Painting During Social Distancing Restrictions
Having built up a reputation for painting portraits of people over the last 10 years I have been asked on numerous occasions whether I paint portraits of pets. I have always politely declined in preference of painting people… until now.
Due to the current social distancing restrictions to tackle the coronavirus I am unable to paint people and places from life and so I thought it was time to consider painting our furry friends!
I have spent hours in the studio working on an approach to these portraits which means they are energetic, capture a true likeness and relatively quick to paint.
During this period of social distancing I will be offering these alla prima pet portrait commissions on a first come, first served trial basis.
Pet Portraits from Photographs
Everyone has at least a few photographs (if not hundreds!) of their beloved pets which they believe perfectly sum them up.
In order to work around the lockdown I will be only painting pet portraits from such photographs supplied by clients as I will be unable to meet pets in person for sketches and to take my own reference photos.
The best photos will be clear and ideally have a single natural light source. Pictures taken of pets next to a window often work well.
To make it easy to cost the pet paintings I have settled on a standard size of 10″ x 8″ (25.4 x 20.3cm) with a composition that focusses on just the “head and shoulders” of the cat or dog.
If you would prefer a different size, composition or a series of paintings then please don’t hesitate to ask and I will work out a bespoke quote.