My most recent pet portrait commission is a great success

After my open house art exhibition during H-art ( Herefordshire art ) week in September 2018 I was approached by Dick M to undertake a commission of his lurcher Betsy for his wife for Christmas. 

Knowing that the most important thing for a good portrait is a good photograph my wife Cath and I made a visit to Dick’s home and took a range of photos of this rather nervous, but friendly, dog. The best image was achieved when Betsy was in Dick’s arms……

Betsy pet portrait reference photo

Betsy was undertaken using a mixture of pastel pencils ( Derwent, Conte a Paris, Cretacolour and  Faber-castell) for the details of eyes and fur, and soft pastel for the background, on ArtSpectrum Colourfix paper. 

I was very pleased with the completed portrait and so was Dick. He sent me a text saying: “I thought you would like to know that the picture was a great success. Margaret was thrilled with it, and friends and family all admired it. Thanks to your good work I am the flavour of the month! All the best Dick” 

“Betsy” pet portrait framed

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