Jimmy McNeill

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This is a pencil drawing of six dogs heads set in a circle around a central drawing of their owner Mr Adams holding number seven in his arms.  She is a beautiful little dark eyed German Shepherd called Kara.  In this picture he is standing facing you with his puppy cradled upright in his left hand against his left shoulder with her nose just under the left side of his chin.   Proud Dad is a bearded gentleman in his sixties with white hair going a little thin on top.  He has a broad open smile and is wearing thin framed glasses. His right arm is across his chest with his hand stroking the side of little Kara as she snuggles in against him.  Kara has the large oversize ears and paws of a German shepherd puppy, her right paw is sticking out and dangling downwards across her Dad's chest.  She has quite a mottled mixture of dark browns and creamy gold's all over her face but she is considerably darker around her eyes and muzzle. The surrounding head studies are of all the family's previous dogs.   Sheeba number 1 a wise old German shepherd looking directly at you with her ears up and sad eyes.  She is quite dark around the head and chest with a lighter face and muzzle and two very light kidney shaped patches either side of her throat.  Below her in the centre on the left is Sheeba number two.  She is pictured as a puppy and is staring straight at you with her bright dark inquisitive eyes set in a fairly dark face with dark muzzle and light cheeks.  Her left ear stands upright but her right ear flops over onto the top of her forehead giving her a very strange but cute look.  Below in the bottom corner is Sheeba number three, another german shepherd.  Her face is very light in colour as are her ears and chest. She is looking directly at you but with her head cocked over slightly towards your right hand side.  The lower part of her muzzle to below her nose is quite dark.  The top of her head coming forwards is very dark and narrows very quickly into a sharp point just between her eyebrows.  Over in the upper right corner we have a stranger in the group.  This is a little Jack Russell terrier called Whiskey.  He is lying down with his front paws coming out towards you and looks as though he is just about to bark at you.  He is pure white all over apart from a few black stripes on his face.  A black area comes from his forehead forming a line ending between his eyes.  He has black triangles on his cheeks below his eager little dark eyes and he is quite dark around his jowls.  His large pointed ears stick out almost horizontally to the sides of his head.  In the centre on the right hand side is Reka, another German shepherd.  He is staring directly at you with his mouth open, his tongue hanging a long way out to the right and a very mischievous look on his face.  He is quite dark around the muzzle and bottom jaw but is otherwise a fifty fifty mix of light and dark over the rest of his face and chest.  His left ear is lowered more than normal but his right ear is folded completely down and forward.  He looks like a really lovable rogue.  Lastly down in the bottom right hand corner is Kara number one.  We are looking at her in side profile as she faces off directly to your extreme left.  She is a very handsome light coloured German shepherd with dark eyes.  She has a dark muzzle and her mouth is open with her tongue hanging out a little with black glossy lips on her lower jaw.  Her upright ears, face, throat and chest are very light in colour. Here we have a golden retriever doing what they are best at, getting comfy.  In a head and chest painting she is laying on her mistress's bed with her head on the pillow and her favourite little black and white panda cuddly toy just sitting below her chin.  She lies stretched across wither head towards your right.  Her left cheek is buried in the pillow and her deep dark brown eyes are half closed and sleepy looking.  She is a beautiful deep golden colour with a shiny damp black nose and her left paw, the lower of the legs is stretching out to your right.  Her upper right paw is folded back towards your left.  The headboard of the bed is natural teak varnished wood and the quilt on the bed it white. In a round detail taken from the main painting we have a golden retriever swimming towards your lower right hand side from the upper left.  You are positioned above the scene on the river bank and the water is very dark but the ripples and waves she is creating are well highlighted in various shades of grey and sparkling white. She is a lovely deep gold colour and as her back and sides disappear into the water her fur darkens down to a deep tan or brown.  She holds her head up out of the water as she swims and she is carrying a long thin stick in her mouth.  She has deep beautiful dark brown eyes and a shining black nose.  Under the water it is just possible to make out her front right paw as it paddles thru the water.  The tips of the green reeds on the river bank on which you stand are just visible at the bottom of the painting This is a circular detail taken from a larger painting.  Amber was a beautiful Golden Retriever and her head and shoulders portrait here has her sitting face on towards you with her gentle head cocked very slightly towards your right hand side.   She was a deep golden colour but had gone quite white around the eyes and muzzle. Here she has her mouth slightly open and you can see her soft glossy black lips and delicate pink tongue, she has a typical golden retriever smile on her open honest face.  Her appealing eyes are a deep dark brown and she has a glossy black nose with white highlights of light shining on it.  Her owner had an apple orchard where Amber delighted in playing with the hordes of primary school children her mistress (a teacher) often brought for days out and hence she is depicted against pink and white apple blossom on deep green leaves behind her. Head and shoulders study of  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . Black neck and ears .Black mask over the eyes  . White flash up centre of forehead.  Light golden tan Eyebrows  with a white muzzle  and white throat
