Gesso Prints compared to Giclee

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.

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

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.

Win a Fairtrade 100% Natural Cotton Tote Bag of your choice!

To win a design of your choice, either visit the competition link on Facebook or leave a comment below to state which design you would like. The winner will be chosen on August 31st – open to participants worldwide! Many thanks and best of luck!!!

Mia

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.

Framing

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…

New Work – Alaskan Malamute

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!

Ordering for Christmas

Firstly I apologise for using the ‘C’ word in November, but last year, like a Grinch, I had to turn away requests for commissions in early December. To guarantee Christmas gifts arrive on time, I will stop taking orders for commissions in late November/early December, so it is best to order as soon as possible… Continue reading Ordering for Christmas

Five paintings in five days

It has been so busy with Christmas commissions and charity portraits that I’ve noticed I have been finishing one portrait every weekday.  I’ve set up a blog to document the paintings I’ve been finishing each day entitled, imaginatively ‘A Painting A Day.

Guide to gift wrapping from Wrapped by Alice

A huge majority of commissions I receive for portraits and artwork are gifts.  Right now with Christmas fast approaching, I have so many secret commissions in the works to which I am sworn to secrecy that I feel like a spy!