Hey there Delilah

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Hello everyone.

My latest painting is of Delilah, a young Hungarian Vizsla. This was commissioned as a semi-surprise wedding present, and as a result I wasn’t able to meet her to take my own photographs to work from. This meant I was slightly nervous about the finished article, but  I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

I’ve got three other pieces on the go at the moment, but as two of them are also surprises, you’ll have to wait a while until I show you.

Last month I went on a whirlwind road trip around the country, and dragged Maggie and Rusty along too. I was really excited to finally visit the Lake District, having had it on my list of must-sees for a while now.

I’d like to tell you that I spent hours wandering the fells quoting Wordsworth, but the reality is I’m no Wordsworth fangirl (The Prelude is second only to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land on the list of all-time most miserable moments of my education). Instead I spent hours wandering the fells admiring the scenery and trying to stop Maggie from eating Beatrix Potter’s sheep.

We had a fabulous time though and the landscape most definitely didn’t disappoint. Everywhere we went was also incredibly dog friendly.

Onwards and (literally) upwards as we crossed the border into Scotland; my dogs probably suffering from an extreme identity crisis at this point as I kept telling them this is the Border they came from. Edinburgh was a treat and acting on the advice of one of Maggie’s Twitter pals, we couldn’t leave without paying homage to this delight:

For those who don’t know the tale of Greyfriar’s Bobby, he was a little Skye terrier who supposedly guarded the grave of his owner for 14 years in the 19th century. The statue is Edinburgh’s smallest listed building and a beautiful tribute to a story that wonderfully illustrates the unconditional love we are fortunate enough to share with our canine companions. Sadly I don’t expect Maggie or Rusty would have the patience to stay by my grave for so long; they’d be away after the first person who comes along brandishing a dog biscuit.

I was desperate to find a Highland cow on my adventures in Scotland as I would love to paint one in the near future- however the only one I could find wasn’t particularly obliging.

 

There’s lots more I wanted to share with you but as my computer is having some sort of a nervous breakdown I will save it all for another time.

Until then!

Kim x

23 Comments

  1. Deborah
    June 11, 2013

    Hi Kim

    It is always a treat to log on and find that you have updated your blog. Your paintings are fantastic and this newest one is no exception. I’m sure the happy couple were delighted. I love hearing about Maggie and Rusty’s escapades and seeing their photographs, the Lakes is beautiful and I think I would do the same and get the walking boots on.
    I am so looking forward to the documentary that will be shown just before Wimbledon.
    Keep up the good work.
    D x

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  2. Anne
    June 11, 2013

    Really impressed with your latest painting. I can see quite a development from a year ago. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Scotland. Been thinking of getting a wee dog myself. I have a gorgeous ginger tom cat but he doesn’t do greetings like a dog. I know he cares but is very reserved about showing his feelings. Maybe it’s a bloke thing.

    Pass my best wishes to Andy for Wimbledon, meantime look forward to seeing him play at Queens tomorrow.

    Anne

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  3. Karrie
    June 14, 2013

    Beautiful painting. Still hoping to get a commission from you one day! :)

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  4. Paul Wilkinson
    June 15, 2013

    Hi there,

    What beautiful paintings, what medium do you usually use for the paintings, I also love painting dogs and I prefer Pastels but I am really in the learning stages.

    Cheers for now

    Paul

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  5. Maureen
    June 16, 2013

    Hi Kim, love your work especially of the borders, Maggie and Rusty, I too have a border, called Bodie, he is a character and would not swop him for anything. Can’t wait for your next commission, you are very talented. Congratulations to Andy on todays win at Queens, good luck at Wimbledon.

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  6. Joanna
    June 16, 2013

    Hi Kim, love the blog. I know this may seem a shallow observation, but you have the most gorgeous hair. Would you mind sharing with us which products you use on it? It’s just so glorious. Thanks.