An adorable and cheeky little lap dog  Ben belongs to the artists old neighbours and has become an inseparable companion of Gem, his Golden Retriever buddy
In this painting you are standing out on the upper moor land of the North Antrim glens with their barren bogs and heather covered tops stretching away into the far distance where misty scenery blends away into the sky with no defining horizon.  It is a cold and misty morning and in the dips and hollows in the distance this mist has gathered in pools of white with the higher parts of the ground rising out of them like dark islands rising from the sea.  In the middle ground the bog land is coloured in shades of pink and purple of heathers and ling and the bright yellows of gorse or whins all interspersed with the whites and greys of the bare protruding rocks.  Right in front of you is a young lad called Curtis and his two black Labradors, Buster and Tom.  Curtis is crouched down in the centre with his dogs one on either side of him.  He has his arms draped around the shoulders of his dogs and each dog is sitting staring inwards towards their young master adoringly.  The dogs are both jet black but with the use of highlights all over you can see their excellent condition by the shine off their glossy coats.  Both dogs have soft gentle amber to orange eyes.  The little family group is sitting on the bare grey rocks in a small rise and pink heather is in bloom in the cracks in this rock around their feet and knees.  Basically a shooting scene Curtis has his 20 gauge shotgun lying open across the rocks between the group and where you stand.  Curtis is wearing a grey green flat cap and a greenish brown wax jacket.  The title refers to Bob, Curtis's father as this is his family and pride and joy. This is a black and white pencil drawing of a big old lovable Golden Retriever.  He is lying in a position coming towards you as you are kneeling at the edge of a bed.  He lies on a patch work quilt with his paws coming close to you and his big gentle head turned towards your left looking out to this side.  You can mainly see his left eye and left ear which is particularly curly, and his big soft muzzle.  The background behind and above him is dark black as he lies highlighted sunning himself up on the bed in front of the window.  An old master at getting comfy. A female kestrel sits on a rotten piece of a tree stump facing towards your left. Behind her a field of ripe barley stretches off into the distance  She is just at the Barleys edge and behind her the ripe ears of grains hang downwards in bunches from their golden brown stalks. She sits on the stump with a harvest mouse she has just caught in the grip of the razor sharp talons of her right foot. The top of her head and down the back of her neck are a light golden brown with fine dark brown speckling.  Her wings and back are the same golden brown with darker brown spot patterns.  Her breast and upper legs are heavily in shadow but would be a creamy white with light brown speckling .Her tail feathers are off white with dark brown bands running across them. A head and shoulders study of a Rescued Lurcher cross breed is depicted against a background of dark green jagged whin bushes with their bright yellow flowers.  Daisy is tall and slender very much like a small greyhound , she is mainly light tan in colour with a pattern of dark brown and black fine streaks all thru her coat. She has a pure white muzzle and a white throat ending in a point at the top of her chest.  She has large upright ears which are a very prominent feature and very large soft pleading eyes .She is now adored by her new owners A Brown and white Springer spaniel is looking at you over the top of a dry stone wall in this painting. Her head and ears are dark brown but she has a white muzzle with a pinkish brown nose.  A white stripe extends from her muzzle up to the top of her forehead and she has a few brown spots on her lips especially to your right hand side. Her throat and chest are pure white with only a few small brown spots.  She has deep brown appealing eyes and the light is glistening on the curly hair of her ears giving them light brown highlights. In the scene behind her is Mount Slemish the round topped prominent remains of an ancient volcano to your right hand side in the upper corner.  This mountain is closely associated with St Patrick in his early slavery days in the province of Ulster.  A small farm dwelling sits in the upper left of the picture and leading down to the middle ground the lush green fields are full of grazing sheep in the distance. Whats going on Mummy?…Head and shoulders study of the artists own Golden Retriever when she was 14 months old .  She is a deep golden colour with darker golden ears.   Set against a background of snow and a pine tree,  gem looks back over her shoulder to watch what is happening.
