COMMISSION AN ORIGINAL PAINTING

A custom original pastel painting of a loved pet or a special place for yourself or as an extra special gift - A painting that is created for you for you makes a wonderful reminder that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

I will paint an original painting from your photo or ideally combination of photos. In all cases I use high quality, professional grade supplies and work with a combination of soft pastels and pastel pencils on archival quality sanded paper or watercolours with heavyweight archival paper. All commissions are created by me and will hand signed on both the front and back of the painting.

pet portraits

I offer 3 alternative styles of portraits – Realistic Pastel - Painterly Pastel & Fun, Colourful Painterly Watercolour – With all styles I like to get to know the animal that I am painting and fall a little in love with each little soul as I go, so the more information that you are able to supply the better, such as extra details of what you find most appealing about your pet, their individual personality and character and what feelings/colours you would like to bring out in the painting.

PAINTERLY PASTEL PORTRAITS

With these paintings I aim to obtain a good likeness however they are created in a looser style, often more colourful and full of life – a combination of being recognizable but using a little artistic licence and interpretation here and there .

This style of painting is often suited to animals who have bags of character or where there are multiple furries to put together or perhaps the perfect photo references are more difficult to obtain, or you just prefer the artistic style – however again the more information and photos you can provide me with the better, it really helps me connect with my subject and capture their unique personality.

If time permits I like to create a mini mock up showing the basic colours & rough layout of the painting to ensure you are happy with the direction I am headed in, once I receive your approval I then proceed and send you a final digital image for approval before dispatch.

REALISTIC PASTEL PORTRAITS

A detailed/realistic portrait aims to really capture a life like version & real essence of your loved pet and due to the time it takes me to create these I only take on a limited number per year. The outcome of this type of portrait is quite reliant on the quality of the photos provided - The photo(s) should be the best quality possible with good lighting, so that I am not guessing what to paint. I take quite a few sessions creating this style of portrait and like to have the opportunity to let the painting rest for periods of a time, so I can revisit the portrait many times & always ensure I go back with fresh eyes. I will work with you throughout the process to ensure you are happy with the direction I am headed in, sending several stage photos and a final digital image for approval before dispatch.

COLOURFUL PAINTERLY WATERCOLOUR PORTRAITS

These fun watercolour paintings are an impression of your pet and whilst I aim to capture your pets character they not designed to be realistic, but more as a fun, colourful and happy representation of your pet. As with all my paintings I only use high quality, professional grade supplies and work with vegan watercolours and archival quality vegan watercolour paper.

These paintings are about fun and colour, and are usually completed in multicolour, however if you have a particular lean to certain colours please let me know. If time permits I like to create a very rough mini mock up showing the basic colours & layout of the painting to ensure you are happy with the direction I am headed in, once I receive your approval I then proceed and send you a final digital image for approval before dispatch.

PAINTERLY PASTEL LANDSCAPES

Taken from you photographs, with these paintings I aim to obtain a representation of your home or your special place, they are created in soft pastels in a looser and painterly manner - a combination of being recognizable but using a little artistic licence and interpretation here and there . I like to get to know where I am painting and why it is special to you, what feelings it evokes in you etc, so the more information and photos you are able to provide me with the better, it really helps me connect with my subject matter and hopefully capture it's unique feeling for you.

If time permits I like to create a mini mock up showing the basic colours & rough layout of the painting to ensure you are happy with the direction I am headed in, once I receive your approval I then proceed and send you a final digital image for approval before dispatch.

COMMISSION GIFT PACKAGES

If purchasing a portrait or special place painting as a gift, often you may not have high quality photos or know what makes that animal or place unique and special to the person you are buying for, or which room they might wish to hang the finished painting in, what style & colours they prefer etc. etc. In this case I suggest a 'Commission Gift Package' – This is where you send me any photos that you can & I create a mini painting & a printed greeting card of the painting. The greeting card will also include a gift voucher that offers a larger work to the value you wish to gift.

I will then work directly with your recipient, where they can then choose exactly what they wish for, choosing to stick with the amount/size you have gifted or top up to a larger or more complex painting. By working in this way, you not only have something tangible to give at the time, but also ensure that your larger gift is something that they will love and wish to hang on their wall, as a beautiful reminder of their pet(s), their special place and of course you :-)

HOW TO ORDER

To commission a painting please click here to view the selection of the products I offer, or go to 'Commissioned Artworks' under the products menu.

For all full sized portraits a deposit of 50% is required at the time of ordering, when the commission is complete and you are happy, you will then be sent a request for the remaining 50% balance and any additional postal charges if due – once received your painting is then carefully wrapped & sent.

Once I receive you order I will contact you directly and ask you to upload as many photos as possible – we can then discuss your individual portrait requirements, layouts, backgrounds etc and ensure that I have the necessary information and time available to complete your portrait in the desired time.

FURTHER INFORMATION

FRAMING PACKAGING & DELIVERY

I do not frame my work as this is a very personal choice. The painting is therefore sent unframed, carefully wrapped and is safely protected with glassine paper, sandwiched in between two foam core boards for extra protection. If you would prefer your artwork mounted & framed please contact me directly and I will let you know if this is possible and the extra costs involved in framing and delivery charges.

I am happy to send your painting worldwide and offer free tracked delivery.

CARE & PROTECTION:

A little word about pastels...

Pastels are a wonderful medium chosen by many of the great masters of previous years, they are as close to pure pigment as possible and offer a depth of richness, colour and a softness unsurpassed, in my view, by any other medium.

Your portrait is an original pastel painting, which is a loose medium, the painting is NOT protected with any fixative as this dulls the colours, so please handle your work of art with care and do not touch the painting. To ensure that your painting lasts for many years to come your artwork should be mounted and framed under glass and kept out of direct sunlight.

A little word about watercolours...

Watercolours are a wonderful light and fun medium and I choose to use them in a loose and impressionistic way. I use a mixture of colours, some of which are affected by light and over time can lose some of their vibrancy, so to keep your painting as bright as possible over the years, your artwork should be mounted and framed under glass and kept out of direct sunlight. The painting is NOT protected with any fixative as this dulls and alters the colours, so please handle your work of art with care.

PHOTOS

Due to copyright laws if I am painting directly from a photo, ie recreating that exact image, then you must either own the copyright to this photo ( ie you have taken it yourself) or have written permission from the photographer.

COPYRIGHT

I will supply you with an original painting which is naturally yours to keep, however as the artist I retain all copyrights on any reproduction of the painting and the painting may not be reproduced in any way without prior written permission. I reserve the right to use a scan or photograph of the image to use for publicity & reproduction purposes.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Please do get in touch if you have a special request, or have any questions, are unsure about anything or just wish to chat to me before ordering, I am always happy to say hello & discuss your requirements.

Thank you & I look forward to hearing from you.

Debs x

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