I’ve been following your journey with this on the forum Helen, and what a terrific conclusion it’s come to. Apart from it being a super portrait of a beloved pet, I love how you have made into a tactile tribute. You will have to let us know your nieces reaction.

I've also followed your story on the forum, you have done a fantastic portrait of Tyson, your niece will be very grateful for the work you have put into this portrait of her beloved pet.

That’s a very special portrait. I love the tactile idea. It’s going to be treasured.

I've been following progress too. A lovely thought and especially for the children. A brilliant painting.

The little girls (3 and 6 I think) saw it on Sunday, and both shrieked ,' TYSON!!!!!!'. Made my day :-)

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My niece's dog Tyson. Sadly he passed away in August. The painting inclused some of Tysons ashes, which was a bit of a challenge, but I was happy to do this. My neice has two young children, so I made the painting touchable - the ashes cover the whole of the dog, but the nose and the eyes have a thicker concentration (mixed with sculpture gel)). The picture is varnished several times, so that the little ones can touch his face.

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Helen Martell

I've been painting (acrylics) for about 10 years, after going on a painting day with my mother. I guess I've always been creative (it's in the family genes), not always with paint. Over the decade it started mainly with pet portraits, as word got around my workplace that my stuff wasn't too bad..…

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