Category Archives: Art

‘Light and Shade’ exhibition 18-23 April 2014

We are very excited! It’s almost time to open our latest exhibition!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel exhibition April 2014 Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake

We have been amazed at how many websites and publications have supported us and promoted this exhibition – you can click the link here to read them all:

Press Articles

We are also delighted to be partnering with the fabulous Taste restaurant in Carvoeiro who are offering a special evening menu for our visitors to the exhibition – so come along and find out more!

taste-logo-web

We do hope that you will be able to come and see us if you are in the Algarve – or wish us luck from a distance!

Sage

Pet Portrait Commission

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘Sage’
Size & Medium: 
30 x 30 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Canada

This portrait was commissioned by Anne as a pet portrait and surprise present for her daughter to go with her other commission ‘Walk in the Park’. Sage is a rescue dog who had to have an operation on her eyes, and has a very distinctive look.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph and work in progress shots. I have also shared with you the client’s feedback. The painting was supplied finished with a concealed frame, ready to hang. I hope you enjoy this page of information and if you would like to commission me to paint your pet don’t hesitate to contact me

The Pet Portrait in Progress

I often take photos as I am progressing with a painting, these are mainly for my own benefit – I do not tend to show a client a work in progress as I prefer to wait until I have completed the piece and ensured all of the colours and tones are correct and balanced.

Here are some shots of ‘Sage’ in progress:

You can just see my pencil drawing and the lovely detailed background she was lying on:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Here are her lovely velvet ears in place:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And then her distinctive eye:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Here’s a close-up of her eye, although she looked asleep at first glance, she did actually have her eye slightly open, which gave me more detail to work with, and brought her to life:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

I will always send the final version as a jpeg image via e-mail to the client for approval to ensure that they are happy with the painting and colouring before I finish. I do not charge any commission fee up-front, preferring to ensure that a client is 100% happy with the painting before they pay for it.

The Pet Portrait – Image

Being married to a photographer has its advantages! All of my paintings are photographed using a professional Digital SLR Camera, in natural light, and the colour and tones are ensured to be a perfect match with the original painting using Photoshop. The image is then stored as a full sized tiff image and a smaller jpeg version only is displayed on my website. This ensures that should a client require a print from the original painting, we are able to fulfil this requirement for them.

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

Client’s Pet Portrait Reference Photographs
I ask clients to e-mail me a range of photographs for me to work from, and I tend to use one main photograph for the pose and use others for reference, detail and colouring. I am also sometimes asked to add a different background to the piece which can easily be achieved via Photoshop. The photographs depicted below may vary in colour to the finished painting – this can be due to the scanning or the original quality of the photographs – or simply that only one particular photograph was used to ensure the colouring of the pet. If a photograph sent is not detailed enough or of a high enough quality, then I will let the client know – and I always chat through the final pose, background and colouring before I begin, so that I am satisfied that I know what the client requires.

Anne sent me lots of photos but we both agreed that this one was the perfect shot as it showed off Sage’s personality and had such a bright and distinctive background which I really enjoyed painting.

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And then it just required cropping to the square format and size that we had agreed. This was quite a small painting for me, at only 30cm x 30cm – although there is often even more detail and small brush work required in a smaller painting.

 

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and often if the painting is a gift, from the final recipient too! Often messages are left for me on Facebook or via e-mail, and are reproduced here, and on my website, with the client’s permission. Sometimes clients also send me a photograph of the painting hung on a wall in their home, which is lovely for me to be able to see where the painting has been placed.

E-mail message from Anne on seeing the painting’s jpeg images and being asked for her approval:

I had no doubt this would be super as well. Are you naming this picture too, I could think of lots but “Sage” would be perfect. She is our rescue challenge and although we have had her for 8 years she is still more bad than good but those good times are the reasons we love her”

I also received this e-mail message after Anne had collected this painting – and also ‘Walk in the Park’ – from my studio:

” Alyson
I am in absolute awe at how beautiful these pictures are.  I have them propped up on the dining room table and it makes me feel my furry family are right here. I never imagined I would feel so emotional seeing them for the first time. Thank you so much.”

