Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pet Portraits

(Corky wasn't sitting on the rug in the photo. I painted the rug under her.)


I paint portraits of animal companions on a commissioned basis. Although I have painted mostly dogs and cats, I can paint horses, birds and reptiles-- any animal. I capture the essence of the animal. My paintings have brought tears of joy to many pet owners when they first see the painting of their pet.

I work from your photo(s) of your animal companion. You may have a photo that is your favorite pose of your animal companion but the details may not be in focus, or the pet’s coloring may be off. If this is your situation, provide additional photos for additional reference.

Lovey & Reggie
This painting was created using two photos. The cat  (Lovey) passed away long ago. The owner wanted a painting with both. I used the photo of Lovey on the chair (supplied by the client) and added Reggie to the composition in the painting. I shot the photos of Reggie at a park since this was a surprise anniversary present from the husband to his wife.

If you do not have a photo, ask a friend to shoot photos for you while you distract or sit with your pet. It is a lot easier for someone other than the pet owner to shoot the photos. If you live in the Danbury, CT area, I can come to your home and shoot digital images. There is an additional fee for this service.

Belissima I & II

Once I have the photos with the selected pose, estimate approximately 4-6 weeks until you receive the completed painting.
Allen's Angel

Museum Quality

Your painting is done in oil paint with a wax medium specifically designed  for use with oils on archival cotton duck canvas which has been gallery-wrapped around the sides of thick stretchers. The sides are painted by the artist as well. The painting comes ready for hanging with a wire on the back. There is no need to frame the painting.

Best Friends
What Do You Want?
Is this for yourself or a gift? How big a painting do you want? Do you want head and shoulders only or full body? How many pets do you want in the painting? Do you want the background to be an interior or exterior scene. For example, your pet’s favorite chair. Once you know what you want, it is easy to figure the fee.
Some of my clients have contributed with family members or co-workers to commission a painting as a gift for a birthday, anniversary or retirement. The smallest size portrait is one pet, head and shoulders with a simple background on an 8' x 10" gallery-wrapped canvas. The size of painting, whether the painting is full body or several pets, or whether the background is simple or complex affects the fee. The more you get, the bigger the investment. Feel free to contact me to discuss what you are envisioning and your budget so I can help you decide what is best for you.


Payment Terms 
A deposit of 1/2 is due upon your order. Balance is due upon delivery. I will email you a digital image of your completed painting along with shipping costs if you are out of the area. Once I receive your payment, I will send the painting by FedEx or UPS. If you are local, I will deliver it. There is Connecticut Sales Tax for Connecticut residents.

Nellie & Bailey

Caring For Your Painting  
As with any original art (or fine print), your painting should be hung where it will not be in direct sunlight or under fluorescent light. This type of lighting can, over time, fade colors. If you decide to have the painting set in a frame, oil paintings are not put behind glass. If, for some reason, you should choose to put it behind glass, the glass should not come in contact with the painted surface. As tempting as it may be, avoid touching the surface with your fingers. The oil in your hands can deteriorate the paint over time. If the painting is not hung, it is best to keep it wrapped in acid free paper. If the painting ever gets damaged, please give  me the opportunity to repair it first before going to another artist.

To dust use a dry clean soft cotton cloth, or clean soft natural bristle brush. Gently wipe or lightly brush off dust.

Reproduction Rights
Once paid in full, you will own the physical work of art. I maintain ownership of the copyright. This means that only the artist has the right to reproduce or sell this image for monetary gain. However, I usually give the pet owner permission, if desired, to reproduce the image for your family and friends on personal stationery, as long as it is for personal use and not for monetary gain. If you reproduce the image for this purpose, please put a credit of my name on the printed piece.

Mr. Gray