Welcome to our Pet Portraits blog
Our clients love to feel part of the pet portrait process and we are very proud to say we were one of, if not the first, pet portrait artists to provide work in progress of the panting and drawing process. All of our clients can see their portrait progress here!
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Here is the final scan of Skyes portrait. Nick painted this on an 18 x 14 linen canvas and it will be going off to Jane’s this week to be framed in the traditional curved gold line frame. We are really looking forward to seeing it completed, as frames just do complete our portraits!
More to follow as I have pencils portraits to blog in the next few days.
Here are the next stages of Skye, they have come out a little dark. Hope to have a scan very soon.
Skye is now on Nicks easel and here are the first three stages so far. It has a lovely light and airy feel, very relaxing! Its an 18 x 14 portrait and I hope to have more stages tomorrow.
Nicola and Terry have had the portrait of Bisto framed and they have very kindly taken some photos for our website – and what beautiful photos too! Their dining room is just stunning and I think this one is going to have to feature on our home page soon I have added them to our testimonials page along with some snippets of our correspondence between Nicola and Terry which you can see here – Testimonials >>
We have at long last picked up the framed portrait of Bisto and it is even more stunning. It was certainly worth the wait in getting it framed and we are sure you will agree that the frame complements the superb portrait by Nick.
Thank you Nicola and Terry for the photos!
Lexus is now complete, as you can see I have been behind on the blog as things have been busy in the studio so here are the stages of Lexus along with the final scan. The portrait is now with Jane the framer and as soon as I have photos I will add them to the blog and to our website.
Nick has been busy, he accepted this commission which was for a birthday surprise soon, and he is far better at drawing people and babies that me, so he has done this one in between his drying stage of Lexus. The clients love it and it is already flying over to Australia, we hope that it arrives safely!
I rarely do coloured pencil portraits these days as I prefer to work in graphite however a returning client requested a portrait of their new dog Nelson to match their existing portrait I created for them a number of years ago. This will be a surprise gift for a family member and here is the final scan. I really enjoyed working in colour for a change and I hope the recipient is thrilled!
Jack has been on my easel on and off over the last few weeks as I wanted to take time over the detail and depth of tone in the portrait. Here he is in all his glory and he will hopefully make someone very happy at Christmas. I have added him to my website – Pony Pet Portraits >> and he is at Jane’s waiting to be framed. I will blog photos when Jack is back here.
Here is Cisco’s final scan I hope this portrait will be happy fly over to its owner in the US this coming week. Its a 20 x 16 montage of a very much missed chappy called Cisco. Nick is currently doing a pencil portrait of a dog and baby and then he will be starting Lexus and I will post the first stages next week.
Pat Gipson, who commissioned me to draw a montage portrait of her families loved and very much missed dog called Biscuit, have emailed us a photo of the portrait, now its framed and hanging in situ!
We are always thrilled to see photos of the portraits when they are framed as it allows us to see the portraits ‘finished’. We are unable to frame our overseas pencil portraits because of the safety aspect of sending glass abroad, even though we do pack our portraits meticulously, we prefer our clients to receive the portrait in pristine condition without any worry of concerns of breakages. Pat had the portrait framed locally to her in the US and they have made a superb job of framing. The colours and tones of the frame work well with the portrait and really enhance Biscuit. We would like to officially thank Pat for taking the time to photograph the portrait and sending it our way – Thank you!!
You can see biscuits portrait in more detail here on my website – Pet Portraits in Pencil >>
Here is the final scan of Coal! We are really pleased with his the painting has turned out, Nick spent quite a lot of time on him and I think he has captured him beautifully. The clients are thrilled also which is wonderful news! He will be wending his merry way across the pond in the next few days. I have already added Coal to our website and you can see the final portrait along with the stages and the reference photos here – Schnauzer pet portraits >>
Here are the stages of Coal, the stunning Schnauzer who has been on Nicks easel for the last couple of weeks. We have had a few days off for family visiting so I am a little behind on the blog but a final scan will follow. Cisco’s portrait is also nearly complete so that will be posted this week also!
