Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pet portrait competition winner

Here is the portrait I have produced for the winner of the photo competition, this is "Tess" a pretty 15 yr old Jack Russell Terrier who sadly passed away last year, her portrait was painted from a photograph of her in her younger days, it is painted in pastels and measures 30 x 30 cm.

Her owner loves it............... but................. it met with some rough handling from the post office and is currently winging its way back to me for running repairs, which I'm hoping won't need to be too drastic

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Snow and yet more snow!

Well as almost everyone in the uk is well aware, we have been under a white blanket for a couple of weeks now and I have been busy walking about doing errands of one kind or another for family and neighbours!

I really haven't managed to get much done in the way of painting, I have no commissions in the offing and my prize portrait owner is still trying to select a favourite photograph leaving me with time on my hands........... so I spent an afternoon working on snow sculpture in honour of a little present bought to me by the snow :-)

Can you tell what it is yet?

Well here is my Jack Russell "Milo" inspecting the snow version and here is our new lodger/foster baby "Tabatha Snow" who I found freezing cold and lost in the snow exactly a week ago .........despite extensive searching I have been unable to track down her owner so it looks as if I may have been adopted!..................................isn't she cute x

Friday, January 08, 2010


I thought I had added to this blog this year but it seems not and it's already a week in!
It's been a busy week for me on a personal level as the deep snow has prevented me from getting the car out. Caring for my Mum and my elderly neighbour has had me walking miles and miles in the snow to get bits and bobs both needed but I must say I have enjoyed the fresh air and I've certainly made up for all my over indulgence at Christmas!
On the artistic front I was able to announce the winner of the pet photo competition I ran throughout 2009. "Tess" the JRT won with a fantastic 191 votes, unfortunately she passed away mid year so her portrait will be extra special to her owners, she died age 15 and had lived a full and active Jack Russell style existance, her owner is searching for suitable ref photos and I should be able to make a start on the painting soon