🐾✏️ 💦 SWIMMING BLUE IS FINISHED 💦✏️🐾

I LOVE a challenge! First time attempting water with pastels but it was my favourite part when working on his portrait. I enjoy capturing movement of subjects anyway so creating the ripples and movement of the water was the element where I didn't want to put my pencils down. A typical Labrador - water baby - doing what they know. I have been asked to draw many of Blue's family pets so it was a ple...
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‘HARE – ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR SALE’

🐰🖌 'Hare today, gone tomorrow'🖌🐰 This always reminds me of the things in Spring that make me happy. Seeing the Hares and Rabbits dash across the fields, the daisies starting to emerge as the season gets in full swing. I love capturing movement and this is something I am keen to pursue in future projects I have planned. This Hare that was perfectly captured by...
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WATER DOG!

🐾✏️ 💦 Lots of water in this one! 💦✏️🐾 Today I started work tackling the most challenging part about this portrait -the water. Very much looking forward to creating the movement in the water with all of those ripples. Very cute reference photograph to work from. Do you have a dog that loves water just as much?   This portra...
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‘On the pr-owl’ FOR SALE

🦉🖌 'On the pr-owl' 🖌🦉 I LOVED using the vibrant colours for this Barn Owl painting. The stunning Barn Owl photograph was the perfect pose. I created my own background and foreground for this as I knew I wanted a sunset theme so I then went about adding these colours that would naturally be reflecting on the bird to ensure the entire piece fitted together. ...
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Acrylic collage

🐾🖌 I love working in acrylics 🖌🐾 I enjoy creating these collages because it shows how every portrait goes through a layering process. It's a gradual progression building values and depth and it's very similar to how I approach my pastel portraits.   I loved painting Alfie the West Highland Terrier. White fur can be tricky but the reference ph...
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Tiger has sold!

'Amur Tiger' Last night this original Tiger pastel portrait sold and this morning made its way to its new home :). I can't wait to see a photograph of it framed :D.  If you'd like any information on any of my originals or limited edition prints please don't hesitate to email me at zara.toms@hotmail.co.uk SOLD 8" x 12" pastel portrait Double mounted to 12"x16" Reference photo: Step...
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Tiger Mounted :D

🐾🖌 Mounted and up for grabs 🖌🐾 🐾✏ All mounted and looking for a home ✏🐾 As always, my framer has done a fantastic job mounting this original drawing. I like to go with a double mount on my original pieces to add that bit of extra depth. I personally love the effect it creates. I am already planning the next big cat project - thi...
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🐾🖌 Acrylic tier coming soon! 🖌🐾

Acrylic tier coming soon! I have been working hard in between pastel tutorials creating some acrylic studies ready for the launch of my acrylic tuition tier . I LOVE working in acrylics so I am really looking forward to being able to allocate specific time spent working with the paintbrushes. First study was of this cat eye. I chose the reference photo because of the colours and sharp detail. I...
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Tiger is finished!

🐯✏ All those stripes! ✏🐯 I have not wanted to put down my pencils at all for this one. I've loved working on every detail and filling that paper with the cropped subject 😍. Creating that out of focus effect for the body to ensure the main focus is on the detail of the face adds to creating more depth in the piece. I'm taking it to my framers be professi...
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Tiger on my easel!

🐾✏ On my easel ✏🐾 A close up, lots of detail and a striking pose is why I chose the reference photo for this portrait. I did a Gorilla portrait which was cropped tight to fill the paper which creates a really dramatic effect. It can work really well and since I started this portrait I have struggled to put the pencils down. The striped markings are w...
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