Lily Tibetan Terrier and her Rosette


Welcome to my blog post all about Lily Tibetan Terrier and her rosette. Amazingly Lily passed her Novice Certificate Test at our local dog club and we are so pleased! We had a number of tricky tests to complete over the last few months. There are usually around 7 exercises and we can try one per week.  The most difficult exercise…

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Pet Portrait of Lance an Entlebucher Mountain Dog


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Lance an Entlebucher mountain dog! Jennifer contacted in 2017 and wanted to commission a painting of her partners dog Lance who is an Entlebucher mountain dog. Jenifer had a wonderful photo of Lance. He was sitting on their deck covered in sawdust after they had been cutting wood fixing the deck. We did a number…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Sika


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Sika. My client Nick contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw a pencil portrait of their spaniel Sika. It was to be a gift for his sister Jessica. Nick had one photo that he particularly liked that captured Sika well. It was perfect for a pencil drawing. Photos are…

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Pet Portrait of Vinnie


Welcome to the pet portrait of Vinnie! Isn’t he gorgeous! I have added a scan along with a detail of the painting too so our readers can see him up close. The portrait was commissioned by a returning client Katherine for a special birthday celebration. As a result it was to be a complete surprise to the recipient. The portrait…

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Bank Holiday Weekend at Cors Caron


We have spent a lovely bank holiday weekend at Cors Caron. We had a friend to stay from the south of England for the long weekend. All of us visited a beautiful natural reserve a few miles from here called Cars Caron. It is a natural bog which has built up over 12,000 years. The bog was formed when the glaciers…

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Extending the chicken shed


We spent the weekend Extending the chicken shed! Its a fairly long story though. Some of our regular readers will remember the big storm here from 4 years ago. We faired pretty well considering many areas of the UK suffered much flooding. However we did have some damage….. That year we had purchased a brand new chicken house and put…

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Pet Portrait of Tobey


Welcome to the pet portrait of Tobey! Chuck and his wife Gaye wanted a portrait of their beautiful spaniel called Tobey. Chuck actually called us while we were in our car on errands, and he was at a stop light also in his car travelling near his home in the USA. We had a brief chat on the phone and…

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Horse Pet Portrait of Favorite


Welcome to my beautiful horse pet portrait of Favourite! Carrie from Sydney, Australia, emailed to ask if I would be able to draw her sisters horse called Favourite as a birthday surprise. She had one particular photos she loved and wanted me to use for the basis of the drawing. Carrie decided she wanted the portrait drawn at 14 x…

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Oil Portrait of Maco, Rex & Rosie


Welcome to the Oil Portrait of Maco, Rex & Rosie. Our client Katie contacted us asking if Nicholas could paint their dogs for birthday surprise. Katie inlisted her daughters helping in taking photos. She took a number of fantastic photos of the dogs in their garden on a sunny day. Taking a variety of photos of the dogs all together they too took…

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Pet Portrait of Cinega


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Cinega. Karen emailed to ask if we would be able to paint a portrait of Cinega for her husbands birthday. The deadline was pretty tight but we had the portrait there in time for faming and then presenting to her husband on his special day. The painting is a 12 x 10 oil on Italian…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Henri Bell


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Henri Bell. This commission was very special for me. I was able to work with a very well known actress here in the UK. Meg and her family sadly lost their gorgeous dog Henri Bell at the age of 18 after having rescued him at aged 1yr. Meg got in touch as she…

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Cat Drawings for Packaging


Welcome to my two cat drawings for Packaging. I was contacted by a pet food company to draw two cats for packing. They needed to drawn to at size in the style of their current artist. Their artist was away on holiday and they needed two drawings created as soon as possible for deadline. Even though I was tempted at…

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Pet Portrait of Les and Alfie


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Les and Alfie. Kerrie and her mum emailed us to see if we would be able to paint a portrait of Kerrie’s dad and their dearly missed and much loved dog Alfie. They had seen a portrait Nicholas painted of a man with his dog on a boat on our website and hoped we…

