‘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!

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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
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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!

Barney

Pet Portrait Commission

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

Portrait:  ‘Barney’
Size & Medium: 
44 x 49 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Portugal / UK

This portrait was commissioned by Sandra as a partner for her previous pet portrait commission ‘Jake’. Barney had recently passed away, and I was determined to capture both the spirit and expression of a much loved family member.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph and work in progress shots and also 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 ‘Barney’ in progress:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Art 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 – Detail

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Art 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.

Sandra sent me a gorgeous photo of Barney, which had been slightly damaged in an old glass photo frame, but was easy to work with:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
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I cropped it down to the right size and set to work

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

And as a surprise for the client, managed to restore her original photograph for her too – the wonders of Photoshop!

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
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.

Facebook message from Sandra on seeing the painting’s jpeg images:

“OMG this is so fantastic! I am more than happy with it……I am ecstatic!!!! Words cannot express my thanks to you for capturing Barney so beautifully xxx”

With thanks to Sandra – for allowing me to paint ‘Barney’

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!

5 Chickens

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

Portrait:  ’5 chickens’
Size & Medium: 
44 x 44 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
UK

This portrait was a first for me – could I paint a friend’s chickens for her husband as a surprise birthday present?! The photos of the 5 chickens duly arrived and I was amazed at how different each one was! They quickly took on different personalities for me as I painted them, and it was a fun painting to complete.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, and close-up shots of each chicken, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared work in progress shots too and Sue’s lovely feedback with you all too. 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 ’5 chickens’ in progress:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Art by Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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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

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

 

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting – close-ups of each chicken

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

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 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.

On this occasion Sue sent me through photos of each chicken individually, which I was then able to highlight in Photoshop and have enough detail to work from.

Here are the five chickens:

chicken1

Client’s Reference Photo
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chicken2

Client’s Reference Photo
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chicken5

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

chicken3

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

chicken4

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

Client’s Feedback and Comments

I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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 Sue on seeing the jpeg images of the finished painting on e-mail:

“Alyson – it’s fantastic ! I am delighted with the finished painting and I am sure Roger will be too. I will try to keep it a secret so will ask it to be delivered to a friend’s house… Do post it on your website. If I can exclude Roger from my FB page I am happy for it to go up there too. Is that possible? I shall be sure to recommend you to other “pet lovers” also. Well Done . Very Happy Sue”

Sue also sent me this message once it was safe for me to post the painting onto my website:

“Morning Alyson ~ Roger is very pleased with his present and card; if you want to put Chickens on your website and Facebook feel free to do so – the secret was kept till the end. The parcel was fine and travelled well. Keep on using your God given talents in such a way, I am sure you bring many people pleasure as well as enjoying what you are doing” Love Sue

With special thanks to Sue -and Roger – for allowing me to paint their chickens!

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!

Merlin

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

Portrait:  ‘Merlin’
Size & Medium: 
45 x 40 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
UK

This portrait was the second pet portrait I ever completed – it was painted for a client Alan, after I had painted Winston {you can read about Winston here … Winston Pet Portrait } Ted and Helen had commissioned Winston and then recommended me to their friends, including Alan.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared some work in progress shots too and both Alan and Ted’s lovely feedback with you all too. 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 is a couple of shot of ‘Merlin’ in progress:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

and

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

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.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

On this occasion the client sent me through two photographs of Merlin – as a cute puppy and as a full grown adult dog:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

We agreed via e-mail messages that the shot of him as a puppy was just too good not to use!

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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 Alan on seeing the jpeg images of the painting:

“Alyson

Brilliant, really like it. All paid for. Winston really good too. Ted & Helen will be very pleased.

Thank you very much, we will be recommending your work.

Kind regards”

Alan

Further e-mail message from Ted {Alan’s friend} when the painting arrived safely at his house:

“Alan is here today.  He is thrilled with Merlin”

With special thanks to Alan for allowing me to paint ‘Merlin’

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!

Winston

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

 Portrait:  ‘Winston’ 

Size & Medium:  44 x 44 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
UK

This portrait was the very first pet portrait I ever completed – it was painted for a very dear couple Ted and Helen, who came to our first ever exhibition at the Holiday Inn hotel at Armação de Péra. Ted asked me if I painted pets, and I said I would happily try for him – which resulted in me painting his gorgeous ‘boy’ Winston for them.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared a work in progress shot too and Ted’s lovely feedback with you all too. 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 is a shot of ‘Winston’ in progress:

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.

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

In this case, I sent over the finished shot above for Ted and Helen, and they asked me to lighten him, as his fur was too dark – you can see the final version below. I am always happy to change a painting if I can, as it is really important to me that the client is totally happy with the work before I finish.

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

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.

On this occasion the client knew exactly which photograph they wanted me to work from as they said that it perfectly captured Winston lying on his favourite rug:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

I cropped and Photoshopped the photograph to a square format and set to work.

