The latest portrait

man portrait acrylic

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.

reference photo

Milly’s portrait framed

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.

brown-horse-painting-framed

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!

Linda

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 🙂

 

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.

Lucy and Cody

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.

two springer spaniels painting

springer spaniel portrait detail

springer spaniel painting detail

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.

Collie Drawing

black and white collie drawing

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.

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.

Happy New Year

First of all I would like to wish all of you who follow my blog and enjoy my artwork a very Happy New Year 2017. I hope it is filled with motivation and good luck.

I was very busy this Christmas and there were a lot of commissions that were surprises so I had to keep away from the blog and deprive all of you of all the new work. But since everybody has since received their presents, I am allowed to post all of them here. I will do so over the next few days and I hope you will like them.

dalmatians coloured pencil drawing

I will start with Trigger and Archer. They are two long haired dalmatians, one chewing all the time, the other running all the time. It was quite a challenge for my client take pictures of them, but she managed to provide me with some really lovely photos. They look just beautiful here, patiently waiting for their command (or possibly just a treat:)). The drawing was drawn with coloured pencil, at 25 x 25 cm. I am including the reference photo too.

trigger-archer-proof

Isa and Darcy cavachons portrait

This is one of the many Christmas commissions this year. It is of two cavachons called Isa and Darcy. The painting is 50 x 60 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I had lovely reference photos to work from for this one. It makes all the difference when painting. There was good lighting coming from the left and there was lots of detail in both dogs’s faces. I had a lot of work painting all the curls 🙂

painting of two cavachons

Above is a scan of the painting. I also took some photographs which show the light in the painting a bit better.

cavachon portrait painting - detail
Isa

cavachon acrylic painting detail

I took some progress pictures when I was painting. I am also including the reference photo I work from. The client was very happy with the result:

Hi Ivana ,
You have done a great job they both look so good and real ! Looking forward to hanging it up .