With thanks to Anne – for allowing me to paint ‘Sage’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Walk in the Park

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait
© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Portrait:  ‘Walk in the Park’
Size & Medium: 
45 x 60 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Canada

This portrait was commissioned by Anne as a double pet portrait and surprise present. The message to me read:

My daughter has just lost her 14 year  Golden Retriever. She was an Agility Champion and the head of our pet household.  She also has a Red Retriever who was rescued about 5 years ago.  If I sent you individual pictures of these two dogs would you be able to put them together with one of our Canadian park settings where they loved to run”

That sounded like a fun challenge to me so we set to work!

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photographs and work in progress shots. I have also shared with you the client’s feedback. The painting was supplied finished with a concealed frame, ready to hang. I hope you enjoy this page of information and if you would like to commission me to paint your pet don’t hesitate to contact me

The Pet Portrait in Progress

I often take photos as I am progressing with a painting, these are mainly for my own benefit – I do not tend to show a client a work in progress as I prefer to wait until I have completed the piece and ensured all of the colours and tones are correct and balanced.

Here are some shots of ‘Walk in the Park’ in progress:

I have darkened this one down so that you can just see my pencil drawing at the start:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

pic

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

pic

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

pic

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

pic

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

I will always send the final version as a jpeg image via e-mail to the client for approval to ensure that they are happy with the painting and colouring before I finish. I do not charge any commission fee up-front, preferring to ensure that a client is 100% happy with the painting before they pay for it.

The Pet Portrait tools of the trade!

I thought you might also enjoy seeing what is around me whilst I am painting.

I work from a client’s photographs, so as well as printing these out as a reference point, I also have them up on a computer in the studio so that I can zoom in and check the detail and the colouring:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

I also have a very busy palette – here you can see me mixing my own greens!

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And I also keep a meticulous record of the colours I have mixed and the paints used – just for my own reference, which I have found to be enormously useful:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

The Pet Portrait – Image

Being married to a photographer has its advantages! All of my paintings are photographed using a professional Digital SLR Camera, in natural light, and the colour and tones are ensured to be a perfect match with the original painting using Photoshop. The image is then stored as a full sized tiff image and a smaller jpeg version only is displayed on my website. This ensures that should a client require a print from the original painting, we are able to fulfil this requirement for them.

The Pet Portrait – Detail of each dog

Winnie

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Bosco

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

 

Client’s Pet Portrait Reference Photographs
I ask clients to e-mail me a range of photographs for me to work from, and I tend to use one main photograph for the pose and use others for reference, detail and colouring. I am also sometimes asked to add a different background to the piece which can easily be achieved via Photoshop. The photographs depicted below may vary in colour to the finished painting – this can be due to the scanning or the original quality of the photographs – or simply that only one particular photograph was used to ensure the colouring of the pet. If a photograph sent is not detailed enough or of a high enough quality, then I will let the client know – and I always chat through the final pose, background and colouring before I begin, so that I am satisfied that I know what the client requires.

Anne sent me lots of photos – we knew the one we wanted of Bosco which was him sat on the wall with the park in the background:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And eventually Anne found just the right shot of Winnie too:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

Client’s Reference Photo
http://www.a3art.co.uk

And then it was just down to me and Photoshop to create a composite for the painting! This was then checked back with Anne before I started painting to make sure that the relative sizing and colouring was correct.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait painting Walk in the Park

© Alyson Sheldrake
http://www.a3art.co.uk

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and often if the painting is a gift, from the final recipient too! Often messages are left for me on Facebook or via e-mail, and are reproduced here, and on my website, with the client’s permission. Sometimes clients also send me a photograph of the painting hung on a wall in their home, which is lovely for me to be able to see where the painting has been placed.

E-mail message from Anne on seeing the painting’s jpeg images and being asked for her approval:

“Alyson,
I am absolutely overwhelmed at how beautiful the painting is. It is for my daughter’s birthday and I know she will love it. Look forward to seeing the actual painting.  “Walk in the park’ is a perfect name too.

Approval?  I think it’s a big yes from me…….”

I also received this e-mail message after Anne had collected this painting – and also another one – from my studio:

” Alyson
I am in absolute awe at how beautiful these pictures are.  I have them propped up on the dining room table and it makes me feel my furry family are right here. I never imagined I would feel so emotional seeing them for the first time. Thank you so much.”

