Welcome to our Cat Portraits Studio! As you may know from viewing our website, my name is Melanie and along with my husband Nicholas Beall we are Red Kite Studios. We work in our purpose built studio in our woodland garden painting and drawing cats for a living. The photo below is one of Nicholas' oil paintings with his big pot of paint brushes. You may wonder why he has a wide range of sizes of brushes. He is often commissioned to paint very large paintings and they come in handy for painting backgrounds.
The photo below is of our studio - Red Kite Studios. We both work here every day and we make our morning commute to work down through our garden. We had our studio installed in 2014 and designed it around our needs as artists. It is fully heated with double glazed windows and door, all clad with tongue and groove which we have painted using Farrow and Ball colours. Its a very relaxing working environment.
We live in a very old cottage with large oak beams so it wasn’t really suitable as a light and open art studio. The commute to our studio from our cottage follows this little path and gate down the garden.
The photo below shows my working environment. This is my side of the studio where I have lots of storage units and an iMac to do accounts, emails, designing customers portraits and design and maintain this website.
We have a lovely Tibetan Terrier who rules the studio. You can see her on my chair and if I could train her to help me with my drawings, I certain would! She has a bed under my desk but does tend to sleep anywhere and everywhere that looks comfy!
We installed professional lighting when we set up our studio and you can see just one of the lights we use in the photo below. It is so important for artists to have good lighting. Particularly as we live and work in Wales, the winters are very long and we have to work dark afternoons and evening.
With this in mind I installed fairy lights which are really cheery on long winter evenings when finishing our deadline portraits for Christmas. It really helps to make a lovely ambiance in here. We also have solar lights to light our pathway from the cottage so it all looks very petty.
When we set up our studio we made sure we kept an area so that clients could come and chat and have a cup of tea while discussing their portraits. We aren’t able to meet all of our clients as they live far and wide, but it is wonderful when we do get to meet them, especially when they come and collect their paintings and drawings.
The photo below is of Nicholas signing one of his cat paintings. I hope you have enjoyed our little tour of the studio and if you would like us to paint or draw your cat, you are more than welcome to email us at any time.