I’m very excited to be able to offer commissioned art portraits again! Portrait painting was my specialism for quite a few years – I have undertaken portrait commissions for a variety of subjects including people, horses, cats, dogs and sheep. An original portrait makes a wonderful gift for a special occasion, landmark birthday or wedding; to remember someone special, or to honour a loved pet, or sheep :)
I work in a number of styles and mediums. Digital painting is my current favourite but I also work in graphite/pencil, coloured pencils, mixed media, watercolour and acrylic. You can view a selection of my most recent work in my Portraits Portfolio where I’m adding new work every few days.
Here’s a sample from my portraits portfolio to whet your appetite:
If you like my work and you fancy commissioning a portrait from your photograph, please see my new Commissions page for pricing information and instructions on how to place an order. Alternatively you can Contact me for a chat!
I took a bag full of sketchbooks with me on our recent visit to the East Coast of Yorkshire, but it turns out it’s quite difficult to sketch when you’ve got a toddler. I’m sure it’s not impossible and there were moments I could have got a sketchbook out but I always feel too bad for taking my attention away from the little guy. I’m okay with that, he’s pretty fun to spend time with and I’ll get back to sketching eventually!
I did make a couple of sketches (from my head) of weather-based moments I’d been inspired by when we got back:
Some hazy fields in the rain somewhere near Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Sunlight breaking through the storm clouds at Danes Dyke, near Flamborough
I also did quite a few cow sketches from life (out of the cottage window). All drawings were created using the Procreate app on iPad and enhanced in PS Express.For those of you interested in cows, I believe they were Simmentals. They were very beautiful, and very inquisitive!
Dark clouds and summer rain storm over a Peak District moorland landscape. A red grouse has just been disturbed from its resting place and pops up from the heather with a loud flap-flap-flap of its wings and an unmistakable whirring croak “goback-goback-goback”.
Original digital painting by Sian Vernon.
I’m having fun making these ‘paintings’ with the iPad. I used to paint a lot with acrylic but I just don’t have the space or time to do it at the moment, so this is really allowing me to play and produce something with a similar looking end-result. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
We’ve had some pretty damp, foggy days this summer in the UK. The Peak District has been particularly bleak but wild, atmospheric and beautiful. This new painting is inspired by the mist and cotton grass on Hathersage Moor this June.
If you’re interested in buying this Peak District art as a greeting card, print or canvas print, please have a look at what’s available on Redbubble or contact me with your requirements for pricing information.
Digital abstract Peak District landscape painting inspired by two stones which seem to form an entrance to the iron age fort, with the outline of Carl Wark and the silhoutte of Higger Tor in the distance.
I was about to get out and go for a walk at Longshaw but I thought better of it. Ten minutes later there was a very wintery shower over this area of the Peak District! Difficult to sketch or describe or photograph what I saw, but the approaching rain was masking out parts of the distant hills. It was so beautiful. I really haven’t done it any justice, but I’ll try to do a proper painting at some point.