A GUIDE TO PET PORTRAITS BY ARTIST RICHARD RUSSELL
paint any type pet. He focuses on the head because the larger the head,
the better the likeness. One of the reasons the price is so low is
that doing the head takes less time to paint than the head and body
combined . He can do the body, but it would cost more. The artist
retains the copyright of the painted image. Prints of the original are
available on paper or canvas. Simply inquire at 1-866-234-6659 on
prices and sizes.
can do more than one pet on a single canvas. The price for each
portrait remains the same. More than one portrait on a single canvas
would need to be either completely vertical or horizontal. That means
the portraits must be side by side or up and down, rather than triangle
or four corners. You may do up to three portraits per canvas, without
the stretching and shipping price going up. (please refer to the
pricing table below).
The Photos You Send
If you are
doing more than one pet, Richard can work off different photos. He
prefers to work from original photographs. They would be returned with
the painting. He can work off pictures sent by e-mail, but the
resolution would need to be very high. E-mailed pictures are usually
too small for the artist to blow up big enough to see the detail. You
may send several pictures of each pet and the artist will pick what he
thinks would look best. Keep in mind that he cannot see the pet, so the
painting is only as good as the picture you send. He likes to focus on
the eyes, as the eyes are the soul of any creature. So if your picture
has red eye, please describe the eye color in detail, or send a
separate picture with the eyes only.
Stretched Canvas and Shipping Options: The portraits are done on
canvas and painted in acrylic. The basic size for one is 18 x 24 or 20
x 20 inches stretched. The cost is $400 stretched. Stretched means that
the canvas is stapled to wooden strips. The paintings are painted down
the sides, so if the piece is stretched, it would be suitable to hang
right away. Shipping is $35 for one to four stretched at that size and
and only $10 for up to four unstretched pieces that size (in
continental US only).
Pieces 4 x 5 feet are $1,700 through the
month of December 2009. You must call to get a price quote on shipping.
We can ship unstretched with or without the strips for only $35. Strips
cost $50 extra. We recommend calling a local framer to get prices on
having the piece stretched there.