Pets Area


Welcome to Pet's Corner

Welcome to all creatures great and've arrived in the Pet Portrait area of Twinning Fine Art and we sincerely hope you find your visit rewarding.

Artist John Twinning has created work on a variety of themes and for a range of customers and organisations; both locally and throughout the UK. Animal Portraiture is one of his favourite subject areas.

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Tabatha sketch in watercolour

Commission your own Pet Portrait !

John is always interested in discussing new commissions. Contact details are near the top of the page.

You can find out more information on the
How to commission an artwork page.

Before you ask....This is not a photograph!

Molly's Portrait
It is in fact another stunning animal painting by John Twinning, in his almost photorealistic style.

Buy a print of 'Molly's Portrait' or
See how this painting was created below

If you want to have a look at some more striking examples of Pet Portrait artwork by this accomplished artist, just visit the animal portraiture gallery of the site. Here you can see pet portraits of Border Collies, Jack Russells, King Charles Spaniels and Tabby Cats.

John Twinning's Animal portraits are just one example of this artist's wide range of subject matter which you can see by going to the main gallery area.

Tabatha Study II

How it's done.

One of John's most detailed pet portrait commissions of recent years was for a family in Staffordshire of the their beautiful Golden Retriever, 'Molly'. A rough guide to John's approach to this piece is given below.

Molly's owner said "she was bred by Guide Dogs but sadly rejected by them at a very early age because of a problem with her legs. It was diagnosed as a rotational problem in her hind legs. Instead of puppy walking her, we kept her as a family pet. She has taken part in a few fund raising events."

Molly, as you can see from the photograph below, was an extremely affectionate dog and I really enjoyed getting to grips with this lovable canine. I say was, because sadly, since the painting was completed in December 2009, Molly has had to be put to sleep.

I outline below some details of how I approached this work. Directly below is the photograph I used as my source reference for the painting.

Molly Reference Photo

Molly reference photo

The pictures below show the work in early stages of development. When you consider the finished piece above, you will see that the early stages were not really quite so appealing to the eye.

The first image in the series is in fact just the skeleton of the piece and needed to be considerably “fleshed out”. The initial drawing was sketched in using pencil and the painting was established with thin washes of gouache to mark positions of important features such as the eyes and nose etc. Concentration on positioning the eyes was particularly important as it is surprising how much information the eyes and their position give in identifying a subject - human or animal. Layers of thicker gouache were then added and the details built up. One of the reasons I rate gouache so highly is its ability to be over-painted. However, one must be careful not to work the paint too heavily or one can mix and drag up the colours underneath into layers above.

Molly Initial Stages

Molly painting in early stages of development.

Molly at about 38 hours of work

Molly painting at about 38 hours of work.

Below is the preliminary sketch which I completed earlier using a limited palette of black, white and grey pastels on a neutral brown/grey pastel paper. Prints of 'Molly - pastel sketch' are available to purchase in the Animal Portraiture section of the Gallery.

Completed pastel sketch

Completed pastel sketch.

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Chester and Reapy
print of equestrian art/animal portrait

(Open edition giclee print)

Standard print
Large print
Prices include UK delivery

Original - pastel on paper © John Twinning 2014
Image size - Print £18 (17.6 x 13 cms)
Large print £35 (28 x 20.6 cms)
NB: Prints supplied rolled.

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About this work : This pastel drawing of Reapy and Chester was created as a surprise 21st birthday present for the daughter of one of the gallery owners who displays my work. The lovely study of one bay and one chestnut horse was created from a photograph supplied by the owner.

Visit the Pet Portraits and Commissions pages for more information on John's animal portraiture and how to commission your own painting.

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