‘Red Bull’

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.

Reference Photos

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.

Something Different…

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!

Herdwick Ram Skull

 

 

 

Siesta

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 👩🏻‍🎨

Limited Edition Prints

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 🤓

Hot Off The Press

Here is the latest run of my animal portrait greetings cards.  All are 15 x 10.5cm in size, professionally printed on quality card and are supplied in individual cellophane pockets with white envelopes to keep them pristine.  They make brilliant Thank You cards, Birthday cards or Just-A-Note and if you order the set of 5, I’ll wrap them with a pretty ribbon ready to be given as a gift (or to keep for yourself!) Contact me or DM me for details 🤓