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.
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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.
I started with a simple, very faint sketch in blue pastel. Once I was happy with the layout, I then added a layer of ivory colour for the background with Faber Castell pastel pencil to create a smoother surface for blending.
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.
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 andContinue reading “Bix the Hungarian Vizsla”
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!
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.