Welcome To The House Of Genista @ Home Blog

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


"Genista Pawtraits" is where you can find samples of my work which I mainly do for pleasure. However, I have recently started taking commissions for Pastel Pet Portraits. I aim to create exquisite pastel pet portraits from your photographs that bring out the spirit, character and personality of your beloved and cherished other family member, with their unique personalites, they make us laugh and smile and love us unconditionally.

I am a pet owner and animal lover myself, and I understand how much pleasure and comfort an original pastel portrait can bring, either by celebrating an adored pet or remembering one we have sadly lost.
A commissioned pet portrait or gift voucher makes a unique birthday, Christmas, wedding or anniversary gift that will be treasured forever by the recipient.

I hand paint each portrait using photographs as a guide. I am not trying to make the painting look like the photograph but hopefully to enhance it to bring out your pets personality and character. Several photographs can be used to get the required pose and changes can be made to remove e.g. a hand, collar, "red eye" etc. It is important to use as clear a photograph as possible as a guide as the quality of the photograph will directly influence the detail of the painting.
I love to paint/draw, it is my refuge at times and a celebration at other times. I paint/draw in many styles/mediums as you will see over the coming months. Please take a look at all the pages on my blog at:

A Few Examples Below

Please also visit my "FINE ART AMERICA" webpage for prints and greeting cards of my original artwork and Teddy Bear photograhs.

Bassett Hounds

Pastels/Pastel Pencils 11 x 14ins on grey pastel velour paper
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A Tabby Cat

Pastels/Pastel Pencils 11 x 14ins on grey pastel velour paper

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A Female Yorkshire Terrier

A comical version of my own little Yorky Megan, created on a sandy velour paper using pastels/pastel pencils.
11" x 14"
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A Female West Highland Terrier

Pastels/Pastel Pencils 6 x 9ins on grey pastel velour paper
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A Longhaired Black & White Male Cat

Pastels/Pastel Pencils 6 x 9ins on grey pastel velour paper
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A Shorthair White & Tabby Male Cat

Pastel Pencils/Sticks 6 x 9 ins on grey pastel velour paper
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A West Highland Terrier

Pastel Pencils/Sticks 6x9ins on grey velour paper

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A White Shorthair Cat

Pastel Pencils/Sticks 6 x 9ins on grey velour paper. Blue eyes are a much paler blue than they look in the photograph.

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"Friendly Tiger"

Created on grey pastel velour paper with pastel pencils/sticks for a childs' bedroom