Two smaller detailed pictures are also set at the bottom  both with snow in the background. In the left hand side picture she is standing on the sloping bank of a stream looking at her reflection in the water below her  and in the right hand side picture she is trotting towards you thru a very wet and muddy puddle carrying a stick in her mouth.
What are you doing Daddy?….Head and shoulders picture of the artists own Golden Retreiver Gem at 14 months old  stares at her master to the left side out of the picture .  In the background is snow draped pine trees in the artists garden.  Gem is a deep golden tan colour with darker tan ears . There are also two smaller detail pictures at the bottom corners of the main painting.  The left hand picture shows Gem lying on her belly on the snow covered bank of a stream where it slopes down into the water. She is almost nose to nose with the clear reflection of herself in the dark and still cold water below her. The right hand picture shows her running down a snow covered hill towards you away from a clump of pine trees leaving a trail of footprints thru the snow in her wake. This is a simple head and chest portrait of a very handsome German Shepherd on a basic brownish beige plain background.  His body would have been standing sideways to you facing off towards your left had it been a whole body painting.  He has turned his face directly towards you.  He has a very long thick coat which is mainly golden light browns tans and whites all around his chest throat cheeks eyes and forehead.  His shoulders are black as are the outlines of his big upright ears.  His beautiful eyes are a vivid shade of amber with dark eyebrows.  His muzzle and the top of the bridge of his nose are dark brown along with his lower jaw.  He has a shinning wet black nose with the light glistening white on it.  His mouth is open and his wet pink tongue is hanging down to cool him off in the sunshine. This is a quite classical portrait of a local Greyhound from the glens of Antrim.  She stands sideways to you facing towards your right hand side but with her head turned to look back towards your left hand side over her right shoulder.  She stands on a tarmac grainy foreground and strong sunlight on her back is throwing a strong shadow below her off towards your far right hand upper corner.  She has beautiful brindle markings all over her tall sleek racing body being mostly a light golden amber or tan interspersed with many darker brown to black bands running across her back and vertically down her flanks and legs somewhat like a tigers stripes This banding continues around her belly and loins but the basic colour becomes much lighter, almost white.  She has a pure white heart shaped patch right in the centre of her chest at the top of her front legs.  The stripy tiger effect is still predominant on her face and head but the darker stripes are more subdued.  She has large beautiful dark brown eyes and a black nose which has shining white highlights in the bright sunshine.  Her mouth is open showing her glossy black lips and soft light pink tongue; this almost gives her the appearance of having a broad smile on her handsome face.  She stands posed and ready to tear off and win another race against a background starting with the grey of the tarmac beneath her feet and fading off into a misty out of focus pale green in the distance behind her. A pencil drawing of the artists falconer friend .  Ian is standing to your right with Benji standing on his gloved fist to your left hand side.  Benji stands around 14 to 15 inches or 35 to 37 cm on the fist.  In full colour Benji is mottled brown ,white and shades of tan all over  with a mostly white heart shaped face. Owls have superb hearing and although his true ears are located at different heights low down on the sides of his head to help him hunt, the eagle owls have large feathers sticking up at either side of his head which makes Benji look like he has large upright ears on top of his head.  He has the most beautiful deep orange eyes with large black pupils A pencil study of a female kestrel on the stump of a tree.  The Kestrels head is facing towards your left. A kestrels eyes appear to be almost pure black. In full colour her head, back, tail and wings are a beautiful light brown with darker brown speckles .  Her throat and breast are creamy white with light brown spots.  They are small birds of prey only around 10 or 11 inches 25 to 27cm in length.