Nick has started the portrait of Coal, who is a beautiful schnauzer and we are painting this for a client in the US. Its coming along really well. Its a 12 x 10 on stretched linen canvas and I hope to have more stages over the weekend.
Here is Bisto! She is the most beautiful dog and I am hoping that she thoroughly approves of her portrait! Nick painted Bisto on a 12 x 10 Italian linen fine grain canvas and its drying nicely here in the studio. The portrait, once dry, will be sent off to its owners here in the UK and we hope that they enjoy it for many years.
Having now caught up with my blog posts, I have another days admin to do tomorrow and then I will be starting Cisco. Nick is going to be starting Coals portrait tomorrow, having had a day off today to stack logs in the shed for the winter and as soon as I have the first stage photographed I will add it to the blog.
My latest pencil portrait, a 16 x 12 portrait of an Airedale called CJ, is now framed by Jane and has been swiftly whisked off to the south of the UK ready for a birthday surprise on Friday. We are really looking forward to hearing how the surprise goes at an evening meal with the clients friends. How exciting! I have added larger photos of CJ on our framing page here – Decorative Pine Frame >> I’m about to scan the portrait of Bisto so yet another post to follow soon!
Another busy day yesterday, I managed to blog half of the framed portraits on my to do list, today I am adding the next two on here and our website. This is the montage I did a few weeks ago of Mitchie. He was an 18 x 14 pencil portrait and with a three inch mount and frame he a lot larger now – just simply stunning! So impressive when I picked him up from Janes, it was a WOW moment. He will certainly draw attention to anyone who walks into the room when our client displays it in her home. The frame is one of my favourites, the honey knots frame, which Jane our framer hand waxes to bring out the colour and silkiness of the wood. I have tried to take a good range of photos and you can see larger ones in the framing section of our website - Honey Knots Large Frame >>
Another framed portrait to follow!
This is Sammy and he has now been framed and sent to his owner in the US. Sammy was painted on fine grain French linen canvas to the size of 16 x 16 inches and framed with a wheat colour inner linen slip and the Traditional Curved Gold Line wooden frame. You can see the frame in more detail on our framing page – Traditional Curved Gold Line Frame >> and you can also see the portrait and the frame on Sammys webpage here – Labrador Oil Portraits >>
The portrait of Bomber is now framed and has been packed and sent off today to its owner ready to give as a Christmas gift. The portrait was an oil painting by Nick, on a 16 x 12 fine grain Italian linen canvas, framed with an inner linen slip wheat in colour and a traditional curved gold line wooden frame. The clients also ordered an engraved plaque with ‘Bomber’ inscribed and you can see close up photos of it below. The photos haven’t really done the portrait justice as its much warmer and richer in tone and colour here in the studio, but hopefully it will give clients a good idea of the final outcome. I have added larger images of the portrait in our framing section which you can see at this link – Traditional Curved Gold Line Frame >>
Nick used to do many pastel portraits of dogs, cats and horses for commission, however a few years ago his oil paintings became so popular, Nick decided not to take on any more commissions for pastels and to specialise in the oils which was his preferred medium. We occasionally have repeat customers who come back for a pastel portrait and Nick has completed about 3 pastels this year.
One returning client asked for a portrait of her dogs Moose and Jinx to go with her other portrait we did of Moose and Charcoal and Nick completed the portrait earlier this year. Christine very kindly emailed us some photos this week and I have added them below We love seeing our portraits framed and hanging in situ. We spend so many hours on the paintings and drawings, they become part of our lives for the time they are here which can be up to three weeks on the easel for the larger oils. So to send them off to clients is quite sad sometimes as we know we will never see them again. So having photos of them in their ‘home’ all finished and framed is wonderful.
Moose and Charcoal
Moose and Jinx
Here are the next stages of Bisto, Nick is coming to the final stretches and I will have a final scan soon. Lots of blog posts today so more to follow!