With thanks to Anne – for allowing me to paint ‘Winnie and Bosco’

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Pet Portraits – SOS Algarve Animals sponsorship 2014

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

I am delighted to be able to inform you that for the whole of 2014 I will be donating 10% of my profits from my Pet Portrait paintings to the wonderful SOS Algarve Animals Charity here on the Algarve.

SOS Algarve Animals are a registered charity that help abandoned animals in the Algarve.  Portugal is believed to be one of the worst countries in Europe for animal neglect and abandonment; on average SOS Algarve Animals re-homes between 300 and 400 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year. They are also involved in sterilizing approximately 600 dogs and cats every year.

You can find out more about this charity by clicking the logo below which will direct you to their website:

 Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

As an acrylic painter based here on the Algarve, as well as creating modern acrylic paintings, I also complete Pet Portraits as commissions. Last year I sponsored the ‘Best in Show’ at the Algarve Dog Show, and this year I wanted to do more for a worthwhile animal charity. I am therefore donating 10% of my profits for each Pet Portrait painting to the SOS Algarve Animals charity during 2014.

My Pet Portrait paintings

I specialise in creating an original and unique portrait painting of your pet. I enjoy creating unique, hand-painted portraits and I aim to capture both a realistic likeness and also something of the personality of your pet, working from your own photographs.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits

To find out more about my paintings, including pricing, please click the link here to view my work on my website:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits charity SOS Algarve Animals

And please feel free to share this link with anyone else that you think might be interested!

Blog of the Year – my 2013 Award winners

Blog of The Year 2013 AwardLast year this proved to be such a popular little award – so even though this blog is now primarily here for me to share my creative journey as an artist with you – I just had to bring this little award back to life again this year!

There have been so many blogs that I have enjoyed reading and following this year, so it has been a hard task to narrow the field down – but I have selected a number of blogs that have really stood out for me this year – and I am very happy to present them with their first Blog of the Year Award – complete with one shiny star:

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

The instructions for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this linkhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

So here are the blogs that I have chosen:

Julie Dawn Fox – inspiration and tips for living in Portugal

Restless Jo -  roaming at home and abroad

Expatlog

East of Malaga

Believe Anyway

CindyKnoke

ThirdEyeMom

My Sardinian Life

The Serenity Space

The Wanderlust Gene

There have also been some amazing blogs that have joined the Blog of the Year Facebook Group – and some of them have posted on there so frequently I have been amazed at how loyal they have been. So here are some extra blogs that I would also like to present the award to:

The Palladian Traveller

Terry Shepherd – Terry 1954

In Love with the Lord

Hope the Happy Hugger

Linda’s Bible Study

The Jenny Mac Book Blog

Prodigal Daughter

The Other Side of Ugly

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Congratulations to everyone – and I can’t wait to see who you present the award on to!

You can find all the badges and banners & information you need via this link:

‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award Badges

Langdale – the story behind the painting

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

‘Langdale’ © Alyson Sheldrake original acrylic painting on board size 70cm x 1m

Sometimes you just meet a family and you know instantly that you are going to become great friends – and that was certainly the case behind the adorable family that lie behind this painting.

With their permission I am able to share with you the story behind this painting, and explain why it was such a joy to paint.

We met the family at one of our exhibitions – their children were two of the most lovely children we have ever met, and we hit it off with Gail and Nick their parents instantly.

At one point Gail took me to one side and asked me if I painted houses (not in the painter/decorator sense!) as she wanted to have a painting done for Nick as a present. I said I’d be happy to give it a go of course, and asked her to let me know more when she wanted it started.

They went back home and we kept in touch, and then soon after Nick contacted me and said it was Gail’s birthday in September and that he had an idea for a present for her … could I paint a picture of their house and could I add the children in, playing in the garden?!

I hadn’t heard from Gail by this point – and obviously couldn’t tell Nick what Gail had asked me!! – but I figured that she would definitely be happy with the idea for a present!

