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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Dog Portraits, Willow, Gypsy and Zac


Hooray!!!!! I've actually finished this dog portrait now, at one point I thought it would end up on my ever growing pile of half finished work, I keep telling myself I will go back to them but I think we all know that will not happen so perhaps I need to clear them all out so I don't feel so guilty about them!
Anyway, this was quite a large dog portrait and it did take some effort to fill it in, pencils do not have the greatest coverage, in fact it's akin to using a ball point pen I think so I'm pleased will my staying power at least.

And news on Cyril....
Just for you Liz, unfortunately Cyril escaped just before Christmas leaving his sparring partner Shizzle behind and made a mad dash after bouncing from the head of the lady looking after him. We've spent almost two weeks looking for him, I travelled quite a distance each day due to holidays to look for him and feed Shizzle, but it seems Cyril has decided he's a wild animal after all and would rather be in the trees with his kith and kin. I was devastated at first as was the lady who was taking excellent care of him, but all said and done, this was eactly what was meant to happen, it just happened before we planned it. For a couple of days I had terrible thoughts about him starving to death as he'd have no store of nuts but I work for the Forestry Commission and they have a never ending battle with squirrels as they chew the bark from trees for food, well there are trees everywhere so there's no problem there, then I worried about the snow, well who heard of squirrels being wiped out because of snow! Cyril was nice and fat before his break for freedom, in fact probably fatter than any wild squirrel so I should imagine he's living the life of Riley now and finding himself a girlfriend for the spring. We have left all manner of squirrels traps and nuts out for him just in case he does decide to put in an appearance but I'm very doubtful now as he is a wild creature after all.
All in all I think that he's had the best start, he was he size of an egg without fur when the cat delivered him to the door step without much chance at all, so after I fed him up and Alex has looked after him so well I'm confident he's chewing on a beech tree somewhere!
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5 comments:

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Karie-Ann. I'm glad you think he's fine, and with all your wildlife experience, you should know! And the final portrait of the family is terrific - what a lot of work!

Vic said...

This portrait is brilliant Karie, so much work and detail and you have captured all three dogs so well.

pencilportraits said...

thanks Liz, thanks Vic, the portrait took many hours of work to do and it was a relief to finish it. I have another portrait looming like it but I'm determined it will get done at a quicker pace than this one!

Sally McLean said...

Karie I have gone through your achives to find news of cyril and I am sure he must be doing well in the forest after his escape. It goes without saying that Charlie's portrait is going to be another masterpeice. While going through your old posts I came to see just what a beautiful place you live in. Your life is so much different to that of a town dweller.

Sally McLean said...

I mean't Ruby's portrait in my previous comment.

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