Commissioning a Pet Portrait

Casper, a siamese cat oil painting on panel

Casper, 20×16 oil painting 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, if you live near me, I can come and take photos and meet the sitter.

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.

Liam and Truman, a 22x16 inch oil painting on canvas

Liam and Truman, 22×16 oil on canvas

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.

Oil and Acrylic Paintings

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

The Woodland Cats, 20×20 oil on panel

I paint in both oils and acrylics. What’s the difference? Oils take a lot longer than acrylics. I like to paint in layers and as oil paint takes longer to dry than acrylic paint, an oil painting takes longer to complete, about 6-8 weeks is usual but with more complex pieces it can be 3 or 4 months. Acrylics dry a lot faster so a painting can be completed in 2 to 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. Panel paintings can be hung framed or unframed.

Paintings can be in a representaional style, like these….

Dogue de Bordeaux puppy in the daffodils, oil on canvasTaz and Lilah 16x12 painting, acrylics on canvas Leo and Sheba, 20x16 oil on panel

Or in a more abstract and colourful style like these…

Whisker Face - abstract black cat painting, acrylic on board Elli - abstract Burmese cat painting, mixed mediaZonda, abstract greyhound painting on aluminium panel

Prices

A 10×8 Painting on Canvas or Board    £175
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 12×10 Painting on Canvas or Board  £235
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 12×12 Painting on Canvas or Board  £275
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 14×10 Painting on Canvas or Board  £275
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 16×12 Painting on Canvas or Board  £375
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 16×16 Painting on Canvas or Board  £475
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 18×14 Painting on Canvas or Board  £475
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 20×16 Painting on Canvas or Board  £575
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 24×20 Painting on Canvas or Board  £875
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

Turok, a German shepherd acrylic on canvas

Bag Puss - a 12x12 inch oil painting on board

Kimble, a 16x12 inch Red Kite on stretched canvas

Marta, oil on board

Water Media on Paper

Robin, watercolour on paper

Painted in watercolour and/or acrylics on 100% cotton, acid free watercolour paper. I sometimes use pastel, watercolour pencils, and acrylic inks as well, depending on the composition of the painting and what feels right while I’m painting. Watermedia paintings are generally less detailed than oils and acrylics and looser in style.

A water media painting takes about 3 weeks to complete.

A 10×8 Water Media Painting on Paper  £175
The painting is approx 10×8 inches mounted in a 16×12 mount
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 16×12 Water Media Painting on Paper  £275
The painting is approx 16×12 inches on watercolour paper and unmounted
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

A 20×16 Water Media Painting on Paper  £375
The painting is approx 20×16 inches on watercolour paper and unmounted
for a single portrait – plus shipping.

Life Is Sweet - a 20x16 inch bullmastiff painting on paper Knitting, a watermedia painting on paperBlack faced Sheep - a watercolour on paper