Greyhound Portraits; I have the honour to undertake commissioned portraits of very special companions to give as presents for equally special people. Cosmo is one very special greyhound companion and family member of Ross and Sharon. Sharon commissioned me to draw Cosmo for her to give to Ross for Christmas. And Sharon shared the wonderful experience of Ross opening his special present on Christmas Day 2016. Cosmo’s Portrait Drawing
“Ross could not be happier with his lovely Christmas gift! I watched his face as he pulled the wrapping paper off and he was speechless and got quite emotional – he absolutely loves Cosmo’s portrait and is so impressed at your talent. We look forward to showing Cosmo’s beautiful portrait to all our visitors”. Sharon Gibb 26/12/2016
My greyhounds Buddy and Leo are my creative inspiration and my studio muses’, who with their own unique personalities and character have informed me how I undertake each portrait that I paint or draw. Every detail is so different in each individual, for example Leo and Buddy have very different facial features that is the visual outward signs of their character. Leo has ‘laughing eyes’ , Leo is a happy easy going greyhound and loves to boisterously greet new friends and show his super friendly personality. Buddy is so different , he is the one who stands quietly by when visitors call waiting until he is approached and he will then say hello, Buddy is loyal and is always there, quietly standing by. His eyes express his beautiful nature, his eyes being ‘kindly eyes’. It is this unique character that I aspire to show in each portrait and not declaring a portrait finished until I believe I have truly captured the individual spirit.
I recently completed a portrait drawing of Annie who crossed the Rainbow Bridge just before Christmas and I delivered it personally to David and Margo last Thursday. I am so pleased that they loved the drawing and was delighted that I had included the Edgar’s Mission bandana that Annie wore so often to greyhound events.
Ollie’s portrait, a drawing using graphite and watercolour pencil is finished. Ollie’s portrait features one of my drawings as a reproduction print. Ollie decided to get the print and modify Ollie style with a few selected chews! I drew the print, as a brilliant idea from Kerryn, as a representation of Ollie’s cheeky fun loving nature.
Three very special Italian Greyhounds; Giacomo, Bella and Pia. When I undertook drawing their portraits I wanted to make each of them distinct in personality and character and also in keeping with their petite size, so I used soft watercolour washes to emphasise their differing colours. Once the watercolour was dry I continued with soft graduated graphite strokes and blending technique to build up the contrast of tone and sense of the three lying and sitting in (not on!) the soft fabric.
Thank you Annie for inviting me to view Jacob’s portrait that I recently painted and now beautifully framed by Terry at Mooroolbark Picture Framers. Thank you for your warm hospitality yesterday and always love visiting Jacob too
I specialise in the art mediums of drawing and painting(oils). I consider both mediums have their own very distinct visual ‘language’. Drawing is to me linear and always on going, I mean by this that a drawing can be added to, where as a painted portrait once all is complete and just right is a final and complete statement. Drawing is an enquiry, pushes boundaries. Painting is about presence and the beauty of the painted mark and colour. The drawing and painting of Zorro express certain unique physical and psychological characteristics of Zorro. My love of both mediums and their unique visual languages is my way of communicating visually the unique and individual character of every animal or person that I have the privilege to draw or paint. Wendy-Jane