Why should I choose you to create my portraits?
More than a likeness – portraits with life!
Having your portrait look like your pet or loved one is an obvious requirement. I guarantee your portrait will look like your pet / loved one not just a generic breed.My portraits go a step further and capture an elusive feeling or life .
“Thanks you so very much Sue. There are no words to describe how truly thankful I am for what you have done.
You bought Oscar back to life. I cannot ever thank you enough!”
What do I need to do to start the process?
How do I order my portrait
How far ahead do I need to order?
How long will it take?
The longer you can give me the more time I have to put it aside and come back with a fresh eye. This allows me to decide the finishing little accents that will really bring your portrait to life!
These are a guide but if you can give me longer that will really help. I usually allow 3 months from when I start for a smaller portrait ( 30 x 40cms image or smaller) and 6 months for a large portrait. The actual early stages of the portrait don’t take that long but the finishing touches and tweaking, adjusting the likeness and getting the wow factor factor take time. I sometimes need to place the portrait aside and come back to it to work out just what needs doing. I want your quality portrait to be the best I can create for you so I don’t rush these essential stages! Having said that sometimes a portrait just wants to be born and can almost paint itself! A portrait created from one clear photo will take less time than one using a blurry photo for the pose and additional photos to help me with the details.
What do you mean by a waiting list?
My pet has passed away and I don't have many photos - can you create a portrait?
Can you put all my pets into my portrait?
They can be hung in a nice gallery design for a feature wall of portraits. Horses– 30 x 40cms best for a head only portrait or a front on body pose 40 x 50cms – full body or compact pose cropped horse and rider 50 x 60cms – horse and rider
What sort of photos do I need to have so my pets can be placed together?
Can you change the background or take things out that I don't want?
What if I don't like my painting?
How do I receive my portrait?
Is my portrait well protected when it's sent?
Can I have my portrait unframed?
Do I have a choice of frames?
I choose a frame I feel best enhances your portrait without overwhelming it.
We want attention to go to your pet rather than the frame.
When I send through the photo of your finished portrait for approval I also send through the framing idea. I attach a close up of the frame option plus a mock up I do on the computer. The mockup gives you an idea of what the portrait will look like framed with that option.
The approved computer mockup for Missy-
The framed portrait
I find most people love the first option I suggest but if that doesn’t suit you I can come up with others.
I frame to suit your portrait rather than the furnishings because you will have your portrait for a lifetime. Your decorating will change many times.
Your portrait is your investment and holds your pets memories .
We have spent a lot of time to get your portrait just right so we want it set off by the ideal frame!
My aim is for your portrait to have a classy timeless look.
I'd love a portrait but I don't have suitable photos
Do I have any input into the process?
When you show me your preferred photos we can talk about what is possible. If needed , with your feedback, we come up with the concept for your portrait .
When it comes to start your portrait I do a sketch and email it through to see what you think. If you need any changes I incorporate them into the portrait.
When I feel the portrait is finished I email through a photo to see what you think and if necessary changes can also be made here .
Once you are happy with your portrait and framing idea I go ahead and frame ( if necesssary).
I send through a photo of the framed portrait and final payment is due before delivery.
Sometimes I need to use several different photos to come up with your ideal portrait. In these cases I may not have one photo to check my portrait against for likeness etc. In this case I sometimes email through a photo of the partially completed portrait for your feedback and guidance.
What sort of payment do you accept
Can I laybye a portrait
A 30% deposit will grab you a start date and then the balance can be paid in payments to suit your budget. I’m pretty flexible as long as the portrait is paid prior to delivery .
Some clients plan ahead and book there portrait for a start later in the year . They can then budget with that in mind.
Can I get copies of my portrait for family and friends?
They can be printed on a gallery wrap canvas / unframed or custom framed.
You must go through me to have copies created so I can allow copyright .