FAQ’s & Important Notes Below.
WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM ME?
Between 6 - 8 Photographs are needed, along with some key details about your dog. The photographs don’t need to be amazing, just some of the whole dog, a couple of close up face ones (especially the eye area) and a detail of his/her fur is helpful too.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
It's fun. Firstly, I email you a simple document stating that I am going to be making a painting for you with your estimated time of completion. Once I start working and reaching a certain stage, I'lI send you an email entitled 'NOT FINISHED YET!'. This email will have the layout of your painting and together we work from there. At this stage, we chat about things you may like to add into your painting, such as background colours, dog toys, blanket etc. This stage is normally a week or two, from my receiving your photographs.
HOW DO I PAY?
Payment can be taken in different ways according to what works for you. Preferably a 50% is made before I begin your commission and 50% upon completion, before your painting is packaged and posted.
I’m happy to offer part payment options. Happy to chat budgets anytime.
You can also simply purchase your dog painting online in my Shop. Once purchased, the process begins the moment I receive your dog photographs.
CAN I COMMISSION A PAINTING AS A GIFT?
Absolutely, many of my portraits are gifts for loved ones. I have some beautiful, especially designed 350gsm Gift Certificates which allow me to write your details on prior to sending out to you.
The Benefits of purchasing a Gift Voucher are…
I get to work directly with the owner of the dog I’m painting.
They get to choose background colours & tones with me.
They can select the photographs they would like me to work from.
I may even get to meet the dog, sometimes this can really help when painting them.
You purchase & give - not having to make any of the above decisions.
You still get to be the best gift-giver ever.
Important facts about Gift Vouchers.
Your Gift Voucher is to be used within ONE YEAR of purchase.
Postage & Packaging is included within the UK. For oversees shipping, a £30 supplement is applied.
You can purchase a Gift Certificate by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org
DO I NEED TO PAY FOR P&P?
Not within the UK as the P&P is included in the price. For clients further afield, I have a supplement of £30 for international delivery.
CAN I CHOOSE THE BACKGROUND COLOUR OF MY DOG?
Yes indeed, I will send you some samples of others if you would like me to. Have a think about where you would like to hang your portrait in your home, I’m only too happy to chat colour schemes!
I keep full copyright of all my dog portraits.
WHAT IF I HAVE TWO (or more) DOGS?
Happy to chat further about this as I do have options for multiple woofers - however I must say that I prefer to paint one dog on each canvas, we can happily chat sequences. I am currently working with one client that has 9 dogs!
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT?
Normally, your commissioned painting will take about 2-4 weeks from my having your photographs. Please do ask if you are working to a deadline and I will do all I can to make your work in time.
CAN YOU MAKE ME SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT?
I'm open and flexible to all ideas - let’ chat about your idea.
DO YOU PAINT DOGS POSTHUMOUSLY?
Absolutely, many of my commissions are of much loved dogs that have died. Having a bespoke painting of them is a wonderful way to celebrate a much loved friend. I often asked to paint these as gifts to the bereft owner and feel very honoured to do so.
DO YOU SUPPORT ANY ANIMAL CHARITIES
I'm really proud to say that I do. I work in different ways, mainly by donating bespoke portraits as auction prizes for major charity fund raising events. Recent ones include the charities Home Start and Art For Cure.
I WORK FOR THE NHS - Can I have my Discount?
Of course. I’m delighted to offer you a 50% discount on your painting as a thank-you for all that you do. All I need to see is some sort of proof that your employer and we are set to go. There is a caveat though, that is that you may need to wait a little longer for your painting depending on my workload and my monthly commitments of dogs. Not much longer though I promise. A delivery date will be discussed at your time of booking.
Terms & Conditions.
All Copyrights of our final images are retained with the Artist, (me) Samantha Barnes.
Many thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.
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