I have several options available for you to consider and different mediums and painting surfaces have different challenges and so have my pricing broken down accordingly. All pet portraits on canvas will have a solid colored while the colored pencil portraits will be left with a white background.
CANVAS- All canvas portraits are painted using acrylic paints and will be sealed when completed with a glossy varnish. I finish the back of the canvas with a black cloth dust cover and install hanging wire. You will receive a signed certificate of authenticity with each piece of art. All canvases have 1.5 inch painted sides. This allows you the ability to either hang the art on the wall or display it on a shelf. It can take up to 4 weeks plus shipping time before you will receive your artwork. Please keep that in mind when considering giving this as a gift for a special occasion. Shipping Costs-are $25 in the USA and $35 internationally. (I am not responsible to know the custom fees that your country may charge) I ship using USPS first class mail and you will receive a tracking number for the package. Prices for 1 pet Price for 2 pets 6 x 6 inches- $100 N/A 5 x 7 inches- $125 N/A 8 x 8 inches- $150 N/A 8 x 10 inches- $175 $ 275 10 x 10 inches- $200 $ 300 11 x 14 inches- $250 $ 350 12 x 12 inches- $300 $ 400
DRAWING ON PAPER- I love to draw with a combination of pen and ink and color pencils. The end result is a beautiful piece of art that has a whimsical feel. I use a acid free art paper for all my drawings and I matte them bevel cut matte board. I also use acid free tape and adhesive to attach the art inside the matte. The completed artwork will be sprayed with a sealer to protect the pencil work but caution should always be taken when handling the artwork . Only pick up the drawing with clean hands and never touch the drawing itself.
You will receive a signed certificate of authenticity for each drawing. Drawing size will be 8 x 10 and that will be matted to an 11 x 14 size. Pencil art should be displayed in a frame under glass so that will be an added expense to consider. (I love the selection that Hobby Lobby has and every other week their glass frames are 50% off) Shipping Costs-in the USA is $10 and $15 for international shipping. (I am not responsible to know the custom fees that your country may charge) I ship using USPS first class mail and you will receive a tracking number for the package. Price for 1 pet Price for 2 pets 8 x 10 inches- $125 $175
COWBELLS- I'm known for my cowbell paintings and a hand painted cowbell makes a wonderful and unique gift. The sturdy steel bell itself is approximately 7" tall and 4 inches wide at the base. I paint the cowbells with acrylic paint and seal them in a glossy varnish coat. A signed certificate of authenticity will be included with each bell. I have refined my cowbell painting process over the years to include painting of the whole bell and I have confidence that the bell art will look great for years to come. I do have to give a word of caution here. These bells are for decorative purposes only. Shipping Costs-in the USA is $10 and $15 for international shipping. (I am not responsible to know the custom fees that your country may charge) I ship using USPS first class mail and you will receive a tracking number for the package.
7 " Cowbell- $95
Terms and Conditions
I require a 50% non-refundable deposit to start the portrait and the remaining 50% must be paid prior to shipment. I will need your email address so that I can email you an invoice that you can use your credit card to pay. I will consider accepting checks but please realize that this may add 2 additional weeks to the completion date as there is mailing and banking time involved .
You own the copyright to the photo that you send me, as it is your intellectual property. You also own the finished portrait that you receive. I however, own the copyright to the actual artwork and so you may not reproduce the image yourself without my written consent. Please be aware that since I own the copyright for the artwork you may find the image on my marketing materials or added to a number of different manufactured items.
Ready to have Your Portrait Done?
AWESOME! Here is what I will need: * Pet's photo (Only HEAD or HEAD and CHEST photos please)I can't possible paint an entire cow on a small canvas and get the details you are looking for. *Canvas size or choose Paper or Cowbell * Background color preference for Canvas or Cowbell portraits * Email Address so that I can send you an invoice and keep you updated on my progress *Any questions or comments. Also if you have special shipping instructions I will need to know that also.
The All Important Reference Photos
I am not a magician and so I can't paint or draw anything that I am not able to see in the photo you provide to me. That is why it is so important that you take several photos in preferable natural lighting such as from a window. Once I look at the photos we talk about which one is the best for me to use. Remember, if the photo is dark and blurry, then your artwork will be also. They say that the "Eyes are the window of the soul" and are one of the most important features of a pet portrait. I would like, if possible, to have a closeup photo of your pets eyes so that I am able to better match the eye colors and the details. Here is a link to a wonderful blog by Jill Nystul called "How to Take Great Photos of Your Pets". This blog has great information and I encourage you to read this blog post before you take your pictures.
The background color you choose for the canvas art is important. I like to paint a dark background often if the subject is light colored or if there are a lot of highlights on the fur. If your pet has dark colored fur then a light background will help him or her stand out in the portrait. I also suggest that the color be either a neutral color or a shade of a color already found in the portrait itself. For example a color in the collar or in the fur.