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.
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!
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.
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 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.
This is my latest pencil pet portrait of a lovely Airedale called CJ. The photo of CJ was taken in a beautiful part of the UK in the Lake District and it was a pleasure to add the landscape in the background. I have been packing portraits for the most part of the day, they will be sent off to their owners tomorrow. I will add another blog post with photos of the framed portraits next along with the latest stage of Bisto.
Here is Tux all complete, he was a 16 x 16 pencil portrait with background. The portrait is on its way to the recipient as we speak.
I am a little behind with the blog as we have been away for the weekend to the yearly London Art college meeting and yesterday I spent the day updating the college website. I’m not sure if some of our newer clients know however I have been with the college for over 15 years, I started teaching their very ancient distance learning wildlife course and over the years transformed it into a Pet Portrait Diploma course, a coloured pencil certificate course and two children’s courses which are all very popular. I handed my courses over to other tutors last year, mainly due to there not being enough hours in the day! I not only draw portraits and run our business but I also run the online side of the college and that work was becoming more demanding. I began to enjoy it more than the teaching, so I am technical support for the students and I run the college website, forum, blog etc. Every year the college holds a meeting for all of the tutors and associates and you can see this years meeting photos on their website – College 2013 meeting >> We always have a lot of fun, although Nick and I look very serious in the photo below Rona and I take the meeting photos, you can see a very blurry candid montage shot of us below. Another post to follow as I have updated photos of Lily and the chicks.
Here is the final scan of Sammy! The portrait is complete and we hope to take it to Jane this week to be framed. The portrait is an oil on linen canvas size 16 x 16 and will be sent to the US to our clients very soon. I have made a webpage for Sammy an as soon as I have the photos of the portrait framed, I will add those too. You can see Sammy’s page here – Black Labrador Oils >>
Nick has spent the weekend fencing of the top of our garden so that Lily is contained in the cottage garden and cant venture down into the woodland area. We have electric fence to keep the fox out to keep the chickens safe so we have been very vigilant with her when she has been in the garden. She had a good sized area in the top cottage garden abd Nick has used palacade fencing with two gates ech side and it looks really cottagy. I have been cutting back plants and rearranging things, still more to do but it will hopefully look lovely next spring.
I have very nearly finished Tux so a final scan will be on its way tomorrow!