It has been a little quiet on my Art blog for a few weeks as I have been working on a portrait which was commissioned as a special birthday surprise. A password protected page was set up for the Commissionee to allow her to see the portrait come together without the worry of it being accidently discovered and spoiling the surprise. The portrait was collected this morning by the couple, and received great praise from the recipient who had no idea about the surprise and initially wondered why he had been brought to a strange house! :D I am so pleased they were both extremely happy with the final portrait and I am looking forward to seeing a photo of the portrait once framed.
Here are a few photographs of Chester during the photoshoot and of his portrait in progress.
command from total strangers and holding his pose whilst I took photographs and Karen encouraged him with treats and lots of praise. The portrait was created on archival quality Pastelmat using lightfast pastels & pastel pencils and created over the space of around 3 weeks and guessing around 50 hours to complete. A few photographs of Chester was uploaded to the private page so the Commissionee could decide which one she liked for use as reference and once chosen, I began the portrait. Here are a few progress posts alongside the final image and myself together simply for scale.
Chester's portrait received the 'unveiling' treatment as was requested and then safely and securely packaged alongside official paperwork including the Certificate of Authentication and After Care sheet in preparation for his next stop, the Framers. Here is the customers feedback on the special portrait:
"I was taken by my wife to a house in Newbiggin -by-the-Sea following my 60th birthday. I was told it was a surprise and what a surprise I got. My 60th birthday present was a magnificent pastel portrait of our wonderful young dog, Chester. When the picture was unveiled I could hardly hold back the tears. I think my first words on seeing the picture were “I am stunned!” The picture is so lifelike and catches his character absolutely perfectly. John has caught the inquisitive way that Chester looks at you when you talk to him and has caught that wonderful glint in his eyes. Absolutely fabulous!. A picture I shall love and cherish for the rest of my days. I cannot recommend John enough for his incredible work. Thank you"
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