Melanie’s Monthly News in September


Welcome to Melanie’s monthly news in September! Where has this month flow to?! I can’t believe it is October already. We are both pretty much fully booked for Christmas portraits, we haven’t even started to think about Christmas ourselves yet. We love it that people are organised though! Our cottage is very nearly back to normal. (renovation post if you…

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Spaniel Oil Portrait of Millie


Welcome to our latest Spaniel oil portrait of Millie. This portrait was completed in August however it wasn’t to be given to the recipient until September so we are just adding it to the blog now. Consequently, we are always careful not to ruin any surprises for our clients! It was commissioned by Peter as a birthday present for his…

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Cat Portraits in Oils


Welcome to our most recent cat portraits in oils of Roly. He is a very handsome cat, painted for returning clients in Scotland by Nicholas. Kirstie commissioned the portrait as a gift for her husband’s birthday. Gordon was over the moon with the portrait and you can see a really lovely happy photo of Gordon. Consequently we are absolutely thrilled…

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Melanie’s August News


Welcome to Melanie’s August News! We hope that you enjoyed our last months news all about our roof renovations. If you haven’t already taken a peak, you can do here – June & July News. We are thrilled to say our roof is all finished! The scaffolding is down, the garden has been tended and the cottage is painted! It’s…

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Ruffwear Logo Pet Portrait


Welcome to my most exciting project of the year, the Ruffwear logo pet portrait commission. Andrew Geere, the CEO of Ruffwear, called me to discuss commissioning a pencil drawing earlier this year in April. The focus of the portrait would be of Ursula who was the inspiration for the Ruffwear logo back in 1993. A close friend of Patrick Kruse,…

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Spaniel Pet Portraits


Welcome to our latest Spaniel Pet Portraits oil painting commission of a beautiful spaniel called ‘Kitty Little’ aka ‘Kitkat’! Our client Steve called our studio a few months ago to find out if Nicholas would be able to complete a portrait for an August birthday. We love it when clients think well ahead for their birthday presents! Steve took some beautiful…

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Golden Retriever Pet Portraits


Welcome to the latest Golden Retriever Pet Portraits commission of dogs Monty and Mungo. Nicholas was commissioned by clients in Guernsey to paint their two beautiful dogs, one of which Monty, had sadly passed away. The portrait would serve as a wonderful memory of when they were both best friends together. Dear Melanie and Nicholas,The painting has just arrived and…

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Melanie’s June & July News


Welcome to Melanie’s June & July News! It has been extremely busy here in the last couple of months, hence why we didn’t have a blog newsletter last month. As you can see from the photos below we have been busy with more renovations. This promises to be the last. We have completed all of the other planned works over…

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Oil Pet Portraits


Welcome to our latest bespoke oil pet portraits commission. This portrait was commissioned by Jamie and Lubka Hallam of their two gorgeous dogs Bilbo and Mr Kipling. Jamie and Lubka requested a large oil painting of them sitting in their beautiful garden in the South of England. Nicholas created the painting for them at 40 x 30 inches size. Lubka…

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Cat Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Portrait of two cats called Archie and Roly. This portrait is for returning clients Kirstie and Gordon (UK). They previously commissioned a portrait of their beautiful cat Dudly who is sadly no longer with us. You can see him on his dedicated page – oil portrait of Dudley. Kirstie was given the portrait as…

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Triple Dog Pencil Portrait


Katie Rampton (UK) commissioned a triple pencil drawing of their three dogs Winston, Alfie and Ziggy for her husbands birthday. She purchased a gift voucher so that Matthew could choose his own photos and design. Matthew was thrilled with his surprise birthday gift and consequently emailed me three of his favourite photos through to see if i could work with…

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English Bull Dog Portrait


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest English Bull Dog Portrait in oils on canvas. Mark (USA) contacted us earlier this year to see if Nicholas could create an oil painting of his English Bull Dog with a more natural setting behind. The photo of Rocco was taken in their lounge, however Nicholas very cleverly placed Rocco outside standing in grass. The painting…

