Isla is no longer a puppy, but what an absolutely perfect choice of a reference in this photo from her puppyhood!
People seem to either know nothing about Rory Gallagher or have an obsession with him. For those of you who fall into the first category, he was an Irish blues and rock musician and you should definitely look him up. I can be found in the latter category, my son is named Rory and only for my huband’s protests our daughter would have been called ‘Gallagher’.
I have had several commissions for GSP portraits this past year, and while two are available as fine art giclee prints, I would love to add another full body artwork to the collection and would hugely appreciate any help in sourcing a reference photograph.
I grew up in Ireland where Tawny Owls are completely absent, so it was really exciting to see these in England, and even more exciting to discover a pair nesting in the woods behind our house. The original of this painting has sold, but fine art giclee prints are available from £25. Although there… Continue reading Wildlife Art
In between commissions, I’ve spent the past two weeks working on this pastel of my son Rory. Rory is not one for posing for photos or flashing a giant smile on request, so rather than a portrait of him smiling at the viewer I decided to capture him as he really is, studying a bird identification… Continue reading Rory
Last Halloween I carved a Vizsla on a pumpkin and had lots of requests for a stencil, so now that pumpkin carving time has come around again here is a free Vizsla stencil anybody can easily use to carve a pumpkin.
Based on the French verb gicler which means “to squirt or spray”, giclée printing involves squirting microscopic dots of specialist archival pigment ink onto high quality fine art paper with exceptional accuracy.
Even though I have lots of Hungarian Vizsla products a Wire Haired Vizsla was missing, and was one of the breeds suggested which I thought was a great idea. Hettie’s mum put forward this great photo to use as a reference.
I want to show the journey of one dog in different stages, from a tiny newborn bundle of helpless wrinkles, to a bright-eyed, needle toothed puppy, all the way to a wise and sweet senior because at every stage of their lives they are the same dog, and it is as much of an honour to share their lives whether at puppy-hood, adulthood or when they’re grey-faced and perfect.
Unless I am drawing a large or complicated piece, I prefer to do a simple sketch first and then change or tweak anything I’m unhappy with as I add layers of pastel. Mia’s markings really threw me off with this one however, the white on her muzzle kept tricking me into thinking everything was crooked! You can make out the several faint pencil marks of previous attempts on this sketch.