Medium: Acrylic
Paper: Primed stretched canvas
Size: 30 × 40 cm
Duration 4 − 5


This is a commission I’ve just completed in acrylics, using a decorators scraping palette knife, brushes and borrowed my daughters nail painting brushes (for those hard to get to whiskers LOL).

Really enjoyed this piece as I got to play with the background with a big fat palette knife to dab strong greened, limes blacks and white, trying to achieve a christmas holly feel (not sure it works, but like the texture I got). The reference was a compilation of a couple of photos the client gave me as sadly, Shorty is no longer with us (this is a Christmas present for the clients wife) I played around with the head of one photo and the front legs of another and stitched them together in photoshop then just started painting. With me, whenever I paint (or sketch for that matter) I try and begin with the eyes, capture those little beauties and your halfway there! Anywhoo, it is off to the framers on Monday, hopefully the client will like the finished result.

The client came round today to view the finished painting, and absolutely loved it! His eyes began to swell up (bless) and he assures me that his wife (who the gift is for) will love it also. It feels great when the client is happy about the commission, you are too.

I`m really a self taught artist. A Geordie lad, hailing from a small mining village called Pegswood in Northumberland, originally, from Polish parents. I now live in Stannington, Northumberland, where I’m enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

I am available for commissions, including portraiture, animals and also for one off caricatures, for hire to wedding receptions, parties, local schools, fun fairs and fetes etc.

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