You are standing on a gravel path thru a forest just at a place where another path branches away from in front of you to disappear amid the trees in the distance.  The main path crosses horizontally from your left to your right.  It is Autumn and a lot of brown and yellow dried leaves are lying all over the path and over the grass below the trees to the distance in front of you.  Judy's three dogs Jet, Sam and poppy are lined up on the path in front of you.  Jet on your far left is a small pure black curly coated spaniel and he is sitting staring directly at you with his bright appealing brown eyes.  He has long ears and a pure black nose with the light shining off it in bright white  Sam is a handsome black and white collie with golden tan patches highlighting various places.  His head is mainly black with a white muzzle as if he wearing a bandits black mask. A stripe of golden tan separates this black around his eyes from his white muzzle.  On the bottom of his black cheeks he has another triangle of gold tan. He has a white chest and belly and his shoulders and back are black.  This black extends down from his shoulder to the upper half of each front leg. There is another stripe of golden tan between this upper part of the leg and the lower part which is pure white.  Sam is standing sideways towards you with his chest facing towards your left hand side he is looking back over his left shoulder towards your right with his deep dark brown eyes.  He has a damp black nose with the sunlight shining on it giving vivid white light spots on its upper tip.  He has his mouth open showing his soft pink lips and tongue.  Sam is standing slightly behind the other two dogs.  Poppy the third dog is a small black and white spaniel and she sits between you and Sam blocking out Sam's hind quarters.  Poppies whole coat apart from her long curly black ears is a mixture of black and white strands of fur giving a very nice mottled effect.  She is sitting up proudly her muzzle slightly in the air facing off towards your left with her very deep dark brown eyes staring intently towards something behind to your left hand side.  Again she has a black nose with nice highlight of light showing how wet and cold it is when shoved into your hand to pet her. Where did Thomas go?….. A path thru a wood leads towards you out of the picture. It is a snowy day and all around the path on either side there are fallen branches ,brambles  and weeds covered in snow. There are the trunks of Birch and Beech trees in the background. The snow on the path has been trampled and compacted to white ice .Two Doberman Pinschers are standing on the path facing you They are large muscular dogs, mainly black with Golden tan faces and legs. One stands slightly further back than the other , he is staring out to the left. The one in front stares off to the right as they look for their master who is hiding on down the path behind you On a very simple plain brown background, darkening from light brown in the centre out to deep dark brown at the edges, is a head and shoulders portrait of a white German Shepherd.  In full view she would have been standing sideways to you facing your left hand side but in this portrait she has her head turned to look back over her left shoulder towards your right hand side.  Her face, neck, head and chest are almost pure white intermingled with a very light golden tan but the overall appearance of her coat from a distance would be an unusual white colour,  quite a rarity in this breed.  Her alert upright ears are separated from the white of her face by very fine thin black bands and their outer edges are also lined finely in black.  Her chest fur is long wavy and thick highlighted in shades of white to gold.  She has beautiful deep dark brownish amber eyes and a glossy wet black nose on which the light is reflecting in bright white highlights.  Her mouth is open showing off her soft glossy black lips and pink tongue.  Her shoulder to your right hand side is black on the top but mingling into white as it goes down towards her flanks.  She was like a child to her owners Danny and Joanne and is still missed greatly. This much loved little dog worked hard as a hearing dog for the deaf.  In her last few years she became quite a celebrity as she travelled widely with her owner Ambi Innis ( a young 90 year old) and as a representative of that extremely important charity she brought a lot of joy to everyone she met.  Her portrait consists of a round central portrait in colour and the mounting around it forms an important part of the composition with a whole body pencil drawing of Lindsay lying on the ground wearing her Hearing dogs waistcoat down in the lower right hand side as you view it.  She is a small white mongrel with shiny damp wet nose and several black patches.  Her muzzle and cheeks are white with the appearance of wearing a black mask all around her eyes.  The top of her head and her ears are black.  In the circular picture you see only her head and shoulders.  There are a few black streaks and spots on her white shoulders.  She is pictured in front of a dense dark green hedge.  In both the main painting and the drawing she is looking off towards your left hand side. A large dark brown mare stands facing left in the centre of the picture. She has a flowing black mane blowing in the wind from your left. She has a small white zigzag mark high on her forehead.  