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so, long time no posting. How is everyone, thanks for reading the blog, and thanks a lot for posting comments!

I’ve been very busy with various work aspects and so the blog has got a bit behind. Please feel free to comment on areas that you would like to see blogged about, in the field of ”pets…. and ART!”.

I’ve just taken our clinic dog for a walk… he really enjoyed sniffing everywhere…

is there such a thing as ‘the art of scent, or smell’?

Can smells be an art form, if so, whats a Monet or a Picasso??!!

Here are a couple of fun links.

“please stop to smell the art”

‘the odour artist’

anyway… what do you guys think about odors…. is it crazy… or can smells be an art form?  😉


Betteles in art?

Ive recently been finding out about an interesting Americal artist who uses them to help him paint on the canvas. And yes, they are … ALIVE!!!!

Kutcher controls the direction and movement of his arthropods — such as hissing cockroaches  darkling beetles and grasshoppers — by their response to external lighting. The result is controlled and random movements, created in a co-authorship between the artist — with predetermined ideas about colour, form, shape and creative flexibility — and his living brushes!?!

see here for some more details!

my attention was drawn today to buntings, see here for what they are, on wiki.

Basically, a “bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, they can often be used for wedding decorations, check out this interesting site.

So, these can be a form of art.

Here is a blog about textile’s, while includes a refernce to them. In fact, there are good few blogs out there about textile art, here are a few of them

I guess what Im trying to say, is that textiles are a fantastic source of art ispiration, and an amazing art medium also.


The above tibetan imagery is always inspiring… but the ones below are perhaps more familiar images!!



These minor works of art, alone, can seem plain, but when hanging in the wing and blowing, are inspiring- and they are a real part of traditional culture!!

They are always used at weddings. See here for some other wedding art ideas- oil portraits from wedding photo’s


Surf art…

This above work is by David Lloyd.. Lloyd’s work tries to evoke the memories that all surfers have stored up inside.  “Deep in your head there is this place, and it’s not Huntington Pier,”   It’s more like a collective surfing unconscious.  Surfers live in longing for that moment, they relish the anticipation.  But arriving there is never as good as you picture it.  Eventually, your memory mixes up all these snapshots of the best days and they all become part of this inner place.” 
Okay Im off to Bali next month, so thats what may have inspired this.

Here is some art by Glenn Francis…

'pacific reef'

Originally from Corpus Cristi, Texas, Glenn now resides in Encinitas CA., and Costa Rica.  His dramatic paintings capture that special moment in surfing on a perfect day, or as they say in Costa Rica, “pura vida”, which translates to a pure moment in life. Through the years Glenn has worked in Galleries, shaped surfboards, and chased the perfect wave, while evolving into one of the most renowned and dynamic surf artists in the world.

Another surf artist is Peter Edington, a wonderul visionary artist who lives on the Golden Coast of Australia, and whose art is an inspiration.
Peter was one fo those lucky few who was part of the psychedelic surfer culture of Australia during the 1970’s. Hrt is beautiful, warm and uplifting. Here is an example…



and here are just some suf photos…

surf is amazing!!!




Hey… if im going too ‘off-topic’ let me know… its not really pets here, but I hope you like the art!!

SO, IS this really art? well, i say it is. And of course, who determines art is not someone else, but is up to you!

No, this is a ‘series of images’ and it combines a ‘human design element’ ie the artwork of the boards, with a ‘random act of nature’ ie the shark bite….. so while you might not like it, I can still look at this series as a set of  creative images inspired/enhanced by nature!

okay, perhaps im crazy……… let me know your thoughts!!! =




a good idea would be to use these photos to then create a painting………. eg do it yourself, or get artists do do it for you, eg those at portraitxpress!

Here are some more paintings that we did recently. See and go to the gallery dection, to see further examples.

We hope to keep regularly putting up examples of our Portrait Artist’s work, so you can get an idea about the quality and good standard of the work, and transpanency of the business. Here is the painting, on Canvas. As we use the word Xpress- yes, this means we are VERY fast! But also the quality is top notch. The subject/ client can review the painting and request any changes they want to it also, and choose the size, style, make alterations, etc.


original photo artist used to paint the painting from

original photo artist used to paint the painting from

forgotten why you love art?

well, here are some great art video’s where you can see art being made live!

if you live in the UK go to art-in -action show once a year, to see it being done .. or check out our own Portrait Xpress video of a pet painting being done by one of our artist

Dont know who portrait Xpress is yet? check us out at where we are No.1 at painting art for you from your photos.



I have been reading about tea today, did you know…

Tea, that most quintessential of English drinks, is a relative latecomer to British shores. Although the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China, it was not until the mid 17th century that the drink first appeared in England. Thats not really very long ago is it?

The use of tea spread slowly from its Asian homeland, reaching Europe by way of Venice around 1560, although Portuguese trading ships may have made contact with the Chinese from as early as 1515.
It was the Portuguese and Dutch traders who first imported tea to Europe, with regular shipments coming by 1610. England was a latecomer to the tea trade, as the East India Company did not capitalize on tea’s popularity until the mid-18th century.

You can read more about this at wikipedia, here.

I started thinking about Tea and its formative role in art in the last 300 yrs in British culture….So, here I will start with some old vintage tea posters!



And then I started thinking about art USING tea leaves…


or perhaps more commonly, using coffee beans…


check these links…

1) a site selling paintingonly made from coffee

2) a forum discussing how to paint with tea…

and here is a video on painting with coffee..

Enjoy! Merry Christmas from Matt and all the Portrait Xpress artists

Hi, well occasionally I do come across other good blogs, here is a nice one, worth checking out-

dog art today. If you are interested in my blog, and art, and pets, you my find this one good. Its by an artist and she loves dogs.

Like me she also sells art, although I hope you would come back here and order your pet art from me at  portrait xpress rather than her shop! But its up to you.. ha ha ..

okay, perhaps this is not the most serious post I have made. But it is Sunday.

See which calls itself   “The world’s largest educationally oriented website dedicated to soap bubble creativity, play, brewing and performance! “

Actually, the site is a bit tricky to navigate, the only page only really worth looking at is this one which shows lots (about 500) pictures of paintings where bubbles are a feature of them! as thats what I think is quite interesting….

Now, I really do still enjoy blowing bubbles, and all kids love this. Have you noticed the beauty in a bubble? either in running water, or artificial soap bubbles? check some images below.