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Framing At The Studio

Framing At The Studio

September 13, 2017

I’ve been so busy with a number of private and confidential commissions to undertake, and subsequent framing. It has been fun! They are now in the post or being stored for later delivery! Many of the pieces have been surprise gifts for their loved ones and so there’s an air of excitement about the final … Read More

Top Tips for Dog Photography

Top Tips for Dog Photography

September 8, 2017

We all love our dogs: spoiling them, treating them, making them happy. Pet madness is here to stay. Cue the popularity of pet portraits. I always love the chance to work with a new pup. And to make the piece I always need reference material. I know what works best to get the character of … Read More

Does The Quality Of Art Materials Matter?

Does The Quality Of Art Materials Matter?

August 30, 2017

I often get asked what art materials I use. More often than not, people just want to know whether I use acrylic, oils, pencils or pastels. They don’t ask what make or grade of material I use. And they definitely don’t ask what canvas or paper I use. Way back as an undergraduate, we were … Read More

Working With Photos In Portraits

Working With Photos In Portraits

August 23, 2017

Last week I started a new piece for a gorgeous client. A double portrait of her gorgeous toddler girls. When I consulted her about this piece in late Spring, we agreed to start work straight away to capture their youth while their faces are so quickly developing from their babyfaces. So we scheduled a photoshoot. … Read More

Double Portrait – The Prep And Taking Photos Of Little Ones

Double Portrait – The Prep And Taking Photos Of Little Ones

August 23, 2017

This is Lilly and Polly, they’re sisters and they are 2 and a half and 11 months old. Their favourite things are their mini-kitchen, their dollies and cuddles. This double portrait was such joy to make because the girls had such love between them. Also, just using one final reference photo rather than multiple meant … Read More

Drawing Freddie – The Process

Drawing Freddie – The Process

August 14, 2017

This is little Freddie. He is one and a half and he is ace. His favourite things are tractors, smiling and his Mum. I often draw portraits of children for my clients (more often than not I don’t publicise them because of privacy reasons). They’re such a joy to draw and paint. Full of character … Read More

Live at New Forest Show

Live at New Forest Show

August 1, 2017

Live From New Forest Show 2017 Despite rainy weather it was a lot of fun, and lots of conversations were had. Most enthusiasm was shown by the kids who wanted to know more about the colours and pictures that the demonstrating artists were using. The kids wanted to get involved so it was great that … Read More