• How to Commission a Painting

    Step 1: Select your favorite photographs of your pet. Email me your top 3 and tell me what size painting you would like. We will discuss which photograph* would make the best painting. patti.vincent@hotmail.com *Tips for photographing your pet can be found at the bottom of this document.

    Step 2: We decide on the best photo. I let you know how soon I can paint your commission. That will depend on my other commissions and the size of your commission. Larger paintings tend to take a little longer. In general, there is a one month turn around time. For holiday gifts, please try to order no later than early November.

    Step 3: I paint. I email you a photo of your finished painting. If you approve, you mail me a check for full payment.

    Step 4: Once your painting is dry and I have received full payment, I mail you the painting via USPS Priority Mail.

    Pricing All commissioned paintings are unframed oil paintings on archival panels. Paintings are ready for easy framing. Shipping is included in all prices except 16 x 20.

    6 x 6" $100
    8 x 8" $175
    8 x 10" $200
    10 x 10" $270
    12 x 12" $375
    16 x 20" $800 (plus shipping)

    Custom sizes available

    Memory boxes available. Recycled cigar boxes with a portrait on one side. For an example see "Litter Box" on Portfolio page of this website. $125 plus shipping

    Pet Photography Tips Your pet's portrait needs to start with a quality photograph that captures your pet's personality. Here are some helpful tips.

    1. Take a lot of photographs. I can help you pick the best one(s). Be prepared for this to take several tries. Have fun.

    2. Photograph your pet outside without using your camera's flash. The flash will dull his coat and alter the eyes. The sun should be at your back. Mid morning and mid afternoon are the best times of the day for outside photography. It's all about the lighting (not too harsh but present for highlights).

    3. Get down on your pet's level or bring him up to yours by photographing him on the couch. Bribes and a accomplice are very helpful in getting your subject's attention and cooperation.

    4. Concentrate more on your pet and less on the background. Try not to crop legs or ears off. I want to see all of your pet. Head shots or three quarter views are fine.

    5. Take some close up shots to get details, especially the eyes.