Oorlich coo (prints)

My Highland coo is now available in Giclée prints. This unframed picture is printed on acid free studio paper, and the picture is 16″ x 12″ with a 2″ white border (overall size 20″ x 16″), so a good size for a living room wall or bedroom.

Highland cow print by Christopher Amos
Oorlich coo

Prints are now available to buy on my etsy shop as is the original painting.

Oorlich coo

So I decided that I would frame my “Oorlich coo” painting at the full size rather than cutting down to a square. Taking a photo in the frame is a nightmare and the colours are definitely brighter in person, not only the picture but the frame as well.

Highland coe painted in soft pastels

It’s a big picture at 71cm x 61cm and I think it looks really good on a wall.

Approximate size.

If you are interested in the finished picture, it will be on display in the Dunfermline Art Club Gallery at the Kingsgate Centre, Dunfermline over the month of August 2019.

Prints are currently on order from Cutting Corners, and will also be available in the Gallery over August.


Meet Nido, a dog portrait of a lovely little Cockapoo, painted in soft pastels as a commission for a wedding present.

Cockapoo portrait in pastsl

This dog portrait is painted using soft pastels and is a bespoke 12″ x 9″ size prior to framing. The finished artwork was professionally framed complete with with artist glass (enhances the colours).

I have made a short slideshow for anyone curious in how this picture developed over time from start to finish.

Nido form start to finish.

In my earlier years doing dog portraits, I always started with the eyes first and worked around the picture from there. This invariably caused huge problems with eye position and scale, resulting in massive amounts of reworking. Nowadays, thanks to workshop tuition from Margaret Evans, I work on the portrait as a whole, and this is now the standard process that I use for both people and animal portraits.

Oorlich coo

Highland Cow in pastels
Oorlich coo

This coo was pretty damp but I’m pretty sure he was warm under that fur. Painted using soft pastels on Colourfix paper and based on a photo my daughter took while we were on a wee road trip around the Highlands.

A larger picture than normal at 20 x 16 inches prior to framing, so for the background I used dark browns with water to apply a loose wash, overlayed with some light blue.

I’m still deciding whether to cut down to 16 x 16 inches so will test out digitally.


Border Collie drawn in charcoal 16" x 12" on white cartridge paper.

Meet Tarley, a Border Collie cross. This recently completed commission in charcoal (and a little bit of pastel) is 16″ x 12″ prior to framing and drawn on white cartridge paper. A friend of Archie (my previous post), Tarley is a cross with a Golden Retriever and quite the handful. After a lot of toy throwing in the garden we eventually managed to get a good picture to work from.