Blacky

This is a painting of Blacky that I completed in January. It was commissioned by her owner as a birthday present for her mum. The painting was small in size, at 18 x 24 cm. It was painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

black and white cat portrait

The client was very happy with the result and sent me a lovely email when she received the painting:

Hi Ivana, I’m just emailing to let you know that the painting arrived today! You are an extremely talented artist, the painting is absolutely stunning and looks exactly like Blacky. The painting will mean so much to my Mum, I cannot wait to surprise her with it!

Once again, thank you so much!! I wish you all the best, Isabel

Darcy

Darcy is a beautiful golden labrador whose portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. She sadly passed away before Christmas. She was thirteen and with her owners from a puppy. The client commissioned her painting as a present for his wife. The painting is 50 x 50 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

golden lab portrait

I took my time painting Darcy’s portrait, applying thin washes to the background and more detailed layers of paint in the centre. I wanted her nose and eyes to be the focus.

Thatched Cottage Drawing

I created this drawing for a return client a couple of weeks ago. He commissioned it as a present for his brother who lives in the US. They both grew up in the cottage which is no longer there. This is the third portrait I created for the same client. The drawing is 25 x 30 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper.

cottage drawing

Buster, Holly, Casey and Socks

This is a painting I worked on in January for a return client. I created a drawing of three of her dogs a year ago and since then the client rescued Socks. She wanted to include him in the portrait too and asked me to create an acrylic painting this time. The photos she gave me were excellent and it was a pleasure to create this painting. I worked in a wide landscape format of 30 x 90 cm, on stretched fine grain canvas. I used acrylic paints, working with only a few colours for harmony. The dogs are from left to right, Buster the collie, Holly the beagle, Casey the terrier and Socks the shorthaired pointer.

four dogs painting

I took some photos of the progress and the finished painting.

Jake and Sam

This portrait is another one commissioned for last Christmas. It was of two lovely dogs called Jake, the yorkshire terrier and Sam, the golden labrador. I had some good photos of Jake. Sam sadly passed a long time ago and I only had some small photos of him. The clients were very keen on showing both dogs together in one drawing for their father, so we made it work. It worked out quite well with Jake sitting up on the arm of the chair and Sam sitting beside, their heads being at the same level.

yorkie and labrador drawing

I worked with graphite pencils on paper in the size of 25 x 30 cm. I took a photo of the initial sketch and of the finished drawing which was mounted in a neutral coloured mount. The clients came to collect the drawing just before Christmas and they were very pleased with the result. I was delighted as I thought it worked out very well too 🙂

Axel and Kaiser

This is a painting of two rottweilers that I completed before Christmas. It was commissioned by their owner as a present for his partner. They are Axel and Kaiser. The painting was a large 50 x 60 cm in size painted with acrylics on fine stretched canvas. The client was very happy with the finished portrait:

Hi Ivana,

Oh my god i cant believe how well that has turned out. I am actually speechless!!!. My partner is going to love that. You have perfectly captured the two boys…

Richard

two rotties portrait

I took some photographs of the painting in progress and the finished piece.

Drawing of a couple

a drawing of an elederly couple

This is a drawing of an elderly couple I completed as a Christmas present. It was commissioned by their son. The drawing was drawn with graphite pencils on paper. It was 25 x 30 cm in size. When finished I mounted it in a neutral coloured mount.

Buster

Meet Buster, the beautiful boxer whose portrait I completed before Christmas. The drawing was 20 x 20 cm in size and drawn with coloured pencils on paper. I used Polychromos coloured pencils by Faber-Castell on Fabriano 5 paper with 50percent cotton. The photographs the client provided were very good and we decided to keep the background in monochrome.

white and brown boxer drawing

I love Buster’s pose, looking over his shoulder. The client asked me to brighten his eyes a little in the drawing. The drawing was commissioned for her father for Christmas, Buster being his much loved dog. She was delighted with the finished portrait and wrote me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, Oh my god it’s absolutely fantastic, it’s so realistic, given that you have never met Buster I can’t believe how true to character it is. I’m honestly so happy with it, I can’t thank you enough, it’s perfect….Thanks so much for all your hard work and dedication, you truly have a remarkable talent…..Aimee

A painting of two kittens

This is a painting I completed before Christmas. It was commissioned as a Christmas gift. The kittens in the portrait are Sebastian, the tabby kitten and Belle, the black and white kitten. I worked from two separate reference photographs provided by the client. I placed both cats into one composition with some simple shading, using mostly the background from Sebastian’s photo.

two kittens painting

The portrait is 20 x 30 cm in size painted on fine grain cotton canvas. I worked with acrylics. I scanned the painting when finished and took some photographs of the canvas too.

Molly’s painting

This is a painting of Molly, the beautiful springer spaniel whose portrait I worked on before Christmas. I was so busy, I haven’t been updating the blog, so I will try and catch up over the next few weeks. I worked on all sorts of commissions from dog portraits to people portraits, drawings and paintings alike.

springer spaniel dog portrait in acrylic

Molly’s painting was commissioned as a birthday present for the client’s daughter. Molly has a damaged leg and keeps it folded when sitting. The client was very keen to show this in the portrait together with her squeaky toy bone. This brought a lovely splash of colour into the painting. The red blanket behind Molly tied it all together. I worked from several reference photos which was great as I could really capture Molly’s colouring and expression.

english springer spaniel painting

The painting is 25 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I took some pictures of the painting in process and the finished canvas.

The client was very happy with the painting and sent me a lovely email before and after she gave it to her daughter:

Thanks Ivana…Caitriona is going to be really thrilled as Molly is the light of her life. We all love her..and you have captured her so well..you have a gift for sure. Many thanks again for completing it so quickly..

Hi Ivana…Just to say Caitriona was over the moon  with the painting of Molly…many thanks again. Your work is lovely and the service first class..wishing you continued success and a very Happy Christmas

Mary