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How To Commission a Painting

Commissioning a painting is a easy process, and you can commission a landscape painting, wildlife painting or pet portrait painting from where ever you are in the world. I enjoy working with my clients, from the initial request through to the finished painting. The following explains how the commission process works, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.

Step 1) Get In Touch

Get in touch by email, by phone, or in person if you'd like to visit my studio, and we can discuss your painting enquiry.

Tel: +44 (0)1239 615865
Mobile: 07772 731663

Chris Chalk - Art Studio
18 Heol Ty Newydd
SA43 2RT

Client with pet portrait painting of a cat

Ben - framed pet portrait commission with happy client.

Step 2) Chose Your Size/Price Range

Prices vary according to size and number of subjects in the artwork. Any other specific size can be quoted individually. Commission prices are the same whether landscape, seascape, pet portrait, or wildlife painting.

SizePrice (GBP)
12x10 inch   ( 305x254mm )£200
16x12 inch   ( 406x305mm ) £270
20x16 inch   ( 510x406mm )£360
24x18 inch   ( 610x460mm ) £440
30x20 inch   ( 760x510mm ) £585
30x24 inch   ( 760x610mm ) £620
36x24 inch   ( 915x760mm ) £740
40x20 inch   ( 1010x500mm )£800
40x30 inch   ( 1010x769mm ) £1000

Each additional pet or figure ( i.e., more than one pet or figure in your painting ) + £50 per pet/figure.
If you'd like a specific size canvas, just contact me for a quote.

Step 3) Chose Your Canvas Type

Oil painting commissions are painted on museum quality fine art stretched cotton canvas (stretched canvas, means that the canvas is pre-stretched and pinned on wooden framework).

There are 2 canvas depth types available:


box canvas

1 1/2 inch (35mm) Depth Box-Canvas

standard canvas

3/4 inch (15mm) Depth Standard Canvas

Step 4) Place A Deposit

To secure your place on the waiting list, a £50 deposit is required. I work on a first come first served basis, so my client list is in order of bookings taken. An invoice is emailed to you. There are 4 payment options:

Credit / Debit card payments are made via Paypal's secure online payment system, you DON'T NEED a Paypal account for this.

Online bank transfer is the easiest form of payment and I will include details in the invoice.

Step 5) Chose Your Photographs
commission client photographs

3 separate client photographs supplies for a 3 dog pet portrait.

commission photoshop mock-up image

Photoshop mock-up where I placed the 3 dogs in 1 composition.

See the oil painting produced from the images above here.

Pet portraits, portraits, wildlife paintings and landscape painting commissions can be painted using your own photographs as a reference, as long as they are of good quality. If you're unsure whether your photographs are of a suitable quality, just email them through to me and I can take a look. If you need any advice on taking a nice photograph of your subject, I can give you some great tips and help you with that.

As you can see from the example images above, it's possible to make up a composition from lots of individual photographs, then alter and move various elements around until you're happy with the composition, before we begin on your painting.

If your commission is a landscape painting, and the scene that you'd like painted is relatively local to my studio, here in west Wales, I'm happy to visit the location and gather any reference material needed to create your painting for you.

Step 6) Time Frame

Your painting will take approximately 6 weeks to paint, including drying time. The start date however is dependant on my schedule and work load, but I will let you know this when you enquire.

Step 7) Framing

Original paintings, prints and commissioned paintings are sold unframed unless stated otherwise. If you'd like your painting or print framed however, I can arrange that for you.

Professional framers, Geoff and Candy Taylor of 'Cottage Harmony Framing Company', are based locally in Blaenporth and carry out all my picture framing. They have a wide variety of frame mouldings in stock, and a vast choice from their suppliers, any of which can be ordered specifically for you.

Or Contact Me to discuss your framing options.

Step 8) Final Payment

Once your painting has been completed, I will send a final invoice for the remaining balance.

Step 9) Delivery of Your Artwork

Postage & packaging is included in the price for delivery within mainland UK. International postage prices will need to be quoted individually, according to size and destination location.

FRAMED paintings will incur a additional postage and packing charge due to the extra weight/size.

Step 10) Photos of Paintings

Once the painting has been received by the recipient I post the painting on my website and my Facebook art page (unless you would prefer not to have your painting posted online). I always enjoy seeing photos of the paintings in situ, particularly with the subject, and receiving testimonials from my happy clients.

Painting commission being preseted.

Landscape painting commission being presented to recipients at Elenydd Wilderness Hostels open day 2015.


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