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Humphrey’s Pet Portrait


Welcome to Humphrey’s Pet Portrait. Joanna emailed to ask if I would be able to draw Humphrey as a Christmas gift for her husband. Humphrey is the most gorgeous Cavapoo and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Joanna. Joanna emailed a full range of photos she had taken of Humphrey that year. There wasn’t one photo…

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Jasper’s Pet Portrait Montage


Welcome to Jasper’s pet portrait montage pencil drawing. Richard contacted me enquiring about a montage pencil portrait of their horse called Jasper that they had to sadly have put to sleep that very same week. Their family were all deviated as Jasper had been with them for a very long time and was a much loved horse. Richard knew exactly…

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Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver


Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver! Lily and I have been training with our local dog club over the last couple of months. We have been studying the exercises for the Kennel Clubs Good Citizens silver test. We passed our Bronze last year however we all knew this one would be much more tricky! The test day was 2 and a half…

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Cat Pencil Portrait of Penny


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Portrait of Penny. Jeanette telephoned our studio to ask if i would be able to draw their beautiful black cat called Penny. Jenette wanted it to be a gift from her family to her on a special 50th birthday. Jeanette emailed and said – I have researched many pet portrait artists, and believe you…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Tess


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Tess, a very happy Labrador. The portrait of Tess was commission by a returning client who wanted a drawing of her sisters dog. They were heading over to Spain where Tess lives and wanted to give it as a birthday surprise. Therefore I managed to get the portrait all completed and framed just…

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Paint & Draw Magazine Article


Welcome to my Paint & Draw Magazine Article. Contributing to the magazine was very exciting! Although every single portrait is unique and tackled in slightly different ways. Therefore it depends on fur texture, length of fur etc. The fundamentals are the same in each portrait. I have  written the article along with explaining the step by steps. I also took…

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Cat Portrait of Frankie Blue Eyes


Welcome to our cat portrait of Frankie Blue Eyes. You can see immediately why Frankie was called Frankie blue Eyes. He was a Snowshoe Siamese Cat and was commissioned by returning clients. Sadly Frankie passed away and so we are honoured to be able to portray him. Our clients can remember his wonderful character and personality along with his beautiful colouring…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Mungo


Welcome to my cat pencil drawing of Mungo. Charlotte emailed me to ask if I would be able to draw their beautiful cat called Mungo. Charlotte emailed the following… I am based in Hong Kong, and my first year wedding anniversary is approaching. I was hoping to get my husband a portrait of our darling kitten, Mungo. Would you have the…

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Flat Coat Drawing of Saffy


Welcome to my Flat Coat drawing of Saffy in pencil on paper for Tara who is based in Sweden. I absolutely love drawing Flatcoated Retrievers therefore I was very excited to get started. They are one of my favourite breeds to portray. I have drawn quite a few over the years and you can see just a few of my…

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Daemon’s Pet Portrait and Superfast!


Welcome to Daemon’s Pet Portrait. Its been a pretty exciting and full week here and I will start with two drawings I have created of a very elegant dog called Daemon. I have not only drawn his portrait, but I have drawn his paw also. My client sent me a photo of the underside of his foot and wanted me to…

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Dog Oil Portrait of Ted


Welcome to the latest dog oil portrait of Ted. Nicola, a returning client from Cardiff, commissioned a portrait of Ted the Dachshund in oils on canvas. She wanted it to match portraits she commissioned of her other Dachshund at this age.  The portrait is 14 x 14 size on canvas. It was the perfect shape to work with a photo…

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Pencil Drawings of Cosmo & King Chinook


Welcome to my Pencil Drawings of Cosmo & King Chinook. I have completed two pencil drawings for separate clients and thought I would post about them together. The drawing below of Cosmo was sent off to client Matilda this week and she emailed the testimonial below when she saw the final scan. Im thrilled that she loves it. The drawing…

