Do You Enter Competitions? This is Story of Our Winner Lloyd's Dog Portrait.

Just before Christmas, I ran a joint competition with a fabulous pet company.  Our winner was selected and her commission is now completed. Here is the story of our painting, Lloyd The Whippet - our Winner.

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I first met Pawpost owner Lupe via email in October.  Our businesses are both small and it was lovely to hear all about how her business came about (her own dog Oscar suffered horrible food allergies) so finding treats proved a challenge.  Lupe & her partner turned their challenge into a new business sourcing, packaging and sending out monthly treat boxes on a subscription basis.

Not only is her business charming (Barney LOVED his box) Lupe is also a joy to work with.

We decided to run a joint competition.  Opting for a simple follow & like to enter, we set ourselves a deadline of about 3 weeks.

We had bazillions of entrants over both facebook and instagram, when it came to our big draw, I asked Lupe to do the honours and make the draw.

Our winner was Paz Oh, an incredibly talented jewellery designer and her GORGEOUS Whippet Lloyd.  You can find him on @allaboutlloyd_

As you will be able to see from her feeds, particularly Lloyds, Paz is very talented at Style & Photography - gulp!  

Working for other designers and those with incredible talent can be daunting, I must admit I was a little concerned about how I might paint Lloyd in a fresh way, whilst being drop-dead gorgeous too.

As sometimes happen, I made a start and got about 30% through this first stage, then emailed Paz with her ‘NOT FINISHED YET’ photographs of our painting. You can see this painting below - it was far from finished but a start.

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We chatted tweaks and Lloyd sat on my studio wall for a few days, a simple trick but a good one to see if I really felt comfortable with how it was going.

I wasn’t happy with it, it was time to completely go again.  

This happens and is all part of my process, I HAVE to be 150% happy with EVERY painting that leaves my studio.

Choosing a completely different composition, I began work on a new canvas.

Paz & I worked together on making him into the very best painting I could deliver.

We changed background colours, from dark to grey and I worked on Lloyd much with my fingers to gain the textures I wanted for him.

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Our painting was finished about 3 weeks ago and once Paz had confirmed that she was nothing short of delighted with her Dog Portrait, Lloyd was packaged up and sent on to his forever home.

Below are some photographs from Paz herself.

I loved working with Pawpost and it was an interesting campaign to partner up on.

Do I give away paintings easily?  No, I can’t as they take so long and are much hard work.  I donate free paintings for Charity Auctions a number of times a year and I’m proud to do so as they raise great funds.

I am so happy with our painting of Lloyd and am even more delighted to report that both Lupe, my competition partner and Paz, the lucky winner, are uber happy too.

Here is our final painting:

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About Samantha

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Sam is a practicing artist of 25yrs with a deep love of dogs.  Her drawings, paintings and prints are exhibited in galleries throughout the country.  In 2017 she painted her dog Barney and clients began to ask for bespoke portraits of their own best friends.  Since then, Sam has successfully painted over 60 personalised commissions and sends her dog paintings all over the world.  

She has a stand-alone testimonial page on Trustpilot and is proud to support canine charities too.

To talk about having your own dog painted or to give as a gift, email Sam on today.