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Welcome to my blog.... This is were I will be posting about all the things that go on in my world. I will be sharing photos, information etc and anything else I find interesting. This blog is linked to my website The House Of Genista."Genista" is pronounced "Jennista" with a J but spelt with a G. I am a teddy bear artist. I design and create collectible mohair "Genista Bears", needlefelted bears and other animals. If you have an interest in seeing any of my work please check out this blog, my other blogs "The House Of Genista Bear Studio" or visit my website. Links for other blogs and website are below.... Please enjoy your visit with us and become a follower if you enjoyed your visit. Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you....... Hugs Hillary Rose THE HOUSE OF GENISTA

Friday, 4 January 2013


  Another of my Christmas commissions. A beautiful Sheltie called


"Timazinti's" portrait was created on a rich sandy velour paper using pastels/pastel pencils

12" x 16"


Hope you like her!
If you would like a similar sketch/portrait of your beloved pet, please visit

My daughters' suprised me with a new scanner for Christmas so I should be able to get some better quality images of my paintings very soon.


Thursday, 27 December 2012

"Bailey" - Pastel Portrait

A handsome Golden Labrador Retriever created using pastels/pastel pencils on a rich sandy velour paper.
Size 12" x 16"

Bailey is one of my Christmas Pastel Portraits. Hope you like him.

Warmest Wishes

Monday, 24 September 2012


I am finally managing to get these portraits here on my blog. I have been very lazy lately with my blogs. Excuses, excuses!

Martha and Baileys' Pastel Pet Portrait. Created on a rich sandy velour paper using pastels/pastel pencils. Size 11" x 14"

See Martha & Baileys' Blog/Comments HERE

Brians' Pastel Pet Portrait. Created on a light grey velour paper using pastels/pastel pencils. Size 11" x 14"

See Brians' Blog/Comments HERE

I am very glad to say that both were very happy with their Pastel Pet Portraits.

Hope you like them.

Warmest Wishes

Monday, 6 August 2012

"TIMAZINTI" - Sheltie

"TIMAZINTI" - Sheltie
Original Pencil Portrait. Framed.
Copyright does not appear on original
12" x 16"

Close Ups

I will be doing a Pastel Portrait of "Timazinti" as a Christmas commission, same photograph, so keep an eye open for her.
I have been having a short break from my Bear Making, but, I do have a little bear that is almost completed. She will be posted here as soon as I get a chance. I will however be getting back to my bear making in 2013.

Beary Hugs

Winner Of Pastel Pet Portrait Give-A-Way

A BIG "Thank You" to everyone who entered my Pastel Pet Portrait Give-A-Way. All the names of entrants were put into a tub, the correct amount of times this morning and the winner was pulled out by "Connor" a 14 year old animal lover.

I decided to have two winners, one from the dogs that were entered, and one from the cats that were entered so here are the winners as pulled out by Connor:

Dog Winner: Martha & Bailey

Cat Winner: Brian

I will be emailing both winners to request clear head study photographs of their beloved pets in order for me to create their pastel portrait and will be requesting permission to add their photographs here on this post.
Thank you again to all who entered. Please look out for tomorrows post on "Genista Pawtraits" which will contain a Special Offer to everyone who entered my Give-A-Way.
Have a Lovely Day!

Warmest Wishes

Monday, 9 July 2012

Pastel Pet Portrait Blog Give-A-Way

I have recently started doing commissions for Pastel Pet Portraits as you have probably seen on previous posts. To celebrate my new venture I am having a blog Give-A-Way of a Pastel Pet Portrait. All you need to do to enter my Give-A-Way is become a follower of this blog and/or my art blog HERE at "Genista Pawtraits" plus leave a comment on either one of my Give-A-Way posts telling me the name of your dog/cat, breed, colour etc and your email address so that I can contact the winner. Comments will not be published, they will be kept private and deleted after the draw has taken place. The winner will need to send me by email a very clear photograph of their pet to enable me to create the pastel portrait. The better quality the photo the better the portrait will be.
If you are already a follower of this blog and/or my art blog I will put your name in twice. If you become a follower of both I will put your name in two more times.
An example of one of my pastel portraits:

If you put my Give-A-Way on your blog I will put your name in the draw for another chance also, but please let me know you have done so.

