Hi everyone! I’ve been hard at work on a few commissions this week which is great fun!

I’ve had the house to myself as Sam has been away on a stag weekend, so it’s been good to have plenty of time for painting.

This pet portrait is the main piece I’ve been working on. It’s still not finished, in fact there’s quite a way to go.

I’ve got to paint all the little hairs on the ear, add detail to the nose, finish the collar and tags and refine the shading.

I’ve been taking photos at each stage and am hoping to make them into a video when I’m finished. Until then, here are a few to show how it’s progressed.

The last image in that series shows the dog looking very dark. To lighten it up I’ve painted tiny white hairs over the whole thing which I will then cover with a tan coloured wash to bring it all together.

I’m working in acrylic paint because it dries nice and quickly, allowing layers to be built up with no drying time in between. I’ve never tried oils but would love to have a go!

Here’s where I’ve been working at the dining room table. It now has a few nice acrylic splodges…shh!

This week I’ve also been working on a paper cut kirigami cityscape. I’m still only at the cutting stage, the windows are taking ages! Eventually, when all the details have been cut, I’ll fold it and it’ll magically turn into a 3D city. Well, here’s hoping. The last kirigami I did went wrong, so fingers crossed I’ve got the measurements right on this one.

Next Sunday, I’ll hopefully have a finished pet portrait to show you!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, please pop by my Facebook page. I update it regularly during the week and I’d love to welcome some new faces!

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Paint Party Friday, Handmade Harbour, Be Different Act Normal, Manon Popje’s Illustrations and Tatertots and Jello.


Your dog portrait looks finished to me, but I can see where adding the tiny hairs really does put more realism into it. Beautiful pup! And the kirigami fascinates me. I am eager to see what it turns out to look like.

Claire, the pet portrait is amazing with all the fine detail. It’s beautiful. I’m excited to see how your kirigami looks when you have it finished. Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

Hi Claire
I love your portrait, you have so much patience, if you have any spare please send it to me LOL!!
Seriously I simply love it, and looking forward to seeing the finished job
Sue x

I love seeing works in progress, it’s surprising how much it changes as you go along, I’m popping over to your facebook page right now πŸ™‚

Jan x

hello clare, i enjoyed seeing the process of your lovely and detailed work. i look forward to seeing the completed painting, though, it looks mighty beautiful as is.

Me again !! πŸ˜€
Thank you for your comments on my latest creations πŸ˜€
Yes – Tea Bag folding is like Origami. Apparently it was invented by a lady who did Origami who was sat – bored to death – in her hotel room and started folding the little paper baggies that your tea bags come in… hence the name. The squares are usually about 2″x 2″ but you can make them bigger or smaller πŸ˜€
I think her name was Tiny (pronounced Teeny) van der Plas

IKE xxxxxxxxxxx

Wow! Painting with so many details…I tried painting a dog for my friend and it was pretty intimidating! I love what I see here….so much of care and details! I did not know about ‘kirigami’..will check it out now. Your paper city looks all ready to spring up! I can imagine little lights going up in those windows! I’m happy I visited you, from PPF our perpetual source of joy and inspiration. πŸ™‚

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