We’re ready to open today

Our exhibition is here – and ready to open!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

The paintings are all up on their display easels:

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

And waiting to be viewed!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

The flowers are in full bloom!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

And trying to catch the sunshine!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

We think it flows quite well!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

Dave has a whole new range of products for you to enjoy – and lots of prints of his photographs – mounted and ready to frame for only 25 Euros

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

And there are lots more paintings to enjoy round the corner too!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

There is a whole table of fridge magnets, key-rings and Limited Edition Prints for you – prices start at only 1.50 Euros

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

There’s even a free prize draw – you could win the lovely framed print on display here:

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

And not forgetting the Visitor’s Book – just waiting for your comments and thoughts – and don’t forget to enjoy the sweets too! (otherwise we will end up eating them all!)

The wonderful Taste restaurant in Carvoeiro are also supporting us this week with a special menu for our visitors for the duration of the exhibition – pop in to the exhibition to find out more

Taste restaurant logo

Our friends have even made us a wonderful sign which will be outside the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol to help you find us:

Carvoeiro Sol hotel art and photography exhibition Dave and Alyson Sheldrake

We are pretty easy to find though – the hotel is almost on the beach in Carvoeiro:

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The only thing missing … is you! If you are able to pop in and say hello – that would be lovely!

You can read more about us via all of these amazing Press articles and features we have been lucky enough to receive:

Press Articles

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter – with lots of sunshine wherever you are.

Carvoeiro Sol hotel exhibition April 2014 Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake

With special thanks to Vicki, Julio and all the staff at the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol for allowing us to set up our ‘Pop-up Gallery’ in the hotel.

 

‘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!

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
http://www.a3art.co.uk

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

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

Comments in our Visitors’ Book

Dave Sheldrake Photographer, Alyson Sheldrake Artist

Wonderful comments make it all worthwhile!

Dave Alyson Sheldrake Visitors book comments

Dave Alyson Sheldrake Visitors book comments

We had a fab week at the Holiday Inn hotel with our ‘Pop’-Up’ Gallery – and as you can see from the wonderful comments above – lots of people liked it too!

You can also enjoy more of my art on my website – just click the logo below:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake website

Have a great weekend everyone!

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!

Pride of Place

art by Alyson Sheldrake pride of Alvor boat acrylic painting

‘Pride of Alvor’ original acrylic painting © Alyson Sheldrake

This one will be the centrepiece!

art by Alyson Sheldrake Dave Sheldrake photography exhibition poster

There’s always a centrepiece at an exhibition – the one that makes you go ‘wow’ when you walk in and that draws you in – well I’m hoping this will be the one!

We are almost ready to go now – we’ll be there next Friday all set up and ready to meet everyone – if you are in the Algarve why not come along and say hello?!

You can also enjoy more of my art on my website – just click the logo below:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake website

Have a great weekend everyone!

Our first ever magazine article!

We have had a fantastic week!

We are thrilled to be featured in this quarter’s edition of the glossy Inside Magazine on the Algarve – and stunned by the fantastic write-up – and coverage over FOUR whole pages!

You can click the front cover of the magazine here to read it online – we’re on pages 24 – 28!
Inside Magazine Front coverWe also had a brilliant Exhibition and Sale at the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol this week – we had so many visitors and met some old – and new – friends along the way.

Hotel Carvoeiro Sol Art and Photography Exhibition

It was a very successful week for us too – I have now sold 7 paintings in 7 days – and I have 6 commissions lined up for clients to get cracking on – and a studio that needs tidying up first!

Thank you to everyone that sent us messages of support and have encouraged and supported me along this path – I am loving every minute of this journey.

Thought you might enjoy some of our fab messages in our Comments book at the Exhibition too:

Exhibition Comments page 1

and

Exhibition Comments page 2

And as it’s Saturday – there’s just time for a quick ‘Six Word Saturday’ too:

Dancing the ‘happy dance’ this week!

You’ll have to read the magazine article to find out what that is all about!!

2 weeks to go

Dave and Alyson Sheldrake Carvoeiro Sol exhibition

2 weeks to go – can’t wait!

Carvoeiro Sol hotel Exhibition Algarve Daily News article

We’ve had some great press coverage already – here are two of our favourite articles…

You can click on the articles to read them in full on their respective news sites:

Carvoeiro Sol hotel Exhibition Inspirations Algarve article

So – why ‘New Beginnings’? Well we are proud to be part of the March re-opening programme for the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol; this is a new venue and location for us to exhibit in; and we both have brand new websites for our work. As you already know, you can view my work on my ‘Art by Alyson Sheldrake’ website  and Dave has a brand new Photo Journal and Gallery site ‘Dave Sheldrake Photography’

 There is another reason for the name as well – but you’ll have to come along to the show and ask us to find out what it is!

If you want to know more, or follow what we are doing – including all of our upcoming shows and exhibitions this year (we are going to be busy!) then why not subscribe to our newsletter. We only send it once a month, we promise not to pester or spam you – and if you are already a subscriber (and lots of you are – thank you!) then why not tell a friend too! You can just click the link below to go straight to the sign-up form:

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Have a great weekend everyone!

The doors are open to our Exhibition!

It’s here! we’re open again! and we are really enjoying ourselves …

Portugal 365 Exhibition Flyer

We are back at the Holiday Inn hotel at Armaçao de Pêra on the Algarve and the staff are treating us like royalty!

Holiday Inn hotel

So we thought you might like to see some pictures of us in action!

Portugal 365 Exhibition

Our paintings and photographs

We have a wide range of original acrylic paintings and framed photographs for sale – at very reasonable prices! Framed A3 photographs are 45€ – 50€ and paintings are priced from 65€ to 95€.

If you are on holiday and worried about travelling home with a picture we can wrap it in bubble wrap for you to make sure it travels home safely in your suitcase. If you are interested in buying a painting we can even arrange to post it home for you for a small extra cost.

Portugal 365 exhibition

Art and Photographic prints ready to frame

We also have pictures and photographs that are mounted and ready to frame – prices from only 15€ – 25€

(You can also see my favourite painting here in the picture above!)

Portugal 365 exhibition

Our new smaller framed images

For the first time we are also selling smaller box-framed photographs – and these are proving to be very popular – they are only 10€

Portugal 365 exhibition

Our display stands are also working well – our work is easily accessible and ready to view – so why not come along and have a closer look?!

Portugal 365 exhibition

You can find out more about us and our work on our website A3 Art and we have a page dedicated to the exhibition here: Portugal 365 Exhibition which includes a map and directions to the hotel.

Portugal 365 Flyer image

Ben and Louise Taylor attended the Private View evening with the first printed copies of their new book about Moving to Portugal, which will be formally launched in the Algarve later this year. We also have a limited number of advance copies signed and available for sale at the exhibition.

Moving to Portugal book cover

You can read my review of this wonderful book here: Moving to Portugal Book Review

A3 Art filmstrip

We would love to see you at the exhibition – we are there until Weds 26th September every day from 10am until 7.30pm – and please tell all your friends too!

Portugal 365 flyer