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Dog Pet Portrait of Yogi


Welcome to our Dog Pet Portrait of Yogi. Client Shane from Canada, emailed to ask if we would paint a portrait of their Bernese mountain dog called Yogi. We were thrilled and Nicholas was really looking forward to putting brush to canvas. Shane wanted to surprise his wife with the painting as a special gift for her and his family.…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Poppy. Adam emailed to let me know that his family had purchased him a Gift a Portrait. He was ready to send me photos of his dog Poppy, who had recently passed away, for the portrait. The photo of Poppy that he loved was perfect for a drawing and I was excited to…

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More Cottage Renovations


Yes, we have been doing more cottage renovations! We have been living in our little cottage for 10 years this autumn. We have been doing renovations since we moved in. Some of our regular readers may have seen on our cottage renovations page on our website. This year though is the big year for us as its the final push…

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Tibetan Terrier Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Tibetan Terrier pet portraits is now complete. The portrait was commissioned by Caroline and her family as a surprise for their mums 60th birthday. Unfortunately, Hollie past away last year at 15 and half. The portrait will be a wonderful reminder of Hollie and hopefully bring back lovely memories for them all. Caroline emailed when she saw the…

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Pet Portrait of Mango


Welcome to my Pet Portrait of Mango, which was completed by myself, Melanie Phillips as a 16 x 12 size. My client, Sylvia, commissioned me to not only draw Mango, but also Ozie and Joey as well. She wanted to give them as Christmas presents for each of her children. Mango was to be for her son James and his family…

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Ozie and Joey’s Pencil Portrait and Frame


Ozie and Joey’s pencil portrait and frame is now complete and on its way to my clients in the USA. Ozie is the King Charles Spaniel and Joey is the cat who has sadly passed away. The family didn’t have many photos of their cat Ozie as he passed very young. So I used two photos as reference for the drawing,…

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Husky Pencil Pet Portrait


Welcome to my Husky pencil pet portrait, commissioned just prior to Christmas 2017 by a client in the USA. Stephen wanted me to draw his three Huskies – Sasha, Bear and Punky. it was to be a large portrait for a special birthday gift for his wife at 40 x 30 inches. We chatted about how amazing his Huskies were…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Ziggy


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Ziggy!Steven emailed to find out how to commission a pencil drawing of their dog Ziggy. Many clients have never commissioned a portrait before so we have lots of information on our website to help. Most of the time clients like to get in touch and chat about their specific requirements though and I am…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Gus


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Gus. Coren commissioned me to create a pencil drawing of their beautiful Labrador who had passed away. Coren emailed the following. We are always so thrilled to hear how clients find us. We often hear that they have been looking for an artist for a long time and as soon as they find…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Jubilee and Trinity 


Welcome to our horse oil portrait of Jubilee and Trinity.  Clive and his wife were moving out of the country and so had to sell their two treasured horses Jubilee and trinity. They decided that they would have an oil painting of them to remember them by. They took plenty of photos of each horse for us and we designed…

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Sunday Squirrels


Our post today is all about Sunday Squirrels. We have a pair of squirrel who live in the little woodland of trees just below our studio. It isnt really a woodland as such, although we call it that. It’s just a scattering of trees, oak and sycamore that divide us and the field beyond. The small area is a haven…

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Siyouni the Aga Khans Stallion


Welcome to my latest portrait of Siyouni the Aga Khans Stallion. Lady Bamford has commissioned me three times. The latest commission was a drawing of a stallion called Siyouni which you can see below. Lady Bamford commissioned the drawing for the Aga Khan as a birthday surprise on the 13th of December. I was therefore very exited to get started!…

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Happy Client and Mr Bones


Welcome to our wonderful post about a very happy client and Mr Bones. You can read all about the oil painting of Mr Bones on his dedicated blog post Oil Dog Portrait of Mr Bones. View the oil painting in more detail and see some of the stages during the portraits process too. Sarah commissioned the portrait of Mr Bones…

