I now have my Tobi portrait back and beautifully framed. I was very anxious that the framing I had chosen with a lot of help from the framer would be too heavy or not do the portrait justice. But I was thrilled with it. When the framer brought it out and showed me how it looked, I cried. Your image of Tobi is so real that it was as if she were there alive in front of me. It also reminded me how much I miss her everyday. Now, like a strange old demented person some might think, I talk to her portrait each time I pass and it makes me feel better about her absence from my life.
The outside frame is a deep rich brown with a slight grain through it and a mottled rich gold edge and the inside frame is a linen finish with pale gold edge. The framer recommended a frame inside a frame – I love the effect.
I have had ‘fun’ taking photos of the portrait – trying not to get reflections from the flash, finding the right natural light that shows the colours as close to reality as possible and using the self-timer, then racing across the room to get the photo of me with the painting. I must have taken about 100 – I am a bit of a perfectionist and didn’t want any photo that didn’t do the portrait justice. The one of the painting by itself is a little bit too yellow, but I have had trouble getting the exact colour right. I have had to rotate and crop some of the images with me in it, as I think I must have leant on the corner of the frame as I raced into position and made it hang crooked in the photos. However, I have made them as good as I can, operating on my own – my partner Kevin would not have put up with taking as many photos as I did.
I have shown your website to everyone who will listen to me. It has been marvellous to be able to see the stages that the portrait went through to reach completion. I really liked some of the early stages, particularly the one shown on the blog on Jul 7th, as well as the final image. I have had a look at your dog portrait website and must thank you for putting an image of Tobi’s portrait there – she would love to know that she had been ‘recognised’ in some way. I hope you feel the photos do your work appropriate justice.
Give my best wishes to Nick and give Tom a big hug from me – I shall bring him some tasty doggie treats when I come to visit you all – my Melanie and Paula think a visit to Wales is a great idea.
Fondest regards xxxx