She stands guard over her foal with her chin resting on the top of his hind quarters. Her foal stands facing left but has turned his head to look over his shoulder back towards your left. He is also a beautiful deep brown all over but has a light brown mane and has a long white stripe all the way down his nose from his forehead .  They stand in a field with a hedgerow in the background. In the far distance in the top right of the painting stands a hill with the famous local landmark Scrabo Tower on top looking out over Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. This is an oval portrait of a rascally black and white little dog much loved and missed by his owner Janice.  The background is plain monotone light beige.  You are standing in front of him looking down at him as he tries to get you to pick up his ball to throw it.  He is lying flat on the ground with his front paws extended towards you.   His favourite ball, creamy white with red and blue marbling, is sitting at the bottom of the picture in the foreground.  Mitch's smiling face is in the very centre and his back and tail extend off up into the top left hand side of the oval.  Mitch had quite the look of a border collie about him but with shorter legs and his ears flopped down instead of standing upright.  He had a lovely rich long glossy coat and in his portrait you can see the light glistening on it in highlights of pale grey on his head and down his back which was mainly black.  He has a small tussock of pure white just in a band further back below his shoulders and this extends right up and over the back of his neck towards you.  His head and ears are glossy black but he has a white muzzle and this joins with a white stripe running up between his eyes to finish high up on his forehead.  He is staring up at you with his beautiful bright amber orange eyes.  He has his mouth open showing off his light pink wet tongue with just a little of his glossy black lips on show at the very front of his bottom jaw.  He really appears to have a great smile on his face.  His nose is pure black and wet of course, shining white where the sunlight reflects off it.  His chest and front paws are pure white with occasional little black spots scattered throughout.  This picture really screams come on throw it for me …come on!  What's keeping you.
The background of this picture is the steeply sloping side of Mount Slemish in Co Antrim famously associated with St Patrick in his early days of slavery. The slope rises from your lower left to your upper right across the painting.  It is covered in mossy grey rocks, Bracken in its autumn brown and green colours and purple and pink heathers or ling as typical of this boggy mountain side.  An old knurled and twisted Fairy Hawthorn stands halfway up the slope on your left silhouetted against the sky.  Murph is a black and white collie with deep golden patches forming spectacles around his eyes.  He is sitting slightly in front of a large rock to your right.  The stance of his body is facing towards your right but he has his head turned around to the side to look towards your left.  His long thick hair of his chest is white  as are both of his front legs.On his right leg which is towards you, you can see his long white feathered hairs on his upper leg.  His flanks, back and back legs are black.  His muzzle is white and his mouth is slightly open showing his glossy back lips and soft delicate pink tongue.  His cheeks and sides of his face are black but right in the centre of his black cheeks he has another deep golden triangle.  The top of his head and his ears are black. Up on the tops of his ears which sit upright but with their tips bent over, there is another small patch of gold.  His deep dark amber eyes seem to be saying hurry up, what is keeping you, as he wants to get off up the hill to play. A simple study of a proud little Scotch Terrier greatly missed by his owners .  He has a pure black curly coat with a bright red collar ,Bright lively eyes and shiny black nose.  It is just possible to make out the delicate pink of the inside of his ears. Imagine yourself as a falconer training your young peregrine falcon and it has just made its first strike bringing down a magpie.  The young trainee is sitting on the back of its kill on a high pink sandstone ledge in a quarry where the magpie fell to earth and you have had to scramble up thru all sorts of jagged thorny whins and bramble thickets to retrieve your young bird as it does not yet understand it is supposed to bring the food to you.  It is following its natural instinct of sitting on its kill and trying to fend you off.  Falcons have a pure black eye with an almost impossible to see pupil opening and looking into its eye is like looking into a mirror.  Thus in this picture if you could look into the eyes you would see a tiny reflection of the falconer coming towards the bird with his gloved arm outstretched to recover his trainee.  The peregrine is standing with its wings partially open and its wing feathers dropping down almost like a person wearing a cloak holding the ends in their hands and pretending to be Dracula swooping in to encompass a child in their arms and the sweeping folds of their cloak.  