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.

A painting of four sheep

painting of four sheep

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.

Honey and Nuala

This is another one of the Christmas commissions. It is of two cocker spaniels called Honey and Nuala. The painting was 25 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. It was commissioned as a Christmas present for the client’s mother.

two-cocker-spaniels-dog-portrait-painting

She was delighted with the painting:

I am lost for words, it’s the exact same as them. They are my mothers 3rd and 4th children she never had so they are her babys haha. She will love it. Thank you for all your work on it. It’s unbelievable how much it looks like them. She will love it, by far the best Christmas present I’ve ever got her.

The reference photos were very good with good lighting coming from the right.

Two Labradors – Zuva and Pip

This is a brand new drawing to come off my easel. It is of two golden labradors called Zuva and Pip. The portrait was commissioned as a gift for their owner. Zuva is the older dog lying down and is very special for the owner. The reference photo had some strong shadows on both dogs, which were softened when drawing. The client didn’t want Zuva to be ‘overshadowed’ by Pip.

two golden labradors drawing in graphite

I used Faber-Castell graphite pencils ranging in softness from HB to 5B. First I sketched out the dogs and the horizon in HB. All the detailed work was drawn with 2B, 4B and 5B. I worked on Fabriano 5 paper as usual. The size of the drawing is 20 x 20 cm and it will be mounted in a neutral colour (minuet) mount before posting.

I will be adding some more finished works onto the blog over the coming days. And next up on my easel is a very exciting project – a retriever dog with beautiful landscape background of the mountains in Donegal…

Jack Russell ‘Eddie’ – work in progress

This week I am working on a new dog portrait. It is of a Jack Russell called ‘Eddie’. The canvas is 20 x 30 cm in size and I am working with acrylics as usual. I have been taking photographs of the canvas as I am progressing, from the initial sketch to the completed first stage of the painting. I will be starting detailing tomorrow, concentrating mainly on the head, chest and front paws. The background is more-less finished now. I will return to it when finalising the painting. The portrait will be finished in a few days and I will post the scan then. I hope you like the progress so far.