Category Archives: PAINTINGS

Fidget aka ‘The Fudge’

It’s so nice to meet the ‘sitter’ of a portrait before I start to paint.  I always work from a photograph and if I haven’t met the pet it’s sometimes hard to gauge their personality.  When I dropped off the portrait of Tèa in May I was lucky enough to meet her brother Fidget, a Pomeranian/Spitz.  Even with his mohawk haircut, he is just a bundle of fluffy loveliness.

Fidget

It’s easy to see why he has the nickname ‘The Fudge’ because he is so sweet.

When I deliver a commission there’s always ‘that moment’ when the client peels back the brown paper to reveal the portrait – What if it’s not what they wanted?  What if they don’t like it?  What if I haven’t captured ‘the look’?   My fears were allayed when I got home and my phone went ping.  When I opened the notification and saw this I could’ve cried.

Fidget smiling

HE LOOKS LIKE HE’S SMILING !!

Fidget, Tea & Paris

Fidget has now joined the gallery wall alongside Paris and Tèa :)

 

TÈA

My latest commission is a beautiful little chihuahua called Tèa.

Tea

Just like her ‘sister’ Paris’ painting from December, this portrait has a spotlight background.

It was so sweet to actually meet Tèa when I delivered the painting in time for her Dad’s birthday last week.

Cocoa the Cat

For my latest commission I was sent an envelope full of great photos of a very handsome black cat and given total freedom to chose which one I wanted to paint.

Cocoa photos

It looks to me like Cocoa loves his garden.  Perhaps he’s out there pondering why black cats get such bad press.

Cocoa on easel

I love the way the light is bouncing off his shiny coat.

Cocoa final

Me, Samba & Cocoa

Before the painting left to go to its new home my own little black cat gave her approval :)

Paris

My next commission was to paint Paris, a 13 year old Staffie.  I’ve never met Paris but I was sent lots of photos and was asked to paint one specific pose and background.  The background requested was a spot-light effect, which I’ve never done before.

So I watched YouTube tutorials and learned about a product called an ‘Extender’ which allows more movement of acrylic paint before it dries.  It also allows you to blend and smooth-out brush strokes.  With this medium the acrylic paint performs just like oil paint and is workable for a longer period of time.

I visited my local art shop to buy the canvas and invested in a bottle of Extender, went home and practised, practised, practised.  At first I thought the spot-light looked like a halo so I practised more and blended more and eventually I was happy with the effect.

Paris

I’m so glad I was asked to paint Paris because I feel it’s pushed me to learn a new paint effect which I know I’ll use again.

After Christmas I received a lovely thank you message from Paris’ Mum together with photos of the canvas framed and hung.

Paris in frame

Tia

Back in the Autumn I was asked to paint a portrait of Tia, a beautiful German Shepherd.   I was given a selection of photos to chose from with a variety of backgrounds.  I’m lucky to have met Tia before and know she loves the outdoors.

After nearing completion of the portrait I started concentrating on the scene behind.

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Initially I painted a floral background but decided it looked too much like wallpaper.  I didn’t feel I could give enough depth to it.  So I painted over the flowers and gave it a blurry background which I was much happier with and thought it looked less distracting.

Tia December 2017

Tia on wall

Tia’s portrait was delivered in plenty of time and I was so glad to hear that her Mum and Dad loved it and hung it immediately.

I could now get on with my Christmas shopping ….. or so I thought!   Skip on over to my next post and meet Paris :)

Pequeño perro negro

Earlier this year I visited my childhood friend in Spain and had a great time catching up with lots of old friends.  It had been many years since we had seen each other, so many that I had never met my friend’s grown up daughter.  When I returned back home I thought it would be nice if I made something to show my love and appreciation for their warm welcome.  This is my gift.

Vera

 

 

Arny

Early in the Spring I was commissioned to paint a canvas of Arny, a very lively Jack Russell.  The fun started when I visited the terror terrier to take his photograph … … … he just wouldn’t sit still.

Arne (1)

After a chase around the garden we went inside and after a bit of sofa hopping, Arny relaxed on the seat next to me with a dog chew and I managed to snap a photo of him, at last!

Arne (6)

I made a start on the painting almost straight away, but then the Summer months arrived and I put it to one side for a bit.Arny_Fotor_Collage

I like to take photos as I go along.  Even though the painting can be right in front of me, it helps to see it from a different perspective.

I’m happy to say that I finished Arny’s portrait today, it’s now signed and photographed and is ready for delivery tomorrow.  I’m nervously hoping Arny’s owners love the painting and hope I managed to capture his personality for them.

Arny