Birds of prey do this cloaking and threatening action to prevent you taking their food away.  On the underside of its wings is a beautiful chequered board pattern varying from brown or fawn and white at his shoulders close to the body and turning darker to almost black and white out on the main flight feathers.  The top of its head is a fifty fifty mixture of brown and white speckles and its face is pure white.  Around and to the rear of its jet black eye it has dark almost black circle a lot of which is shading under its prominent jutting eyebrow and falling down from the eye is a pure black broad tear drop which stops at the top of its white breast.  From around half way down from the top of its white breast and the tops of its legs long vertical chains of brown spots begin to fade in until under its belly to the base of its chequer board tail these spots turn the whole colour of its underside to a milky brown.  The poor old magpie is lying face down with its glossy black head drooping even further towards you as it hangs over the edge of the stone it has hit.  Its long pointed beak is open.  Its wings are open and are slung out to the sides but also are drooping forwards out over the edge of the shelf.  A magpie in flight has a pure white band on its black back which begins at the front edge of one shoulder and goes back across its wing turns around up over its back and across to the other wing as if it has a white horse shoe on its back.  A portion of this white horse shoe is visible on the top of the wing to your left hand side.  The rest of its wing is black until reaching the long flight feathers which have long white fingers running down the length of each feather.  You can also see the blue and green sheen on the black wing feathers caused by refraction of sunlight.  The two birds are sitting amidst a tangle of brambles to the forefront and whins with their bright yellow pea like flowers to their rear. A large and aged golden Labrador is lying in front of a roaring log fire in a stone surrounded fire place.  He is lying facing off towards your right hand side on top of his big soft patchwork cushion with his left front paw draped down over it onto the floor.  He is a light golden colour almost white.  He has a pinkish brown nose and deep dark brown eyes he appears to have a black Charlie Chaplain moustache. He is lying comfortably getting warmed by the fire at his back but has his head raised attentively looking towards his owner. A reminder of a friends shooting expedition, this painting is really the result of photographs of several days out all combined to make one outing.  His wife Sarah supplied photos of everything except the kitchens sink hence the title.  He sits in the foreground on a fallen tree. The whole background is of a clearing in a dense wooded piece of wild forest with many fallen logs and beds of nettles.  Ray sits side on with his back towards your left wearing a chequered white red and blue shirt and denim blue jeans.  He has left his shotgun broken open over the trunk he is sitting on in the foreground.  His two brown and white springer spaniels sit as his feet as he shares his picnic sandwiches with them.  To your extreme left he has hung some pheasants  he has shot and a rabbit lies on the ground below them.
Two Golden Retrievers sit together on a plain light blue  background.  Rex is sitting upright and to the rear .  He is of the large broad headed variety of Retriever and has been a deep golden colour in his youth but his big honest open grinning face has now gone quite white with age. His pal Prince lies in front of him facing towards your left . He has a much more serious and thoughtful look on his face. He is of the finer headed variety of Golden Retriever and is much lighter and  narrower in the face than Rex .  Prince is deep gold on the ears , neck, back and chest with white legs.  A pair of lovable big softies. An opening in a garden fence reveals what lies within, a large handsome Rotweiller looks threateningly out at you as he looks up from where he is lying to see who is there.  He is lying with his front paws towards your right hand side.  A large strongly built dog he is mostly dark brownish black with light tan all around his muzzle and throat.  The lower half of all four legs are also light golden tan.  He also has golden tan picking out his eyebrows.  Although they usually get a bad reputation this one really is a big softie.  The background is a red brick wall behind him and he is lying on simple concrete slabs with little tufts of grass and weeds in the gaps between them. Sitting against a simple red brick wall background, this brave German Shepherd has been portrayed standing in a head and shoulders pose.  He had both his front paws smashed badly in an accident when he fell almost thirty feet onto concrete but much to his owner Bobby`s delight he is well recovered today.  He is a handsome dog standing facing towards your left and is mostly dark brownish black but has a bright golden or fawn face muzzle and throat extending down to his lower chest.  The black of his back extends down in almost a broad dark collar separating his throat from his chest.  Bright keen dark brown eyes are surrounded by the golden fawn but a spear point of black comes down from his forehead to finish sharply between his eyes.  