A few weeks ago the owner of this beautiful spaniel called Pimms contacted me through my website to ask if I could do a commission of her. It was to be a birthday present for her partner Clive. She had found me by googling ” animal artists in Herefordshire” and chose me because she liked the quality of my work.
We travelled down to Dymock in Gloucestershire to met Victoria and Pimms, and my wife Cath took a series of photographs from which Victoria chose her favourite. I do prefer to take our own photos to get the best possible detail, light, contrast and character. The eyes are particularly important to get perfect as they can make or break a portrait. Victoria chose E but which would you have chosen?
I completed this portrait using soft pastels and pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch pastel paper. The sharpened pencils create the detail and the background is blended using polystyrene sticks to give the three dimensional effect to the completed painting. A ( rather poor) quality video of how I created Pimms can be found HERE. Victoria collected Pimms yesterday and gave it to Clive last night as an early birthday present – but also as a Valentine’s gift……These photos are of Pimms, her portrait and Clive….a delighted and delightful family!
Back in March my detailed pastel artwork came to the attention of Alice Fenner of the Retired Greyhound Trustcharity through twitter and she contacted me regarding my undertaking a portrait of a retired greyhound. We agreed to a reduced price ( to cover my costs ) and completed the portrait by mid April. You can read more HERE…..
The finished commission is to be used to raise money for the charity through the sale of Christmas cards that have my portrait on them and you can see them HERE…They look great and I am buying some for myself. Have a look and support a charity that gives these beautiful dogs a chance of a good life in a loving home!
I am offering 15% off all my artworks for the next week so why not give your loved one a very special present that will last a lifetime? You can pay in installments if you wish, the painting is already framed and will be delivered by courier, and Artfinder will guarantee your satisfaction, so why not have a look? Your special someone will be over the moon, just like the nearly 200 people who have bought or commissioned one of my many detailed pastel artworks….
With “that” time of year far too rapidly approaching why not consider something different for a loved one – a commissioned portrait? Whether it be of your beloved pet, child or partner I can create something unique that will last a lifetime. Having undertaken many commissions I understand what is needed to create high quality, detailed portrait so contact me through my website, phone or email address for more details. Look forward to hearing from you and to making Christmas day extra special for your loved one!
Delighted to deliver the completed Christmas greyhound commission to Alice Fenner of the Retired Greyhound Trust last Wednesday. I am looking forward to seeing the cards and sundries that will be created from this lovely pastel painting in due course. And I will be posting a video of the steps to create this to my pastel work in progress facebook page soon. Completed in soft pastel and pastel pencils on Artspectrum Colourifx paper from a photo provided by the charity…..
Progressing very well with this commission using soft pastel and pastel pencils. As the image will be used for Christmas cards and assorted sundries it needs to be at the printers in the next few weeks so I will be delivering it to the Retired Greyhound Trust offices near Kingston on Thames next week ( we will be in the area ). Alice Fenner at the Trust is also pleased with the progress which is a relief! You can see more of my dog commission work on my website. I am also doing some “work in progress” photos and videos and these will posted soon along with the completed commission. Enjoy your day!
Another piece of good news. I have been asked to undertake a commission of a greyhound for the Retired Greyhound Trust Have started today and will have updates as I progress. Very proud to be asked as the image will be used for Christmas cards and other merchandise. Thank you to Lisa Morris-Tomkins who spotted my work in twitter!