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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 Ted and Helen when the painting arrived safely at their home:

Winston has just arrived.  He’s wonderful – very many thanks

Ted also sent me this message:

“Just to let you know Winston is now up on the wall in the lounge, – he looks great.
Alan {another customer} and I are circulating your pet portrait details,- either there will be no customers (which I doubt), or you will be swamped! Best wishes to you both” Ted

With special thanks to Ted and Helen for allowing me to paint ‘Winston’

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!

Sacha

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Shedrake Pet Portrait

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

Portrait:  ‘Sacha’
Size & Medium: 
40 x 40 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Portugal

This portrait was completed as a demonstration painting at the International Algarve Fair in June 2013 as part of the Algarve Dog Show. The subject came from a request by me on Facebook for a suitable dog photograph to paint; and was painted as a gift for the owner.

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photograph. I have also shared a work in progress shot and the recipient’s lovely feedback with you all too. 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 is a shot of me at the Fair painting Sacha – my first time ever painting ‘live’ in front of an audience:

Algarve International Fair 2013 Algarve Dog Show Alyson Sheldrake art

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

Alyson Shedrake 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.

On this occasion the client sent me through several photographs, and this shot of Sacha leaning her head on the kitchen table really caught my eye:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

The story goes that Sacha loved toast and would smell it every morning and come and rest her head on the table waiting for a scrap of toast – how could you refuse such a gorgeous face and pleading eyes?

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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.

On this occasion the client had the painting completed as a surprise for their daughter, Joana, which was a lovely gesture.

Facebook message from Joana on seeing the painting:

Wowww Alyson, is a beautiful painting. Thank you very much for this present” – Joana

Posting the image of the painting on Facebook resulted in a lot of favourable comments too, including this one:

“That is absolutely beautiful… you captured the dog’s expression”

- you can click the link here to see what other people posted:

 AES-FB

With special thanks to the client – and Joana – for allowing me to paint ‘Sacha’

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!

Digby

Pet Portrait Commission

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

Portrait:  ‘Digby’
Size & Medium: 
45 x 40 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Portugal

This portrait was completed as the prize painting for the ‘Best in Show’ at the Algarve Dog Show at the International Algarve Fair in June 2013

Here I am at the show meeting the lucky winner Jan with her gorgeous dog Digby:

Algarve International Fair 2013 Algarve Dog Show Alyson Sheldrake art

 I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with some of the original reference photographs. I have also shared the recipient’s lovely feedback with you all too. 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.

On this occasion I worked through so quickly that I did not stop to take any photographs in progress!

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

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.

The client sent me through a number of shots, including this one:

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

Client’s Reference Photo
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I 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 as they really captured the essence of Digby and got him looking straight at the camera:

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 Page – we can highly recommend them!

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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 Jan on seeing the painting’s jpeg images:

So pleased with Digby’s painting, thank you so much”

We also arranged to deliver the painting in person – which gave me another chance to meet Digby – who was absolutely gorgeous!

Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

The winning painting was even featured in the local newspaper too:

Portugal News Alyson Sheldrake Digby Pet portrait

Portugal News 12/07/13

I have already arranged with the organiser of this year’s Dog Show that I will be at the International Algarve Fair again this year – and I will be offering a free prize Pet Portrait to the ‘Best in Show’ of both the Saturday and Sunday competitions – so put the 7th and 8th of June dates in your diary!

With special thanks to Jan and the Algarve Dog Show for allowing me to paint ‘Digby’

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

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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!

Charlie and Forrest

Pet Portrait Commission

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

Portrait:  ‘Charlie and Forrest’
Size & Medium: 
40 x 60 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from:  
Portugal

This portrait was a commissioned Christmas present, the client wanted it to be a real surprise for her husband, and a pairing for the beautiful ‘Taz’ portrait which was painted for the same client’s mother. It involved some rather secretive e-mails and a visit to their house to photograph the cats!

I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with a close up detail of each of the cats, and some of the original reference photographs. I have also shared the client’s feedback with you too. 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.

On this occasion I worked through so quickly that I did not stop to take any photographs in progress!

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 – Details of each cat

Charlie

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

and Forrest:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting

Art 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.

On this occasion the client did not have any photographs of her cats that she could send me – we had a chat via e-mail and as we had already arranged for Dave and I to visit her home and take some more photographs of her dog Taz – it was easy for us to sneak some photographs of the cats at the same time!

We then had a range of photographs to work from, including these shots:

Charlie

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

and Forrest:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

I sent the client a ‘composite’ Photoshop image, showing how the two cats would sit together and making sure they were the right size in relation to each other. The client sent me back feedback about Charlie’s expression in the first composite shot, so I happily re-did this and sent it back to the client for approval. I am always keen to do this work up-front before I even begin to paint, so that I can be certain I have got the best shots and the best angle for the portrait. It would be fair to say that Charlie was not exactly keen on having his photograph taken!

Here is the final composite as approved by the client:

Art Alyson Sheldrake Pet Portrait

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

Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and 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 later 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 the client on seeing the painting’s jpeg images:

“Thank you Alyson, It looks good, both cats look great!”

The client collected the painting from my home studio and seemed very pleased with it!

With special thanks to the client for allowing me to paint ‘Charlie and Forrest’

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!