Friday, 10 June 2011

Paint Party Friday...My first official commission!

Although I dabbled in art with the odd caricature and watercolour landscape over the years, there is one person in particular that I am grateful to for encouraging me to seriously think about making more of my art.  This lady, who we'll call H, was my office manager in my last job and she is now someone that both S and I consider to be a very good friend.

During one of many conversations we had about work, I'd mentioned that I loved to paint and that it would be my dream to be able to make a living at it (she always knew office work wasn't my first choice of career!)  This led to her asking me to do a portrait of a chocolate Labrador she had owned and that she missed very much. When I gave her the portrait it brought tears to her eyes - which, thankfully, was a good thing! It was actually the illustration for my very first blog post nearly a year ago. I later did a portrait of her daughter's cat as a surprise birthday present.

Since then I've discovered such a love of pointillism/stippling and have created a few more pointy portraits of pets and people. Obviously I started the blog which has helped motivate me and thanks to the world wide web I've come across so many other projects and ideas to get involved in, not to mention how much I love meeting like-minded folk from all over the world.  I honestly believe it was all down to H asking me to do that first pet portrait.

A couple of weeks ago H asked if I could do a portrait of a beautiful Golden Retriever she had many years ago when she lived in South Africa. She is moving away at the end of the month and really wanted to get it framed before she left so I worked on it every spare moment I got and I finished it on Wednesday night.  I gave it to her last night.  I'm pleased to say she loved it.

Thank you H for giving me the push to try to make my dream a reality - baby steps but I might just get there!

This is Copper:

Copper - Pen and Ink, stippling


Copper
Now, don't forget to pop over to Paint Party Friday - it's getting so big its turning into a weekend long orgy of artistic delights!!

49 comments:

  1. Awesome! Love the lab painting, too. It's just amazing to me how you do this portraits.:)

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  2. Just one comment from one person can change someone's life. You are incredibly talented and I hope you go from strength to strength. x

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  3. I'm head over heel in love with your dog portrait. Your pen work is fantastic. Absolutely awesome .... ;)

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  4. Wonderful work, you have talent! Valerie

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  5. You are living the dream already, just not full time, but one day am sure your dream will be fulfilled. You have great talent and am loving your wonderful work. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  6. This is absolutely amazing! You are SO clever! She must me thrilled! :0)

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  7. Talent over flowing here great pick of a lovely dog Dxx

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  8. Wowzie - you have such a talent. Copper is perfectly captured. You did a great job.

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  9. Nicola - I LOVE Copper! YOU DID capture him perfectly! All those teeny tiny little dots - amazing. Congrats - WELL DONE!

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  10. so beautiful,, an amazing talent you have,, lovely story as well, I'm so glad you're following your dream

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  11. Copper's portrait is beautiful! You got her expression so well.

    Congratulations on the commission! A great milestone achieved!

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  12. This is just beautiful! You are truly gifted. Your portraits really show the inner soul of the sitter ( or dogger? ) I'd love to learn how you do your work. I'm not familiar with this process at all.

    And Congrats on the commission! Its well deserved. :o)

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  13. I love Copper. Stippling is a fun technique to use with pen and ink. It is one of my favorites.

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  14. I have been perfect, is a technique that I know very well but the results are spectacular .... I'm sorry that the translator does not work on my blog, I've checked and is fine. You're a great artist, go ahead. Greetings

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  15. I'm so glad she gave you the push you needed to start sharing your art. Copper is wonderful.
    I have a friend here in the States who makes a damn fine living doing pen and ink portraits of prize winning livestock, sheep and goats especially. Her livestock portraits fund a very nice gallery and studio where she showcases her landscapes and human portraits.

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  16. You are just out of this world with your work. Totally awesome. I think it's perfect. Copper is looking very lovable and I love family pet members. You are very gifted. You asked me at my blog if the stories are true and no they aren't. Of course Rimalda when she say she "hearts" everyone, that's true. I actually sit back and look at the pieces and think of something that goes with what they look like. Valinda looked jealous so that's how that came in. Thx for stopping by my blog and HAPPY PPF to you and weekend. You ROCK with your work!

