Pet Portraits

The background stories

Every pet has got a background story. Some are beautiful with endless joy. Others start with not-so-wonderful beginnings. We can give them the best lives for all their lives even though they are with us for only a short time. Here are just some of the short little backgrounds of some of the pets I have painted.

Gus
Miss Moli

Gus and Miss Moli

Gus and Miss Moli started their life with a not-so-caring home. They were abused and neglected. At 1 year old they were rescued and flown over a thousand kilometers to a new loving home. Gus suffers from mild epilepsy and Miss Moli had a broken upper bone in her hind leg. With surgery, she recovered leaving her with a slight limp. Today they are 6 years old and in a very loving home. They were painted on 9×12″ deep-edged canvasses using oil paints. Painting them brought me great joy. The fun and backgrounds give them an extra pop of fun and fit in well with their cute collars.

Sargeant

Sargent suddenly passed away at the age of 13 end of July 2020. This painting was a surprise birthday gift commissioned by Sargeant's human dad's mom. What a special gift. Sargeant and his human dad were inseparable.

FAQ on commissioning a pet portrait

Cost is calculated depending on the size of the painting and the breed. A quotation will be send to you for consideration.

Shipping is not included in the initial quotation. Shipping options will be explained to you. I don’t include shipping as distance to destination and size of the package do differ. For domestic orders I make use of The Courier Guy to deliver the painting to your door.

Shipping is not included in the initial quotation. Shipping options will be explained to you. I don’t include shipping as distance to destination and size of the package do differ. For domestic orders I make use of The Courier Guy to deliver the painting to your door.

On confirmation a non refundable 50% deposit of the quoted price (excl shipping) needs to be paid. The deposit covers the costs for canvas and other essentials. Balance of the cost including shipping fee must be paid before the painting is shipped out to you. Payments to be done via EFT to my bank account.

The 50% deposit is non refundable as I would have used it to procure supplies. But in the event that I have to cancel due to inability to complete the painting for whatever reason, the refund would be given.

As I paint in oil and in layers there is drying times in between. The painting also needs to be dry to the touch before it can be shipped out. It could be several weeks before you receive your painting. I will communicate and update you on progress and expected time.

Unfortunately not. I do work on a booking system and as soon as a slot becomes available I can start with your painting. I will communicate schedule availability to you.

Photo quality is very important. It is almost impossible to create a beautiful painting of your beloved fur friend if the photo reference is unclear, blurry or from a very poor angle.The photo reference need to be as clear as possible. If your pet has passed on, you need to send as much photos as you can for me to view. I will then confirm if I am able to paint your pet.

Best would be to take the photo outside in natural light. A flash overexpose the natural colors.Try not to take a photo during midday as the sun would be from above. Rather take a photo in the morning or later in the afternoon. Always go down the your pet’s level and take a photo from there. If possible let someone assist you to get your pet’s attention. Use a toy or treat to get the eyes open, ears up and focused. Take several photos to ensure you have loads of options to choose from.

To have two or more pet portraits painted on the same canvas will increase the cost. The size will be to your preference. There is a lot more work involve. If you want your pets to be all next to each other I highly suggest you photograph all in the same light conditions.They could also be painted as in a family portrait style depending on the references received.

Please use the contact form to make contact with me. Indicate the size of the painting, breed and a possible photo. Alternatively you can make contact with me via Facebook Messenger. Go to my art page and click on the send message button. https://www.facebook.com/MarynaMoolmanArtist

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