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Double Horse Oil Painting


Greg Piske, USA, purchased one of our gift vouchers in December 2018 to give to his wife as a Christmas present. Jane was delighted and therefore sent us photos of their horses Finn and Mac for the oil painting. Nicholas was thrilled to receive the photos and as you can see below the painting turned out beautifully. Jane asked for…

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Labradoodle Pet Portrait


Welcome to our Labradoodle pet portrait in oils by Nicholas Beall. This commission was a lovely one for Nicholas to work on. He very much enjoys the larger in depth paintings with full backgrounds however, he also enjoys creating the smaller, single head studies of dogs like the portrait of Luna. He loves to centre all of the focus of…

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Melanie’s May News


Welcome to Melanie’s May News which, this month has all been about ponds, frogs, toads, water snails, newts, bees and flowers! Oh and a naughty cat! The photo below shows what the pond looks like as of today! Sitting pretty in the corner of the top cottage garden with its plants… Read on to find out more! So earlier this…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Boo


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest oil pet portrait of Boo! Boo’s portrait is a 12 x 10 inches oil painting. Commissioned by Sienna, a lovely client in the UK, who we thoroughly enjoyed working with! We worked with closely with Sienna to get the perfect photo of Boo for the perfect composition for this lovely painting. Sienna also requested a blue…

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Pencil Pet Portrait Of Chloe


Welcome to my latest pencil pet portrait of Chloe! Returning client Bob commissioned the pencil pet portrait of Chloe. We have also actually met Bob and Jennifer! They came over to the UK visiting family and took a trip around Wales and came to see us. It was wonderful! They previously commissioned the oil portrait of Lance which you can…

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Melanie’s April News


Welcome to Melanie’s April News. What a difference 20 days makes! As you can see from the photo below of our front garden, at the start of April we had an unexpected snow flurry. Woke up to a light covering of white everywhere. Now, here we are at the end of April, scroll down to look at the same patch…

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Rusty’s Pencil Portrait


Welcome to Rusty’s Pencil Drawing! The portrait was a 20 x 16 inches drawing commissioned by a client in the USA. My client Verity took a number of photos of Rusty out in her garden on a sunny day from a variety of angles. Consequently, this was really helpful and allowed me to really get a feel for Rusty and…

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Cottage Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest Cottage Oil Portrait with Stella. Our client Richard, had one particular favourite photo he wanted to use for the portrait. This was his dog Stella in their garden with their cottage in the background. Nicholas painted Stella’s portrait in oils on Italian linen canvas at 20 x 16 inches, in good time before the birthday surprise.…

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Pencil Drawing Of Ellie


Welcome to the Pencil drawing of Ellie commissioned by returning client Jo and her family. I have been working with Jo’s family for a number of years. You might have recently seen the Cuddly Toy of Piggy drawing she commissioned for her niece just before Christmas. Consequently Jo’s niece loved her portrait. I received a beautiful photo of her and…

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Melanie’s March News


Welcome to Melanie’s March News! We actually haven’t been anywhere of note this month. It’s all been about getting portraits completed for deadlines. However whilst we have been busy bees in our studio…the sun has shone outside in the garden and has started to make the everything flourish. This is my favourite time of year and very different weather to…

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Freddie's Dog Portrait

Freddie’s Dog Portrait


Welcome to Freddie’s Dog Portrait in Oils on canvas. Our clients, her win the UK, wanted to have an oil painting at 14 x 11 inches. Vanessa and her family emailed two photos for Nicholas to use, one for the pose and another for colouring. The photo of Freddie was an outdoor photo with a green background. Consequently, a muted…

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Alsatian Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Alsatian Pencil Drawing of Nash. The portrait was hand drawn by myself for clients in North Carolina, USA. Mike wanted to have a large sized portrait, which also worked well for his breed of dog. Mike emailed me his favourite photo of Nash and it was perfect to work from. In addition he sent others for…

