Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Toast


Lurcher+Dog+Pet Portrait+Gouache+Nicola McLean
Toast the Lurcher - 12 x 8 inches in gouache
Toast is a perfectly named and incredibly handsome lurcher whose person, Rachel, had the winning bid in the Hounds First, Sight Hounds Charity Auction in which I offered a custom pet portrait as one of the prizes.

I really enjoyed painting Toast and it was good to dip back into detailed gouache after being so slap dash with palette knives and acrylic for the last while.

The best part of doing a bespoke portrait (apart from doing the eyes which is my absolute favourite) is feedback from the client and I'm delighted that when I showed Rachel the portrait before sending it off, her response was:  

"I love the portrait - it's Toast absolute and is going to take pride of place, thank you so much! It really is wonderful...thank you for such a lovely portrait of Toast and I cannot wait to see it here at home, it's spot on Nicola!"

Here is the lovely boy in the photo which Rachel sent me to work on:

Toast - photo taken by his person. 

21 comments:

  1. He is a good looking fellow and you have captured him well.
    Merle..........

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  2. A very good looking dog and the art is perfect.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  3. You have such a gift, you really were spot on, a wonderful painting!

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  4. No wonder Rachel was so happy for it, it's really striking and such beautiful work.

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  5. He looks so sweet! It's a beautiful portrait, and it doesn't amaze me one bit that the owner is so happy with it!

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  6. Toast is gorgeous...what a stunning portrait!

    Hugs Giggles

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  7. WOW, absolutely beautiful! Amazing job! It looks just like the photo. The eyes have so much life to them

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  8. what a sweet looking dog-and yes you have captured Toast brilliantly!

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  9. Wow! How long did it take you to make Toast! So intricately done!!! You asked about how I do my little paintings- I just make the background first and paint over it. Since I don't make the paint thick, the background shows through. Really easy!!! :^) Thanks for the visit! patsy

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  10. Fabulous portrait of Toast, Nic! Those eyes are glorious!

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  11. I am a dog person, so I especially love seeing your gorgeous painting of Toast. Beautifully done.

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  12. Really nice portrait! Happy PPF!

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  13. So true to life Nic, you really are a master at translating photographs into fantastic works of art. Gouache seems the perfect medium for you too.

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  14. It's amazing seeing how you've enlivened Toast from the photograph. The eyes of your animals are always breathtaking. It moves it from a portrait of a dog into real engaging art. You connect us to the soul of the animals through the eyes, I think.

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  15. beautiful painting! beautiful pup!

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  16. What a great painting. Always soulful eyes. That's how one can tell how much you love God's creations, the soul in their eyes. Wonderful job.

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  17. gouache is the perfect medium for you... the detail in his snout and eyes is simply perfect... this is gorgeous Nic... one of my favourites...xx

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  18. Wow, beautiful portret!!!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  19. Gorgeous! He is every bit as alive as the teaser of his eyes promised. Excellent capture!

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  20. Toast is a realy beauty and you did him justice!

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  21. Wonderful!!!!! Your dog portraits are absolutely great!

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