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  17. you have captured the lab so well....really, i have one and you've got. the retriever is JUST adorable, too...you do animals very well! congrats on the commission! yay for you

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  18. Wow!! You did a fabulous job and even caught the texture and depth of his tongue and his droopy eyes perfectly! Beautiful memory. Lucky H!

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  19. You are SO talented - a faithful likeness; I'm sure you'll get lots more work since this is so excellent.

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  20. I can't believe you can achieve such masterpieces from pen and ink. You are an amazing talent...you possess a beautiful gift...and H was right on in encouraging you. What a blessing to have folks like that in our lives. Congratulations on making your dream come true, amiga! Wishing you much joy and success in your TRUE calling. :)

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  21. Congratulations on your commission (there will be many, many more to come, I'm sure!) - It is beautiful! I loved seeing more of your past portraits too - the color you used for the cat is great :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  22. I have always loved the medium of pointillism and I love your work. HAPPY PPF!

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  23. WOWWWWWW! Amazing! What a stunning portrait, and captures him perfectly!I can't believe you can create such a masterpiece with dots!! :)
    Sooo lovely to read the beginnings of where your creative journey began...and so delighted you did meet H and inspiration struck :)x

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  24. Congratulations on your commission! Copper is truly amazing! Your talent will take you far, I know it. Gorgeous work!! :)

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  25. Congratulations! My first official commission was a pet painting too--a friends golden retriever, Tilly. :) You're work is complete insanity--I love it!

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  26. What a wonderful portrait for your friend. And what a wonderful post sharing the beginning of your art journey.

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  27. I love Copper and his portrait is perfect. Brought back memories to me of our Golden, Josie. The are great dogs.

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  28. Wow, how long does it take you to complete one of these portraits?
    Stunning!
    Happy PPF!

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  29. Your pointy portraits are just so amazing. I would never have the patience for it but I do so love the results.

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  30. amazing work!! your pet portraits are unbelievable!! i love to come and see what you have done every friday! happy PPF!

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  31. Very nice job. Stippling takes a steady hand and patience. Beautiful. :)

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  32. Good for you following your bliss! This is really wonderful! Love the art, you are an amazing artist! We all need that one person who just gives us that kick start, and really believes in us! Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

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  33. I love Copper and we have a retriever mix also named Copper. Your work is beautiful - really good stuff!!

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  34. You are a real talent, nice story as well. love it :)

    Lantern Peems

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  35. Amazing work...as usual. Congrat's on the commission, there will be a lot more to come!
    That dog is a beauty.

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  36. This is gorgeous- I love the way you capture the soul of each of the animals you portray- just wonderful!

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  37. OMG! The nobility you captured in this portrait is fantastic, Nicola! More than beautiful.....

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  38. Oh my gosh, Copper is AMAZING!!!! I wish I could draw like this!!!You are soooooo talented!!!!Love the PPF!!!!Deb

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  39. wow. that is a big deal, congratulations. I mean, really that is a big deal - and i know you must be so proud.

    a commission.. now that's serious big time stuff, missus :)
    xx,
    amy

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  40. Amazing portrait. Congratulations on your commission. Your work is amazing.

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  41. We are dog sitting Candela, a Golden Retriever just that colour! Your portrait is so sweet and accurate.

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  42. That's what we all need, but often don't get, someone who believes in us and encourages us to try new things.

    Your portrait is lovely.

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  43. Nice job! Stippling takes so long; I admire your patience!

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  44. Sometimes it's a friendly nudge that makes all the difference in the world!

    These pieces are fantastic! So glad to have you here in Blogland chasing the dream like the rest of us :D

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  45. Nicola! Thanks for coming by my blog! You are a very talented person! Your art is amazing! Love them all! The cat is so cute! Happy belated PPF!

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  46. just catching up on blog world and saw this one.....you are so incredibly talented PP....Congratulations on the commission...the end result ... totally stunning.

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