Sunday, 13 November 2016

Silent Night Christmas Card

Silent Night Christmas Card

This painting came up in my 'memories' on Facebook today on my personal page and so I thought I'd share it here now. One of my favourites - if you look on my Facebook page (Anne Zoutsos Artist) it's my profile picture! It features my darling Angel. It's available to purchase as cards and prints here: 


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Weimaraner oil portrait

Weimaraner, Yenko - oil on canvas - 9" x 9"

When the friends of Yenko's owner saw her distress at her death, they decided to club together for a painting to celebrate Yenko's life. It is always a privilege to try and bring a beloved dog back to 'life' for an owner and a great responsibility which I don't take lightly. Sadly I cannot truly bring them back to life, but I do my best to instil into a painting an essence of what the owner used to see in their eyes. 

RIP Yenko


Monday, 4 April 2016

Whippet oil painting

14" x 10" oil on canvas

A painting which is a little different to the usual portrait. I really like the way this oil painting has turned out even though the whippet's brindle colouring was a challenge and was very hard work! I hope you all think that work was worthwhile😊

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Rhodesian Ridgeback portrait watercolour painting

Watercolour on Saunders Waterford NOT paper

I must admit I find it hard to keep up with posting my paintings online when I'm so busy painting them! Nevertheless here is one - a watercolour on this occasion. It couldn't be clearer from the expression of this Rhodesian Ridgeback what a truly kind and loving boy he was. I know his owner misses him very much. RIP Alfie.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Lion cubs reference photo

As I promised yesterday, here is the reference photo for the lion cubs painting. I was asked to paint a black background and make the cubs more colourful and dramatic, which is what I hope I achieved! 


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lion cubs oil painting

24" x 18" oil on canvas

This was a nice change from the usual type of commission and I very much enjoyed painting these two. There was a challenge as I was requested to give the painting more colour and variety than the reference photograph - not the easiest thing to do but it was fun! Tomorrow I will share the original photograph for you to see the difference.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Website Down

Please note that has been down since yesterday. There seems to be no-one available at the hosting company today but hopefully it will be back up and running by Monday.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Dalmatian oil portrait - Ziggy

12" x 16" oil on canvas

This evening's painting is another lovely Dalmatian. This gorgeous boy lived a very long and much loved happy life. There is not much more we can hope for our dogs.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Standard Poodle Oil Painting Portrait

8" x 10" oil on cradled panel

This standard poodle was diagnosed with a serious illness a few years ago and it seemed unlikely he would survive. However, the combination of skilled surgeons, devoted owners and his own indomitable spirit meant he survived to enjoy a happy and full life. 

Sadly all good things must come to an end. RIP Louis.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Watercolour Dalmatian portrait (Peanut)

16" x 20" watercolour on Saunders Waterford NOT

Well I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and in fact is still having a good new year! I started 2016 with a sickly computer and a sickly me. Neither of us was seriously ill but it did make posting too difficult to struggle with. However, we are now both back and fully fit!

I'm hoping to get back to posting regularly now and if you have any comments or there is anything you'd like to see or have discussed,  please let me know.

As I say under the painting, this lovely Dalmatian was painted on Saunders Waterford NOT. For those of you new to this blog and not familiar with watercolour papers, you might wonder what NOT stands for. It actually means NOT hot pressed. Hot pressed watercolour paper is very smooth as opposed to rough watercolour paper which is.... yes, you guessed it, rough. NOT fits in between the two. I use Saunders Waterford as I find it a forgiving paper, meaning that it is possible to be relatively rough with it. I always suggest to people new to watercolours, that they pop along to their local art shop and buy a selection of different papers to see which they like best and which suits their style of painting best. I find Saunders Waterford paper to be like Baby Bear's porridge in Goldilocks and The Three Bears, that is, just right!