So he sent me over lots of photos, and with the wonders of Photoshop, I was able to add the children into the garden at the correct size and position like this:

The house:

Langdale-weband the children:

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

The final version gave me something to work from:

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

It was also going to be a big piece – 70cm x 1m so I set to work prepping a board and drawing it all in.

It really was a beautiful house and I wanted to do it justice, balancing a freer hand with the garden and trees against some intricate and precise painting of doors and windows:

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

I really enjoyed painting all the bushes and garden peeping through the gate:

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

And then it was on to painting the main surprise, the two fab children playing in the garden:

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

They went in really well! They also had to go in rather quickly …

I had arranged with Nick that due to the size of the painting we would have to sort out a courier to ship it over to the UK – it was too big for parcel post. I had hunted around on the internet getting some quotes and then I suddenly thought about using a freight service through a removal company as that would be cheaper. As an amazing coincidence one of the Algarve company’s UK addresses was only a few miles away from their house – so I agreed to use them and Nick would secretly pick it up from their depot – a brilliant plan!

Well – it was until I rang them up on a Friday morning … and found out that the next shipment left on Sunday morning at 4am – and could I get the painting to them by Saturday tea time??! eek!!! It was my last chance as the next shipment wasn’t due to leave for 2 weeks and would be too late for Gail’s birthday!!

Amazingly the children all went in first time on the Friday and Saturday morning I was up early painting grass!

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

At 4pm the finished piece was duly wrapped and the driver for the removal company kindly offered to meet us to collect the now very large (and quite heavy!) package destined for their UK depot – complete with a big ‘Please look after me I am very special’ sign written on the front!

The finished painting:

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

‘Langdale’ © Alyson Sheldrake original acrylic painting on board size 70cm x 1m

I then had a nervous week worrying about ‘my baby’ until I knew that Nick had collected it safely! Thank you AIM Removals for saving the day too.

The thing I love most about my job is the wonderful feedback I get from clients – Nick was absolutely delighted with the painting, sending me several FB messages:

“Oh Aly I’m lost for words! It’s everything I’d hoped for. Beautiful!”

I knew it had arrived safely once I received this message:

“Bloody hell it’s perfect!! All here safely and smuggled into the loft ready for the big day. Love it love it love it. Well done Aly, I’m so grateful”

However the big test was still to come – had we pulled off the big surprise – and would Gail love it too?!

Langdale Alyson Sheldrake

I think it is safe to say that she loved it!

“Just the most perfect birthday present ever. Thank you so much Alyson, you are amazing! I couldn’t have dreamed of anything so special! Thank you thank you thank you.”

We’ve also had a chuckle since over the fact that I couldn’t tell Gail about Nick’s surprise – and I couldn’t tell Nick about Gail’s plans!! Sometimes these things just work out perfectly don’t they?

So – Happy Birthday Gail – it was a pleasure to play a part in surprising you!

My biggest painting … so far!

I thought I would share this painting with you – it’s my biggest (so far!) and was quite a logistical challenge on my little easel in my studio.

It’s 100cm x 70cm, on my primed gesso board as usual, and was a commission for a client. It was also a steep learning curve for me, as I had not painted anything of this size before – especially in my ‘New Wave’ style.

I have to say – I was really pleased with the finished painting – although surprised at how much longer it took me to complete than one of my ‘normal’ sized pieces.

So here it is in all its glory – ‘Ferragudo Light’ ©2013 Alyson Sheldrake (Sold)

Ferragudo Light by Alyson SheldrakeAs usual I am indebted to my lovely husband for his fabulous photography for the inspiration for this piece – the client chose this photograph from Dave’s photo journal website Dave Sheldrake Photography which I could instantly see working as a large-scale painting:

Ferragudo Dave Sheldrake PhotographyIt’s a shot of one of our favourite villages on the Algarve – Ferragudo – if you want to find out more about this pretty little village you might enjoy one of our older posts on our Algarve Blog entitled Discovering Ferragudo

It took me nearly a whole day to draw this one out – and then it was just a matter of painstakingly adding all of the detail underneath the bright sky – here’s a close-up of some of the village houses for you:

Ferragudo Light by Alyson Sheldrake close up housesOnce they were all completed the boats were fun to paint – some of them had a lot of detail in them too – I always like to make sure my boats won’t sink!