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Oil Painting of Bob


Welcome to the Oil Painting of Bob. Isn’t he gorgeous! Nicholas traditionally hand painted Bob at 16 x 12 inches. The painting is an on Italian linen canvas. It was painted for a lovely client here in Wales called Sharon. Sadly Bob is no longer with us, so Sharon wanted to commemorate his life with an oil painting. We received…

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Melanie’s February News


Welcome to Melanie’s February News! This month has flown by again. I cant quite believe we are at the end of February already. We have had a busy month, we have been to a few places although mainly detours when on errands so no actual proper days out as such. Having said that we did have to go to Cornwall…

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Vizsla Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Vizsla pencil drawing of Kiwi. Catherine commissioned the portrait, who was a returning client. Very sadly Catherine’s good friend lost her young Vizsla, Kiwi, in a tragic car accident. Consequently the family were devastated. Catherine felt that it would be really lovely to have a drawing of Kiwi to give as a gift. Catherine opted to…

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Cat Pet Portraits In Oil


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest cat pet portraits in oil. Katie contacted us asking if we would be able to paint her cat Shelly in oils at 16 x 12 size. Katie has two photos of Shelly, one that wasn’t such good quality, however the second photo was perfect! It was a high resolution photo, clear and in focus, therefore it…

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Black Labrador Portrait


Welcome to my latest Black Labrador portrait of Merry. Nicholas Williams commissioned the pencil drawing of Merry as a gift for his wife’s birthday. Nicholas took a few photos of Merry while out on a walk. Consequently, he managed to capture Merry’s happy smile as you can see in the portrait below. The pencil drawing was completed at 18 x…

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Oil Portrait of Blu


Welcome to our latest oil portrait of Blu, a gorgeous little dog commissioned by Jayne and her family. In actual fact Jaynes family purchased one of our Gift A Portrait Vouchers for Jaynes birthday. Jayne and her family sadly lost Blu and they all missed his tremendously. They felt a portrait of him would keep his memory alive and be…

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Melanie’s January News


Welcome to Melanie’s January News! Its been a busy month with work, however we did manage to go to a few places this month. Starting with a favourite place of ours called Tenby. I have to say its best visited out of season. It is such a pretty little town, really quaint and full of history that it is inundated…

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Dog Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest dog oil portrait of Spyder. Nicholas traditionally hand painted Spyder for clients Karen and her family in Ohio, USA. Karen’s husband took some beautiful photos of their dog Spyder specifically for a portrait. Karen initially asked for an 18 x 14 size, however we felt that a bespoke size of 17 x 15 inches size would…

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Pencil Pet Portrait Montage


Welcome to my first drawing of the year, a pencil pet portrait montage of Mikey. A lovely client in the USA commissioned the portrait of Mikey. Sadly Mikey passed away last year and so he felt that this Pencil Pet Portrait Montage be a wonderful reminder of Mikey for all of his family. Russell emailed lots of lovely photos of…

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Black Labrador Oil Portrait


Welcome to our Black Labrador Oil Portrait which is the first oil painting of January! It was lovely to get back into the studio and start on the next batch of paintings and drawings. Drinda sadly lost Brhyer in 2018 and therefore the portrait will serve as a wonderful reminder of Brhyer for her family. Drinda is a returning customer…

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Oil Portrait Commission


Welcome to our latest oil portrait commission of Leya and Jack. Matilde contacted us in 2018 to see if we would be able to create an oil portrait for her mum for Christmas. Time was very short as we were very close to December, so we all agreed that although we couldn’t guarantee a Christmas delivery, Nicholas would have just…

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Bull Dog and Cow Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest two bull dog and cow pet portraits. They are two separate portraits for the same client which I completed in December of last year. I have alternated photos of each drawing below, so that you can see different angles as you scroll through the post! Ushi the bull dog was drawn first at 10 x 8…

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Weimaraner Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest Weimaraner oil portrait of Keo. Nicholas completed this oil painting just before Christmas in 2018 for client Lyndsey in the UK. The photo of Keo was beautiful – and of course Keo is too! Nicholas was so excited to get to start painting and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The stunning shiny eyes and gorgeous wet nose,…

