Pet Portraits

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Our pets are precious members of our families and an important part of our lives. A pet portrait is a beautiful way to capture your pet's uniqueness or remember a pet that has passed away and also makes a wonderful gift!

These small pet portraits are affordable and easy to frame (click here for framing ideas). I rely on a good quality photo for reference (see photo hints below), but if you live nearby I can arrange to take photos for an extra fee. Paintings are unframed on archival, primed MDF boards. I use artist quality oil paints and satin spray varnish. Prices are in Australian dollars and include standard postage within Australia.

1. 8x8" (20x20cm) - A$135
2. 10x10" (25x25cm) - A$165
3. 12x12" (30x30cm) - A$200

Postage within Australia:
Standard - free!
Registered - A$3

Postage worldwide:
Size 1 - A$10 unregistered
Sizes 2,3 - A$17 unregistered
All sizes - A$25 registered

A 30% deposit is required before the work is started. The balance is payable when the painting is finished.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank deposit or cash. Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have!


Hints for photographing your pet:
1. Unless your pet is a sloth who sleeps in a tree all day and merely raises one eyebrow at the sight of you advancing with a camera, you might want to enlist the help of a family member or friend. One can direct the pet while the other focuses on taking photos.

2. Get yourself down (or up) to the level of your pet so you're looking eye to eye. This usually proves to be a more appealing angle for a successful painting.

3. Turn the flash off and use natural lighting. This creates lovely light and shadow areas and gives your pet more three-dimensionality for a better final result. Make sure the source of light is behind the photographer. If it is behind the pet, they will be washed out at best, at worst a silhouette without any detail. Sunlight can be ok, but try taking some in the shade also. Avoid dappled light!

4. Get up close to your pet but try to include the whole body or at least head and shoulders. This leaves options for me to crop on the computer later.

5. Take lots of photos! It's not like the old days where you had to pay for every print so go for it. The more you take the more likely you are to end up with a winning shot.

6. Please provide photos that are well focused, uncropped, without colour enhancement or special-effect filters applied.

*Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.

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