Here’s a photo of a recent commission of Dolly, a young golden cocker spaniel who was a delight to paint.
Her owner sent me really good crisp photos to work from, always a bonus!
The best part was getting to meet the model when the client arrived to collect the painting. She’s such a cutie 🐶💕
On Saturday 26 August, it is National Dog Day – celebrating our canine friends all over the world. With that in mind, here is a collection of a few of my paintings of pooches who are awaiting their forever homes… or walls! A mixture of breeds and all lovely characters who make, or have made, our lives just that bit more fun.
This latest painting was taken from a beautiful black bull spotted in a farm field in Cumbria.
The red background shows his colour off really well, but it was also chosen as I had just heard of the decision by the Balearic Islands in Spain to stop bullfighting.
I understand the idea of tradition in countries but I don't understand this cruel 'sport' in the name of tradition.
In between painting pet portraits to commission or new paintings for my ‘wall’ at a local Antiques & Art Centre, I practice by using reference photos taken on my phone of anything and everything and also by using online photo reference sites which I recently joined.
This ‘Siamese’ is from a photographer called Charlotte White on a Facebook photo ref site for artists and she has beautiful shots of unusual breeds of cats which are always fun to try out.
Life is all about trying something new, different or out of your comfort zone, so with that in mind, I set about painting my first skull. I was given a Herdwick ram skull as a gift (hmmm?!) from a friend who had found it whilst out on a walk in the Lake District (U.K.).
Herdwick are a tough breed of sheep well known in the Cumbrian fells and their beautiful wool is used in carpets as well as clothing.
The painting was given to the skull presenter for her birthday…..thankfully, she loved it!
Here’s a rejigged painting which has been lying around the studio for a few months. ‘Siesta’ is taken from a holiday photo of a Croatian cat enjoying a sleep right in the middle of a pavement, she obviously knew that there wouldn’t be much pedestrian traffic during siesta time. Bit of fun doing this one, flicking paint at the canvas with an old toothbrush 👩🏻🎨
These are a new venture for me which I’m quite giddy about! I’m so pleased with the quality of the prints on Hahnemule acid-free textured paper and I now have a strictly limited edition of 50 of each of the four images available. The square prints ‘George’ and ‘Basset Hound’ fit a 50cm square Ikea Ribba frame perfectly. All are signed and numbered by yours truly and come with an authenticity certificate. If you would like more details, please get in touch. Thanks for looking 🤓