Email, or text or call Wayne at 916-209-0224 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.
• JUST FACES 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 $315 for an 8" x 10" size, framing optional. For prices and sizes available, see the Price List below.
• THE WHOLE PET portraits are hand painted original portraits in oils of part to all of the body of one or more pets in two background possibilities: painterly/mottled or scene. For details, visit the The Whole Pet Gallery page. The Whole Pet portraits start at $675 for a 12" x 16" size, framing optional. For prices and sizes available, see the Price List below.
• OLD FRIENDS portraits are portraits of our loved and cherished companions that are no longer with us. They fit the pricing and framing guidelines of either Just Faces or The Whole Pet portraits.
FRAMING: You may arrange to frame the portrait types above on your own or order it framed with the the Simplon Plein Air Frame Wood (as seen on the The Whole Pet Gallery page), or the Nielsen Metal Frame Section Style 117 (black only; as seen on the Just Faces Gallery page) - frame prices below.
PRICE LIST (subject to change)
canvas is additional; framing is additional; shipping is additional
DESCRIPTION & SIZE (minimum 8" x 10"; other custom sizes available)
8" x 10"
11" x 14"
12" x 16"
16" x 20"
18" x 24"
JUST FACES - painterly/mottled background only
THE WHOLE PET - painterly/mottled background
THE WHOLE PET - scene background
THE WHOLE PET - 1 additional pet--painterly/mottled background
THE WHOLE PET - 1 additional pet--scene background
FRAMES - Simplon Plein Air Frame Wood - 9 shades available
STRETCHED CANVAS - varies in price from $10 for 8" x 10" size to $40 for 18" x 24"
NOTE: variations on above descriptions can be discussed
ALL ORIGINAL, COMMISSIONED PET PORTRAITS: A 50% minimum deposit is required upon ordering.
An email invoice/receipt will be sent at this time. Balance of payment, including shipping cost and any framing cost, is due upon completion your pet portrait.
If paying by personal check, please make payable to: Wayne F. Michaud
Please send to:
Wayne F. Michaud
6900 Navarro Ct.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
DELIVERY OR SHIPPING
After balance of payment is received, portraits are shipped prepaid through UPS or USPS Priority Mail, insured for full value of the portrait. Alternatively, portraits are delivered at no charge within a 35 mile radius of Citrus Heights, CA or can be picked up.
PROCEDURES FOR PAINTING
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", You Did What With Your Wiener?.com: "8 Tips for Taking Great Smartphone Photos of Your Dog", and "9 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Cats".
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 (15 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 medium is exclusively oil paint. Painting style is traditional realism. The image is sketched in pencil on the canvas. It is then painted.
BEFORE & AFTER - from photo reference to painting
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.
The completed painting is ready for delivery / shipping five to eight weeks from ordering, depending on the number of commissions being painted (pre-Christmas period may be longer) 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 reproductions or 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.