Commission a cartoon style painting of your friends or family with real, painted pebbles for heads. Groups, families, couples and even pets can be pebblised.
Jacqueline Hammond’s best-selling series of caricatures in which she uses the natural contours of pebbles to paint the subject's facial features, then glues them to the canvas as the heads for the bodies of people caricatured.
MAKES AN IDEAL GIFT – A specially commissioned painting makes an original and truly unique gift for someone you care about or to mark an occasion. Many family or group portraits have been commissioned and given as wedding, birthday, moving in, retirement, christening and Valentine’s presents. Last year a customer ordered a painting for each of her brothers and sisters families for Christmas.
The popular Pebble Heads series depicts people spending a day at the seaside, typically gathered on the sea wall for a group photograph. Imagine your family or group of friends ‘pebblised’ forever in a work of art to hang above the mantelpiece.
To commission your very own Pebble Head Portrait of yourself, a couple, relatives, grandparents, family group, work mates or a group of friends at the seaside, here's what to do. Just contact us by making an enquiry and attach a clear photo/s of the people to be included, or we will then supply an email address for you to send the images. Ideally include a group photo, and from the waist up. Give indication of the difference in heights between people and note down what they look like now, hair colour, style, colour of eyes etc.
It’s useful to suggest any prominent characteristics or personality traits, dress sense, hobbies and such like, that help identify the individual and ‘could’ be incorporated into the scene or influence the painting in some way. These aspects are not guaranteed unless specifically requested (see drop down menu)
Prices for a seaside scene of people standing on the sea wall with the pier in the background, start from £75 for 2 people on a small canvas, £95 for an A4 size canvas, £115 for A3 size canvas - then it's +£10 per extra person / creature / character. Other background scenes and landscapes such as a countryside view, a house or building can be created at an additional cost of £40. Please contact us for any specific requests or queries.
Pebbles and acrylic paint on canvas.
Send to recipient as a Gift Voucher for a bespoke portrait - up to value chosen. The voucher is valid up to 12 montgs from purchase and will be dispatched enclosed in one of the artist's greetings card with a handwritten personalised message.
Jacqueline is regularly commissioned to paint Pebble Heads of all kinds of people including some celebrities. Specialities include babies, hoodies, and grannies and she has been known to include dogs and seagulls. Perhaps the most coveted portrait to date was to commemorate The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. The Pebble Heads Royal Wedding was created prior to the day itself; so she had to imagine how the royal family members would famously gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
“I look for natural markings, chips and contours on the pebbles that can be used to resemble facial, hair and head gear type features. A hole in the pebble becomes a mouth, a chipped area separates the face from the hair and so on. Sometimes I paint on a face, sometimes I need do no more than a dot for an eye.”
The paintings displayed are examples of previous commissions as well as spontaneous pieces for exhibition in the gallery on Brighton seafront where the series has become very popular, with the majority of these works now sold.
12.5 x 15cm, A5, A4, 20 x 20cm