This is the most detailed painting I have ever been asked to do. It was commissioned by the couple's parents as a first wedding anniversary present - very apt as the first anniversary is celebrated with gifts of paper - perfect! The family managed to sneak into the living room and take some all-round photos, as well as sending me photos of the couple and their cats and other random objects which had to go in. It was a lot of work but it paid off; the couple loved it and were still noticing different little details in the picture days later. I spent so much time looking at the photos, that I think if anything was moved or stolen from that room, I'd know!
Here's a rarity: a painting I commissioned for myself. Like many people in the UK, I've been comforted by the poetic broadcast of the shipping forecast every evening and always wanted to know where all the areas were. After looking at maps I decided to paint my own version. It was popular with friends who asked me for prints, so I had some made and now have them for sale in my Etsy shop if you would like one too. Here's the link to my shop: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/531493852/shipping-forecast-map
This is another epic 'squillions of details' montage painting. A Mum commissioned this for her daughter's 21st birthday and the list of things to go in were as follows:
This was a quickie painted for my friend's birthday. Complete with beloved wife, daughters in windows and dog!
Someone saw the family tree painting that was commissioned for the Didwell family, and asked if I could do something similar for their Dad's 70th. So here it is, I imagine this format might become quite popular. The background can have all sorts of personalised objects , buildings or place names in it.
If you woukd like to commission something similar, drop me an email:
Ahhh, I'm chuffed with this one! I had a request for a 40th anniversary present painting, with an enormous list of grandchildren and cousins to go in. A big tree suddenly popped into my head, and so I started sketching ideas with everyone hanging in the tree. Here's my very first sketch...
Over the next few months, we exchanged ideas and I collected photos of the family and things that needed to go in. The next sketch pulled everything together.
Here is the final sketch, which gets used as a template for the final painted version.
The rest was easy, just adding colour. Everyone's faces were so happy and sweet that I had a lovely time painting them in. If you would like a family tree painting, get in touch! x
This commission had the longest list of things to be included, I was pretty daunted before I started. It was commissioned as a present for both parents, who's 70th birthdays were close together. It had lots of things from their life together to go in. Here is the list I had to work from:
A blue mini
Salvation Army insignia, bonnet and trombone player
The Salvation Army Citadel in Ashton-under-Lyme
Gold Label beer cans
Express Dairies and Wigget Construction logos
A school badge
The family home
A bowl of mussels
A bottle of Faustino wine
Children, grandchildren and cats
It took me a few days to work out how to fit it all together (designing the painting is the hardest bit, once I've cracked the design, it's just colouring in)
Despite the random objects to be incorporated, it all gelled together and made a coherent picture which I'm pleased to report was recieved with pleasure!
A lovely lady called Lindsey contacted me from America, via my Etsy shop. She wanted a painting for her Dad and Step-Mum, to celebrate their imminent retirement to the beautiful house shown in the painting above. Lovers of ballroom dancing, we decided to put them waltzing on the lawn in their best outfits. Their two dogs and grand daughter also needed to go in, as well as a few personal details relating to their hobbies. (Spot the sewing machine, easel, fly fishing rods, bicycles, canoe and golf equipment)
The gift was delivered with much excitement, and the couple absolutely loved it. As a great touch, they got changed into the same outfits they are wearing in the painting, and posed for a photograph for me, with them holding the picture while wearing their finery. What a lovely response to send back to me!
I loved painting this one. A very old friend got in touch to ask if i would paint a picture of Southwold beach for her husband Terry. Ever since they got married, Terry has gone for a bit of 'manly me time' to Southwold on a regular basis (I guess he doesnt have a shed)
The bright colours were lovely to capture. In my original sketch, I drew Terry ambling across the beach in the foreground, but when I painted him in, it didnt look right. I painted him out, and instead, put him leaning over the railings, looking out to sea.
When I delivered the painting, Terry was amazed; he wanted to know how I knew he always spends hours leaning on the railings above the beach huts!
Psychic artwork now a speciality x
This is the biggest painting I've ever done, and I kept putting it off as i was a bit daunted. i usually work on A3 paper and most of my brushes are tiny in order to cope with all the little details on people's faces and the intricate bits people ask me to include. I do have a few big brushes though, so when the deadline encroached, I gathered my courage and began. i was instantly amazed at how fast you can paint with a big brush. The average A3 personalised painting, with faces, pets and houses in, take about 2 weeks to complete. This one took just two days! Amazing! it felt really nice to paint standing up and with my arms waving about so freely, usually I am hunched over, face to the desk, peering at photographs! So inbetween commissions, I'm going to attempt some more biggies.
Heres the painting in it's frame. Looks jolly nice don't you think?
I paint bright quirky personalised paintings for gifts and special occasions. I can make paintings to celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or just for a special present!