After my open house art exhibition during H-art ( Herefordshire art ) week in September 2018 I was approached by Dick M to undertake a commission of his lurcher Betsy for his wife for Christmas.
Knowing that the most important thing for a good portrait is a good photograph my wife Cath and I made a visit to Dick's home and took a range of photos of this rather nervous, but friendly, dog. The best image was achieved when Betsy was in Dick's arms......
Betsy was undertaken using a mixture of pastel pencils ( Derwent, Conte a Paris, Cretacolour and Faber-castell) for the details of eyes and fur, and soft pastel for the background, on ArtSpectrum Colourfix paper.
I was very pleased with the completed portrait and so was Dick. He sent me a text saying: "I thought you would like to know that the picture was a great success. Margaret was thrilled with it, and friends and family all admired it. Thanks to your good work I am the flavour of the month! All the best Dick"