Dog Artist Devon UK

Dog Artist Devon

This is Jake.  Jake is a lovely cuddly Cockapoo and is owned by my hairdresser. She has two Cockapoos named Jake and Maisie, and Maisie’s portrait you will see on a different blog.

Apricot colour Cockapoo

Both portraits have an aperture size of 12″ x 10″ and sit side by side on the wall.  Sometimes it is preferable to have two individual paintings than having them painted together. However, I can edit two individual photos together in the mock up to see how they look together.  This does depends on a lot of factors if they will match, notably the light in which they were taken.  Bright sunshine casts deep shadows, whereas a bright day but not direct sunlight will be softer and more natural, so they will need to be taken in the same light.

Photographs as Reference

If you live local to me, then I can take photographs, free of charge, which of course both Jake and Maisie do, so I was able to take their photos and use for reference. My client wanted a cropped full face version which I think looks great, especially in the smaller aperture size of 12″  x 10″.

Cockapoo Portrait Painting

Fine Art Pastel Painting

This is my most recent commission of Maisie she is a chocolate Cockapoo.  Maisie lives with my hairdresser and her companion is Jake, also a Cockapoo.

Cockapoo Portrait Painting

This Pastel Portrait has an aperture size of 12″ x 10″ which is a standard size.  Other popular sizes  are 12″ x 16″ and 14″ x 18″, anything larger will need to be collected in person. Paintings that are not framed are secured between two pieces of plywood, making is strong enough not to bend.

For full body paintings there will be a small extra charge and for these a minimum size of 12″ x 16″ will be necessary, but sizes from 14″ x 18″ is more ideal.  I can guide you through taking photographs of your dog, as this makes such a difference to the finished work.  

I don’t expect to have a professional image, but with a good camera you can get a good quality photo.  Some iphones and smartphone cameras take good quality images, just make sure you send the full size.

Retriever Painting

Retriever Painting

Retrievers and Labradors are usually very laid back and our Border Terrier has lots of labrador friends, and it is lucky they are so laid back! Click the link to see the full version of this Pastel Painting.

Pet Portraits locally

You can see the devotion in this retriever’s expression, which is portrayed expertly in this painting. A fine art pet portrait from a Pet Portrait Artist near to you.

How long will it take?

I would recommend booking at least three months in advance, which is my usual lead time although this can vary.  So if you have a birthday date or it’s a festive time of year it is wise to book early to avoid any disappointment.

Once I start your portrait I will be in touch and will keep you update on progress.  Completion time varies between each breed and it’s complexity, so I allow myself at least a week for each commission.  

During the summer months I am able to work well into the evening still having enough natural light coming in, giving me time off during the day to do other things.  That is a real bonus working for yourself as an Artist. The winter months can be frustrating especially when it is dark and dismal, as I like to work under natural daylight.

Custom dog paintings

If you would like to commission me for a portrait of your dog, please do not hesitate to get in touch through the Contact page and I will reply as soon as I can. Give me as much detail as you can, for instance, timescale and size of painting.

Devon Artist

Devon Artist

This is a painting I did for my partner for Christmas 2016, where does the time go! Binny she is our gorgeous Border Terrier.

Binny is 7 years old, but still acts like a puppy, she has so much energy and loves to play.  She can be a bit temperamental around other dogs, especially other border terriers!

Bespoke Framing options

Framed in a Larson Juhl premier frame moulding.  Real wood frames are much more expensive than the Polycore frames, but you can sometimes get a good quality one that is hard to tell the difference.  Paintings are framed using spacers in the rebate of the frame to give sufficient distance from the glass.

Pastels are extremely delicate and can be smudged very easily, also over time small particles of dust may fall, these will then go into the recess and not been seen.  Should a pastel painting be mounted then these dust particles will been seen as small dots particularly on the cream/white mounts.

I have shipped my paintings overseas to Canada and America, but it can prove to be quite stressful especially now with the American import regulations which does delay the delivery.  So I am now posting to the UK only.

Pet Artist Exeter

Cocker Spaniel Pet Portrait

Cocker spaniels are one of the cutest dog breeds and are a delight to paint, with their soft curls and gentle eyes.  Click on the name to see Paige’s portrait in full.

The finest Pastel Paintings

Black dogs can be a challenge for an Artist, but if you have a good quality photo to work with it is possible to see the rich tones in the coat.  Having deep reds and blues as the under layer building up with greys and blacks will make the effect more vibrant.

Pastel Colours

Pastels, like oil paint are made up of pure pigments which are bound together.  I use the top brands of pastel which have fantastic lightfast qualities, as good, if not better, than oils.  These paintings will last a lifetime and more, if protected under glass.

Portraits from photos

I find that pastels lend themselves very well to animal paintings as you can achieve a soft depth which is so realistic you feel you could reach out and touch them.  As long as it is under glass you risk no chance of ruining your treasured piece of art. Portraits make a perfect gift for any occasion, birthdays, weddings or just a gift to yourself.

Palomino Horse Painting

Equine Artist

Horses are one of the most elegant animals and are great subjects to paint, I would say they are more difficult than dogs, cats probably being the less challenging of all.  Click name to see Sunny’s portrait in full size.

Palomino Horse Painting

It is not often I am commissioned a horse painting full bodied, and such lovely colours too.  Created in a traditional style, a classic piece of timeless art.  Sunny’s owner chose a mottled gold and black coloured wood frame which enhanced Sunny’s spots on his coat perfectly.  The aperture size of the painting 20″ x 16″ with a scooped 3″ frame moulding, the overall size was too big to be posted, so the client collected in person.

Grey Stallion Painting

Horse Portraits UK

This is Rociero click on his name to see the full sized image.  Luckily I had some amazing photos to choose from to use as reference for this painting.  The client had a professional photo shoot of her horse only the previous year.  If anything, there were too many to choose from.

Grey Stallion Painting

Having the black ground makes the greys and white colours stand out giving it great depth.  This painting was commissioned in an aperture size of 12″ x 16″ which is the perfect ratio for a horse head and shoulders portrait. A smaller size can sometimes be achievable, but it will depend on the photograph, but ideally 12″ x 16″ and above is better.