If you have a preference for oil or pastel then please specify.
As a rule, I use pastels for commissions but there are some breeds of dog which I think lend themselves particularly well to oil paints, the shorter-haired breeds in particular like Whippets, Greyhounds, Dachshunds, Labradors and Vizslas for example, who have a natural sheen on their coats. For reference, take a peep at the three paintings of my Whippet, Olive, in the gallery. All of these have been painted in oil. The wider majority of dogs in the gallery have been drawn in pastel. If your dog is rough-coated or long-haired, then I would opt for pastel as the most appropriate medium.
My standard portraits come designed to fit an A2, A3 or A4 size frame or a 12 or 16 inch square frame, allowing space for a mount.
I think that square portraits work very well as a rule and tend to favour them, unless your subject matter is something like a reclining greyhound in full stretch for example, in which case a landscape format would obviously work best.
By working to these standard sizes, it means that you will have a good chance of finding a non-bespoke, stock frame to fit your portrait if you decide to undertake the framing yourself.
Your finished ‘Dogs by Dominica’ pastel portrait will come complete with a complimentary antique-white mount, signed and sealed in a celobag. Framing is your responsibility unless you would like to request this at an additional cost. Please specify when ordering and see framing prices for pastel portraits in the ‘prices’ section below.
Your finished ‘Dogs by Dominica’ oil painting will be painted on board and unframed unless you order a frame as an optional extra. With oil paintings a 6 month drying time is advised - so please be mindful of this when ordering! You will have to handle with care if you require a fast turnaround time on your order and if you are ordering it as a present for someone, please make sure the recipient is aware of the drying-time requirement.
"We chose Dominica to do a portrait of my daughter's dog Teddy and was rewarded with a remarkable likeness which captured him perfectly. She even took the trouble to visit us to meet him. This gift will be treasured by our daughter and we can thoroughly recommend this talented artist".
Andrew and Jill Good. Boxford. December 2017
Here are some guideline prices for the following standard size portraits:
A4 (210mm x 297mm) - £90
A3 (420mm x 297mm) - £120
A2 (420mm x 594mm) - £150
These prices are quoted for single subjects. If you would like to commission a portrait of more than one dog then please add an extra £50 for each additional subject. Whatever the case, please don’t be afraid to discuss your requirements with me. These are guideline prices open to negotiation.
Standard framing - £30 (optional)
Bespoke framing - from £60
What reference material is required?
Whenever possible, I do like to meet and get to know my subject matter in person first. I will travel to you at no extra cost if you are within an hour’s drive away. I am based in Hadleigh, Suffolk. Otherwise, I am happy to work from photographs sent by post or email. Please send high quality photos whenever possible.
How long will my commission take?
Please allow up to four weeks from order to completion. As a rule, my commissions take up to three weeks to complete but that can vary according to work commitments.
What if I’m not happy with the finished product?
If you’re not happy with the finished product, then you are under no obligation to buy it and if you would like me to tweak it any way, then I am always happy to do so until you are completely satisfied with it.
Payment and Delivery
Once you have given me your full approval, the portrait is yours to keep and I will ask for immediate payment in cash, cheque or by BACS upon receipt.
It is your responsibility to check that the portrait and its frame is in mint condition upon receipt. I cannot be held responsible for any damage incurred to it on the journey home or following exchange of hands. If it’s a pastel, then the portrait will be bubble-wrapped for safety before your journey home.
If you'd like to order some greetings cards of your 'First Friend' to accompany your portrait then please ask. Cards can be ordered at a price of 60 pence each. Minimum order of 20 applies. These have proved a popular add-on with previous clients.
'Dogs by Dominica' gift vouchers are also available to order. These can be exchanged for portraits or private tuition. Please contact me for details.
"The most treasured gift arrived in the post today; a portrait of Kobe. Dominica, you have so captured the heart and soul of my little buddy, with all his wit and whimsical charm. I salute you."
Barbara Hazlett, San Pedro, California