Following a change of mind with one of my paintings, I recently took the plunge to swap a safe sky blue colour for a bold purple (my favourite!) colour. I think it makes the subject – a hunk of English Bull Terrier – ‘pop’ forward now. I love subtle, gentle background colours, but just now and again I like to go a bit bananas! See what you think. 🤓
Further to my previous blog “Something New”, I’m happy to report that the German Shepherd pastel presented in a pre-cut mount has sold at my unit at Garrion Bridges, so time to get busy and get a few more pastels underway.
No, not that one…! It’s now 21 weeks to – dare I mention it – Christmas, so if you would like a portrait of your furry (or feathered) friend painted from your photos, why not contact me to get yours ordered? The sooner the better.
Animal portraits make a wonderful gift, either for yourself or for someone special. Prices from £50 for a small pastel on paper.
Here’s an example, this is Rocco, acrylic on canvas:-
I found these pre-packed mounts in Cass Art and thought I would try doing some smaller pastels to fit them. I’ve made a start with a little Westie and a German Shepherd just to see how they do on my wall at the Garrion Bridges Antiques and Art centre.
As well as improving the presentation of the paintings, it allows the buyer to use or select their own frame which they can buy ‘off the peg’ as the mounts are standard sizes. The clear sleeves protect the pastels and allows a price to be attached to the painting without any damage to the paper or the mount.
Let’s see how they do.
This is the latest addition to my stock of artwork for sale at the Garrion Bridges Art & Antiques Centre. “Olive”, the deerhound has featured on this blog before and her pastel painting is now waiting for a new owner. I decided to pop this pastel onto a pre-cut mount, rather than having it framed, to give the buyer the opportunity to select their own frame, so we’ll see if this proves a good idea or not. If so, I’ll try a few more – back to the drawing board….literally! 🤓
Here’s a noble looking breed of dog which I thought might work well in soft pastel, given its fluffy coat. I spotted this beauty with her owners in a car park in Ulverston and after a brief chat, they very kindly allowed me to take a few shots of her. She seemed very used to having her photo taken and posed fabulously! Hope I’ve done her justice.
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.
Happy Christmas Everyone 🎅🏻🎄
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this gorgeous hunk of pooch who was patiently waiting for his owner. He’s an English Bull Terrier and as he looked a little bit of a toughie (probably a big softie really) I decided to name him ‘Cuddles’. Acrylic on canvas, 50x50cm.
Just completed this commission. This is Cooper, a handsome German Shepherd with a wonderful personality who was a joy to paint. I love painting images of animals with loads of natural sunlight on them as it highlights their fur, eyes and noses – hopefully bringing life to the painting.