Here’s the short video I created about my commissioned portraits.
Our companion animals give us so much…my cats gave me my career as an artist. Back in the late 1980s my household of rescued cats inspired me to find my muse and I’ve been developing my skills and talent since then, painting them and many other subjects in through the years.
Working from your photographs, your custom portrait can include one or more pets and even family members (I do people, too), in pastel, pencil, pen and ink, watercolor or colored pencil. Portraits can be any size or shape (within limitations, of course), and you don’t need to have the perfect picture to get the pose you really want; I usually work from several photographs to create one portrait. I can compose a portrait of animals who would never pose together as well as a grouping of companion animals whose lives did not overlap.
I can’t produce a portrait in time for Christmas but I can prepare a downloadable gift certificate for you to give. You can find more portraits and information about pricing, size, how long a portrait takes to create and how I create one by visiting Portraits Of Animals. You can also choose the category “Commissioned Portraits” here on The Creative Cat to see even more art and photos, especially featuring cats!
Commissioned Pet Portraits and Artwork
I always offer a discount on commissioned pet portraits for the holiday season so you can have a discount on a special holiday gift. Pet portraits can be detailed and photorealistic, as in “The Johnson Family” at the top of this article. They can also be somewhat abstract and imaginative as in “Stained Glass Feline Family,” above, in which the commissioner saw my sketch “Stained Glass Cats” and wanted a portrait to look like a stained glass window that included five of her most recent cats, but the effect would abstract them enough to have them stand for the many cats she’d rescued and fostered and lived with.
Pet portraits can include their people too, as in the Fathers’ Day portrait, below.
A pet portrait can also be a nice interior or even landscape that happens to have a beloved pet in it as in Tibbie and Buddy’s portraits.
And thinking a little less conventionally, consider a piece of custom art that also includes an animal. For “Veronica’s Tulips”, right, this pet mom wanted both flowers and, after a lifetime of rescued Schnauzers also wanted a Schnauzer in her painting, though not to represent any individual she had lived with. This was the very natural solution.
And there’s even the possibility of a collage of images to make one portrait.
You can also commission me to paint non-animal subjects. I’ve been commissioned to paint some very special places: the view from a friend’s vacation home, a special place in Paris, a beloved back yard that welcomes you home, your childhood home as a gift to your parents.
A Gallery of Samples
You can click through this gallery of 25 samples of portraits over the years to see composition, arrangement, medium, size and more. You don’t need to have the exact photo for your portrait—in fact, I’ve created the custom image for nearly every portrait I’ve painted out of multiple photos.
Holiday Commissioned Portrait and Artwork Special
NOTE: Please book holiday gift portraits prior to November 1.
I’m offering 25% off the purchase of a portrait certificate or a commissioned portrait that is booked between now and December 31, 2022. Use the coupon code COMMISSIONEDARTWORK25 below or on Portraits of Animals.
How much does a portrait cost?
Visit this page for details and a demonstration.
How do I put a portrait together?
Visit this page to see how I work with photos and create the final image that I’ll paint.
Purchase a certificate
I prefer to look over the work and price the portrait according to how much work will go into it, as described above, but you can either set a budget or get started by purchasing a certificate for yourself or as a gift.
I offer gift certificates for portraits in any denomination beginning at $50.00, which is the basic cost of an 8″ x 10″ black and white portrait; the recipient is responsible for any amount the portrait costs over the amount you’ve paid.
The certificate itself is 8.5″ x 11″ and features a collage of portrait images with the recipient’s and giver’s names, printed on parchment cover stock. The whole thing is packaged in a pocket folder and includes a brochure, a letter from me to the recipient and several business cards. The certificate package can be easily mailed or wrapped as a gift and shipped directly to your recipient.
I can also make it downloadable if you’re in a hurry.
Certificates are good for up to one year after issue, but I’ll usually honor them whenever they come along. It just makes my accounting easier if it’s within the same year.
How to Order
- “Certificate A” is for a minimum-size 8 x 10 black and white or monochromatic portrait with one subject.
- “Certificate B” is for a minimum-size 8 x 10 color portrait with one subject.
- Choose “A” or “B” depending on whether your portrait is black and white or color.
- If your portrait will be larger or have more subjects, add $50 or $100 or more to your certificate value with the drop-down below.
CERTIFICATE A $50.00
- Size: 8 x 10
- Subjects: One
- Color: black and white media such as charcoal, pencil, ink, or monochromatic media such as one color of pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, etc.
- Background or objects: none but shading or colored paper
CERTIFICATE B $100.00
- Size: 8 x 10
- Subjects: One
- Color: full color media such as pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, etc.
- Background or objects: none but a color or colored paper
Add to your certificate purchase
You can use the second drop down to add $50.00 or $100.00. For amounts over this I’m working out the easiest way to give options so it’s not too confusing..
Purchase a Commissioned Portrait Gift Certificate
Even Hamlet has learned to inspect the human’s portraiture.
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Read about creating custom items
Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.
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It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!
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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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