Pet Portrait Commission
Portrait: ‘Walk in the Park’
Size & Medium: 45 x 60 cm Acrylic on board
Commissioned from: Canada
This portrait was commissioned by Anne as a double pet portrait and surprise present. The message to me read:
“My daughter has just lost her 14 year Golden Retriever. She was an Agility Champion and the head of our pet household. She also has a Red Retriever who was rescued about 5 years ago. If I sent you individual pictures of these two dogs would you be able to put them together with one of our Canadian park settings where they loved to run”
That sounded like a fun challenge to me so we set to work!
I have added a photograph of the final painting, together with the original reference photographs and work in progress shots. I have also shared with you the client’s feedback. The painting was supplied finished with a concealed frame, ready to hang. I hope you enjoy this page of information and if you would like to commission me to paint your pet don’t hesitate to contact me
The Pet Portrait in Progress
I often take photos as I am progressing with a painting, these are mainly for my own benefit – I do not tend to show a client a work in progress as I prefer to wait until I have completed the piece and ensured all of the colours and tones are correct and balanced.
Here are some shots of ‘Walk in the Park’ in progress:
I have darkened this one down so that you can just see my pencil drawing at the start:
I will always send the final version as a jpeg image via e-mail to the client for approval to ensure that they are happy with the painting and colouring before I finish. I do not charge any commission fee up-front, preferring to ensure that a client is 100% happy with the painting before they pay for it.
The Pet Portrait tools of the trade!
I thought you might also enjoy seeing what is around me whilst I am painting.
I work from a client’s photographs, so as well as printing these out as a reference point, I also have them up on a computer in the studio so that I can zoom in and check the detail and the colouring:
I also have a very busy palette – here you can see me mixing my own greens!
And I also keep a meticulous record of the colours I have mixed and the paints used – just for my own reference, which I have found to be enormously useful:
The Pet Portrait – Image
Being married to a photographer has its advantages! All of my paintings are photographed using a professional Digital SLR Camera, in natural light, and the colour and tones are ensured to be a perfect match with the original painting using Photoshop. The image is then stored as a full sized tiff image and a smaller jpeg version only is displayed on my website. This ensures that should a client require a print from the original painting, we are able to fulfil this requirement for them.
The Pet Portrait – Detail of each dog
The Pet Portrait – The Finished Painting
Client’s Pet Portrait Reference Photographs
I ask clients to e-mail me a range of photographs for me to work from, and I tend to use one main photograph for the pose and use others for reference, detail and colouring. I am also sometimes asked to add a different background to the piece which can easily be achieved via Photoshop. The photographs depicted below may vary in colour to the finished painting – this can be due to the scanning or the original quality of the photographs – or simply that only one particular photograph was used to ensure the colouring of the pet. If a photograph sent is not detailed enough or of a high enough quality, then I will let the client know – and I always chat through the final pose, background and colouring before I begin, so that I am satisfied that I know what the client requires.
Anne sent me lots of photos – we knew the one we wanted of Bosco which was him sat on the wall with the park in the background:
And eventually Anne found just the right shot of Winnie too:
And then it was just down to me and Photoshop to create a composite for the painting! This was then checked back with Anne before I started painting to make sure that the relative sizing and colouring was correct.
Client’s Feedback and Comments
I am always delighted to receive feedback from the client – and often if the painting is a gift, from the final recipient too! Often messages are left for me on Facebook or via e-mail, and are reproduced here, and on my website, with the client’s permission. Sometimes clients also send me a photograph of the painting hung on a wall in their home, which is lovely for me to be able to see where the painting has been placed.
E-mail message from Anne on seeing the painting’s jpeg images and being asked for her approval:
I am absolutely overwhelmed at how beautiful the painting is. It is for my daughter’s birthday and I know she will love it. Look forward to seeing the actual painting. “Walk in the park’ is a perfect name too.
Approval? I think it’s a big yes from me…….”
I also received this e-mail message after Anne had collected this painting – and also another one – from my studio:
I am in absolute awe at how beautiful these pictures are. I have them propped up on the dining room table and it makes me feel my furry family are right here. I never imagined I would feel so emotional seeing them for the first time. Thank you so much.”
With thanks to Anne – for allowing me to paint ‘Winnie and Bosco’
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