This lovely pair of Border Collies are the last portraits for 2017.
Just back from the framers, these guys are heading north to Queensland in time for Christmas.
My Ink & Wash drawings make a perfect gift for any animal lover – an original work of art
in ink/watercolour, archival, framed ready to hang…  and not too big (or too small) and they look great
with any decor. And very special because your pet will stay with you for always.
Better still, agreed, done and delivered in under 3 weeks. Contact me for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting a friend’s property outside Gunning in NSW last weekend, we saw this guy with a few of his (brown) mates.
Lucky I had my camera (complete with 300mm lens) at the ready! He was kind enough to stop and
pose for the camera as well. Our friend said a white kangaroo is quite rare, so I feel very lucky, this one was a beauty!

I did a little search, and thanks to the ABC NEWS, I found some interesting info. I’m secretly chuffed to say…
my photo is better than the one in the story!
“According to mammologist Mark Eldridge, principal research scientist at the Australian Museum, white or albino kangaroos
occur once every 50,000 to 100,000 animals. He said the fact that the image was captured in the wild made it even more unique.”
It’s worth reading the rest of this interesting story HERE

 

The best pictures for a portrait – either in oil or ink – are where the subject
is as close as possible to eye level with the camera, mainly because looking down
on a pet can really make the body look deformed (and rather unattractive).
Here are a few additional things to consider when choosing/taking your pictures:

1- We like their eyes to be open (and alert).
(Sleeping animals are cute in pictures but not the best reference.
2- It’s best to have whole faces (ears & noses) in the picture.
3- Close to the camera is good BUT if they are running towards the camera
and they get too close, they will look distorted.
4- If we are painting a whole pet, then all paws and tails should be in the picture as well.
5- The picture must be IN FOCUS & at least 1MB in size.
6- The best lighting is outside – in natural daylight, on an overcast day with diffused light. NO FLASH!

These things are are not always possible, I know, but if you can achieve a few of them,
you will be well on the way to getting a great painting. Happy photographing/photo searching!

 

Fin4 Horses: Obsession, Satin's Imp, Felicity, Jamie. Oil. 30x66cm. 2017

I have been asked if I painted horses quite a few times (also rabbits, fish, and even snakes).
I have always declined because I was thinking you need to be very sure of the muscular skeletal structure of the animal.
But really they are all the same, except the shapes change! So curiosity got the better of me, and I was ready
to take the challenge. No problem. The most complicated thing (for me) was to put together a group of animals
that were different sizes, ages and kept in different paddocks. You could not see them all together. Also with the varied
locations the lighting direction also varies. The biggest challenge was to make them appear natural as a group.
So now… yes I paint horses. And other animals too, so if you have an unusual pet, I am the portrait artist for you!
Prices and timing remain in keeping with dogs and cats, but the proportions may create slight variations.
Contact me to chat about the options and a firm quote.

If you are thinking about commissioning a pet portrait – it can be very confusing.
There’s a bit of money involved, so where do you start?

You will have an idea of how much you want to spend, then I recommend you find or take the best pictures you can. With a real camera if possible (phone pictures are often not very sharp!).

Choose the ones you like the best, a few of them (say 3 or 4). Ones that look good, and show what your pet is typically like. The look at the images again – if they are really sharp, go for a painting if you can, it can be kept for gererations, a lovely thing to have. If your images are not the clearest (or are old because the pet had passed away), then probably you will need an ink drawing.  Click on this one on the left, It’s a great example of what I mean, a lovely picture but too small and unsharp for me to see the detail well enough for a painting.

I will not proceed with a painting if the pictures are not clear enough because you will be disappointed, and I will not be happy with the work.
I have never had a rejection (yet!), so I don’t want to start now. And I want you to love your art as much I loved painting it.