With any original piece of art, it is highly recommended to use a professional framer and it is too easy to damage the artwork. If you decide to tackle framing yourself, here are some tips that may be useful…
As portraits, especially pet portraits, can rarely be done from life a huge part of creating a portrait that a client will love is choosing the right photograph. Source: Choosing the right photograph
Extra Small – 8″ x 6″ / 15 x 10 cm As a general guide a 8″ x 6″ size is suitable for a single pet’s head and shoulder portrait:
I always find it amazing to watch my dogs turn from floppy snoring sofa cushions into crazy energetic explorers at the slightest mention of a walk, and I really want to capture that with each painting in this series. To watch them interact with the environment and turn the world into their playground never ceases to fascinate me!
It can be difficult to decide whether or not to include a background when commissioning a painting or drawing. Here are five different background options.
Black animals are notoriously difficult to photograph, so I was really glad to get such great reference photographs of these two black Labradors.
The image is of Juta at Grey Mare’s Tail in Scotland and it really strikes a chord with me as she is so keen and playful, oblivious to the cold water or the stormy day, just intent on watching what’s about to be thrown or maybe the birds flying overhead! I hope it depicts a familiar scene for others too.
Bix’s portrait was commissioned by as a birthday gift, so I’ve had to be very secretive about sharing any updates in case I spoiled the surprise. He is a gorgeous Viszla, and although the client sent a number of photographs this was her favourite and mine too, as it really shows his gentle nature and… Continue reading Bix the Hungarian Vizsla
I have had so many commissions for portraits of Labradors in the past few weeks, I thought I would dedicate a blog especially to them. Here are a few from the past two years…
Commissioning a portrait of more than one subject does not require a reference photograph of all subjects together. You may be lucky enough to have a perfect photo to use as a reference, but especially with pets and children, this is often completely impossible!