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 🤓
Well the big old fella has touched down in Vienna and is now safely hanging on his new wall. Lovely to receive feedback and a photo. Happy New Home Magnus 🐮
I recently sent four of my paintings to have a limited edition of giclée prints produced by a local printing company called Deadly Digital in Glasgow. I was really pleased with the results and now have them ready for selling.
The sheep prints (‘Yorkshire Ewe’) are taken from my painting of a gorgeous photograph by Jan Lever with her kind permission.
Here’s a couple of photos showing the prints; my art unit at Garrion Bridges Garden & Antiques Centre, and how one of them looks in a frame.
We’ll see how this latest venture works out.
I love painting animal portraits especially when the models have gorgeous eyes, Toby was no exception – beautiful peepers! 🐶❤️