Friday, 12 October 2018

Work In Progress - It's Big...

Currently on the easel, a large acrylic dog portrait.  It's been a long time since I did one of these and the size of this one is a little intimidating!  It's going well though, I only started it a few days ago and the head is almost complete.  I'm not looking forward to all that grass though...

Friday, 5 October 2018

Fort Clonque, Alderney

We saw this spectacular view while away on holiday and I just had to capture it in paint.  The light on the water and the amazing sky just cried out to be painted!  Acrylics on board - I've been preparing a large canvas for the next commission and it has taken 3 days, gesso, gesso, sanding, so I used the waiting time to get back in the swing of painting with acrylics.

This will be for sale in my Etsy shop shortly.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Lucy & Tilly

Just completed this, watercolour on paper.  I don't usually do commissioned dog portraits in watercolour but am very glad I did this time as it worked out well.

Next up - another dog portrait, acrylics this time.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Hitting The Ground Running...

I've been on holiday for a week but that already seems like a lifetime ago.  Came back to not only the mountain of washing we accumulated while away but a lot of jobs and appointments that all seemed to fall during the same week.  I should have stayed away!

However, I have found the time to do more to this painting - I'm working on the dog on the right now and it won't take long to complete.  This is a private commission, and a slight detraction from my usual dog portraits in that it is in watercolour rather than pencils.  I felt the subject matter called for a lighter touch.  It has been very enjoyable.

This year has been very different to previous years - I have not had any time without commissioned work at all and it looks like that will continue right up until Christmas.  I am fully booked and cannot take on any more work for the time being.  How nice!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018


This has to be one of the ugliest things I have ever been asked to make!  However, it is for a small boy, so if it makes him happy then I'm happy.  The pattern I was given was awful, full of errors and very unclear instructions, what there were of them. Half way through I had to give up on the pattern and wing it for a while - goodness knows what a novice would have done.

Needless to say, I am NOT making any more of these!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Dogs & Bears...

 This is my latest commission, a pair of golden retrievers in watercolour.  I'm enjoying a bit of a change of pace as usually my dog portraits are in pencil - this may yet have pencil in it, who knows, I'm just going with the flow!
Made a darker bear this week, based on a bear known as 151 Walker.  Shame the camera cannot cope with dark objects and electric light - hopefully I can get some better photos when the sun comes up.  This bear will be for sale in my Etsy shop later.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Another One Gone...

This Otis is off to sunny California...