Commissions

Art to make you happy!

I love creating art to make people happy! I work in a range of styles and mediums to deliver a piece that captures your idea as a print or a painting.

Prices start from £60 for original pieces tailored to your specifications.

Please contact me on 07876 773006 or anthea@amwoodart.co.uk to find out more.

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Jet

Oil on canvas 24" x 18" / 60 cm x 45 cm

The Brief: Paint this special companion in front of the local cricket field where she spent many an hour in the summer

The Creation: A landscape layout was chosen with Jet in the foreground and the cricket ground in the background. A series of photos of Jet, old and more recent, were shared and various compositions drafted. The landscape was taken from separate photos and the overall image was compiled as a sketch before being transferred to canvas.

The Review: "Looks fantastic - Love it! It is even better on canvas than in the pictures"

 
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Penny

Pastel 16" x 12" / 40 cm x 30 cm

The Brief: Capture the bright eyed Penny in her curly haired glory. 

The Creation: A pastel medium was chosen for a head and shoulder composition with the lovely Penny looking out at the viewer. A series of images were provided and I tried to capture the best of each to combine a 'happy face' from one and the recent pup haircut from the other!

The Review: "It looks amazing. You have captured her beautifully!"

 
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Hattie and Dad

Watercolour 14" x 10" / 36 cm x 25 cm

The Brief: Depict in watercolour a moment between father and daughter that captures the closeness of their relationship. 

The Creation: A series of images were provided. I was as loyal as possible to the forms of Hattie and her Dad, but was given some wonderful artistic license with the 'watery' theme and really enjoyed creating the rain, puddle and rainbow. 

The Review: "The painting is amazing Anthea. I love it. He has been crying for ten minutes - he is so touched by it"

 
 
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Maya

Watercolour 16" x 12" / 40 cm x 20 cm

The Brief: Capture young Maya, a family pet with a loving nature. This was a Christmas present for Maya's adoring Dad! 

The Creation: Keeping the texture and richness of Maya's lovely coat in watercolour was a challenge so I built up layers of colour to prevent it looking too flat and 'black'! I love the bright red collar that adds a striking contrast and the marbling effect on the classic sand background adds an extra dimension to the painting. 

The Review: "I have just opened the painting to frame and wrap it. It is amazing. It is just like her!"

 
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Z is for Zhavia

Watercolour 12" x 10" / 34cm x 26 cm

The Brief: Create a colourful and original name illustration for a unique children's birthday present

The Creation: Taking the 'Z' for inspiration, I created a  zoo of animals that offer lots of colour and discussion of animal names for a little one!

The Review: "Absolutely stunning! It looks marvellous"

 
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Maisie

Watercolour 14" x 10" / 36cm x 26 cm

The Brief: Paint from photos an accurate likeness of Maisie in a fairground car but focus on Maisie and the car without any background from the images provided

The Creation: Photos of Maisie on a fairground ride were provided along with a few typical photos of her. I created a magical dust cloud that Maisie is trucking in on - I felt this echoed the fun of the fairground and also brought to life the fantasy that Maisie is driving her own pint sized truck!

The Review: "Anthea did a great job with the picture. Vibrant and so much detail with the watercolour. We received it the day after it was complete and Anthea kept us up to date with progress and was very accommodating with any tweaks we requested. Thank you!"

 
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Riley Imp

Watercolour 14" x 10" / 36cm x 26 cm

The Brief: Create from a series of photos a painting of the car and driver at the Goodwood Racetrack with the Girling stand in view. 


The Creation: Photos of the car and driver were provided and I did plenty of online research to recreate the background setting. I set the car track side in front of the Girling stand on a lovely dusky evening. If you look carefully, the driver's wife and dog are overlooking the track and among the sponsors' banners is the driver's own company!

The Review: "Amazing compilation of a series of photos to create a wonderful scene and accurate depiction of the car and driver!"

 
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Child's Portrait

Watercolour 14" x 10" / 36cm x 26 cm

The Brief: To capture a moment, creating a true likeness of a toddler from a series of photographs.