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Melanie’s December News


Welcome to Melanie’s December News! Well, what a month. I literally can’t believe how much work we have completed in the month of December. I’m sure that you can see by the number of our recent blog posts how many we have painted and drawn. Although I still have four portraits to blog!!! So please do stay tuned as I…

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Horse Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest horse pencil drawing. The portrait of Duker was commissioned by Lizzie as a surprise for her mum Jane. Lizzie ordered a gift a portrait voucher as Jane’s birthday was fairly soon after Lizzies initial contact. She also felt it would be lovely for her mum to be able to choose which photo to use as the basis…

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Bichon Frise Oil Painting


Welcome to our latest Bichon Frise Oil Painting! This portrait was painted in October 2018 by Nicholas for a client in the USA. Jennifer commissioned it to give as a gift to her family for Christmas. The Bichon Frise in question is called Lulu. We absolutely love how the portrait turned out and hope you all do too!  Jennifer emailed lots of…

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Horse Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest horse oil portrait of Elly. Nicholas completed the oil painting for a 50th Birthday surprise. Hannah arranged the oil painting for her boss and their family to give as a gift to Elly’s owner. They had already organised a professional photographer to take photos of Elly, therefore all of which were incredible. They also asked if…

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Cuddly Toy Drawing of Piggy


Welcome to my latest artwork of a cuddly toy drawing of Piggy. I absolutely loved drawing Piggy for returning client Jo from the UK, it was so much fun. Jo commissioned the drawing of Piggy as a gift for her niece for Christmas. The drawing was completed by myself in coloured pencil. I used to offer coloured pencil as a…

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Cat Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest Cat Oil Portrait of Mitzy. Helen in the UK commissioned an oil painting of their family’s beloved cat called Mitzy. It was to be a surprise present for her husband. Sadly Mitzy has passed away and Helen and her family miss her dearly. Mitzy resembled my grandmothers cat when I was a child who was also called…

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Dog Portrait of Dessie and Jasper


Welcome to our latest dog portrait of Dessie and Jasper. This portrait was painted by Nicholas at a lovely size of  28 x 22 inches. The oil painting was commissioned by a lovely client here in the UK as a surprise gift for his wife on her birthday. Sadly Dessie the Black Labrador had passed away, however Jasper is still…

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King Charles Spaniel


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest King Charles Spaniel pet portrait. Readers may have noticed that we haven’t posted any of Nicholas’ oil paintings recently. I will be adding them to our blog over the next few days as surprises have been given and frames have arrived! This is the beautiful portrait of Boone that Nicholas painted in October. Cindy and her…

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Beagle Pet Portrait of Blue


Welcome to my latest portrait and yes it’s another beagle pet portrait! I love that my clients rescue dogs, it warms my heart to know that they are now in a loving home and safe environment. That is just what happened for Blue in the last couple of months for returning client Ben and his family. If readers visited our blog last month they will remember the lovely portrait of…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in November


Welcome to Melanie’s monthly news in November! I can’t believe how quickly the months have been flying by. We really haven’t been out and about much at all this month, mainly due to the amount of work we have been doing in the studio. I’m sure you can see judging by how many posts of drawings and paintings we have…

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Framed Cat Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest framed cat pencil drawing of two beautiful cats called Lucy and Leo. They were commissioned by Kevin in the USA as a gift for his wife this Christmas. Kevin has given me permission to add the portrait to my blog prior to Christmas which is fabulous! Thank you Kevin! Kevin took a beautiful photo of Lucy…

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Boxer Dog Drawing


Welcome to my latest Boxer dog drawing of the gorgeous Lola. Linda emailed me a few months ago and asked if I would be able to get a pencil drawing completed and framed for her husbands birthday in November. The timing was going to be close. Linda told her husband John that something exciting was being made for him. She…

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Dog Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest dog pencil drawing of a gorgeous dog called Stormy. The portrait was commissioned by a lovely family here in the UK. I spoke to Mike on the phone a number of times making the arrangements. Sadly Stormy is no longer with us and so the drawing will be such a lovely reminder for all of the…

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Beagle Pet Portrait of Frannie


Welcome to my latest Beagle pet portrait of Frannie! Frannie’s portrait was commissioned by a returning client in the USA, Ben, who has commissioned a number of portraits of his dogs. They are all rescue dogs and Frannie has been with them a short while. Ben thought it would be wonderful to have her portrait drawn as a surprise for his…

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Happy Halloween 2018!!


