Saturday, May 21, 2011

Laura's Pet Portraits Website Re-design

I have recently uploaded the re-designed Laura's Pet Portraits website. It hasn't changed an awful lot - I have just tried to streamline it a little bit, just sticking to the essential pages and I have reduced the number of galleries to two, one for Pet Portrait Commissions and one for Original Artwork.

The Pet Portrait gallery now contains a selection of the variety of types of portrait I offer rather than showing all of the commissions I have completed as the last ones did.

The Original Artwork Gallery is to showcase the range of original art I complete. Anything that is for sale will be added to this gallery.

I have also changed the links pages, reducing that down to one page. I spent several hours going through my old links ensuring they still worked and that repicrocal exchanges were still in place. If anyone with a relevant website would like to take part in a reciprocal link exchange please add my details to your site (details on the links page) then contact me with your information.

Any comments on the new site are most welcome...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Watten Art and Craft Show

One of my resolutions in my New Year aims for 2011 was to enter an Exhibition. I had a look and found a number of national exhibitions that I liked the sound of but the problem with them was they were all so far away and some required delivering and collecting of work in person, which meant entering would have ended up prohibitively expensive!

So, I've decided to start closer to home and have got details of an Art and Craft Exhibition & Sale of Work at the Village Hall in Watten, which is literally just down the road from me. It runs from the evening of Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June.

I am currently working on a piece that I'm planning on entering and have a couple of ideas of some equestrian themed pieces I'd like to do. But bearing in mind they also need to be framed I'm not sure how much time I will have so not sure how many pieces I will be able to enter. Hopefully at least two though.

The work in progress of my ongoing coloured pencil Arab Horse study, plus the updated final scan of my latest portrait are both on the Laura's Pet Portraits Facebook page.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Completed Springer Spaniel Portrait

Dylan, the Springer Spaniel, is now complete. I have had great fun drawing this gorgeous dog, Springers are one of my favourite breeds and depsite the difficult ears I do enjoy having them as subjects.

Anyway, here is Dylan:

Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Derwent Coloursoft Coloured Pencil
Paper: Heavyweight Cartridge Paper

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Another Springer Spaniel Update

I have been working on the Springer Spaniel coloured pencil portrait today of the gorgeous Dylan. I have started the hard part today - his ears. I still find Spaniel ears difficult but at the same time, the achievment when they're done is very rewarding too! One of Dylan's is now nearly finished:

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dylan has two eyes!

Have been working on Dylan the Springer Spaniel's portrait again today - he now has two eyes!

I have also very slightly changed his nose on the left hand side, it's been annoying me since I first drew it and I think I've finally got it right now.

Here is after today's drawing:

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Springer Spaniel Pet Portrait

I have been working some more on the Springer Spaniel Pet Portrait today. As with most of my portraits, I have started this one with the eyes. So here is Dylan so far:

And a little eye close up:

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Springer Spaniel Update

Here is an update on my current Pet Portrait in coloured pencil of a Springer Spaniel. Apologies for the delay in postings - I am currently battling with a very tempermental internet connection!

There will be more updates on both my current pet portraits on Monday...

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