How to Commission a Portrait Oil Painting from a Photograph

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Portrait Paintings from a Photo You Supply

The Process:

It’s simple!

  1. Find the photo you love that is in focus, and where the facial features are clearly seen (no professional photographer’s photos please as they have copyright).

  2. Consider the size of portrait you desire, and the date you need it for.

  3. Contact me. Email me the photo(s) you would like to work with. I’ll take a look to see that I can work from it.

  4. After we’ve discussed your portrait by email, I begin to paint the portrait on canvas using the finest professional quality oil paints, usually Winsor & Newton.

  5. The edges of the canvas are painted, giving it a finished look. It is not framed, but is wired and ready to hang. 

  6. As soon a I complete the portrait and it is dry (oils take a while), I email you an image of the completed painting for your approval.

  7. Please note: Portraits are done in the order received, so please consider this, drying and delivery time if you have a special date in mind. Contact me

  8. I email a link to the PayPal button on my website.

  9. After payment is received, the portrait is carefully packaged, ad shipped, tracked and insured. I email you the tracking number.

  10. Your portrait arrives!

What I do - Little Portrait Paintings - All prices are for one face only , unless otherwise stated.

Little 6” x 6” portraits have become a specialty of mine. Charming in size, but large enough for a clear , traditional portrait of a face. They can hang on a wall, sit on a table easel or lean on a shelf.  I have painted 6” x 6” portraits of babies, twins, toddlers, girls, boys, couples at different stages of life, dogs, cats. Almost every one has been commissioned as a special, unique gift given out of love! Great grandma to twin great grandson babies, wedding and anniversary gifts, a special birthday present from a loving aunt, remembering the cherished pet. Larger portrait paintings include military, academic, police, a famous musician, siblings, cats and dogs.

These prices are for a head only with a neutral background.  i.e. If the desired background is complex - that becomes a painting in itself & additional fee may result.

6” x 6”    only one face per this size. 200 CAD plus tax plus shipping 

6” x 12”  This size is used when two 6” x 6” portraits,  e.g. a couple or siblings, is commissioned 400 CAD plus tax plus shipping

12” x 12”  one portrait of a person’s face.  400 CAD plus tax plus shipping

12” x 12” of a pet. A face, possibly complete body (depends on photo). Neutral background.  400 CAD plus tax plus shipping A composite of three stages as in painting below. 600 CAD including tax. Shipping extra.

20” x 20” face only. Possibly complete body of a pet. 600 CAD plus tax plus shipping.  

24” x 24” Pet portrait 750 CAD plus shipping

Please feel free to contact me about ideas you have for your portrait. 

Labrador retriever. 24” x 24” . Private collection.

Labrador retriever. 24” x 24” . Private collection.

Dog Portrait. 3 Stages. 12” x 12”. Oil. Private collection.

Dog Portrait. 3 Stages. 12” x 12”. Oil. Private collection.

Labrador retriever. Private collection.

Labrador retriever. Private collection.

Two cats. 6” x 12. Oil Private collection.

Two cats. 6” x 12. Oil Private collection.

Police squad portrait. 18” x 24”. Oil private collection.

Police squad portrait. 18” x 24”. Oil private collection.

RCMP Portrait. Mountie. 24” x 16”. Oil. Private collection.

RCMP Portrait. Mountie. 24” x 16”. Oil. Private collection.

Baby boy portrait. 6” x 6”. Oil.

Baby boy portrait. 6” x 6”. Oil.

Baby girl portrait 6” x 6”. Oil. Private collection.

Baby girl portrait 6” x 6”. Oil. Private collection.

Dr. Oscar Peterson. 6 ft. x 4 ft. Living Arts Centre. Mississauga, ON. Canada

Dr. Oscar Peterson. 6 ft. x 4 ft. Living Arts Centre. Mississauga, ON. Canada

Portrait of a community leader. 6” x 6”. Private collection.

Portrait of a community leader. 6” x 6”. Private collection.

Mother and Son. 6” x 12” portrait. Private collection

Mother and Son. 6” x 12” portrait. Private collection

Three brothers and dog. 18” x 24”. Oil. private collection.

Three brothers and dog. 18” x 24”. Oil. private collection.

Sisters. 18” x 24”. Shown as square. Private collection.

Sisters. 18” x 24”. Shown as square. Private collection.

Portrait of a young woman. 6” x 6” Private collection.

Portrait of a young woman. 6” x 6” Private collection.