Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Ming. A pet portrait.

black cat+pet portrait+acrylic+Nic's eARTh+Nic McLean
Ming - in acrylic on canvas 5x5 inches

Ming is a beautiful black cat who owns my friend, Marji. When I painted Tulli back in November, Marji kindly commissioned me to paint Ming as well and she was very patient in waiting for me to get my Christmas commissions completed before I got started on Ming's portrait. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and Marji emailed me yesterday to let me know that both portraits had arrived safely in Seattle and I'm delighted that she is really pleased with them, saying that the photos online don't do them justice - I'm so happy to get such lovely feedback and look forward to the photo Marji promised to send me when they are settled on the wall in her home in Portland, Oregon. 

Good things that happened in the last week:

  • I had a meeting with the other committee members of my local art society about the upcoming exhibition we're holding. It's going to be called 'Committed to Art' and will be on in a local gallery, Caithness Horizons, from 4 - 28 March. Slightly scary thing is that it's a month earlier than I had in my head so I've got to finish 5 paintings in 3 weeks (next week won't count as I'm off to Ireland for my mum's 80th birthday!)
  • I sold a painting in the Caithness Horizons' Christmas Exhibition
  • I sold a painting to a lovely lady who saw it on my Facebook page. 
  • I sold two paintings via an online gallery I'd forgotten I'd submitted art to months ago!
  • I received another commission to paint a tiger in the same style as my Rhino!

Cat+Dog+Pet Portrait+Nic's eARTh+Nic McLean
Ming and Tulli
Things to do this week:

  • Get painting for this exhibition! Because of the amount of paint I use to build up texture in my impasto paintings, they take a bit of time to complete especially at the moment as they seem to take even longer to dry in the winter (I've been known to give them a quick blow dry with the hair dryer to speed the process up a bit) So I better get cracking! I don't think I'll get 5 new ones finished so I may need to revisit some of my older paintings and give them a little vibrant do-over!

Black cat+pet portrait+box canvas+Nic's eARTh+Nic McLean

I won't be blogging next week as I'll be back home visiting my parents along with my sister, who is travelling over from London, but I'll hopefully get some time this Friday between painting and packing to pop over to Paint Party Friday to see what everyone has been up to. 

25 comments:

  1. Lovely paintings.
    Merle.........

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  2. What a beauty Ming is, and such a great name as well. You've done a beautiful job Nic. Have fun at your mom's birthday and birthday wishes to her.

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  3. your portraits are beautiful, you always put such life in your work, have a wonderful visit with family

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  4. Beautiful paintings! Congratulations on all the commissions and paintings sold, 2015 is looking like a good year.

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  5. well, you know i LOVE this picture of Ming. what a pretty kitty. sounds like you'll be busy for the next few weeks!!

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  6. Ming is so handsome and very regal looking! I am thrilled for all your good news and sales Nic! Have a wonderful trip to Ireland to visit with your family-and happy , happy 80th birthday to your Mum!

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  7. Great poertrai and congrats on your sales. Valerie

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  8. Ming looks just like a beautiful cat I had as a child, he lived till he was 18! I love the composition and your trademark turquoise background. I am so happy things seem to be taking off for you, well done you!!

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  9. Pretty, pretty Ming! Lovely work! Congrats and have a great trip! Take lots of pics!

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  10. Wow! You do a wonderful work with your paintings. Love it!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Nora

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  11. Ming's portrait is absolutely adorable. I love the turqoise background too. So excited for you that you have a commission to paint a tiger. You are a busy little bee. Congrats on all your creativity. Happy PPF

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  12. Your pet portraits are amazing and they look so good on the chunky canvases :-)

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  13. Your painting of MIng is lovely and so expressive.
    It's so good to read about all your achievements and future plans.

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  14. You're so busy and doing great! Your animal art pieces are so lovely, I love that black cat!

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  15. Wonderful portraits! Sounds like you are super busy, too! Congrats all on the good things coming your way :)

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  16. You really have a style that is so pleasing. Love your use of color and love your subjects!!!

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  17. Ming looks fantastic, especially against the lovely turquoise background.

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  18. Beautiful cat! And congrats on selling your paintings!! Hope you get 5 new ones ready in time .... :-)

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  19. Stunning Nic...wow I love how you capture animals so perfectly. There is no doubt your heart is truly in it!! With each piece you release a piece of your beautiful energy goes with... Just wonderful!! Enjoy your family time!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  20. congrats on all your commissions and sales, well deserved! Beautiful work on Marji's cat.

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  21. Love Ming!
    And congrats for your sales!! _)

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  22. Love the cat, you are invited to share this with Feline Art Friday:
    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2015/02/feline-art-friday_12.html

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  23. Lovely Paintings! Your pet portraits are beautiful.

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  24. Gorgeous work! I've always been a big fan of your paintings. These are fantastic!

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  25. Gorgeous paintings. You are very talented. Congrats on being featured at PPF.

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