This is Oggie, a beautiful Irish Setter. I worked on a deep red smooth card using a variety of chalk pastels including Schminke and Rembrandt makes and Derwent pastel pencils for the details. The deep red of the card shone through the pastel to enhance the warmth of the glossy coat and a vibrant but simple green background provided a good complement to the colours. The work was being collected. After the approval of the portrait by email, I arranged for the mounting and framing.
I was commissioned to paint a small canvas portrait of gorgeous little Mattie and was invited to come and take my own reference photographs. The owners had lots of photos and particularly liked one that they had on Instagram, of Mattie in the bluebells. It was easy to do a screen shot of their Instagram photo so I could have that alongside the chosen pose from my own reference photos to help me create the background of the painting.
Here are a few of the progress shots that I took as I worked. The work is on a stretched canvas and I painted around the edges and put hangers on the back so that the owners could hang it immediately if they didn’t want to wait for framing. This was commissioned in the run up to Christmas so timing could have been an issue if a frame was needed. I do have a local framer that I use so can now arrange framing if a work is for local delivery or is to be collected.
This is Angel. Her owner asked for her to be drawn floating on a cloud. I visited Angel at home and took a series of reference photographs of this delightful girl, drew some sketches of different options then worked up the chosen piece. This is drawn in chalk pastel on blue pastel paper.
As a way to show off my skills at portraying different animals in just one picture, I created this image. The background features the view from the field opposite my home, of the fields towards Firle Beacon and Mount Caburn. The animals are all based on commissions I have done in the past with the addition of a few extras such as the sheep, rabbit and a cheeky little mouse.
This is painted in acrylic on board and is available as a greetings card – currently on sale at Ooh Art gallery in Lewes.