Commissioning a Pet Portrait

Commissioning a Painting

Leo and Sheba, 20x16 classic oil painting on panel

Leo and Sheba, 20×16 classic oil on panel

People often ask if I can create a painting from their photos and the answer is yes I can. Photos can be emailed to me or sent by post, or share them via facebook or another photo sharing site.

Each portrait begins with a discussion of what you are looking for in the final painting. You might have a specific painting in mind or you might not have a clear idea yet of what you’d like. Either is fine.


Milly Many Coats a digital contemporary style painting of a greyhound

Milly Many Coats a digital contemporary style painting of a greyhound

I’ll look at your photos and we’ll discuss what you have in mind. Then I’ll do some quick sketches from those so that we can discuss ideas for the portrait in more detail. Your feedback is a big part of the process. If you didn’t have any specific ideas for your painting then hopefully the sketches I send you will help you decide how you’d like the painting to look. If you had a specific pose in mind then the sketches I do will reflect your original ideas.

 

Once you’ve seen the sketches you can decide if you want to go ahead and what type of painting you’d like.

Classic, Contemporary or Wet and Wild?

Which style suits you?
Paintings in the classic style are more detailed, traditional paintings in oils or acrylics. They take a month or two or longer to paint.
The contemporary paintings are more abstract and playful, a looser style of painting, less concerned with realism than with colour and shape and a lively personality. They take two or three weeks.
Wet and wild watercolours are colourful, abstract and playful, the lighter version of the contemporary. With less detail and more splash they are faster to do and can take approx a week.

The Classic Painting

The Woodland Cats,  20 x 20 inch oil painting on panel

The Woodland Cats, 20×20 classic oil on panel

Paintings in the classic style are more detailed, traditional paintings in oils or acrylics. Oils take a lot longer than acrylics. I like to paint in layers and as oil paint takes longer to dry than acrylic paint, so an oil painting takes longer to complete, about 6-8 weeks is usual but with more complex pieces it can be several months. Acrylics dry a lot faster so a painting can be completed in approx 4 weeks. Oils and acrylic paintings can be painted on stretched canvas or board.

Stretched canvas
It’s a gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides and the staples are on the back of the painting so the canvas can be hung on the wall framed or unframed.

Board or Panel
A cradled canvas panel showing the edgesA painting on board is nice and rigid and a bit more robust than a painting on canvas which makes it ideal for shipping. Board paintings will need a frame.
A panel has wood cradle on the back that supports the board, rather like a stretched canvas, so a panel painting can be hung framed or unframed.

Here are some examples of paintings in the classic style….

Dogue de Bordeaux puppy in the daffodils, classic oil on canvasTaz and Lilah 16x12 classic painting, acrylics on canvasKimble, a Red Kite - classic acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Classic Painting Prices

A 10×8 Painting on Canvas or Board  £175
A 12×10 Painting on Canvas or Board £235
A 12×12 Painting on Canvas or Board £275
A 14×10 Painting on Canvas or Board £275
A 16×12 Painting on Canvas or Board £375
A 16×16 Painting on Canvas or Board £475
A 18×14 Painting on Canvas or Board £475
A 20×16 Painting on Canvas or Board £575
A 24×20 Painting on Canvas or Board £875


The Contemporary Painting

Contemporary painting Day Dreamer

Contemporary painting Day Dreamer

A more abstract and playful style of painting, the Contemporary style is colourful and lively but less detailed than the Classic painting. Painted in mixed media using a variety of media including acrylics, inks, paint pens, and pastels and a range of techniques from light washes to thick impasto passages. It depends on the composition of the painting and what feels right while I’m painting. Painted on canvas, board or panel, or even aluminium panel for something very modern. I can also do them digitally. Time scales vary with the amount of work involved but approx two or three weeks.

Contemporary Painting Prices

A 10×8 Painting on Canvas or Board   £125
A 12×12 Painting on Canvas or Board £210
A 16×12 Painting on Canvas or Board £285
A 16×16 Painting on Canvas or Board £350
A 20×16 Painting on Canvas or Board £450
A 24×20 Painting on Canvas or Board £675

A digital painting printed paper or canvas £275
Can be printed up to 20×16 inch or A2 on paper. Can also be printed to canvas in a variety of sizes.

Here are some examples of paintings in the contemporary style….

Whisker Face - contemporary abstract black cat acrylic painting Zonda, abstract greyhound painting on aluminium panel Elli - contemporary burmese cat painting


Wet and Wild Watercolour Painting

A hare painting in watercolourWet and Wild watercolour paintings are colourful, abstract and playful, the lighter version of the contemporary painting. With less detail and more splash they are faster to do and can take approx a week. Painted on watercolour paper using watercolour, inks and paint pens in a free flowing watercolour style, plenty of runs and drips and splashes. They are really water media paintings I guess.
The size of the paper varies a little depending on the make, but we can decide between us what size will suit you before I start. I like textured paper that adds interest to the surface of the painting. It takes about a week to complete.

Wet and Wild Painting Prices

Small Water Media Painting on Paper £125
A watercolour style contemporary painting on 10×8 or 12×9 inch watercolour paper.

Medium Water Media Painting on Paper £175
A watercolour style contemporary painting on 16×12 inch watercolour paper.

Large Water Media Painting on Paper £225
A watercolour style contemporary painting on 20×16 inch watercolour paper.

Here are some examples of paintings in the water media contemporary style….

Aseel game cock called Ghengis in water media A tortie maine coon cat in watercolour Afghan Hound in watercolour