The Creation: The focus of the drawing is the child's face with a looser style for the dress and the background so the eye is drawn to the smiling face. We wanted to create a relaxed, summer scene to reflect this carefree period in childhood, so trousers and shoes were replaced with a dress and bare legs and feet.

The Review: "A wonderful likeness. You can hear her giggle when you look at the face!"

 
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Bungle's Spot

Watercolour and ink, A4

The Brief:  A remembrance painting of a dear pet from a forgotten photo that captured the cat's favourite place to sunbathe

The creation: I chose a loose style using ink and watercolour to capture the detail and the colour on a relatively small scale. We chose to edit out some french windows which interrupted this garden scene allowing Bungle to sit in his spot without any interruption! I love this composition so much, I turned it into a reduction linoprint.

The Review: " I am delighted with Anthea's portrait of my cat on his favourite bench; such a good likeness of him and beautifully painted in a garden scene. Treasured memories of him. I would have no hesitation in asking her to do a portrait again"

 
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Just Bee

Lino print 10 x 10 inches / 25cm x 25cm

This striking gold and black lino print of a bee with beflowered wings was designed based on a concept and idea from the client.

Three identical limited edition copies were printed and were gifted to three sisters within the same family.

The client kindly gave permission for the design to be recreated as greeting cards which have turned out to be very popular!

 
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L is for Lara

Watercolour - image size A4

The Brief: The commission was for a children's illustration to celebrate the birth of a new arrival named Lara!

The Creation: Within the watercolour illustration are hidden lots of images beginning with L; Leverets, lemons, lemonade, lizard, ladybird, lutes, lovehearts, larks and larkspur.  Also hidden within the image are the baby's birth date, birth year and birth weight. It was a joy to paint and was well received by the new mum!

The Review: "Absolutely adore this picture. So unique! So beautiful! So personal! It was gift for a close friend from a group of us and the new mum is just thrilled! Who wouldn’t be?!? Huge thanks."

 

Harriet

Watercolour 20 x 12 inches / 50 cm x 30 cm

The Brief: Create a series of illustrations that come together to form the name Harriet.

The creation: This was fun to do - I included detail that reflected the letter presented; H for Horse, A for apple tree, R for rabbits, I for ivy, E for eggs, T for tree! 

The Review: Absolutely love it! The detail and colour is amazing. The perfect painting for our little girl's room.

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Mollie

Watercolour Illustration 10 x 12 inches / 25 x 30 cm

Brief: Create an illustration to budget depicting the name Mollie using cute and characterful creatures

The Creation: With so many tall letters, this was a little challenging to design! The design of mice and rabbit friends playing in an apple orchard worked well but I needed to ensure lots of colour to balance out too much brown!

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Horse Portrait

Oil on Canvas 16 x 12 inches / 40 x 30 cm

The Brief: Paint an accurate likeness of a daughter's trusty equine friend!

The creation: This was one of my first commissions as an animal portrait artist and the first oil painting I undertook as a commission. I loved painting this gentle horse and a visit to meet the subject and take photos beforehand.

The Review: We have hung the painting in the dining room and every time we walk by, it is like he is in there!

 
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Pup Pup

Pastel on A3 paper

The Brief: Create a true likeness of this beautiful bedlington terrier in all his curly haired glory!

The creation: I loved the challenge of capturing the curly hair in pastel; pastel really lends itself to a smooth and glossy coat! The looser detail of the coat really makes those gorgeous eyes stand out and look into your soul!

The Review: AW: I have to be honest, this was a commission from the past and never recorded the feedback. I like to think it was well received! I was one of my favourites

 
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We Three Kings!

Oil on Canvas 16 x 12 inches / 40 x 30 cm

The Brief: Create a true likeness of three King Charles spaniels for their loving owner

The creation: This was a lovely challenge as it required not only the likeness of the spaniels but also a composition that allowed them to be brought together. 

 
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Dressage Horse

Oil on Canvas 16 x 12 inches / 40 x 30 cm

The Brief: Create a true likeness of this much loved thoroughbred in her dressage bridle

The creation: I love trying to capture the different tones and shades in a horse that is essentially the same colour! The dark leather bridle gave me some more dark hues to play with so I chose to set it against a light background.