Update … 2017

Hi there

OK, so it’s been a while since I’ve written here – did you miss me?  I’ve been otherwise occupied if the truth be known.  Sadly, I’ve not managed to get much painting or drawing done in the last few years… however, I have been busy creating cards – yes, you heard me right.  I’ve been working on a range of different cards using all sorts of different media ranging from Marker Pens to Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks.  I’ve been doing a lot of stamping too and using my lovely Spectrum Noir pens (of which I have a full set -oops).

Anyway, recently I discovered a new medium which I’ve officially in love with and which has brought me full circle back to watercolour (my first love from school days).  Brusho’s – have you heard of them?  They are just the best!  Not got the full set just yet… but bet it won’t be long either – especially since I’ve now discovered a discount art store who have them at a reasonable price… :¬)

brusho - blue flowers May 17

This is my first ‘real’ brusho painting that I did.  I did mess around with them first on my cards which I will show you on another post, but this was the first painting which I did and absolutely loved….  So much so that I framed it and gave it to my father for Fathers Day.

Brusho’s are crystal water colour pigment which react beautifully with water.  You can ‘sprinkle’ and then ‘spritz’ for amazing results, or use the crystals on a damp paintbrush and let them spread in the water for amazing effects.



Vance’s first Exhibition

It is Vance’s first exhibition starting this weekend.  I think he is a bit nervous, but busy preparing with cards to put below all the paintings.

He still has to string all the paintings and make sure all the edges are neatened up before hanging them – guess that is the job for this evening…

Have a look at Vance’s paintings at http://www.vancesterley.com – he is showing 9 of them at the nPower offices in Swindon for the next month.

Exciting times.

Commission Work

We do accept commission work so if there is something or someone that you would like to have imortalised – please contact us at nicole.sterley@btinternet.com and we would be happy to give you a quotation for the work you need done.

Vance’s work can be seen at http://www.vancesterley.com and he specialises in animal portraits, wild life, portraits, abstract and landscapes.  He has a unique way of painting so if you are looking for something a little different, please have a look at his work.

For myself, Nicole, I work mainly in pastels although am always willing to look at new techniques.  Up until now my main work has been either pet portraits or wildlife.  My website is not yet up and running, although it won’t be long….


Hope to hear from you soon.

Nicole and Vance Sterley

Work which I have completed …

I have been concentrating on animal portraits recently and have managed to put together a small portfolio including dogs, cats and the odd horse….

I have been working in soft pastel and conte pencil on white paper/card and also on black card.  I have also done one drawing of a cat on velour paper – that was different but did really enjoy it so am thinking that I’ll be doing a lot more of that.

You can see my pics at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArtbySterley – at the moment there are only my work there, but I will soon be loading Vance’s work too.

Meantime, here are a few of my works to whet your appetite for the different.



Donut belongs to an old school friend of mine. I love the way he smiles for this picture

The inspiration for Shadow horse is taken from a black and white photograph which I saw and fell in love with.

This puppy looks so sad that I had to draw him. He really does seem to be begging for something doesn’t he?

I just love the way this one turned out. My first attempt on velour paper and what fun it was to do.



Pet Portraits

What is a Pet Portrait?

Well, that would be a commissioned painting or drawing of your pet.  It could be done in any medium from pencil sketches to a pastel drawing, watercolour, acrylic or oil studies.  This might depend on your preferences, the animal and perhaps even come down to the decor in the room where you would want to be hanging the finished portrait.

Why Order a Pet Portrait?​​​​​​​​​​​

​Pet portraits are an ideal way to immortalise your favorite pet forever. We all know that our pets are a big part of the family so why not order a portrait as a way of owning a unique tribute to them!

You don’t own a pet?  What about your friends – do they own pets?  Would they perhaps love a portrait of their favourite dog/cat or other pet?

​A Birthday or Christmas Present

A guaranteed winner for a pet owner. As a present a pet portrait is a truly personal gift that shows how well you know the person the gift is bought for.  If you aren’t sure what pose your friend or family member might like, remember, there is always the option of a gift certificate and then they can choose their favourite photograph to get the portrait painted from.

​​​A Memorial Gift

Not a favourite of mine (for obvious reasons), but many people like to have favourite pets immortalised after they have passed away.  A portrait can make an ideal memorial for a loved pet that is not with us any more.


This is a pet portrait which I did for a friend in Australia. I did it as a surprise for her and she loved it so much I’m about to send the original to her. I did the drawing in Chalk pastels on card