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  7. Ellen Cheung
    June 17, 2013

    Hi Kim, I have no pets but also fall in love with your beautiful paintings. I have to admit that I knew you because of Andy first, but you are obviously an outstanding painter as well as a beauty on court. The paintings are really incredible!
    Look forward to more paintings! And please pass my best wishes to Andy! I wrote a short letter to him a month ago, hope he can read it :)

    Ellen Cheung, girl from China

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  8. Jo
    June 20, 2013

    Hi Kim
    Lovely pics of you enjoying Ascot with your friends.
    Fingers crossed for fine weather over the next few weeks.
    Love your picture of Delilah. Happy painting!
    Jo

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  9. Maureen Stewart-Jones
    June 20, 2013

    Hello Kim, What a beautiful painting..so lifelike. I’m sure the happy couple were overwhelmed. Lovely to hear about your travels to the Lake District and Scotland. I remember seeing photographs of Maggie and Rusty when you were there. I share your antipathy towards “The Wasteland” haha. Lovely photo of you at Ascot. Hope you enjoy Wimbledon and wish Andy all the luck in the world. Best wishes, Maureen. xx

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  10. patricia moren
    June 25, 2013

    thanks for another excellent blog Kim, the painting and pictures are first class and you obviously enjoyed your trip north of Watford!!

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  11. Pop
    July 9, 2013

    :)

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  12. Anne
    July 12, 2013

    A huge belated congratulations to Andy for his amazing win at Wimbledon. Last game, match points, were nerve wracking. I watched from the hallway, listening to the scores and rushed through to TV just as Andy won. He looked exhausted; it must have taken guts to get through the last game.

    I am so proud of him. Since I saw him in 2005 for the first time, I just knew he had extraordinary talent and he has fulfilled that talent in spades (and buckets!)

    PS It was great to see the stars of the recent documentary on Andy, i.e.Maggie & Rusty. Keep the photos and witty comments coming, much enjoyed!

    Anne, Glasgow

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  13. Ruth2Day
    July 12, 2013

    oh dear, came back to see if you’d posted a new blog and see my other comment has gone :( Never mind, just wanted to say how lovely your paintings are
    Ruth
    Cape Town

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  14. Zoe
    July 13, 2013

    Hey Kim!
    I love reading your blog and have been gazing in absolute awe at the sheer brilliance of your art work! You have got an unbelievable talent!
    Looking forward to more adorable stories of the brilliant Maggie and Rusty and of course, more paintings :D
    Zoe xx

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  15. Pat Brand
    July 14, 2013

    I think your paintings are amazing and as someone without a creative bone in their body, really envy you your talent!

    Would love you to clear up an argument with my other half. Were you at the Globe to see a Midsummer Night’s Dream on 12 July?

    Pat xx

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  16. Rachel
    July 16, 2013

    Hi Kim!

    I just found your website and I have to say you are amazingly talented – wow!

    It really is like you’re painting the animal’s soul, the eyes are fantastic.

    Our Rough Collie Milo had to be put to sleep last month he was 17, it would have been great for you to meet him as he was a real charmer and he loved ladies! ha ha

    What you do is great and it must be lovely for people to have such beautiful portraits to look back on when their pets are gone, animals definitely teach us how to be better people I think!

    all the best Kim and keep up your fab work!

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  17. Charlotte van Emst
    July 20, 2013

    I loved the comment about your endevours to stop Maggie eating Beatrix Potters sheep!

    I think Beatrix would have loved it!

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  18. Chloe Hudson
    July 21, 2013

    Hi kim,

    I think the painting is fantastic you have really captured the dog and given it a personality! I was looking at all your paintings and they are all so good I love the dog ones especially as I have a minature long haired daschund myself. A lot of paintings you see these days are good but bland and have no twinkle, personality and in all of yours you have captured that. Only just found your blog but will keep up with it. Have a good weekend!

    Chloe

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  19. Vincent, Valerie
    August 2, 2013

    Hi Kim,

    Just love the paintings and your love of animals. We live in France and see you from time to time on the TV. Pity we can’t meet you really!! It’s much better. I didn’t realize you had such talent. So just goes to show that internet is a great tool for getting to know a person better. Bravo and à bientôt….

    Valerie

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  20. Julie Arthur
    August 21, 2013

    WOW Kim….I love your style
    Your paintings and your photography have such warmth and clarity
    WELL DONE GIRL
    MORE PLEASE. XXX

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  21. Hazel
    August 29, 2013

    Hi Kim.

    I think your paintings and pictures are lovely!
    Good luck to you and all the best.

    Hazel.

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  22. Catherine Prendergast
    September 4, 2013

    Kim,
    I read Wordsworth’s Lines above Tintern Abbey to my husband *in* Tintern Abbey. I was weeping. He was looking for the exist.

    Could not agree more about the Wasteland, which I found eponomyously titled.

    Send us a blog entry from your visits to New York!

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  23. Maureen Bessant
    September 10, 2013

    Wonderful paintings Kim you are really one beautiful talented lady

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