Happy Halloween 2018!! Welcome to our Halloween post of 2018. Every year we celebrate Halloween by carving pumpins and decorating our inglenook with them and differnt coloured lights. We started with the front of our cottage putting up christmas coloured lights and having two pumpkins outside. As you can see below we carved two Minions keeping a watchful eye over our garden!…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in October


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in October. Well, it’s definitely autumn! The leaves are falling fast and we took Lily to our favourite woodland walk in the forestry near us. It was full of fallen leaves for Lily to have fun in. The rivers were flowing fast and its definitely a time for wrapping up warm. The photos below were all…

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Black Labrador Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Black Labrador pencil drawing of a gorgeous dog called Albert. The portrait was commissioned by Steve here in the UK. It will be a lovely surprise for his family on Christmas day. Steve emailed a number of photos of Albert for consideration for the portrait. He did two photoshoots with Albert and both sets produced some fantastic…

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Dog and Horse Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest dog and horse pet portraits of Flash and Daisy! These portraits are for a returning client in Australia. I think a number of my latest portraits have been from returning clients which is absolutely wonderful. Jo emailed a few months ago asking if I would be able to draw another portrait. This time as a surprise…

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Flatcoat Retriever Drawing


Welcome to my latest Flatcoat Retriever Drawing! This portrait was for a very special client with whom I have been working with for many years. I have created a number of portraits for Mandy of her beautiful Flatcoat retrievers and also for her friends too. This drawing is of Liffey, who is sadly no longer with us. I really hope…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in September


Welcome to my Melanie’s Monthly News in September! As usual, and I always say, it hasn’t the month flown! We have been busy with extra curricular activities in our downtime this month which has been fun. The biggest news was that lily passed her Kennel Club Good Citizens gold test. She has already done her Bronze and Silver and so…

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Cat Pet Portraits in Oils


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest cat pet portraits in oils. This is an 18 x 14 inches oil painting completed by Nicholas on Italian Linen canvas commissioned as a surprise gift for Christmas. I think the recipient is going to be delighted! Client Barrie commissioned the oil painting as sadly Tia is no longer with us, so this oil painting will…

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Cat Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest cat pencil portrait of Apache and Lynx. My client Chris contacted me a few months ago enquiring about a portrait. He asked if I would be able to complete a 16 x 12 pencil drawing of their cats for his partners birthday in September. The portrait was to be a big surprise and I spoke to…

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Pet Portraits Engraved Plaques


Welcome to our post about our pet portraits engraved plaques. We have been working with a new engraving company in the last few months and they are wonderful.  The previous company we worked with for a number of years moved premises. They sadly didn’t engrave any longer which was such a shame. They started to use laser engraving instead. There is…

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Spaniel Pet Portraits


Welcome to the portrait of Brodie. I have completed many spaniel pet portraits in pencil this year and Brodie was one of my favourites. Sandra commissioned the portrait for her husband and had a beautiful photo for me to work from. The portrait was drawn at 16 x 12 size. Sandra very kindly sent two photos of the portrait when…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in August


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in August! This month has flown by again. We haven’t been on many trips this month due to work being uber busy. We did manage to get to the beautiful Llanfsteffan however to take Lily our Tibetan Terrier, for a walk on the beach. It was a treat for her as she had to have…

