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Monday, 25 April 2016

Rain the lovely young Lab

Black Labrador Pet Portrait Oil on CanvasI was asked to paint Rain by her Dad Luke as a surprise Birthday present for his Fiancée. As soon as I saw those beautiful 'give me a biscuit' eyes I couldn't wait to get started!

Rain was described to me as a 'little comedian at times' so this is what I wanted to capture in her portrait. Luke chose me to paint Rain as he felt my style of painting suited her personality, although I paint in oils my portraits are not quite the traditional pet portrait some people may expect and have a more fun, modern twist and this is what I feel helps to capture characters just like Rain.

Black Labrador Pet Portrait

Monday, 14 March 2016

Indie the Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniel puppy portraitSome of you may remember the beautiful Roxy? Well meet the latest addition to their family... this is Indie, the gorgeous Cocker. Roxy and Indies Mum, Louise asked me to paint Indie as a surprise present for her husband and I hear it went down well!

Obviously I had to spend a lot of time with Indie, with lots of cuddles just to be sure I really got to know her, such a tough part of my job! So after sneakily bringing my camera over I managed to get some lovely photos, although it wasn't hard as she is utterly adorable.

So now Indies portrait is alongside Roxy's, just have to wait and see if they add another member to the family next year!

Cocker spaniel puppy portrait

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Pugs, Pugs and more Pugs!

Well this has to be without doubt one of the most fun Pet Portraits I have ever done! First of all the garden gets over run by Pugs and then I had the joy of capturing each of their mischievous characters in paint.

Pug Portrait oil on canvas

These gorgeous boys and girls belong to the lovely Daisy and her family, she asked me to do the portrait a few months back and I couldn't wait to get started. Daisy bought the whole crew over for a photo shoot - easier said than done! Five Pugs, my Spaniel Ned and a load of free range chickens led to a rather exciting afternoon. Although slightly manic it was a great way for me to get to know each of them and trust me when I say they all had their own unique personalities! From grumpy Kevin to cheeky Daphny I love every one of them.

So after a lot of photos I finally managed to get some good pics of all of them, Kevin, Ruby, Daphny, Eric and Alphie were ready for their masterpiece. The most challenging part was fitting all five of them on to one long canvas, when I say long I mean 4 foot! Then it was time to get painting, I did one Pug at a time so starting from left to right, each one had their own little quirks and individuality which made it such an enjoyable portrait.

Pug Portrait

Monday, 25 January 2016

Roobarb the beautiful Springer

Springer Spaniel pet portrait oil on canvas
Spaniels definitely seem to be popular for me over the last year, not that I'm complaining as I do love them and as you know I have my own gorgeous Sprocker, Ned.

This was another Christmas commission, Jacqueline contacted me online to get a portrait done of their beautiful, elderly Spaniel Roobarb, although looking at her pics she still looks just the same as she did when she was younger!

As I'm sure I've said before the curly ears are always a challenge, definitely one of the more time consuming aspects of the painting and Roobarb has some of the curliest ears I've seen! This one did take me a while to paint, not just because of the curls but all the different shades in her coat as well as the detailing around her eyes and mouth but I enjoyed every bit.

Springer Spaniel pet portrait

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Kim the Cocker

Cocker Spaniel Pet Portrait Oil on Canvas
If you've seen my previous post regarding Penny the Jack Russell then you'll know the story behind this one!

I was asked to paint Kim by the lovely Liz as a present for her husband, little did she know her husband had already commissioned me to paint their other dog Penny as a surprise Christmas present!

Liz already had some great photos of Kim so emailed them over to me to work from, although I didn't get to meet her I could really get an idea of her character which I hoped to capture in the painting.

Liz works at the wonderful Margaret Green Animal Rescue just down the road from me, we rescued our Sprocker Ned from them last August and they were absolutely brilliant so if you are considering rescuing then I would highly recommend them!

Penny the Jack Russell

Jack Russell Pet Portrait Oil on Canvas
Now for those of you who know me will know I have a bit of a soft spot for Jack Russells, quite a few years ago I had my own, Bouncer, he was a terribly cheeky chappy but unfortunately we lost him when he was only 4. They are one of those breeds that have such character and Penny here is no different.

Glyn, Penny's Dad, asked me to paint her as a present for his wife, Liz, for Christmas. Liz works for Margaret Green animal rescue who I have done a lot with over the last year, not only attending their events with my work but also rescued the amazing Ned last August, our Sprocker Spaniel. Liz had mentioned my name to Glyn so he got in touch and I headed over in secret to meet Penny while Liz was at work.

She wasn't a difficult dog to photograph, in fact I would say she was a natural! So I had lots of great images to work from, I wanted to capture her gentle yet cheeky character as well as her beautiful eyes.

Jack Russell Pet PortraitThere's quite a funny story behind this one as well. Not long after finishing Penny I got an email from Liz asking me to paint their dog, this was awkward, I couldn't tell her I already had been commissioned in secret by her husband, so was trying to think of what to say without giving the surprise away. Then Liz mentioned it was for a painting of their Spaniel, Kim. I realised then they had more dogs than just Penny, so feeling relieved I agreed to do the painting of their Spaniel Kim as a surprise Christmas present for Glyn. It was beginning to get quite a tangled web! Thankfully I was able to deliver the painting to Liz at her work, so neither would suspect a thing.

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall on Christmas day when they exchanged pressies, obviously their daughter knew and found the situation quite amusing!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Handsome Jack

Horse Portrait Oil on CanvasSo I'm still catching up with sharing some of my Christmas commissions. This one I actually painted back in October, not quite sure where the time has gone!

I met Sue at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury show, she had braved the torrential rain and as I was exhibiting in the Marquee, Sue had come in to escape the rain and we got to talking about my portraits. Sue's daughter has this rather handsome horse, Jack, so Sue thought it would be a lovely Christmas present to have a painting done.

As you may notice my portraits are majority Dogs and Cats so it is nice to have a change and I always love the opportunity to paint horses, they have such gentle faces and wonderful eyes, the colours and textures in their glossy coats and wiry manes can be quite challenging too but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and Sue was delighted with the final painting.

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