I completed this drawing one week ago after working on it for two weeks. It was a very different commission for me. I had never drawn trucks before… The drawing is 30 x 40 cm in size and features six trucks parked in an interesting pattern outside the Protrans offices. The drawing was commissioned by the company owners as a way of celebrating twenty years in business. I worked with Staedtler graphite pencils on Fabriano paper.
I have included a full scan of the drawing with a detailed image underneath. I took some photos of the drawing in progress which you can see in the gallery below. It also includes photos of the finished drawing in a mount.
This is the latest portrait to come off my easel. It is of Bran, the beautiful mixed collie shepherd dog. She was rescued by her family when 6 months old and stayed with them for 15 years. She was very special to them and so they commissioned Bran’s portrait with me as a keepsake.
They were very happy with the result and I was just honored to work on such a special portrait. The reference photos were excellent. They were taken outside on a lovely day. It is a beach setting, which is wonderful (I have a thing for beaches so I was very excited to work on this painting :)). We decided to choose a profile image of Bran. I think it really captured her good nature and gentle character.
I suggested a wide landscape format, 40 x 20 cm in size. It captured just enough background without overpowering Bran in the centre of the composition. I worked in the detail in Bran’s fur with small brushes. It is a sunny scene, so the shadows are quite deep in tone. The basis of my palette were burnt umber, venetian red and yellow ochre. For contrast I used cerulean blue and ultramarine. It was important to capture the warmth of the sun in the image. I took some pictures of the finished canvas on the wall, together with some progress images as I was painting.
I completed this drawing in the last couple of days. It is of two lovely dogs called Monty and Chances – a black collie and a golden labrador. The portrait was commissioned as a 60th birthday present for the client’s friend. The drawing was drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano 5 paper. I used Faber-Castell and Staedtler pencils 2B, 4B and 6B. The portrait is 20 x 40 cm in size which is a lovely wide landscape format.
I am also including some close-up images of each dog and reference photographs. The photos were a little blurred but I hope I still captured the likeness and essence of each dog.
Monty’s portrait in detail
Chances’ portrait in detail
This is the latest portrait to come off my easel. It is 35 x 45 cm in size and painted with acrylics on canvas. I worked on this one for a week. The photo didn’t offer a lot of detail, so I decided to loosen my style a little. For the background, I used a flat wash of a cool grey to compliment the skin tones.
I received a lovely email from this year’s first client. It was a painting of Milly, the horse that the client trained. She had the painting framed and it is now hanging in her home.
I think the frame works really well with the painting and the surrounding wall. I used some reds in the bottom of the painting which accidentally matches the client’s wall. I love those happy accidents 🙂 I think the gold frame really compliments the browns and ochres I used in the portrait.
And this is what the client had to say:
Just wanted to send a photo of your wonderful painting of Milly, framed and up on the wall! The framemakers were even admiring it today when I picked it up!
Thank you so much, could not have a better memory of Milly!
Today I finished another painting, a portrait of a man. It is now hanging in my studio and I am going to scan it in the next couple of days. I will post it once it is approved by the client. Next up is a drawing of two dogs.
I have some website changes coming up over the next few weeks. I am going to refresh the gallery pages on the website with some newer work. I am also going to add some detailed pages for the paintings which are not available at the moment. So keep checking the site 🙂
This is the latest painting to come off my easel. I finished it over the weekend after working on it for almost two weeks. It is 30 x 40cm in size. Ryan is the little boy and Jenny is the lovely pony he is riding. The painting was painted with acrylics on canvas. I changed up the background a good bit from the reference photos. I added some blurry trees to inject colour into the portrait. It was commissioned as a present for Ryan’s Mum by his Dad. He was very happy with the portrait. I hope you all like it too 🙂
I am including a detailed scan and the reference photo.
I completed this portrait last week. It is of two brown and white springer spaniels named Lucy and Cody. Lucy, Cody’s mother, is on the left and Cody is on the right. This portrait was commissioned as a present for the client’s partner. It is 50 x 50 cm in size and I worked with acrylics on stretched canvas. I used larger brushes for this portrait to create a looser painting with some expressive brush strokes. Smaller brushes were then used for the details on the dogs’ faces. I scanned the painting and I am including a detail of each dog.
This is the first painting of 2017. It is of a brown horse called Milly. The painting was commissioned by a client from Kilkenny. I completed a painting of another horse for her last year, so I was delighted she has returned with another commission this year. Milly is just beautiful and I had good photos to work from. The painting is 30 x 60 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.
I am also including some progress photos and the reference photo.
This painting was completed just before Christmas. It was commissioned as a Christmas present for a farmer by his girlfriend. It is of four sheep standing in the field. The painting was small in size, 25 x 30 cm, painted with acrylics on canvas.
This is Bunty, a black and white collie. I drew this portrait before Christmas for a returning client. The drawing was small in size, 15 x 20 cm, drawn with graphite pencils on paper.