I am back on the PC today managing to turn it on, hopefully doing my last stint of administration for the business before Christmas. Its great that we will be having a few days break as it will mean we can research and purchase a new system, and i am going over to Apple. We already have iPads and iPhones so it seems to make a lot of sense to be streamlined. So although things here have been a little fraught with regards to technical side, its very exiting to think in the coming week i could be set up with an iMac.

Nick has now started Sophie and Jack and I will have the first stages posted here later today.



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