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, then shipped, with tracking and insurance. I email you the tracking number.

  10. Your portrait arrives!

Prices:

These prices are for a single portrait only with a neutral background. For eg. some “painterly” clouds are neutral, but a complex pattern on a couch, or an architectural feature is not.  A complex background becomes a portrait in itself & so an additional fee will be discussed.

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 700 CAD plus shipping

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

More about 6” x 6” “Little Portrait” oil paintings (from a photo you supply)

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

I have painted portraits up to 6 feet high. My experience includes portraits of children, adults, military, academic, police, a famous musician, and pets. As state, all prices above are for portraits from photos you supply. A different fee scale exists for more traditional portraiture where I work from photographs I take. This is because of the lengthy investment in time necessary for the preparation completion of the portrait. The process for this portraiture, includes a meeting to discuss the purpose, type and setting of the portrait (corporate, informal, interior, exterior, etc)., an appointment for the photography session, ideas and sketches for you to approve, the completion and approval of the portrait, the presentation of the portrait.

For inquiries about custom portrait paintings , please contact me here

For inquiries about portraits from photos you supply , please contact me here.

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

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

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

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

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

Labrador retriever. 24” x 24’. 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.

A retro portrait about fond memories of mother and son. 6” x 12” portrait. Private collection

A retro portrait about fond memories of 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.

Detail. Black lab.

Detail. Black lab.

6” x 6” Main Coon cat portrait. Private collection.

6” x 6” Main Coon cat portrait. Private collection.

Detail of 5 foot high Main Coon cat portrait. Silver metallic oil paint.

Detail of 5 foot high Main Coon cat portrait. Silver metallic oil paint.

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

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

A happy couple. 6” h x 12” wide. Private collection

A happy couple. 6” h x 12” wide. Private collection

Twins. 6” h x 12” w. Oil painting commission. private collection.

Twins. 6” h x 12” w. Oil painting commission. private collection.

6” x 6” Boxer dog portrait. Oil painting on canvas. Private collection.

6” x 6” Boxer dog portrait. Oil painting on canvas. Private collection.

6x6 oil painting. Profile of a little girl. Private collection.

6x6 oil painting. Profile of a little girl. Private collection.