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'Boy's Toys' is a coloured pencil drawing on Bristol board. A close up portrait of the characterful face of a British Bulldog chewing on tennis balls beside a Danger Mouse toy. As well as my usual high level of detail which can only be obtained by working on Bristol board or a similarly hard and smooth surface, this composition displays a healthy dash of humour too. Nobody has looked at this drawing so far without smiling. I believe it would suit any room in the house regardless of whether you are a dog lover or not. Measuring approximately 15.5 x 11 inches it is presented in a white mount within an antiqued silver gilt frame to a total size of approximately 23 x 19 inches, ready to hang.
The Colours of Autumn
Butter Wouldn't Melt
\'Butter Wouldn\'t Melt\' is a small, close up portrait of a lovely little ginger kitten created with coloured pencils on Strathmore series 400 paper. I don\\\'t usually do pet portraits but was seduced by the fabulous reference photo of this little one, taken by Lisa Harris from the Paint my Photo website. I found the eyes particularly striking although I have changed the colours for my drawing. Measuring approximately 9.5 x 6.25 inches this drawing is presented in a white mount within a distressed silver gilt frame to a total size of approximately 17 x 14 inches, ready to hang.
\'Sierra Spirit\' is a close up portrait of a beautiful Iberian wolf created with coloured pencils on Arches cold pressed watercolour paper. I\'m so glad to read that these wonderful creatures are making a steady comeback in Northern Portugal and Spain after being hunted almost to extinction, although there is still a way to go before they are safe. About the size and weight of a German Shepherd I think they have become my favourite wild animal, this one in particular resembling my own dog Bonnie in some ways. Measuring approximately 14 x 11 inches this drawing is presented in a white mount within a distressed silver gilt frame which suits the piece perfectly, to a total size of approximately 22 x 18.5 inches, ready to hang.
War Is Hell
'War Is Hell' is a relatively large, highly detailed coloured pencil drawing on Strathmore 400 series paper. I used photographs of my own for references, the dog being my mighty Leon and the vintage Harley is one I spotted outside a pub where I was exhibiting a few years ago. The writing on the helmet is a homage to the famous photograph with slogan written by a US soldier and taken circa 1965 in Vietnam, hence the title. I've included the Union Jack flag and several others on Leon's collar as the sentiment is universal. Measuring approximately 19 inches x 15 inches, it is presented in a white mount within a silk finished charcoal black frame with bright silver sight edge to a total size of approximately 27 x 23 inches, ready to hang.
Cheetah in the Serengeti.
Down To Earth
\'Down to Earth\' is a coloured pencil drawing on Strathmore 400 series paper of a baby giraffe at rest. Measuring approximately 17 x 11 inches it is presented in an antique white mount within a rich yew frame with gilt sight edge to a total size of approximately 24 x 18 inches, ready to hang. In my opinion the frame is an excellent match for the tones and colouring in this piece. A charming picture that would suit any room in the house.