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If you’ve never commissioned a painting before and you would like to know how the process works, please follow these easy steps:

  • Contact me
  • Submit the first payment
  • Approve the finished work and submit the last payment
  • Receive your artwork

 

MORE DETAILS ABOUT EACH STEP:

 

  1. Contact me

Provide the following information in your message if you can:

-the size of the painting

-the medium (oil or watercolor)

– If you have some special requests such as a specific background, please provide pictures of it or a description. The background can also be a pattern or a plain color of your choice.

-attach your favorite pictures of a subject. The more the better. Eye level pictures are preferred for portraits

– If you need the painting by a certain deadline (e.g. birthday, wedding, anniversary, etc.), please let me know.

 

  1. Submit the first payment

Submit 50% of the total price after the idea, size and price have been confirmed. PayPal or Venmo are preferred, but a check or other payment option can be considered if needed.

If you’re ordering a custom pet portrait you can see size and style options and pay a deposit on this page.

 

      3. Work in progress

Once the first payment has been made, I start working on the sketches. Up to 5 sketches are included in the price. Sketches are a very important part of the process if the client wants to incorporate several pictures into one painting (e.g. two siblings together in a painting from separate photographs).

After the final sketch (optional) has been approved, the work on the painting starts. A watercolor painting is usually completed within 1-2 weeks. An oil painting on average takes around 2-4 weeks to complete, depending on the complexity and the size of the artwork.

I take pictures of the progress that will be emailed to you at the end. The pictures also show proof that the painting wasn’t created by just painting over a printed photograph, which is a very common scam these days.

  • A video of the progress can be made on request for an additional $199, see an example here.

 

4. Final approval and payment

As soon as the painting is complete, I email the pictures of the painting to the client. Up to 3 minor corrections can be made at no additional charge.

Complete the final payment – the remaining 50% + shipping if needed.

 

  • The mural custom painting has a very similar process. Feel free to contact if you have any questions.

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