Commission A Pebble Head Portrait

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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 CHRISTMAS PRESENT – A specially commissioned painting makes an original and truly unique gift for someone you care about or to mark an occasion. Previous portraits have been given as wedding, birthday, moving in, 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 request an order inquiry and attach a clear photo/s of the people to be included. 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.

Prices for a seaside scene of people standing on the sea wall with the pier in the background, start from £50 for 2 people on a small canvas, £60 for an A4 size canvas, then it's +£10 per extra person / creature / character. Special requests are negotiable.

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Pebbles and acrylic paint on canvas.

Each piece is a unique and highly collectible work of art.

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

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