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Golden Retriever Oil Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Golden Retriever Oil Pet Portrait of Charlie and Eliot. Charlie and Eliot are sisters and they were commissioned by Nicole (USA) at 20 x 16 size. Nicholas traditionally hand painted the portrait in oils on Italian Linen Canvas. Nicole enjoys photography and taking photos of Charlie and Eliot. Why wouldn’t you, they re so gorgeous! She…

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Black Labrador Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my most recent Black Labrador Pencil Portrait for a returning client called Craig (USA). The black Labrador in question is called Zip. Craig wanted a drawing of Zip as an adult and also one has a puppy. Craig had a favourite photo of him hiding under a log in the grass which was perfect. I completed the drawing…

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Weimaraner Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Weimaraner pet portrait, hand painted by Nicholas Beall. Isn’t it fantastic! I think it’s one of my favourite portraits to come out of the studio recently that Nicholas has painted. The Weimaraner in question is called Ramses and he was commissioned by clients in the USA at 14 x 11 inches. The portrait was painted on…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in July


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly news in July. Another month has flown by and we have been really busy in the studio painting and drawing portraits. However we have had time to get out and about too. The weather has been absolutely delightful and a real treat. It is never this sunny here in Wales so we took the opportunity to…

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Oil Painting of Pets Harry & Oscar


Welcome to the most recent oil painting of pets Harry & Oscar. They were traditionally hand painted by Nicholas Beall in oils on Linen canvas for lovely clients in the USA. Judy and her family commissioned the oil painting of both Harry and Oscar at 20 x 16 size. They requested the background to be of their garden with their…

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Flatcoat Retriever Drawing

Flat Coated Retriever Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest Flat Coated Retriever Pencil Portrait. It was traditionally hand drawn by myself Melanie Phillips, using graphite pencil. The size of the drawing was 18 x 14 inches on Italian Fabriano paper. The pencil drawing was completed for clients here in the UK. The drawing will be sent off this week to the owners. Kali and Poppy were an…

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Do You Varnish Your Pet Portraits Oil Paintings?


Welcome to our blog post about answering the question – Do You Varnish Your Pet Portraits Oil Paintings? We are asked general questions from practicing artists and prospective clients about our artwork and process. We thought it would be a brilliant idea to start a new category for our blog called Q&A with M&N! One such instance was a question from Nathan…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in June


Welcome to Melanie’s monthly news in June! It has been an extremely busy month here, which isn’t all that surprising as our lives are just generally busy all year around anyway, there is never a dull moment here! The garden has really flourished now summer is here and the weather is absolutely beautiful. This has to be the warmest weather…

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Black Labrador Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Black Labrador pet portraits! This is Iggy and he was traditionally hand drawn by myself (Melanie Phillips). Suzanna commissioned a 16 x 12 size as a birthday surprise. however we decided that the portrait should be 15 x 13 inches to work with Iggy’s shape. Iggy is a gorgeous Black Labrador and Suzanna was very happy…

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Spaniel Pet Portrait

Spaniel Pencil Portraits


Welcome to my drawing of a gorgeous spaniel called Mr Frodo, one of my latest spaniel pencil portraits to come off of my easel. I have completed many spaniel drawings this year, my next drawing is a spaniel too. Returning client Jennifer commissioned Mr Frodo as a birthday surprise for her father called Dave. You can see the previous portrait of Aspen…

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dog oil portraits

Dog Oil Portraits of Dora and Dolly


Welcome to the dog oil portraits of Dora and Dolly. These two gorgeous little girls were painted by Nicholas on our usual Italian linen canvas using traditional methods. Returning client Lady Bamford commissioned the oil painting which will be framed by their own framer. Our client requested their names to be written by hand under each dog too which makes…

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Pencil Drawing Pet Portrait

Pencil Drawing Pet Portrait


Welcome to my most recent pencil drawing pet portrait of a gorgeous dog called Biscuit. The portrait is a 12 x 10 drawing which was the perfect size and shape for her. The portrait was commissioned by a very well known TV and Film actor here in the UK. The drawing of Biscuit is going to be a given as…

