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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 wherever you are in the world. There are many reasons why someone might commission an artist to paint them a specific painting:

1) Chose Your Canvas Size

First think about what size painting you'd like. Your choice may depend on your preference and/or budget, but if you need help choosing contact me. Use the chart below as a guide, but sizes other than those listed below are available and can be quoted upon request. Prices are the same whether landscape, seascape, pet portrait, or wildlife painting.

Size (inches/mm)Price (GBP)
12 x 10 inch   ( 305 x 254mm ) £420
16 x 12 inch   ( 406 x 305mm ) £575
20 x 16 inch   ( 510 x 406mm ) £800
24 x 18 inch   ( 610 x 460mm ) £950
30 x 20 inch   ( 760 x 510mm ) £1200
40 x 20 inch   ( 1010 x 500mm ) £1500
36 x 24 inch   ( 915 x 760mm ) £1800
40 x 30 inch   ( 1010 x 769mm ) £1950

Each additional pet or animal ( i.e., more than one pet or animal in your painting ) + £90 per pet/figure.
If you'd like a specific size canvas, just contact me for a quote.

2) Get In Touch

Once you've decided which size painting you'd like, contact me and we can discuss your requirements. I operate with a waiting list, so will be able to tell you a approximate finish date for your painting at this time.

Telephone:  01239 615865
Mobile / WhatsApp:   07772731663

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

Client with pet portrait painting of a cat

Ben, a beautiful cat I had the privilege of painting.

3) Chose Your Photographs
commission client photographs

3 separate client photographs of their 3 dogs.

commission photoshop mock-up image

I've placed the 3 dogs in the same composition using Photoshop.

Pet portraits, wildlife and landscape painting commissions can be painted from your own photographs, as long as they are good quality images. If you're unsure whether your photographs are good enough, just email them through to me and I can advise. If you need help taking a nice photograph of your subject I can give you some great tips, just ask.

You can see from the example images above, it's possible to make a pleasing composition from different photographs and alter or move various elements around until you're happy with a 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.

4) Place A Deposit

To secure your place on my waiting list a £100 deposit is required. I work on a first come first served basis, so my client painting list is in order of bookings taken. I'll email you a deposit invoice when you're ready to book. There are 5 payment options:

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

5) Time Frame

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

6) 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. Alternatively contact me to discuss your framing options.

7) Final Payment

Once your painting has been finished, any adjustments you requested have been made and you are completely happy with the results, I will send you a final invoice for the remaining balance.

8) 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.

Find out more about delivery of your painting here.

9) Client Photographs

It's always nice to see photographs of my clients with their finished paintings. This stage isn't necessary of course, but should you like to email me through a photograph of yourself with your painting, sometimes, with your permission, I add these to my client testimonials page.

painting presentation Elenydd Wilderness Hostels  Albatross painting with it's new owner  pet portrait commission 


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