If you’re thinking about commissioning pet portraits from photos, getting great reference photos is the first step you’ll need to take. When creating pet portraits from photos, you’ll need the best possible shot of your pet – after all, this is what the artist will be working from. I find that a photo that captures […]
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I thought I’d share with you my latest commissioned painting of a country house called Dankeith House in Ayrshire. It’s is a place associated with fond memories for my client and his parents who received the painting as a surprise wedding anniversary gift. It was created from a photograph which gave me a good reference […]
Now for something a little different…. how I create an original landscape. Many people have asked over time how my paintings “come together.” I thought I’d create a little time lapse video which shows a new painting of “Buachaille Etive Mor” in Glencoe coming together over a period of two days. I thoroughly enjoyed creating […]
Why Buying Art as a Gift could solve your Gift Buying Dilemmas….. The year is interspersed with birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and many other events that generally require you to purchase a gift. it can become a little daunting, frustrating and very time consuming, trying to think of something special to show how much a person […]
Many of my Scottish landscape paintings to date have been inspired by the stunning beauty of rural Scotland, in particular its mountains, hills and lochs. With this in mind, I have decided to create a new series of Scottish landscape paintings that are dedicated to capturing these inspiring scenes on canvas. Previous paintings of mine […]
Now that the newly weds have received their wedding gift – a painting of their wedding venue, Shaw House, Berkshire , I can let you see the finished product. They were delighted with it and I was really glad to have been able to create a personal gift for them.
It took a very late shift to get the final painting done in time resulting in a forgetful brain which overlooked the fact that I hadn’t blogged about the final painting in the series – On My Way to Seamab. This painting is of Ochil Hills near Muckhart (Clackmannanshire) and Glendevon and is a scene […]
The painting I created on Day 6 is called A Stroll by the Sea and is a painting of Tentsmuir Beach in St Andrews, Scotland with the distant figure enjoying a moment of reflection. A Stroll by the Sea By Joan Ashcroft Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas 40cm x 30cm [add_to_cart item=”1013″ quantity=”user:1″ ] […]
Day 5 – Loch Dunmore Reflections, Faskally Woods, Perthshire The late autumn colours reflected in the loch and its wonderful tranquility caught my imagination. It is a beautiful place to visit particularly at this time of year. Loch Dunmore Reflections, Faskally Woods, Perthshire By Joan Ashcroft Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas 40cm x 30cm [add_to_cart […]
Well, I’m over halfway now on my mission to create a painting a day for 7 days! The painting for day 4 is called Into Faskally woods and was inspired by a recent afternoon walk there on a wonderful, sunny autumn day. The picturesque woods lie just north of Pitlochry and surround Loch Dunmore, well […]