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Corgi Oil Painting


Welcome to our latest Corgi Oil Painting by Nicholas Beall. The portrait, a 16 x 12 oil painting traditionally hand painted by Nicholas, was commissioned by local client Suzanna of her Corgi Luke. We know Suzanna from our local dog club where we take Lily to once a week for obedience classes. Luke’s full name and title is Ch Nireno Luke Skywalker…

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Cat Portrait in Oils of Dudley


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest cat portrait in oils of Dudley. This commission has been utterly delightful and we have really enjoyed working with our clients from the outset. Dudley sadly passed away during the commissioning process, so this painting will serve to be a wonderful reminder to our clients Gordon and Kirstie from Scotland. The painting is a 14 x…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in May!


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in May! To go alongside our artwork posts, I thought I would do a little news of what’s been happening here each month. All about two pet portrait artists and their dog on their travels outside of the studio. Lots of photos! We have finally had some wonderful weather here this month in May. The…

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Spaniel Pencil Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Spaniel pencil pet portraits! My drawing is of two beautiful spaniels called Jenny an Fern. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing them. The portrait was a retirement gift for Gail, purchased by Tara and Mark for all of Gail’s hard work over the years. Gail emailed me lots of photos of her dogs when she received her Gift…

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Horse Oil Painting of Chino

Horse Oil Painting of Chino


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest horse oil painting of Chino. Olivia and Hannah Dix, mother and daughter, contacted us about having an oil painting. They wanted one created of their beautiful horse called Chino. I spoke to Olivia on the telephone a number of times at the start of the process. We chatted about the kind of photos required for an…

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horse pencil portrait montage

Horse Pencil Portrait Montage


Welcome to my latest horse pencil portrait montage! The horse in question is called Locksie and the portrait was commissioned by my client William here in the UK. The portrait was an 18 x 24 montage pencil drawing. It was traditionally hand drawn by myself, Melanie, here in my studio in the heart of Wales. William commissioned the drawing to…

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Great Dane Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Great Dane pet portrait. Jennifer, from Florida USA, emailed to see if we would be able to create a painting of her two Great Danes. She wanted to commission it as a birthday gift for a her husband. We were delighted and asked Jennifer to send photos of her dogs, along with ideas of the kind…

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Melanie and Nicholas Pet Portraits

Introducing Our Pet Portraits


Introducing our Pet Portraits by Melanie and Nicholas. If you have just landed on our Art Studio Blog and this is the fist post you are reading – welcome! We are delighted to see you here and are glad that you dropped by. In a nutshell, Nicholas and myself are professional pet portrait artists. We have been creating pet portraits…

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lily our tibetan terrier

Introducing Lily Our Tibetan Terrier


Introducing Lily our Tibetan Terrier. We have had Lily since she was 8 weeks old and she was so tiny. Such a little bundle of joy. We loved her from the moment we saw her. There is quite an unusual story behind her name which I have laid out below. We hope you enjoy reading about Lily our Tibetan Terrier,…

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Introducing Our Ordering Process


Introducing our ordering process for our pet portraits. If you are looking to commission an oil painting or pencil drawing of your dog, cat or horse, our ordering process page might be perfect for you.   Introducing Our Ordering Process – Photos The first step is to send us photos of your pet. Photos for a pet portrait is key.…

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Spaniel Oil Portrait


Welcome to our Spaniel oil portrait of Wilf.  Steve contacted us asking if we would be able to paint his gorgeous spaniel Wilf who had sadly passed away. Steve’s first email was wonderful. We really appreciated his words and were thrilled to hear he loved our artwork in both mediums. ……I’m hoping you maybe wiling to take on a commission…

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Spaniel Pet Portraits


Welcome to my Spaniel Pet Portraits of Bren and Bee. My client Helen saw one of my pencil drawings at a friends house. She had actually been looking for a pet portrait artist to create portraits for her of her spaniels and hadn’t yet found one. Her friend gave her our details and Helen got in touch! She wanted to commission two…

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Rhodesian Ridgeback Oil Painting


