Wednesday, 7 December 2016

New Piece. "Trixie"

Here is my latest completed piece of artwork, "Trixie"
Another for Becky's collection, this was done using just coloured pencil, except for the light watercolour wash on the background.
And below we have Trixie admiring herself.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A break from the dogs. Common Swift.

Common Swift
I have been steadily ploughing through the commission/request pieces, but in between dog paintings I wanted to create this gouache and pencil head portrait of a Common Swift. I had kindly been given permission from friend Ben Andrews to use his photograph which grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it, emerging from the darkness it had a surreal look to it, and being one of my favourite species I couldn't resist. 
I had finished two pieces of work, both dogs, one before the swift and one after, but as they were for surprise presents I have not been able to put up the images. I am presently 3/4 of the way through a dog commission piece and this time I have used just coloured pencil, I may use some fine detailing using gouache near completion but it will be nearly all pencil which has been a nice change, image to appear as soon as it's finished.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Finished Commission Work. "Teddy".

This is my latest work that I did as a commission piece. I met the owners at the Ashwell Show back in August then made a visit to their house to photograph the dog, it took a couple of weeks to complete. 

Friday, 23 September 2016


Just completed "Stanley", a mixed media on this one, I used coloured pencil and gouache. Just need to frame it now.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Great reception at Ashwell & "Jake" new artwork.

Ashwell Show
The August Bank Holiday Show at Ashwell turned out to be a great day, the weather was sunny and hot which brought the visitors out in their hundreds. I was painting at the same time as showing along with my supervisor/manager (hee hee) wife Sarah. It was lovely to see and chat to so many people there and my work was well received and I was very grateful for the comments. 
The piece I was working on was of "Jake", another watercolour painting for our friend Becky, not completing it at the show I continued when I was off work at home, and when finished was well received by owner and dog!

I am now working on graphite pencil drawing and have started a portrait of a young Giraffe. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

"Bryn". Springer Spaniel.

Springer Spaniel
Just completed my latest piece of artwork, done in pencil, a Springer Spaniel called Bryn, owned by my aunt and uncle Beryl & Bernie.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

All Terriers. New Artwork.

 With the Ashwell Show fast approaching I am still busily completing as much artwork as possible, I had a bit of a layoff when partaking in some DIY having just put our house on the market, for a move to Norfolk. My first piece was a pencil drawing of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which I decided to name "Buster".
 A couple of times people had suggested painting a Jack Russell and being a popular breed I decided it had to be added to the dog list! I was very happy how it turned out and seemed to complete it in quick time also, or so it seemed. I named this piece "Patch".
 My 3rd piece which I have finished just this afternoon, is a English Bull Terrier which I have named "Archie". I like to give the painting/drawing a name as it gives it character and brings it to life I think. This took me approximately 3 days, but was one I had wanted to do for some time. And over the previous couple of days my wife, Sarah, and I had been in Norfolk house hunting and whilst in Holt we were lucky enough to bump into a couple with a English Bull Terrier, we couldn't resist stopping to talk to them and I just had to get a picture on my phone to help me with the "Bull" painting in progress. But "Stanley", as pictured here below, was just too lovely not to warrant a painting and so I shall be adding it to my list and cannot wait to get started on it....have to complete other work first though.