Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Little Man...a little dachshund portrait...

This is Little Man, he's a gorgeous wee dachshund from Mississippi and my latest pet portrait commission.

Dachshund+Pet Portrait+Acrylic+Miniature canvas+Art+Nicola McLean
'Little Man' - acrylic on box canvas 5x5 inch
All the pet portraits I've been doing recently have been acrylic on the little miniature box canvasses 5x5 inches (as opposed to the 5x5 cm ones I accidentally ordered from GreatArt a few weeks ago!)

Oops - that'll teach me to check the measurements properly next time!

The real Little Man (photo courtesy of his human granny!)

I really enjoy doing them on the small box canvas as they're the perfect size so I can get in enough detail without it taking me weeks to complete. Plus they're light enough to post anywhere.

Next up is a change of subject - remember I painted a bowl of jelly babies a while back? Well, I had started a bowl of licorice allsorts to accompany it but it got left on the back burner while I got on with a few other pet portrait commissions. I'm going back to finish it now and then after that I'll be painting the winner of my pet portrait give away - Tibby, a very beautiful cat, who has sadly passed away so I'm really pleased her person, Wendy, won the give away, as this portrait will have extra significance for her. And I'm looking forward to painting a feline fur baby in between all the dogs I've been doing lately!

Pet Portrait+Doxie+Dachshund+Nicola McLean

In other news, I decided to contact the local paper to see if they would be interested in writing a wee article about the GreatArt postcard competition win (I decided that if I didn't blow my own trumpet, no one else was going to do it for me!) I sent them an email last Wednesday telling them about the competition and including a photo of the leaf painting. I got a reply from a journalist asking for a number to call me on the Thursday but I never got the call. Then on Friday I was at the animal shelter and the manager came up to congratulate me as he'd just read the article in the John O'Groat Journal! Turns out they'd gone ahead and written a piece based on the information I'd given them in my email and used a photo of me from February 2013 when I did the Artist in the Spotlight feature! It was a nice wee piece and who knows maybe it'll help when it comes to the next local art exhibition!

The wee article in last Friday's John O'Groat Journal


  1. beautiful portrait! Good or you for taking your future in your own hands,

  2. Bonjour,

    Il est adorable ce petit portrait de teckel !...
    Gros bisous ❀ ☼ ❀

  3. This is such a perfect painting of this little dachshund. I love how you got the sparkle in the eyes, wonderful.

  4. Well done! Clever marketing and that's what we have to do! And you really deserve the recognition too.
    This dog is just gorgeous! Once again, you had me at the eyes alone... Wow! :0)

  5. Your dog portraits are so wonderfully detailed. Lovely! I can't wait to see the kitty...and yes, it's OK to toot your own horn! The more people you reach, the better. More sales/commissions, right? Great pics and article, btw!

  6. Another wonderful portrait. I love the way you capture animals personalities. I didn't realise they were so small although 5cm x 5cm is titchy ! Don't let the fame go to your head :)

  7. Beautiful Little Man, Nic. Congrats on the wee article. Hoping that brings lots of good art mojo your way! M.x

  8. Wonderful artwork as usual Nic
    The little dachshund is adorable and you've done a brilliant job with his portrait.
    I'm in awe of how you make his eyes so real.... and then there's the fur!
    Thanks for sharing him and I hope you have a brilliant Friday and weekend

  9. congrats on the article in the paper!! 5cm, that's small!! i didn't know that came in that size :)

  10. you keep going girl!! You are such a very talented artist and deserve any accolades that come your way-and it is a good thing to promote it any way you can. I am amazed at the detail you get in your portraits-I haven't seen any close to what you can paint and capture.

  11. Congrats on winning! :)) I'm so happy for you. And the dash doggie looks fabulous!

  12. O Nic, how do you make them look so real!? Wonderful eyes, wet nose and all those tiny little hairs, and all that on such a small canvas .... You're a genius! Looking forward to seeing a cat portrait from you! You so deserve the article in the newspaper, hope new opportunities will arise from it!

  13. Your paintings are always so professional looking Nic. The eyes are so alive and fabulous.

  14. Congratulations on the award! Your work is delightful!

  15. So cute and so detailed for such a tiny canvas. I had no idea you were painting this small, Nicola! You are superb with these portraits.

  16. Little Man is a Big Beauty! And good for you for tooting your own horn! You're a star! (I always say that, but it's true.)

  17. that portrait is simply amazing... the eyes are incredible... I hate that I missed this one... how did that happen... plus we got to see the photo from the paper... I hope it has been framed for posterity... this has been sooooo fabulous watching all the great things coming your way...xx


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