Welcome to Nicholas latest Rhodesian Ridgeback Oil Painting. This portrait will be a very special surprise for our clients wife as a birthday surprise! The Rhodesian Ridgebacks are called Maddie and Amber and  the portrait is a traditionally hand painted oil on Italian Linen canvas in fine grain at 21 x 21 inches. We worked closely with Neil in taking just the…

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Oil Portraits – Tilly


Welcome to the story of the oil portraits painting of Tilly. Nicholas painted this beautiful portrait of Tilly for our client Diane. Tilly’s oil painting was created to 14 x 11 size in traditional oils on Italian linen fine grain canvas. If you scroll further down, you will be able to see all of the stages in progress of the oil…

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Horse Oil Painting of Remy


Welcome to the horse oil painting of Remy and his story. Remy’s horse oil painting was commissioned by a returning client, Marianne, from Canada. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see there three horse portraits Nicholas painted a few years ago. Marianne had a new horse she wanted Nicholas to paint at the same…

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Corgi Pet Portraits


Welcome to our Corgi Pet Portraits oil painting of Thomas. Nicholas has been working really hard on his latest Corgi pet portraits painting, which you can see below. Thomas, the Corgi in question, has been traditionally hand painted in oils by Nicholas on Italian Linen canvas at 12 x 10 size. Thomas headed over to Massachusetts to very happy clients as…

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Spaniel Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Spaniel pencil drawing of the most gorgeous dog called Monty. Monty is a 12 x 10 pencil drawing commissioned by a lovely client called Allie here in the UK. Sadly Monty is no longer with us. Allie and her family wanted to have a drawing to remember him by. Therefore it has been wonderful to portray…

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Horse Portrait of Inca


This is Nicholas’ latest painting, a horse portrait of Inca in oils, is beautiful. Jamie emailed us in 2017 to find out if we would be able to paint his wife’s event horse. The horse is called Shannondale Inca, by way of a 60th birthday present in October. Unfortunately we were fully booked as we have a fairly long commissions…

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New Pet Portraits Frames!


We have some wonderful news we have lots of new pet portraits frames! We are working with a brand new framing company who produces the most beautiful hand crafted frames. The care and attention to detail they take over their frames is stunning. They create each frame from scratch and hand finish them so they are unique. Our framers are…

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Pet Portraits Stickers and Studio News


Welcome to the first blog post in a long time all about our pet portraits stickers and studio news. Readers of our blog, I’m sure that you have noticed we haven’t made a blog post for a while. It’s not that we don’t have anything to blog! On the contrary, it’s that I have just been really busy. Drawing and…

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Merry Christmas to all of our readers!


Nicholas and myself would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who commissioned portraits from us in 2017. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you all. Thank you so much for supporting our blog and signing up to our newsletter. This year…

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Sinuses and Christmas Trees


Welcome to my post all about Sinuses and Christmas Trees. Bizarre you are thinking! It’s been quite a while since I sat in my lovely little studio and tapped away on my keyboard. I have been unwell this week with a sinus infection. It actually started three weeks ago, however I wasn’t absolutely certain what it was and of course…

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A Tiramisu Of Artists!


You maybe wondering why this blog post is titled..A Tiramisu Of Artists! Funny story. We have some lovely friends which we head on out with each year for a special gathering. Karen and her son pop over from New Zealand this time of year to do a bit of travelling with Chris Chalk, a good artists friend who lives locally…

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Snow!


We have had a very pretty fall of snow here in Wales. We thought we would share a few photos with everyone. The first photo is one of our studio nestled down in the garden between the snowy trees. Everything looks so pretty when it has snowed. We then took Lily out and about down the lane and took a…

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Montage Pet Portrait Framed


Welcome to my latest montage pet portrait framed. The portrait was an 18 x 14 inch montage drawing, traditionally hand drawn by myself using graphite pencil. The portrait was commissioned by a local client Roger, who wanted to have a portrait of his wife dog drawn. They very sadly lost their dog suddenly after an operation. Rogers wife Louise was…

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