Friday, August 28, 2009


Have finished a commissioned oil painting which has to be kept under wraps for a while so here is todays Llama portrait almost finished I am gradually adding these characters to a series which I hope to have printed as greetings cards sometime~ there are four more amusing faces in the pipeline

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wonderful wildlife

I have been out and about this weekend with my camera and have seen a Mink, 2 Kestrels, a Barn Owl and a Marsh Harrier as if all that wasn't enough to make my day I managed to get my best ever Barn Owl shots while she was hunting~ I am a happy girl :-)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Finally finished "Al Packer" and have started work on a Llama also in pastel as I'm thinking of doing a series and printing them as greetings cards ~ they have such comical expressions which I hope will appeal to lots of people

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sad news

While my oil paintings are set aside to dry today I have been working on my pastel alpaca portrait.............. out of the blue I had a phone call from a friend to say that she has finally had to have her lovely Border collie "Daisy" PTS ~ Daisy was an amazing dog who was in her 19th year! she had been blind and partially deaf for the last two years but in otherwise fine health and great spirits, I had the great pleasure of looking after her for a week or so last year while my friend was abroad and was impressed with her get up and go for a dog so old!
I painted this pastel portrait of her as she slept one afternoon and todays sad news prompted me to post it here...............sleep tight Daisy dog ~ run free with my old girl Bramble x

Monday, August 17, 2009

Slow progress

Now that hubby has gone back to work it was time to dust off the paints and get to work, I have almost completed an oil painting of a Jack Russell Terrier which I can't show on the net as it is a surprise for my clients wife's birthday. However I had a couple of hours to spare so as I was in the groove with oils I continued to work on Cara the Irish Setter who is starting to come to life now, I am fairly happy with her so far and just have a couple of hours of work left to complete her by adding some texture to her fur.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Irish Setter

The last week has been a little erratic for me as far as work is concerned, my husband has been home all week and we have been out and about leaving me little time to paint.
I have been working on several paintings at once some of which are surprise presents so have to remain under wraps for the time being.

My oil painting of Misty the border collie has now been finished, framed and delivered to her owner so her place on my oil painting list has been taken by a memorial portrait of Cara a beautiful Irish Setter, the only ref photo is a very old, very small print with little in the way of detail so I am up against it this time however this is a breed very familiar to me so I am confident it will all fall into place.

The initial stages of my oil paintings are always shockingly ugly and I am loathe to reveal them but hopefully you will see an improvement as I progress.

As this is not a commissioned peice I have not done any groundwork I have simply worked freehand direct onto the canvas with thin paint to give a basis on which to rework and build each area untill I feel happy with it, on a commissioned portrait I would normally spend a lot of time drawing and measuring to achieve an accurate foundation before beginning to paint

Next I block in some tone to create a more structured image, at this point there are several areas that I know are out of kilter and will need some careful adjustment but at this point I needed to inject some life and expression into her eyes as a motivator for me to carry on.

Now that I have some life in her eyes I needed to sort out her muzzle area as there is little detail in the ref to help me it is mainly trial and error, I have also darkened the background and moved her left ear slightly which has balanced the portrait to a point where I am starting to see some progress, this now needs to be left to dry for a few days and I will return to finish Al Packer and a Jack Russell oil that has been drying.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Day off

Hubby and I treated ourselves to a day off today and headed for the Ashdown forest to walk with Llama's, Martin was paired up with Toby and I walked with Nicholas, we had a lovely walk through the Ashdown forest with our two large and very handsome charges who behaved themselves impeccably.

Spent some time taking photos of the Llamas and Alpacas before having lunch and heading for home~ what a lovely day :-)

Friday, August 07, 2009

Heading for meltdown!

It's strange how "viral" the internet can be, my website has experienced a sudden deluge of entries to my "win a pet portrait" competition, I can only imagine this is due to word of mouth amongst the pet owning public as I have done zilch to promote it outside my site? that said, I am flabbergasted, grateful and inspired by the sheer number of folk who would like a painting by me enough to submit an entry, if these were all paying clients I'm sure I would be gainfully employed from now until I retired ;-)
Oh well massive thanks to all entrants for boosting my morale
I am currently mulling over the possibilty of a couple of extra "runner up" prizes which will be announced later in the year.
Meanwhile anyone passing by my website please feel free to add your vote for the best photo~ it's worth a look as there are so many gorgeous,cute and funny animals to feast your eyes on.

Back in the real world I have also been having a creative splurge and I currently have 10 paintings on the go at various stages of drying and progress! as a result of all this activity my studio (spare bedroom) has become something of a tip so I really must create a gap in this current burst of creativity to have a housekeeping day :-( as they say "all good things....................

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Al Packer

Today I have been working on my surprise birthday commissions so no piccy's to divulge just yet~ however to add some variety I have been delving into that folder again and found myself a wonderful Alpaca to paint using pastels he has fantastic wool which will take an age to finish! this is where I am with "Al" so far...............................

Sunday, August 02, 2009


Today I found myself getting to the "fiddling" stage with this one ~ hopefully I caught myself in the nick of time and stopped myself totally ruining the piece.

I'm not sure if it has been entirely successful but it certainly made a change for me (which is indeed as good as a rest)

Tomorrow its back to work on the oil paintings

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Horse for a change

Well the wet weather (sigh) has done it's utmost to dampen my spirits and all my commissioned work is in oils waiting to dry between stages ~ So I decided to try a horse in pastels for a change, I dipped into the "to do " folder and came up with this lovely girl, she gave me lots of hassle to begin with as I rushed in and got proportions all wrong!! however I worked past the "bin it" stage and think it has now turned a corner :-)

She is 23 x 30 cm on colourfix paper and not too far off finished