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Happy Clients Stanley and Jarvis in Situ


Welcome to my happy clients Stanley and Jarvis in Situ. I created this portrait for a lovely family her min the UK, which was a gift from their friends. The two dogs, Stanley and Jarvis, modelled very well for new photos. Paula waited for a sunny day to take photos of both Stanley and Jarvis outside in their garden. Taking…

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Banjo Framed, A Must See 


Welcome to my latest post, here is Banjo framed, a must see post. The frame is amazing! My client Rob emailed us these wonderful photos. They are of Banjo’s portrait which was commissioned as a surprise for Rob’s wife for her birthday. The pencil drawing headed all the way to Australia form us in the UK. Rob framed the drawing…

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The Portrait of Mike


Welcome to the portrait of Mike. Barry, from Australia, emailed me to find out if I would be able to draw his dog called Mike.  Mike passed away very suddenly and Mike was devastated. He was a true and loyal friend to Barry and was a very special dog. He wanted to have a portrait of him to remember him by…

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Max Framed and in Situ


Welcome to Max framed and in situ in my clients home. So these photos below are of a portrait I drew last year of a very much loved and missed cat called ‘Max’. Some of our readers will remember his portrait from previous blog posts. I drew him with a fully shaded background and created a watercolour wash and coloured…

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Rooney and his portrait


Here is Rooney and his portrait. Eva received Rooney ‘s portrait as a Christmas present from her sister Marcella. She has emailed me two amazing photos of Rooney with his portrait. Arent they wonderful! Apparently Eva and Marcella had been trying to get photos for a while. However Rooney had the zoomies and wouldnt sit still! He must have tired…

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Video of Violet and Gil, Charlie and Rooney


Here as promised is the video of Violet and Gil, Charlie and Rooney. They are two portraits of 10 x 8 and one portrait of 18 x 14 size. The portraits were commissioned by Marcella, USA. They were for her family as gifts for Christmas. I took the opportunity of taking some video of all three pencil portraits. Especially while…

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Happy Client Photos! 


Here are some fantastic Happy Client Photos. Marcella commissioned three portraits for herself and her family for Christmas 2017. You can even see a video of all of the Pencil Portrait Video together in my art studio. Marclela took this wonderful photo of her sister Eva and her mum on Christmas morning when they received the portraits! its wonderful1 I ahve also…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Spaniel Charlie


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Spaniel Charlie.  My client Marchella commissioned me to draw her sisters dog Rooney and her parents dogs English Setters Violet and Gill as Christmas presents in 2017. She also asked me to draw her own Spaniel Charlie which you can see below. You can see both drawings here on my blog and in…

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Pencil Drawing of English Setters Violet & Gil


Welcome to my Pencil Drawing of English Setters Violet & Gil. My client Marcella commissioned me to draw Violet and Gill as a Christmas gift for her parents in 2017. Marcella also commissioned me to draw her sisters dog Rooney and her own dog Charlie too. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing both Violet and Gill. Particularly all of the intracacies of…

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Pencil Drawing of Rooney


Welcome to my pencil drawing of Rooney. Marcella, my client, emailed to ask if I would be able to draw her sisters dog Rooney as a surprise gift. I was delighted! Rooneys photos were wonderful and so happy. He has such a happy face. I couldn’t wait to get started. Marcella also commissioned me to draw her parents dogs English…

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Happy New Year to all of our readers! 


