Photos for Commissions

When I undertake a commission, I’m often sent photos that prove to be a bit of a challenge!  In order to get the best result for a pet portrait, a good sharp image is really important and also if the person can get down to the dog or cat’s eye level, all the better.  I usually kneel or even lie on the floor and wait for the animal to settle (following an investigative sniff or rub of the camera by the model!)   

Three or four different poses (including a close-up of the head) are usually enough for me to see how the fur lies, the colour of the eyes and the contours of the animal’s head and body.  Sleeping animals also make a lovely composition for a painting – and ensures a sharp, blur free image!

Here are a couple of examples of good photos which resulted in realistic portraits.



Sold this painting of one of our cats, Mabel, at the Garrion Bridges last week.  Mixed feelings now.  Delighted that it sold, but I actually wish I’d kept this one, as Mabel was a special puss and I really liked the way the painting had turned out.  What a numpty!

I wonder if anyone else has a hard time parting with things they’ve created?!



Met lovely Olive on Sunday as we were leaving Ulverston, Cumbria – having been at the Carnival the day before.  Think her owners said she was a cross between an Irish Wolfhound and a Deerhound? Not sure, but she has the most beautiful eyes.  I’ll probably use pastels in soft ochre, greys and blues.  As usual, I forgot to hand out a business card to the owners as I was concentrating more on getting some good shots of the model! Ah well.

Pastel portrait tbd

Pastel portrait tbd