How Does Having My Dog Painted Actually Work? What's The Process?

How Does It Actually Work?  What do I need to do to have my dog painted? This blog post gives you all that you need to know.

How does having my dog painted actually Work?  What's the process?

Are you thinking of having your dog painted?  It’s a great process, tried and tested over 60+ commissions.

Our first port of call is normally an email or text between us.  We chat about your deadline and if you have an idea of canvas size.  Then I ask you to send me a photograph of your dog, just to be sure that I can paint it.  (I’ve never been unable to yet!)

We then move onto booking you in.  This is done by choosing the best sized painting for your dog.  Once agreed, half-payment is taken and I begin my preparatory drawings.  These drawings are just for me, they help me to get to know your dog and work out where he/she is best placed on the canvas itself, the composition.

When I’m happy, I begin painting.

I don’t do too much work to begin with, not the details that make the painting, just the outline, a suggested background and the bare minimum for you to see where our painting is going.

I then send you out an email entitled ‘NOT FINISHED YET!’  This email allows you to see the placing of your dog on the canvas and check that you are happy with your painting so far.

Most clients are happy for me to proceed after receiving this email.

Your dog then sits on my studio wall for a short while, to make sure that I’m happy with it’s placement.

My next stage is to begin adding in the detail.  It’s these details that make ALL the difference to our dog portrait painting.

About a week or so after and when I’m happy, I’ll likely send you another image of your painting to make sure that you are happy.  It’s at this stage that I ask if you have any tweaks for your dog, we both need to make sure that you are super-happy, this is so important.

Background colours can be tweaked, toys added and other minor details adjusted.

Once I am happy, your dog then goes back onto my studio wall for another few days allowing me time to make sure that I am 100% happy with it.

When I am, I send you on the second invoice for your painting and payment is made.

Your dog is then parcelled up lovingly, a treat or two is added and it is then sent out via Parcel Force or My Hermes.

I have lots of happy, independent testimonials on my Trustpilot page   My tried & tested process adds up to a beautiful painting that I am proud to send onto you.

Once you have your painting at home, I then send you an email to ask if you are happy for me to share it on my social media pages, and on the gallery page on my website, again I am delighted to say that everyone has been happy so far.

If you are thinking of having your dog painted, or giving a portrait as a gift, email me on for a chat, I look forward to hearing from you.

Best, Samantha

About Samantha

Samantha Barnes is

Sam is a practicing artist of 25yrs with a deep love of dogs.  Her drawings, paintings and prints are exhibited in galleries throughout the country.  In 2017 she painted her dog Barney and clients began to ask for bespoke portraits of their own best friends.  Since then, Sam has successfully painted over 60 personalised commissions and sends her dog paintings all over the world.  

She has a stand-alone testimonial page on Trustpilot and is proud to support canine charities too.

To talk about having your own dog painted or to give as a gift, email Sam on today.