Happy New Year to all of our readers! We hope that everyone reading our blog had a wonderful festive season! With all good intentions I had tried to get down to the studio to make a final Christmas blog post of 2016. However we have been swept up with seeing friends and family, so I didn’t get time! We have…

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Pencil Portrait of Three Dogs


Welcome to my pencil portrait of three dogs called Dexter, Tui and Purdy. Heather, my cellists, commissioned a drawing as a surprise for her mum. She had one particular photo she knew her mum loved that was on her facebook page. The photo showed all three dogs really well and luckily enough it was good enough to work from. This…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Padstow


Welcome to my cat pencil drawing of Padstow. Claire and her family emailed to ask if they could commission me to draw their beautiful cat who had recently passed away at a very young age. I was so sad to read their email about Padstow and was honoured tp be able to draw him. Claire didn’t have many photos however…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Lucky


Welcome to the Oil Pet Portrait of Lucky. Our client Ita, is a returning client and has commissioned oil paintings from us in previous years. This particular commission was to be a surprise gift to a close friend of their King Charles Spaniel called Lucky. The oil painting is a 12 x 12 inches painting by Nicholas Beall. It has…

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My new apprentice…


Who do you think is my new apprentice….!? Yes you have guessed it – it is Lily our Tibetan Terrier. While working in the studio I am often getting out of my chair for one thing or another. At every opportunity Lily jumps on it to make it hers! Unless its something exciting happening and Lily wants to be involved.…

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Tree surgeons were here…


Tree surgeons were here recently to fell a large ash tree which is right next to our art studio. The tree was very tall and straight. It was an Ash tree, however it did sway quite a bit in the windy weather. We felt it was safer to have the tree felled professionally. Just in case something happened and it…

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Chickens outside the studio


Our chickens outside the studio today were sunning themselves and I thought it was a great photo opportunity. The chickens do have their own run, its quite large. They have a little one in front of their shed and a longer one to the side. This runs behind our large woodpile that is drying for a couple of years. This…

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Studio and website news!


Welcome to our latest art studio and website news! It’s amazing when, all of a sudden, you find new ways of using technology for blogging. It never ceases to amaze me how things develop so fast. Also how important it is to keep up with technology. So much has happenened in our little world in the last few days. Using…

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Dog Pencil Drawing of Mike


Welcome to my Dog Pencil Drawing of Mike. Barry, Australia, got in touch as his stunning dog Mike passed away suddenly quite out of the blue. Mike was a very special dog and very much Barrys best friend. The drawing is a 16 x 12 pencil on Italian Fabriano paper. Barry emailed me lots of lovely photos however had an…

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Cat Portrait Max Framed


Here are the photos of the Cat Portrait Max Framed. Its a beautiful frame, its called Westminster and it works so well with my pencil drawings. There has been a bit of an extra wait with this moulding as my framers are really busy. We love to hear about business succeeding! I will be adding this to the website in my next…

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Lady Bamford and Betty


Welcome to my commission from Lady Bamford and Betty! This is the second commission on behalf of Lady Bamford for her staff. The portrait below is for Lady Bamfords personal assistant Emma as a gift for her birthday. The pencil drawing is a 9 x 9 inch study on Italian Fabriano paper. Betty is the most gorgeous dog and I really enjoyed drawing…

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Pencil Portrait of Zeke


Welcome to my Pencil Portrait of Zeke. Zeke was a very much loved and very much missed Labrador residing in Florida. The portrait is an 8″ x 7″ drawing on Italian Fabriano paper and its heading off to the USA later this week. It would have been Zeke’s 14th birthday on December 8th so my portrait will be arriving just in…

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Pencil Portrait of Banjo


Welcome to my Pencil Portrait of Banjo. My client Rob commissioned me to draw their family dog called Banjo as a surprise gift for his wife. Rob and his family live in Central Queensland, Australia and I alway love sending my drawings far across the globe. Rob emailed me plenty of photos of Banjo on their farm in Australia. What beautiful…

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Pencil Pet Portraits of Stanley and Jarvis


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portraits of Stanley and Jarvis. The pencil drawing is a 24 x 18 pencil portrait which was commissioned as a thank you gift. The recipient Paula, was delighted and got in touch with us sending photos of her dogs. Although she had quite a few photos of Stanley and Jarvis, none of them were really…

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Lily the Tibetan Terrier – We Passed our bronze!


