How To Commission a Painting

Commissioning a painting is an easy process, and you can commission a landscape painting, wildlife painting or pet portrait painting from wherever 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.

1) Chose Your Canvas Size

The first thing to think about it what size painting you'd like. Your choice may depend on your preference and/or budget, but if you need help choosing feel free to 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)
8 x 6 inch   ( 200 x 150mm ) £195
12 x 10 inch   ( 305 x 254mm ) £325
16 x 12 inch   ( 406 x 305mm ) £375
20 x 16 inch   ( 510 x 406mm ) £475
24 x 18 inch   ( 610 x 460mm ) £575
30 x 20 inch   ( 760 x 510mm ) £675
30 x 24 inch   ( 760 x 610mm ) £750
36 x 24 inch   ( 915 x 760mm ) £875
40 x 20 inch   ( 1010 x 500mm ) £925
40 x 30 inch   ( 1010 x 769mm ) £1250

Each additional pet or figure ( i.e., more than one pet or figure in your painting ) + £80 per pet/figure.
If you'd like a specific size canvas, just contact me for a quote.

2) Get In Touch

Once you have decided which size painting you would prefer, contact me so that we can discuss your requirements. I operate with a waiting list, and I will be able to advise you what work I have in progress and when your work would be completed. Get in touch by email, by phone, or in person if you'd like to visit my studio.

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 - framed pet portrait commission with happy client.

3) 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, 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 too.

As you can see from the example images above, it's possible to make up a composition from lots of different 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.

4) Place A Deposit

To secure your place on my waiting list a £75 deposit is required. I work on a first come first served basis, so my client painting list is in order of bookings taken. A invoice is emailed to you. There are 5 payment options:

1) Online bank transfer payment, B.A.C.S
2) All major credit/debit cards
3) Paypal account
4) UK cheque or cash
5) In person at my studio using all major credit/debit cards via iZettle card reader.

Find out more about making payments here.

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 however 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.

Or Contact Me to discuss your framing options.

7) Final Payment

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

Find out more about making payments here.

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) 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.

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


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