Rory

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

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.

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…

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.