He has uncommonly large ears for a German Shepherd and they stick up very prominently hence Bobby`s nickname for him of old Bat Ears. This is an oval portrait showing the head and upper shoulders and chest of a beautiful brown and white Springer Spaniel set on a plain monotone light beige background.  Sonny is sitting sideways on to you with his chest facing towards your right hand side. He has an open honest smiling face with his mouth open and his soft pink tongue hanging a long way out.  His head and ears are dark brown as is the major part of his face all around his eyes and his bottom jaw.  He has his face turned directly towards you.  Only his muzzle is white with a little cone of white extending upwards to a point between his eyes.  His nose is a pinkish brown colour typical of these friendly little dogs but you realise it is wet and cold by the white highlights of light reflecting off it.  His eyes are dark brown and in dark shade below his prominent eyebrows.  His lower eyelids are pinkish brown.  His chest is pure white with only a very fine scattering of brown spots.  This white extends down to where it joins the tops of his forelegs becoming much more heavily spotted in dark browns. His back, shoulders and flanks are pure dark brown as are his long deeply curly ears. The head and shoulders of a big broad open and honest face of a golden retriever.  He is one of the very light coloured varieties and his coat is almost white.  The long silky hair of his big soft droopy ears is sticking out in all directions, especially at the tops of his ears.  He is staring straight at you with his gentle dark brown appealing eyes and he has his mouth open with his soft pink tongue hanging out.  He has soft black lips on which the light is showing in bright white highlights.  The sun is also shining in bright highlights off his big pinkish brown nose.  A true example of a big daft friendly pal who just wants to play and get cuddled. Imagine you are standing in a field in late September where the barley has just been cut so that the ground in covered in short golden straws and stubble.  Immediately in front of you is a fence post and a barbed wire fence on the other side of which is tall grass and the stems of weeds in various shades from green to brown and gold.  Between you and the wire sits a dog to your left hand side.  Sprite is a brown and white Springer spaniel and he is out with his master on a shoot.  A shotgun lies broken open on the ground just behind the dog to your right hand side.  It is unloaded and you can see all the intricate details of the firing mechanism.  Sprite is sitting very impatiently ready to run off to somewhere behind you past your right hand side.  His back and tail are to the extreme left of the picture.  He has his right front paw raised off the ground and he is wanting to get away as soon as he is allowed.  He has his mouth open and his light pink wet tongue is hanging half way out in excitement and to cool him from his earlier exertions of the day.  His dark brown eyes have pink lower eyelids typical of springers and they are open wide with excitement.  He has a very brown face and head with only a little white around the upper lips and just below his nose.  His nose is pinkish brown and shining wet in the sunlight.   He has a conical white flash coming down from high up on his forehead and finishing in a sharp point between his eager eyes.  His throat, chest, belly, shoulders and front legs are all white with occasional small brown spots on his legs.  He has a large brown patch just above his elbow on his raised right paw.  Across his back and down his side is brown almost in the shape of a horse's saddle.  His back right leg is all white except for a large brown patch on his hip.   This wee dog just wants to be off and running.
A head and shoulders portrait of a handsome male golden retriever stares off towards your left hand side.  He has deep dark eyes and is a deep gold as opposed to the white type of coat.  The light is shining on his damp black nose.  The background is a simple pale blue darkening to a deep mid blue from the centre of the picture outwards.  This dog was the Overall Champion of  the Northern Ireland Golden Retriever Show for 2002. This is a black and white pencil study of six dogs heads sitting in three staggered vertical lines across the page.  First of all on the left the upper dog is a small Jack Russell terrier called Mick He is facing you directly with his cocky little upright ears and dark shining eyes. His cheeks, muzzle, throat and chest are pure white and he has a small black wet nose.  His large upright ears are black on the outside but very light on their insides.  Two black patches come down each side of his head around his eyes and sweep backwards across his cheeks.  He has a broad band of white running from his nose up between his eyes and disappearing up over his forehead.  Below him in the bottom left corner is Moss a tall and very elegant lurcher.  Moss's face, head and chest are an even mix of dark and light mottling all over.  She has a long narrow muzzle dark eye and upright sharply pointed ears.  She is sideways on to you staring off to your left and is wearing a narrow dark coloured collar.  