Paws to Paint was delighted when a Northampton-based children’s charity got in touch recently and asked us to donate a pet portrait as a raffle prize to raise funds for their vital work.
Lisa Day, who works tirelessly to raise awareness of a rare form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, asked for our help and we were only too happy to oblige. After some consideration, Paws to Paint decided to produce a unique pet portrait from a photo for the lucky prize-winner and, a few weeks later, received an email from Jim Parry in Wellingborough requesting an acrylic painting on canvas of his two adorable cats, Casper and Herbert.
Using the photograph he’d sent, Paws to Paint got to work, first creating a detailed line drawing to work from. Then, we began the all-important painting stage, first adding areas of local colour before applying more detailed brush strokes.
Because both cats are black, it was a question of looking closely at the various hues in their fur and adding areas of contrasting blue-greys and darker shades to create an eye-catching composition. We also tried to capture their unique, playful character and sparkling green eyes. Finally, layers of glaze were added to the pet portrait to give it a highly attractive sheen.
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Once finished, the pet portrait was packaged securely with bubblewrap and cardboard before being posted first class to the lucky recipient, Jim, who emailed back to say: “It’s amazing – so like Casper and Herbert. I love it!”
Lisa’s campaign has attracted a great deal of attention since it began in 2010, with celebrities such as Jonathan Ross pledging their support. Since then, the charity has gone on to raise much-needed funds for youngsters battling with this aggressive form of cancer and raise awareness of their plight.
So far, the charity has raised more than £7,000, which will go towards helping two boys battling this terrible disease. Since the necessary treatments are usually either unavailable or unaffordable in the UK, children suffering with neuroblastoma often have to go to the USA or Europe to get the life-saving treatment they need.
Email her to find out more about her work and help raise money for other children affected by neuroblastoma.
And, with Christmas on the horizon, why not contact us at Paws to Paint for a unique pet portrait painted in digital, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, gouache or oils? We’re based in Sedgley, West Midlands, but can deliver to anywhere in the world. And, there are special introductory offers for all new customers.