Grouse with landscape

I worked on this painting a couple of weeks ago. It is of a springer spaniel called Grouse. He is a much loved family pet and the client has commissioned his portrait as a Christmas present.

The painting was 30 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I added a landscape background the client chose. This worked really well I thought. It added some depth in the painting and I could really push Grouse to the front.

springer spaniel dog painting

I took lots of photos when I was painting and of the finished portrait.

Family Drawing

Christmas orders are in full swing now and I am working away to get all the portraits ready in time. I haven’t had the time to update the blog, so I will try and do that in the next few weeks.

family drawing

This is a family portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. The portrait was commissioned as a birthday present for the mum in the picture by her husband. I had a lot of photographs to go by which made it much easier for me to capture everyone’s likeness.

family drawing in a mount

The drawing was 20 x 30 cm in size drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I worked with Staedtler Lumograph 2B and 4B pencils mostly. The drawing was mounted in a neutral colour mount before it was collected by the client. I took some photos of the mounted portrait.

Mini the Yorkie

This is Mini, the yorkshire terrier. I worked on her portrait just a week ago. The client commissioned this painting as a Christmas present for his wife. I loved the photograph the client provided for this portrait. The red cushion in the background added a lovely warm contrast to the whites and greys of Mini’s fur. I detailed Mini’s head and worked the rest of the painting more loosely. The painting was 30 x 40 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

The client was very happy with the painting:

Hi Ivana, Thank you so much, it is perfect. It really captures Mini.  I know Lorraine will love it. Aaron

yorkshire terrier painting

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

Annie and George

I completed this drawing a few weeks ago and received a lovely phone call from the recipient of the portrait. She was delighted with the portrait of her two dogs, Annie and George. Annie is the wheaten terrier and George is a St Bernard dog. It was so lovely to hear she liked it so much and knowing that I captured each character on paper. It was commissioned by her sister as a birthday present. The drawing is 20 x 30cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano 5 paper. After testing other brands of pencils, I am back using Staedtler Lumograph as I think they are the best for darkness. I am light handed when I draw so I use soft pencils for shading, to create a darker drawing overall.

dog portrait drawing

I took a photo of the drawing in a mount, just before it was collected. I am also including some close-up images of each of the dogs and client reference photos.

Labrador Flo in heather

This is Flo, a lovely black labrador retriever. I completed her portrait a week ago for her owner. Flo loves her walks in the Irish hills and the client wanted this in the painting. The painting is 30 x 30 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. Flo is sitting in some lovely heathers and long grasses. I love the colours in the photo, the rich browns and ochres work very well. The client was very happy with the finished painting. I hope you all like it too.

black labrador retriever dog painting

I took some photos of the painting in progress. I am including them below together with the reference photo and some photographs of the finished canvas.

Simmental Bull Painting

This is an acrylic painting of a simmental bull commissioned by a return client. I painted a painting of four sheep for her before Christmas. This painting is in acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 cm in size. The bull is a price winning animal and his portrait is given to his owner, the client’s father, for his sixtieth birthday.

simmental bull portrait

Balhu, Jester and Mutley

This is the second portrait for the same client I created Polly’s portrait for. It is of three wheaten terriers called Balhu, Jester and Mutley. The client commissioned this portrait for her husband as a present for his 50th birthday in July. She contacted me a couple of months ago so I had plenty of time to complete this drawing. I worked on this portrait for two weeks, leaving the drawing a couple of times for a day. It gave the opportunity to see it with fresh eyes and recognize immediately areas that needed improvement. There was a lot of hair to tackle and it was important to look back at the portrait in whole and not get bogged down by detail too much.

three wheaten terriers drawing

The client was very happy with the finished portrait and thought I had captured each dog’s likeness and personality. The drawing was large in size, 30 x 60cm. I used graphite pencils by Staedtler and Faber-Castell on Fabriano 5 paper. I just love this paper, it can withstand a lot of layers which suits me really well. I am light handed and I work in many layers to create the dark areas of my drawings.

wheaten terrier portrait detail wheaten terrier portrait wheaten terrier drawing detail

I scanned the drawing when finished and mounted it in a mount. I hope you all like it.

Protrans Trucks Drawing

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.

trucks drawing on paper pencil drawing six trucks detail

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.

Ryan and Jenny portrait

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 🙂

boy on a horse painting

I am including a detailed scan and the reference photo.

Horse painting Milly

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.

brown horse portrait painting and detail

I am also including some progress photos and the reference photo.