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If you are a follower of my Facebook art page called Ian Mackenzie Art, you will have noticed several videos this week of the build up towards the final piece of artwork called Bailey. This is a portrait of a Hungarian Vizla, one of the medium sized breeds of dogs, famed for its prominent position among sporting dogs.

I was asked by a friend if I could capture this family pet in oils in his familiar pose, grandly sitting one leg slightly cocked to the side. We met up and of course, I could not resist, as we chatted of days gone by and our mutual love of our canine family members.

Bailey had passed away and was deeply missed at home. He held such a prominent place within the family. This was obvious by the collection of photographs and the stories I heard of him accompanying them on many trips and holidays.


So, looking at the couple of photos we had chosen, I got down to work. The difficulty that I had was that different pictures gave various light and shade patterns, and I had to blend these into the main pose which was blurred and pixelated.


However, I was determined to ensure that Bailey would be something special, and as such, in order to achieve the photorealism I wanted, I had to ‘go large’. I doubled the usual size of the canvas and started sketching.


I applied the first undercoat of dark paint, a mixture of alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and a touch of cadmium yellow. This gave the underlying depth to the fur. Then it was a careful construction of the shape of the face and body by applying thin layers of fur with a small brush to create Baileys structure.


In one of the videos I mentioned that the painting had 100,000 brush strokes. I was not joking. Painting both the face and the body needed such detail, and this was documented in the form of video and stills as the painting progressed.


Slowly but surely, Bailey started to emerge from the canvas. Proud and regal, he stood tall with his one leg characteristically slightly leaning to the side. The final touches were applied, with a background referring to a location the family spent time at with him, and he was ready for drying and varnishing.


Creating luxury art, no matter whether it is of a loved family pet or a controversial subject, is something that is close to my heart. A part of me is always in each piece, and in speaking with those that ask for work from me, I try my best to ensure that their thoughts and ideas are reflected in such creations. This point I believe is critical to producing artwork that will capture everlasting memories for those concerned. And in doing so, there is always a small deep-seated regret in parting with each finished canvas.


I guess this is not a bad thing as it keeps me connected with the journey each one took me on, and the enjoyment that others now have in owning luxury artwork that I was privileged to have created for them.


I never really understood how artwork could connect people so much until I started down this road, a road which is never ending and always adventurous with every junction, and a road that I never want to end.

Ian Mackenzie


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Well, like him or loath him, Donald Trump certainly knows how to capture the limelight. There have not been many days in his first term when he has not been on the tv or making a headline.


In his latest at the US Polling Station, he doubted the legitimacy of the postal voting system. So, what should we now read into that comment, or should we just ignore it as another one of his Trumpisms?


It was not that long ago that he inferred that there could be some benefits from disinfection as a medication for Covid-19.



I was sat at home watching the news trying to glaze over all the doom and gloom which was offered to us by the media, when again, the attention was drawn to the US with the President stood at his daily press briefing. This was back in April 2020 a long time before he had any signs of the illness, let alone being admitted to hospital to be treated for the virus.


I chuckled to myself knowing the media frenzy that was about to ensue. This comment flashed around the world immediately with countries condemning the comments, politicians being asked if they endorsed his idea with some of them left to flounder as they avoided that illusive direct answer.


There is something in this I thought. Chatting with mates on Zoom confirmed my new project, as the conversation centred around the image of Trump in hospital. I didn’t go as far as some of the suggestions with Trumps limp hair dangling over his face revealing his bald head perhaps with an inappropriate tattoo confirming a true political belief, laid up on a bed in a hospital corridor somewhere, with his wife searching frantically for their health insurance documents.


So, I started sketching my ideas on a canvas not really thinking what the image would subsequently become. As usual, I took photos and videos of the progress and filed them away and continued adding fine layers of quality oil paints, one on top of the other to create the photorealism depth I enjoy creating. The whole process took 2 months to complete and was finished by the end of June.


Around the beginning of October, it was reported that the President was showing symptoms of Covid-19 and shortly after was admitted into hospital. Of course, the stay was not long, and he soon returned triumphantly to rally the US towards the forthcoming election like only Donald Trump could do.


And now, with a week to go, after 4 years of a different type of politics in the US, he may very well defy the odds and pull a rabbit out of the hat, and return for a second term.


One benefit for me if he is voted back into office, is that I have the next great controversial idea to paint in my mind. Not sure which US political party it will please more, that may be down to interpretation. But what the hell, it could be a long winter!


If you would like to possess your very own Luxury Art shown on this website, or you have dreamt of owning a special piece of artwork created just for you but you don’t know where to start, just contact me below. I would be delighted to help you.

Owning your very own Luxury Artwork that will Evoke, Challenge and Inspire is just one step away. Don’t hesitate, get in touch with me now for your free consultation.

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Controversial Art
Controversial Art Titled: "When you bring me out, can you introduce me as Joker?"

No, it is not a joke. A brand new website with a very distinct identity and an invitation to join me on my journey.


To introduce you to my new range of exciting and challenging artwork, which will evoke, challenge and inspire you to become involved in my world of art.

Whether a lover of art or someone who is new to this great cultural phenomenon, my website will reveal many aspects of my developing themes and brand new artwork, as well as regular blog and video entries which will invite you to be part of my exciting venture.


You will experience the richness that artwork can bring into your life, and the personal care that comes with each and every piece created by hand in the finest of oil paints. Every project will have depth to equal its quality in the form of a story of its creation, and perhaps a hidden meaning that will make the artwork the talking point for some time to come.


If you would like to possess your very own Luxury Art shown on this website, or you have dreamt of owning a special piece of artwork created just for you but you don’t know where to start, just contact me below. I would be delighted to help you.

Owning your very own Luxury Artwork that will Evoke, Challenge and Inspire is just one step away. Don’t hesitate, get in touch with me now for your free consultation.


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