Lily the Tibetan Terrier has passed her Bronze Kennel Club Certificate. Lots of things have been happening here over the last few weeks. From doing lots of small jobs on our little cottage like painting the chimneys, painting and fixing our old sash windows. We have been getting quotes from builders for the our sitting room renovations next year. Also…

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Cat Portrait of Max


Welcome to my Cat Portrait of Max. Rebecca got in touch after loosing her much loved cat called Max. Max was a siamese cat and the photos Rebecca sent me were stunning. Rebecca ideally wanted a pencil drawing of Max, however she loved his blue eyes. So I suggested that I shade those in blue where as the rest of…

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Dog Portrait of Django


Welcome to my Dog Portrait of Django. Andrew, from the East Coast of the United States, emailed to ask if he could have a portrait of his friends dog drawn as a gift for her. Andrew wanted an 18 x 14 full body portrait laying down and we initially discussed this idea form the photos he emailed. However the photo…

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Dog Oil Painting of Lily


Welcome to our dog oil painting of Lily, painted by Nicholas. The portrait is a 12 x 10 inches portrait and was painted as a graduation gift for a returning client. I have add Janes initial email below. We always remember our clients. Although we have to be honest, we have been pet portrait artists professionally for over 20 years and we…

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Horse Oil Painting of Artu


Welcome to the Horse Oil Painting of Artu. Returning client Gill called our studio to arrange an oil painting of her daughter horse called Artu for her birthday. Bella’s  birthday date was fairly close, however we just managed to get the portrait complete and sent to Gill the day before the birthday. It was painted using traditional oils on Italian…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Kilo


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Kilo. James (USA) emailed me a few months ago enquiring about my pencil pet portraits as their family had recently lost their beautiful dog called Kilo. James requested a 12 x 10 pencil portrait and you can see the finished scan below. As Kilo was mainly a white dog, I felt the background…

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Oil Dog Portrait of Mr Bones


Welcome to our Oil Dog Portrait of Mr Bones. Our client Sarah, USA, commissioned an oil portrait of her sons sadly much loved and very much missed dog called Mr Bones… ……This is Mr. Bones…my son Walker’s dog. He had to put him to sleep a couple of weeks ago and he was his love. Well..he does love his wife.…

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Dog and Cat Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest dog and cat pencil portrait. It is of a cat called Patch along with a Chihuahua called Angel.  Neil along with his son Dean contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw a 16 x 12 pencil portrait as a surprise gift. It was to be Neils wife’s 50th Birthday and I was delighted…

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Dog Portraits – Happy Clients


Paula commissioned me to draw her beautiful dog called Teasel at the start of this year. You can see Teasel’s portrait and read more about the drawing and the commission on my dog portraits gallery  – Teasels Portrait >>  Paula framed the portrait and I love the frame she chose. It works really well with Teasel and also fits with the decor…

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Cat Pencil Portraits – Happy Clients


You may remember Tyson, one of my recent cat pencil portraits, which I posted about a month ago. It was a pencil drawing at 12 x 10 size framed using our Windsor Wash frame. Consequently, Kim, the owner of Tyson’s portrait, rang me all the way from the USA to thank me for the portrait. I love speaking to my clients on the telephone as I don’t…

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Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Pet Portraits Montage. This portrait was commissioned by Vivian in Hong Kong who arranged this portrait as a birthday gift for her friend. I think this has to be one of my favourite cat pet portraits to date. It was such a pleasure to draw and I loved portraying Gilli in all of the different…

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Cat Portraits Happy Clients


Happy clients Julie and Howard commissioned me to draw their cats Pixie and Boots. They have very kindly sent a photo of their portrait in Situ. They had their local framer frame the portrait in a walnut frame. In addition this left plenty of space around the drawing for it to breathe. Julie consequently sent me a lovely email along with the photo.…