Coming to the two dogs in the middle line, at the top is a little cute wire fox terrier called Kizzy.  She is looking straight at you and has her head cocked very slightly to your left giving her a very quizzical look.  She has dark eyes atiny black shiny nose and a very light coloured face.  She has broad upright ears which are both tipped in a sharp point.  Kizzy has a black forehead with a point coming down between her eyes giving her face a light coloured heart shape.  She has a light coloured chin and throat and a broad dark band like a collar across the top of her chest.  Below her is Ned another handsome slim and tall Lurcher.  These dogs are very similar to the more familiar greyhounds only with a longer and rougher wiry coat.  Ned is quite pale in colour in real life a very lightly mottled beige white and grey mixture.  His upright ears sit out to the sides of his head but the top edges and pointed ends are folded over and forwards.  His head is turned slightly towards your right hand side and he is looking at you with dark appealing eyes. He has a long narrow muzzle held at a downwards angle to your lower right and his nose is quite a pale shade but shiny and wet.  On the right hand side of the drawing in the upper corner we have Thorn. Thorn is another lurcher type of dog with a particularly long rough wiry coat.  She is in side profile staring off to your extreme right hand side.  Her ears are carried swept backwards and down and she has a long narrow pointed nose and muzzle.  Her nose is dark, small wet and shiny.  Her dark eyes are bright and alert ready to run off on the hunt. Her mouth is open showing her tongue and black glossy lips on her lower jaw.  Lastly down in the lower right hand corner we have a tough looking little character called Billy.  He is a bull terrier and he is sitting facing directly on to you. He has a broad head with small dark eyes and rounded upright ears with their tips folded forwards and down.  He has a black wet shining nose and a very serious look on his face. His wide strong muscular chest and neck are pure white. His head and face are white except for a dark patch on the left side of his head which covers his left ear comes down behind his left eye then sweeps forwards along the lower part of his left cheek and jowl.  He is wearing a thin black collar. A springer spaniel is investigating what lies at the bottom of the hedgerow.  She has dark brown ears and face with no white markings .Her chest and throat are white with brown spots spattered throughout it. At  the bottom of the picture a large half rotten trunk of silver birch is lying from left to right.  Along its length the top of it is covered in dense green moss. The springer sits behind this log with her front paws draped out over it towards you so that only her upper chest head and neck are visible.  Behind her to your left, the hedge is of Flowering currant with its small bunches of red white and pink flowers in bloom.  To your Right in the background is the lower trunk of a tree with dark green ivy crawling up it. A pencil study of two of the artists friends.  Ian is standing to your extreme right with his back towards you.  Tommy is standing sideways  in the middle of the picture facing your left .He has his right arm outstretched waiting for a buzzard to alight on his gloved fist.  Sam the buzzard is gliding in towards you with his wide wings slightly raised above his head and his razor sharp talons stretching forwards just about to light on Tommy`s arm .  His tail is fanned wide as he uses it to steer himself onto the glove.  Sam is a large bird with a wingspan of around 38 inches or 1 metre.  In colour he would be mottled different shades of brown all over his head, back, upperside of his wings and tail . He is pale white to cream with very light brown speckling on the underside of his wings and breast. A pencil drawing of an old friend having a day out with another friend who is a falconer.  Tommy stands to your right and on his gloved hand there sits a beautiful buzzard, one of our own native birds of prey.  In full colour the buzzard would have a mottled brown of different shades on its wings ,back neck and head . Its breast and throat would be mostly white speckled with light tans. It is a large bird of prey standing around 14 inches or 35 cm when sitting on the gloved fist
A second head study of the artists old friends Ruby King Charles Spaniel.  Against a very pale plain fawn background is a redish brown little rascal with his ears flying out behind him as he charges towards you heading slightly towards your right hand side.  Bright keen smiling dark eye and tiny black wet nose and his mouth very slightly open exposing his glossy soft black lips, you can see the tip of his pink tongue just ready to give you a good face wash as he always loved to do. This is a study of the head of a Ruby King Charles  on a plain background. He is looking towards your left with his mouth open a little so that you can see his delicate little pink tongue and dark black lips.  This dog is a deep tan almost red colour with Bright dark eyes and black shining nose.
He belonged to close friends of the artist and was a great little tough character who adored children.  He is very badly missed and still held in high esteem.


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