Ordering a Portrait
ORDERING A COMMISSIONED, ORIGINAL PET PORTRAIT IS SIMPLE 1. Contact Wayne to discuss possibilities including portrait type, size and price 2. Shoot or provide photos of your pet and email to Wayne 3. Send deposit 4. Painting completed in one month to six weeks 5. Painting delivered or shipped; pay balance upon receiving That's it!

CONTACT

 

Email Wayne or call him at 802-453-5857 to discuss the details of the pet portrait you are seeking. To keep cost reasonable, from receiving photographic reference from you to getting your finished pet portrait, the ordering process is handled through email / mail / shipping. Studio visits arranged.

 

PORTRAIT TYPES

 

• JUST FACES series portraits offers the most economical hand painted portrait in oils of your pet's face with a painterly/mottled background. For details, visit the Just Faces Gallery page. Just Faces portraits start at $245 for an 8" x 10" size, unframed. For prices and sizes available, see the Price List below.

 

You may arrange to frame a portrait on your own or order it framed with the the Simplon Plein Air Frame (as seen on the The Whole Pet Gallery page), or the Blick Gallery Metal Frame as seen on the Just Faces Gallery page - frame prices below.

 

• THE WHOLE PET series portraits are hand painted original portraits in oils of most or all of the body of one or more pets in three background possibilities: solid, painterly/mottled or full scene. For details, visit the The Whole Pet Gallery page. The Whole Pet portraits start at $475 for a 12" x 16" size, unframed. For prices and sizes available, see the Price List below.

 

You may arrange to frame a portrait on your own or order it framed with the the Simplon Plein Air Frame (as seen on the The Whole Pet Gallery page), or the Blick Gallery Metal Frame as seen on the Just Faces Gallery page - frame prices below.

 

• OLD FRIENDS portraits are portraits of our loved and cherished companions that are no longer with us. They fit the guidelines of either Just Faces series or The Whole Pet series portraits.

PRICE LIST

subject to change; framing is additional; shipping is additional

  SIZE (other custom sizes available)

8" x 10"

11" x 14"

12" x 16"

16" x 20"

18" x 24"

24" x 30"

$245

$345

$395

$475

$545

$625

  JUST FACES - painterly/mottled bkg. only

 

 

$515

$595

$675

$795

  JUST FACES - 1 additional pet

 

 

$475

$565

$675

$885

  THE WHOLE PET - solid or painterly/mottled bkg.

 

 

$565

$665

$795

$1,025

  THE WHOLE PET - scene bkg.

 

 

$665

$785

$945

$1,165

  THE WHOLE PET - 1 addl. pet--solid or painterly/mottled bkg.

 

 

$755

$975

$1,025

$1,275

  THE WHOLE PET - 1 additional pet--scene bkg.

$22

$25

$32

$38

$47

$68

  FRAMES - Blick Gallery Metal Frame--matte black only

$32

$43

$48

$67

$79

$104

  FRAMES - Simplon Plein Air Frame--up to 11 shades avail.

PAYMENT

 

ALL ORIGINAL, COMMISSIONED PET PORTRAITS: A 50% minimum deposit is required upon ordering. Please make payable to: Green Mountain Pet Portraits. Please send to: Wayne Michaud, 637 Jim Dwire Rd., Bristol, VT 05443. An email invoice/receipt will be sent at this time. Balance of payment is due upon receiving your pet portrait. Personal check or money order is accepted. Credit card purchases are not available.

 

DELIVERY OR SHIPPING

 

Portraits are delivered at no additional charge within a 40 mile radius of Bristol, VT. Otherwise, original, commissioned portraits are shipped at additional cost through UPS or USPS Priority Mail, insured for full value of the portrait.

 

PROCEDURES FOR PAINTING

 

SUBJECT

 

Pet portraits generally means dogs and cats, however, related subjects such as a favorite farm animal, bird, fish, etc. can be painted.

 

PHOTO REFERENCE GUIDELINES

 

Pets are painted from photographic reference provided by you. While it certainly doesn't take a professional type photograph to achieve a successful painted portrait, here's some suggestions. Try to get a close up, especially if a head and shoulders painting is desired. Try to shoot the photo at the pet's level.

Indoor vs outdoor: either is acceptable. For indoor, a flash usually works well, however, in well lit interiors, try without a flash. For outdoors, try to keep lighting fairly even, avoiding stark sunlight to shadow contrasts.

For more details on pet picture taking, visit Dogtime.com: "How to take pictures of your dog", and About.com: "How To Take Great Pet Photographs".

 

The painting will essentially be done from one photo, however, please provide at least several photos of the pet. Suggestions of minor changes (make the tail more prominent; make the collar less prominent) can be requested. If portrait is to be a painterly, mottled background, a color can be discussed--usually a contrasting yet harmonizing color. Portraits are generally painted in two methods: head and shoulder view and full body view. Scene backgrounds are somewhat more impressionistic in style to help the pet stand out.

 

SENDING PHOTOS: Indicate the portrait size desired, referring to the sizes available above. Email digital photos in high-resolution (8 MB maximum per email) if possible. If digital photos are not available, printed photos can be sent; they will be scanned and then returned.

 

PAINTING PROCESS

 

Painting medium is exclusively oil paint. Painting style is traditional realism. The image is sketched in pencil on the canvas. It is then painted.

ORIGINAL PHOTO

SKETCH ON CANVAS

STEP 2

STEP 3

FINAL PAINTING

BEFORE & AFTER

ORIGINAL PHOTO

FINAL PAINTING

ORIGINAL PHOTO

FINAL PAINTING

ORIGINAL PHOTO

FINAL PAINTING

APPROVAL

 

A photo of the completed painting will be emailed for your approval. If changes are suggested, they will be made and another photo will be emailed for final approval before delivery / shipping.

 

TIME INTERVAL

 

The completed painting is ready for delivery / shipping a month to six weeks from ordering, depending on the number of commissions being painted and drying time (drying of oils can take up to a week).

 

PLEASE NOTE: ARTIST'S RIGHTS

 

Under U.S. copyright law, Wayne F. Michaud of Green Mountain Pet Portraits reserves the right to make and sell prints of original paintings without a buyer's permission, as well as to display images of original paintings in web and print media for promotional purposes.