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Dachshund Pencil Portraits


Welcome to my latest Dachshund pencil portraits. Its funny how things are with the animals we paint and draw. This year we had two ‘Gypsy’s’ in a row – a horse and a dog. Now we have two Lily’s in a row, a painting and a drawing! This is Lily the Dachshund and I drew her a few months ago as a…

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Dachshund Oil Painting of Lily


Welcome to our Dachshund oil painting of Lilly.  The portrait of Lilly was commission by returning client Nicola from Cardiff. Nicolas has commissioned many oil paintings for over the years of her dogs and horses. She has four gorgeous Dachshunds called Harry, Mia, Lilly and Ted and they have also all had their portraits done from early puppy hood to…

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Pet Portraits Video of Chico and Amber


Welcome to my latest pet portraits video of Chico and Amber. The video shows the portraits close up and in detail while I narrate. Each painting was commissioned by returning clients of their dog and horse. Nicholas Beall traditionally hand painted the portraits in oils. They were framed by one of our amazing framers and you can see the frames…

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Tibetan Terrier – Our Lily!


As some of our regular readers will know we have a gorgeous and very lovable Tibetan Terrier called Lily. She is three years old this month. As any dog owner will know, time just flies from puppyhood to adult. She passed her puppy training two and a half years ago. As you can see from the photo, consequently Lily has now…

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Oil Painting of Amber


Welcome to the oil painting of Amber. The oil painting was commissioned by a returning client, Una. At the same time she also commissioned an oil painting of her horse Chico. You can see Chico’s painting in more detail on our dedicated blog post, horse oil painting of Chico. The painting of Amber is a 51″ x 16″ and it…

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Cat Pet Portrait of Tyson


Welcome my Cat Pet Portrait 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. You can see the blog post about Kim and her portrait when it arrived and see…

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Cat Pet Portraits Pixie and Boots


Welcome to my cat pet portraits 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. Although the drawing was 16 x 12, I always cut the paper larger. This way my clients have plenty of choice when framing for…

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Horse Oil Painting of Chico


Welcome to our Horse Oil Painting of Chico. Chico was commissioned by returning clients and Unable asked Nicholas to paint not only the portrait of Chico but an oil painting of her Labrador too.  You can also see the oil painting of Amber, the second portrait Una commissioned. We have a full blog post with lots of photos on our Oil…

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Horse Montage Pencil Portrait of Casanova


Welcome to my horse montage Pencil Portrait of Casanova. My clients, Jane and Paul, wanted to commission as a surprise 18th birthday gift at the start of April. They wanted to keep the commission a compete surprise and called our studio to discuss the finer details. Jane and Paul wanted to capture a number of aspects of Casanova and their daughter…

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Pet Portrait Testimonials


We receive lots of pet portrait testimonials for our pet portraits and this one is wonderful. As a result, we received a fantastic photo from one of our clients. He was the happy recipient of one of our oil paintings. Gill commissioned Nichoals to paint their dog Sonny as a surprise for her husbands birthday. Gill sent us a lovely email along…

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Horse Oil Portrait of Gypsy


Welcome to the horse oil portrait of Gypsy. The painting of Gypsy is absolutely stunning and was commissioned for a birthday surprise. It is an 18 x 14 traditional oil painting on Italian Linen Canvas. Nicholas paints his backgrounds in a vary natural and realistic way, using subtle colours and tones to compliment the subject. This painting really depicts the…

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Pencil Pet Portraits – Teasel!


Welcome to my latest Pencil Pet Portraits. The pencil drawing is a 12 x 10 on Italian Fabriano paper for a lovely client called Paula based in Cornwall. Sadly Teasel had passed away and Paula got in touch with a most gorgeous photo of Teasel. One of Paula’s first emailed to us included this…   She was called Teasel, as…

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Cat Portraits Happy Clients


Welcome to our cat portraits happy clients post all about Puff.  Nicholas painted a beautiful pet portrait of the lovely cat Puff last year. He was painted din oils on canvas at 16 x 16 size. We are always happy to create bespoke sized portraits for clients, it is imprint to work with the composition of the photos. Our client…