Ferragudo Light by Alyson Sheldrake close up boatsIt probably took me about 10 days – on and off – to actually complete the painting.

The client was very kind and let me ‘borrow’ it before she collected it so that we could display it in our recent exhibition – it certainly had the ‘wow’ factor sat on an easel for us:

Ferragudo Light by Alyson Sheldrake displaySo there you have it – my biggest painting in my ‘New Wave’ style – it was certainly a challenge – but I really enjoyed it!

You can also view the finished painting on my website – the quality of detail and colours is always better on there than here on my blog – and also find more paintings and ideas to inspire you! Just click the name below:

Ferragudo Light by Alyson Sheldrake

Four legs and a wagging tail

My studio recently has been full of portraits of dogs! This might be due to my recent stint at the International Algarve Fair, where for the first time ever I actually painted live (gulp!)

It was our first time at the show, and setting up day came only one day after we had finished our last Exhibition at the Carvoeiro Sol hotel – I’m not sure I knew which way was up that day! We arrived and found a nice – but very empty – space to fill and quickly set to work. Once I had got my bearings and worked out where my easel was going to be placed, the rest seemed to fall into place quite easily.

Algarve International Fair 2013 Algarve Dog Show Alyson Sheldrake artI had asked for photos of pets (dogs this time!) that I could work from, and then selected two lucky people who were going to have their dog painted at the show – it’s always worth keeping an eye on my blog and FB page as I often offer crazy things like this to my loyal followers!

The reason for the theme was simple, we were setting up beside the arena which was hosting the Algarve Dog Show, an annual event at the fair, and all in aid of charity – this year it was the very deserving Friends of Canil de Portimão Charity.

dog-show-logo

I quickly set to work, and soon forgot that people were watching me – which was fine until at one point I turned around and found someone literally peering over my shoulder – it gave me such a shock that I jumped a mile!

Algarve International Fair 2013 Algarve Dog Show Alyson Sheldrake art

The first dog up on the easel was the adorable Sasha, who had unfortunately passed away last year, but I loved the story behind the picture – she loved toast and would smell it cooking every morning and would come and rest her head on the kitchen table waiting for the crumbs! I always like to know the ‘story’ behind a picture or expression, it seems to help me to paint a lifelike and realistic portrait.

Here’s the finished piece – I love the expression in her eyes:

Pet Portrait by Alyson Sheldrake

‘Sacha’ Pet Portrait © Alyson Sheldrake

The second day it was the turn of Daisy, a rescued dog who belongs to the wonderful Julie Dawn Fox, who writes my favourite blog about Portugal. It was a real pleasure to paint her dog who has such a delicate and intelligent face – and surrounded by a field of flowers, which seemed so appropriate.

Here’s the finished Daisy for you to enjoy:

Pet Portrait by Alyson Sheldrake

‘Daisy’ Pet Portrait © Alyson Sheldrake

And here’s a close-up of that beautiful face:

Pet Portrait by Alyson Sheldrake

‘Daisy’ close-up © Alyson Sheldrake

I was very happy to support the Algarve Dog Show, especially after meeting the live-wire that is Julie Pickering that organises it all – it’s such a big event to set up – this year they had over 170 dogs and raised 1,665 Euros for the charity.  I had offered a Free Pet Portrait Prize to the Best in Show on the Sunday – and was delighted to meet Jan and the gorgeous Digby after the show to arrange for her prize to be completed:

Algarve International Fair 2013 Algarve Dog Show Alyson Sheldrake artI have to say a huge thank you at this point to Dan and Natasha from Birch Photography – not only did they run round all weekend photographing the Dog Show, they also took a fantastic photograph of Digby which they very kindly allowed me to use to paint my Pet Portrait from! I am always keen to be given the very best photographs that I can to work from, the more detail and information a photograph can give me, the easier my job is – and Birch Photography’s photograph was amazing:

Birch Photography They are also a great young couple working out here on the Algarve, covering events, corporate and commercial work, real estate, weddings and portraits – you can find out more about them via their website Birch Photography or Facebook Birch Photography Facebook

And here’s my painting of Digby – he’s off to his new owners this weekend, but at the moment he’s sat on my studio wall – and I have to confess to a soft spot for him too!

