Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I've been a bit slack with my blog recently as it's the first thing to slip when things get busy! With commission deadlines, personal projects and the podcast, it's difficult to find the time to sit down and write! I thought to get back into the swing of things I would have a little chat through some of my art techniques, some of the materials I use and why I use them. I would say I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to art materials, as afte
I've been dying to paint Baxter ever since I first walked into The Cake Room in the Hastings American Ground. He's the resident pooch in this gorgeous cafe, and can be found wandering around greeting customers or quietly napping on a sofa. I always feel so inspired whenever I pop in for a coffee, as it's filled with leafy house plants, pea green tiling and delicious cakes. It seemed the obvious choice for this paintings patterned background! (A delicious vegan chocolate orang
I've had a little break from blogging recently. I have been pretty busy with commissions and trying to finish personal work so it has been neglected slightly - sorry! I thought I would get back into the swing of writing again by talking about what inspires my colour schemes and backgrounds. It is always important to me that my paintings have a contemporary twist. I think a lot of Pet Portraiture is quite traditional - photographic drawings of labradors and pheasants - not tha
Podcasts are my absolute favourite thing to listen to while I'm painting. My Boyfriend Ollie is rather smug about this as he kept on at me to listen to them for AGES but I ignored him like the stubborn wally I am. Now I am completely hooked and nothing fills me with a greater joy than discovering a new gem. So, I thought I would give you a round up of a few of my favourites - my gift to you! For True Crime Nerds... True Crime will always be my first love. I could of mentioned
Collecting and displaying things is one of my main joys in life. I like to surround myself with things that inspire me and make me happy. Every month or so I'm going to share some of my favourite things I have discovered recently in the hopes that maybe they will make you happy too! I was very lucky to receive some lovely gifts over Christmas and New Year (you may of seen some of these over on my Insta-Stories). Ollie surprised me with this bangle on our 10th anniversary(!!!!
So last weekend was a pretty bloody great weekend. After a short plane ride followed by a tortuously slow boat ride - we arrived in gloriously sunny (albeit chilly) Venice. It was exactly how I imagined it, postcard perfect with every street nicer than the next. Our hotel was right on the waterfront and only a few minutes walk from St Marks square. The square was definitely worth a visit to see Doge's Palace but it was absolutely heaving with tourists which is never particula
I am going to attempt to talk through my creative process when it comes to creating commissions. Each painting is different though, so I can't say there is a specific formula I stick to. I am not saying the way I do things is right, but over the years this is what I've found works for me! All of my paintings are created by hand using Winsor and Newton Gouache paint. For those that don't know, Gouache (pronounced gwash) is most similar to watercolour but is not as transparent.
I still can't quite believe that today I turn 28! It doesn't seem that long ago that I was leaving primary school and feeling all grown up. When I was 10, being 28 was forever away and seemed VERY old. I thought I would of traveled the world and got married by now but to date I've got as far as moving to St Leonards! For the first birthday in a while though I feel like I don't mind turning a year older as I think I've achieved quite a lot since turning 27. This time last year
It's almost the end of the month which means Inktober is almost over and although I may have missed a day (or two) I have somehow managed to keep up with it! For those of you that don't know, Inktober is a month long drawing challenge where you have to create an artwork using ink for every day of October. So, by the end of the month you should have 31 original drawings. Or in my case, more like 29 because I can't draw with a hangover! I was pretty dubious at first - I haven't
Here are a few guidelines to help when choosing reference photos. It is extremely important that you follow these guidelines if you would like me to create a piece of art that looks just like your pet. These photographs are the only way I will get to know the pet so it's important they depict them accurately. Things you mainly need to look for in a good image are - does it show their colouring correctly? Can you clearly see their face and features - particularly the eyes? Doe
Hello! Welcome to my brand new blog! I have been thinking about doing this for a while now as I thought it would be a great way for my current clients and followers to get to know me a little better as well as a brilliant thing for me to look back and reflect on. This is just going to be a quick introduction for now, a bit about me and how a came to be doing what I do. For those who don't know me already - Hi! My name is Finnley and I'm an artist and painter specializing in P