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Oil Pet Portrait of Sonny


Welcome to our oil pet portrait of Sonny.  Gill contacted us requesting a portrait of their collie Sonny as a special birthday surprise for her husband. This was Gills initial email to us… …..Our Welsh Border Collie, Sonny, has just died at the ripe old age of nearly 17. It is my husband, Rob’s 50th birthday coming up. I would…

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Happy Clients with their painting


Here are our happy clients with their painting. I have added the horse portrait of Ariel on our website, in addition to the wonderful photos of Eleanor and her mum with the painting in situ. I have also added them to our testimonials gallery too! Eleanor and her father commissioned Nicholas to paint Ariel as a surprise gift for Eleanor’s…

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Happy Pet Portraits Clients


Here are our very happy Pet Portraits Clients Kris and Kevin. They took the most wonderful photo of them with their portrait. They posed with the painting also with their children holding the portrait of Maggie and Max. Kevin commissioned Nicholas in 2015 to paint their Dachshunds as a surprise birthday present for his wife. The photo below was taken on…

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In the Studio 2016…..


In the Studio 2016 wishing our readers a very happy, albeit a little belated, New Year. We hope that you had a lovely festive season and are now keeping well and happy in 2016. It has been a few weeks since our last Christmas post, mainly due to the fact that I have taken a little time off at the start of…

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Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to all of our clients and readers of our blog! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients who have commissioned us this year. Without you, our dream job wouldn’t be possible. We have had the opportunity of creating some wonderful portraits this year in both oils and pencil. Both Nicholas and myself hope…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Rufus and Floyd


Welcome to my Cat Pencil Drawing of Rufus and Floyd. Sebastian emailed me to find out if I would be able to draw their two cats Rufus and Floyd as a family gift. We always love hearing how client find us.   Dear Melanie and Nicholas, Having looked at the works of various artists, I would very much like you…

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Horse Pet Portrait of Ariel


Welcome to our Horse Pet Portrait of Ariel. We received a wonderful email from Eleanor who asked if we would paint a portrait of their horse. It was to be for her mums Christmas gift. You can read one of Eleanor’s initial emails to us below.   Melanie and Nicholas, I’ve been looking for someone to do a portrait of…

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Pencil Pet Portraits Montage


Welcome to my latest pencil pet portraits montage. Dean, my latest pencil montage, was for a returning client called Lizabeth. The portrait is a 18 x 14 drawing which was framed using our Craigowan Charcoal. Lizabeth emailed me to thank me for the portrait when she saw the final scan which you can read below… Hi Melanie, Perfect! I’ve had emails…

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Pencil Horse Montage of Rose


Welcome to my latest pencil horse montage of Rose. Callum emailed to ask if I would be able to draw a montage portrait of his partners horse Rose as a surprise Christmas gift. I worked very closely with Callum and we chose photos that captured Rose well. We had lots of lovely photos to choose from. After creating a number of…

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Happy Clients John And Luna


Here are very Happy Clients John And Luna. We have received a lovely photo of our client John with his two dogs Lunita and Pincho. Also along with Luna’s painting on the wall behind. Nicholas painted Luna a few months ago in oils on canvas. John didn’t have many photos of Luna however did have one of her walking along…

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Pencil Drawing of Murphy


Welcome to my latest pencil drawing of Murphy. The portrait of Murphy was commissioned by a returning client called Karen here in the UK. Karen had previously commissioned a drawing of a horse called Charles as a gift for her friend. She also had a print made for herself. You can see the portrait of Charles on my pencil pet…

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Cat Portrait of Ginger and Maggie


Welcome to the cat portrait of Ginger and Maggie.  Irene contacted us to see if we could create an oil painting of her two cats Ginger and Maggie. Sadly Ginger passed away suddenly Irene sent us this beautiful email which you can read below. We often hear about our clients visiting our website daily and weekly watching everything that we…

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