Supplying commissioned bespoke artwork, portraits, paintings, bespoke Giclée prints and picture framing to Interior designers.
Scotland – Bespoke Portraits
The Fife Arms – Braemar
The Fife Arms hotel has recently been completely refurbished to a very high standard with lavish textiles and antique furniture.
We were commissioned by a London interior designer to produce a number of portraits and frames to go into the Fife Arms Hotel at Braemar.
To the left. I was asked to add a painted oval mount and Scottish rose to each corner of the painting. Then to design and paint a range of chequered gold and black frames, one of which is on the painting to the left.
Two further frames, the Lost Prince Charlie portrait and the Scottish Highlander Prince, are below to the left side and head of the bed.
There were six frames altogether.
The portrait above, of Frederick the 3rd, we printed on velvet fine art paper, hand coloured and aged the print. We also restored the damage to the gilt antique frame. The portrait hangs on the left hand side of the bed in one of the bedrooms at The Fife Arms in Braemar, a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58 miles west of Aberdeen in the Highlands close to the Queen’s estate- Balmoral Castle.
Prince Albert in Paris
Other commissions included to create, in pen and ink, two caricatures of Prince Albert, incorporating certain characteristics of his lifestyle, for example- cigars, ladies, automobiles, Paris life, to be placed in the Prince Albert room.
Scottish Portraits and Still Life
We were asked to source an etching of Major General David Stewart of Garth. I was then asked to create a ‘sergeant Pepper’ style painted layer, onto him, using gouache watercolour, purposely leaving the face uncoloured then placing the finished artwork into a modern frame which we were asked to hand paint.
Marion Angus, the famous Scottish poet. I was asked to create a gouache watercolour painting from a very poor photo of her, incorporating a flavour of her poetic style.
Allan Ramsay, (senior) famous poet and Allan Ramsay (junior) famous artist – I was asked to merge two separate images together, which once completed was framed and given a dedicated room to Ramsay, (junior) along with a self portrait and a portrayal by him, of his wife Margaret Lindsay of Evelick. (Sourced at the National gallery of Scotland)
Thomas Pennant and James Boswell. I was given the challenge to add objects to a still life painting, in fine detail, for example the candle and flame, the writing on the page, the thistle, the name on the leather book spine, casts of light, etc…relating to the Scottish and Welsh travel literature that the famous writer, Thomas Pennant recorded and published. This hangs with much more related work to both Thomas Pennant and James Boswell, another famous Scottish writer and biographer, at the Fife Arms, Braemar.
Frederick William III, King of Prussia from 1797 to 1840.
I was provided with this black and white etching of Emperor Frederick 111 of Germany, I was requested to add colour throughout but leaving the face uncoloured. I used gouache watercolour, fabulous for its velvety tone. We then placed this into a bespoke frame.
Hand Coloured Royal Photograph-
Queen Victoria Family Photograph (Hand coloured)
I was commissioned to hand tone, in ‘Sergeant Pepper’ colours, this Royal photograph of Queen Victoria, to go into the Queen Victoria bedroom.
Bloomsbury London – The Flight Club
Vicar and his wife portraits- completed
The Flight Club, Bloomsbury.
This darts Venue in London, where you can book a dart board along with a designated seating area for eating, drinking and socialising with friends, is housing some of our commissioned artwork. The Rector and his wife are almost the first portraits that you see when you venture downstairs to the main games room. Both of these old portraits had major restorations to them, for example tears and holes in the canvases. Then I worked on the alterations to the compositions, the Rector- a dart cabinet added behind, with darts freshly thrown in past his right ear! The addition of a ‘Val Doonigan’ tank top jumper too…
His wife had glasses painted on and a dart board, finally she was ensconced behind the ‘Flight Club’ bar, with a beer ‘pull arm’ and the flight club motif painted on it. (Seen in the completed framed hanging image.)
Moving on into the main games room, immediately on the left is a young female. I was challenged to remove the glass she held and replace it with a silver darts cup along with a dart board in the shadows behind her.
The frame had only one ornate corner left on it, I restored it making fresh moulds from the existing one to bring the frame back to it’s former glory.
To view the process go to: Picture Framing London
The flight Club
(Magazine Covers, Documents and photographs, framed in Black Hogarth Frames)
We made a large quantity of Hogarth frames for a series of 1960s -1970s ‘Darts World’ magazine covers, the magazine covers we scanned, restored and printed to a high standard, along with various associated dart related memorabilia, ie. photographs of famous darts champions, also 1960’s dart board designs and darts sketch drafts, as shown here.
Bloomsbury is a district in the West End of London. It is a very fashionable residential area, and is the location of cultural, intellectual, and educational institutions. It is close to Fitzrovia to the west, Covent Garden to the south, St. Pancras to the north, and Clerkenwell to the east.
We framed the magazines and art work for the flight club in Bloomsbury
Manchester Portraits – The flight Club
Situated at Ship Canal House, 98 King St, Manchester.
Again very similar idea to the Bloomsbury pair above with two old portraits to alter, the costumes were changed to period costume, the female had the most alterations done, her hair, lace cap added, the satin dress and lace collar added. Her hand added with the dart and pinky poised, glasses added and again a dart board.
Her husband- the white collar, satin dress coat and a dart cabinet added behind.
London Portrait – Six Storeys, Soho
Portrait in the style of-
‘Lady Madame de Gleon’
Commissioned to paint the body and background and replace the face of Lady Madame de Gleon with the face of the present proprietor of Six Storeys, Soho, London.
67 Pall Mall, London
Framed Photographic Prints
Photographic Portraits framed in 3/4″ Gold Leaf Style Frames
We were provided with these period photographs of scantily clad ladies to be framed in gold leaf style frames, to be hung at 67 Pall Mall.
Bespoke Paintings – Kitty Hawk, Finsbury Park, London
A great project, where I was commissioned to paint two Kitty Hawk paintings.
Framed- Leonardo Da Vinci Artwork
Finsbury Park is a busy multicultural neighbourhood. Traditional pubs, global eateries, and local shops cluster on busy streets like The Kitty Hawk in South Place, Central London, while Victorian houses line leafy side streets.
These are a sample of a large set of ‘early flight’ contraption sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci, framed and hung in the Kitty Hawk.
Here I was provided with an image of this gentleman on a cross between a bicycle and a helicopter, I recreated him in pen and ink with a block print ‘KH’ for Kitty Hawk, behind. We framed this in a black frame.
Aeroplane Engine Turbine painting
This engine turbine I painted in acrylics to go into the Kitty Hawk, framed in a black frame.
Bespoke Picture Framing Projects
Broad Leaf – Tower 42 – London
This was a large picture framing project at Broadleaf. We were provided with large quantity of botanical and ornithological artwork to frame and deliver to Tower 42. These were framed in black frames.
Tower 42 is a skyscraper in the City of London 183 metres tall. It is the fifth-tallest in the City and fifteenth-tallest in Greater London. It was originally the National Westminster Tower, having been built to house NatWest’s international headquarters.
The bar is an urbane Modern British brasserie in a bright space with alfresco seating.
Somerset Cow & The Folly of King Alfred the Great at Brewham
The brief – to paint a cow in the ancient style, add King Alfred’s Tower into the distant landscape, then to grub the whole scene right down to age it, we then restored an old oak frame and placed the painting into it to go into the Bull Inn Hardway, Bruton, Brewham.
Interior Design enquiries
Please telephone me on the following number.
Call Penny on 07884 198748
Alternatively, you can email me with any ideas you might have regarding the project you you have in mind.
We will then look at your specific requirements and either discuss by phone or send you an email with a written quotation which we tailor to your requests.