Lynne Furniss, UK commissioned Nicholas to paint her horse Frizbee in 2011. Lynne enquired about Nicholas' horse jumping portraits as although she had many lovely photos of Frizbee, her favoruite was one of her and Frizbee jumping many years ago. Lynne worked closely with Nicholas to make sure every part of the portrait was true to the day that Lynne was jumping with Frizbee. From the riders outfit to the positions of the tack and detail on the brushing boots. Lynne collected photographs of individual tack and equipment and collated them on a webpage with written explanations which was an invaluable resource for Nicholas and gave him a wonderful insight to Frizbee and Lynne.
Nicholas spent many hours at his easel painting the portrait at 20 x 16 size. This this wasn't the easiest photo to work from, it was quite a challenge, however with a combination of Nicholas studying the photos and Lynne's help, together they have created a sucessful painting that everyone is really happy with. We are sometimes able to provide our clients with professionally printed canvas or paper prints of their portraits. Lynne ordered a stretched canvas print and I took a photo of both original and print together - they are very similar! The print is on the left and the original is on the right.
Lynne very kindly emailed us some wonderful photos that she had taken once the portrait had been hung in situe, along with Lynne and a glass of Champaigne. We are thrilled to see them, delighted to be able to add them to our website here and are so pleased that Lynne is happy with her portrait!
Hi Melanie and Nick Yes, I've just seen and commented on the blog update. Really exciting. Ian and I have a bottle of champagne ready for that big day. Patience - must wait for 'sticky edges' to dry out! :) Thanks again for being such amazing artists. I enjoy looking at all of your work. It is always of such a consistently high standard. But I like my painting best of all (big surprise!) All best wishes
Hi Melanie and Nick I've taken a look at the final stages pics and think it is a very skilled and beautiful tribute to the horse who 'stole my heart' forever.
I can't begin to convey the joy that this painting gives me. I LOVE IT! It all looks accurate, and I appreciate that it may look a bit darker than it actually is due to cameras, lighting of the time, etc. Please do a final scan, so everyone can see how beautiful it is. You will recall that I'd like a giclee print of this painting (when ready) to go to the photographer. THANK-YOU BOTH for being such talented, professional and friendly artists. *Hug for Nick* (for bringing my 'big boy' Frisbee to life). All best wishes
Hi Melanie & Nick Frisbee's portrait arrived just after 10am today - safe and sound. Very robust packaging! I saw, once again, what a very handsome boy my Frisbee was. Nick has captured him beautifully. The prominence of horse and rider and the muted background are absolutely perfect. In addition, I am very glad that this portrait will be left unframed, as I feel that solid borders would 'imprison' the dynamic movement of the subject. I really do hope that other horsey folk will see Frisbee on your site and think: 'Mm, I'd like an action painting too'.
I have already taken some photos of the portrait in our conservatory - against a pale cream background (the best light on a dull day). Tomorrow, some sunshine is forecast, so will take more photos of the portrait in situ..... :)All best wishes
Hi Melanie and Nick
My husband took this photo this morning, as we both enjoyed a champagne toast to our new Frisbee oil portrait. There was a brief sunny spell, before the skies went grey again, so we grabbed the opportunity of using natural light. As you can see, I am delighted with this commission, which Nick created for me. It's fine to have photographs of a cherished pet, but oils have an almost magical quality. I really do believe that Frisbee is going to land over that fence and keep on galloping. So yes, this painting is very special indeed.Many thanks, once again, to you both for being professional artists who really care about their clients. I shall follow your current and future commissions with interest. All best wishes, Lynne :)
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