Draw will take place on Monday 6th August

I will publish any comments that do not contain an email address.

I hope you will all enter and I look forward to creating a Pastel Pet Portrait for the winner.

Warmest Wishes

Sunday, 1 July 2012


A sweet little french bulldog in graphite pencil A4 size on quality paper. The lighting was poor when taking these photographs so do not do my drawing justice. I will therefore add better photographs taken by my daughter with her super camera as soon as I am able.

Max framed and ready to go..
Hope you like him

Warmest Wishes

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Sweet Old Chiltern 1950's

My sweet Old Chiltern from the 1950's has been ADOPTED and is setting off to live in Auckland, New Zealand. Such a sweet little bear.

Beary Hugs

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

"Lilly" Pastel Pet Portrait

The fourth of my recent pet potrait commissions to be completed is
A Female West Highland Terrier

Lillys' portrait was completed a little while ago but we have been away with the caravan for the last few weeks so I haven't had time to post her here untill today. Hope you like her.

Lillys' pastel portrait in its' wood frame to match the other three commissions.

Lillys' original pastel portrait is SOLD but prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, framed prints and greeting cards of my original artworks are available to purchase HERE as are all my other originals. Why not have a peek?

Warmest Wishes

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

"SMUDGE" In Pastels

The third of my recent four pastel pet portrait commissions to be completed is:

A Black/White Longhair Male Cat

Created on grey pastel velour paper with pastel pencils/sticks 6 x 9ins

Matted and framed to match Alfie and Toms' portraits. Same size and frame wanted for each portrait so they all match. The last portrait "Lilly" a West Highland Terrier is also nearly finished as is a Black Mix Siamese Cat that I have also been working on.
I will post them here soon.

Warmest Wishes

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

"THOMAS" In Pastels

The second of my recent four pastel pet portrait commissions to be completed is:

A white/tabby shorthair male cat

Created on grey pastel velour paper with pastel pencils/sticks 6 x 9ins

Matted and framed to match Alfies portrait. Same size and frame wanted for each portrait so they all match.

I am now working on "Smudge" a beautiful long haired black/white male cat and "Lilly" a lovely little West Highland Terrier. I am also working on a few florals and wildlife portraits which I will be posting here soon.

Warmest Wishes

Thursday, 26 April 2012

"Friendly Tiger" Pastel Portrait

I have been painting/drawing a lot again over the past few months and I really enjoyed creating this "FRIENDLY TIGER" pastel portrait last week for a childs' room. The little girl loves tigers and wanted a painting for her bedroom, nothing ferocious looking, just happy and friendly and we came up with this little chap. He has been created on grey pastel velour paper using pastel pencils. Portrait has been fixed and has been framed under glass.

Warmest Wishes

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Pastel Portraits

I have been comissioned to do several pet portraits recently. Two West Highland Terriers "Alfie" and "Lilly", and two male cats "Thomas" and "Smudge".
The first one to be completed is


A pastel portrait of ALFIE, a West Highland Terrier, on velour paper, 6 x 9 ins.
I am now currently working on Thomas' portrait in pastel. He is a tabby & white male shorthair cat.

Warmest Wishes

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Robert Has Been Adopted

"Robert" a lovely little Chad Valley Teddy Bear from the 1950's has been adopted and is off to his new home in Norfolk with Susan.


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Art Journals

I was lucky enough to receive these beautiful leather art journals in my Christmas stocking so I have been very busy doing some artwork "journal style" which I will be adding to my blog shortly. These are wonderful little books, just the right size to carry everywhere with me in my bag and I love the beautiful way they are decorated and bound. It will be a challenge for 2012 to fill these lovely journals with artwork as lovely and interesting as they are.

Warmest Wishes for a Very Happy 2012