This was a recent commission for a client in Germany who contacted me via a friend. They had recently had to say goodbye to their beautiful golden retriever and I was honoured to be asked to create a portrait of her with one of her favourite toys. Hopefully the painting will give a little comfort to the family at a very sad time. RIP Tessa.
I think we all need a bit of cheering up now and again in this mad, mixed up world of ours and how better to thank our four (and two) legged friends who always bring a smile and provide unconditional love, than with a day to celebrate them.
The saddest time of owning a pet is when the inevitable happens and we have to say goodbye. This latest commission is of a beautiful black Labrador who sadly passed away just days before his portrait was completed. Hopefully, the painting will provide a bit of comfort to the owner. R.I.P. Toby ❤️
Happy New Year! The start of the year means looking ahead with hope, anticipation and enthusiasm. 2016 was a bit of a tough one for me, so it’s time to move forward and hope 2017 will be better. I’m sure I’m not the only person feeling this way.
With that in mind, I plan to be more productive with my artwork and also try to get it “out there” in the big wide world.
As Jim Royle once said in Caroline Aherne’s brilliant TV comedy series ‘The Royle Family’, “Those dishes won’t do themselves, Barb” – of course, this will leave you puzzled if you are reading this outside the UK!! It just means, if you want to get a job done, get on with it.
So without further ado, here are a couple of progress stage & completed paintings I can now reveal, that were commissioned for Christmas gifts, as I sign off for the time being and get cracking on some new work.
Just completed this commission of a Highland Cow and having used a mix of reds and blacks she resulted in a chocolatey look to her hair so I’ve temporarily christened her Coco. Bit of varnish, attach the loops and cord and off she goes to her new home 🐮🎨
Although it’s the time of year when impulses take over reasoned thinking, let’s just slow down and make sure that giving a cute little bundle of fun to someone as a Christmas gift is really the right thing to do.
If you still think a pooch is what they would like, why not give them a very well behaved one that doesn’t need walkies or scooping after?!
Here are a few gift ideas, OR you can commission me to paint a beloved four legged friend from your photos, for a truly original gift.