Pet Portrait by Alyson Sheldrake

‘Digby’ Pet Portrait © Alyson Sheldrake

All these pictures of dogs must have softened my brain too as we even began to think about adopting a rescue dog – we saw a lovely puppy Andy at the show and we rang up to find out more about him, but sadly we felt that we were too busy through the summer months to take on the job of training what turned out to be a young puppy.

ANDY

‘Andy’

I’m glad to say however that Andy has been adopted by someone else – and we have now made a good contact with the SOS Algarve Animals charity, who re-home abandoned pets – and who knows, maybe later this year we might have our own ‘four legs and a wagging tail’ to enjoy?!

If you are interested in a Pet Portrait – you can find out more by clicking this logo here:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portraits

‘New Beginnings II’ – a sneak peek into our exhibition

We are open! The sun is shining, we have had lots of visitors on our first day, and returning to the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol, on the seafront at Carvoeiro on the Algarve felt like returning home!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

We had our first visitor before we had even opened – whilst we were setting up a gentleman came in and asked if he could look round – he said he wanted to come early so that he could be our first customer!

We have lots of new things for people to enjoy – including some new bright and colourful acrylic paintings

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

Dave has a bigger selection of A3 and A4 prints of his wonderful photographs for you to browse through too:

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

And don’t forget our new ‘Print While-you-wait’ Service – if there is a photograph or Limited Edition Print that you would like – we can print it for you in A3 or A4 size – and you can choose whether to have it mounted like the ones in the picture above ready to frame – or rolled up in a tube ready to travel.

If there is a painting that you like from my website that has already sold – you can probably find a signed Limited Edition print instead – these hand-signed and mounted prints are unique to our shows – and there will only ever be 25 copies of each for sale.

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

This time we also have lots of smaller gifts on sale too – you can buy a colourful key-ring for only 1 Euro, or a large fridge magnet for only 2.50 Euros. Small Framed prints  complete the range for only 10 Euros – all perfect as little gifts or mementoes of your time on the Algarve.

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

All of the paintings are displayed on our own easels – they are all at the perfect height for you to view them properly – and you might be surprised at just how reasonably priced they are – we even have a ‘bargain corner’ with original paintings for sale for only 50 Euros

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

The hotel has lots of comfy sofas – so you can have a rest while you fill in a Free Prize Draw form – someone will be winning the beautiful framed photograph you can see in the shot below – it might be you!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

We even have a ‘kid’s corner’ with crayons, pencils and lots of ‘how to draw’ guides for children to enjoy – and that’s children of all ages of course (you’ll spot me down there if we are quiet!!)

Dave Sheldrake Photographer, Alyson Sheldrake Artist

We are open every day from 12 – 8pm – our last day is next Wednesday 29th May – but don’t leave it too long – we have already had one disappointed couple who came in as they had seen a painting they had admired through the window before we opened – and I felt so awful at putting a red dot on it as it had already sold!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

The hotel is easy to find – it is right beside the main square in front of the beach – you might well find me handing out leaflets and chatting to people outside – well it’s a good excuse to get out into the glorious sunshine!

Hotel Carvoeiro Sol map

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the newspapers, on-line sites and magazines that have supported us in this venture and given us some amazing articles and features – here’s just a selection:

Algarve Daily News 090513

Algarve Daily News 090513

Inspirations Algarve May feature

Inspirations Algarve luxury on-line travel club site

The Portugal News 250513

The Portugal News 250513

Tomorrow Carvoeiro May newsletter

Tomorrow Carvoeiro May newsletter

Algarve Resident 170513

Algarve Resident 170513

So why not come and see us – and please share this with anyone else that you think might be interested – we have already had the pleasure of meeting some old friends from previous exhibitions – and also making some new friends too – which is one of the best things about running our own show!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

To see more of our work you can also visit our websites – just click the links below:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake website

and Dave’s work is on his new Photo Journal blog:

Dave Sheldrake Photography website

Thank you to everyone that has supported us – and a special thank you to Vicki and Julio at the hotel and the Holiday Inn for all their continued support. You are amazing!