Scoop (the long/LA and short/SA of it):
Q How does this all work?
SA Really well, really
LA Start by emailing some photos to me:
firstname.lastname@example.org (large size photos with good resolution please)
- I create the pre-painting composition
using your photos and Adobe Photoshop
- Once you OK the composition, I paint
- I email you some photos of the finished
- You make payment
- I mail your painting to you
- all in about 5-6 weeks
do I get my photos to you?
SA Whatever works, but send good ones*
LA Several ways:
1. via email: you may send your digital
photo(s) to my email address: email@example.com
2. via snail mail: you may send originals
or a color copy of your photo(s) to my postal address
3. via internet: I can take a screenshot
of your photo(s) from the internet if you have it posted somewhere and
if the photo(s) are a large file size with good resolution
* (A good photo will be a
large file size, no harsh flash, have good contrast of the pet, will
be sharp, and will ideally be at close range)
Q I can't get a good photo of Bubbles.
What should I do?
SA Doggy & kitty treats might help
LA If all else fails, just send me what you've got and we'll
go from there. I'll probably compensate by going with a more abstract
brushwork, vibrant color scheme,
surrounding the pet with lots of background space.
long does it take?
SA About 5-6 weeks most of the year
LA Thinking Christmas gifts? Great! But please
give me plenty of advance notice, as I'm usually "booked"
sometime in October; and I must allow time for the oil paints to dry
& for shipping too.
(I do have
an alternate option that has worked well in Christmas's past. Interested
in knowing more? Let's chat: firstname.lastname@example.org
I order a size larger than 8x8" or more than one pet in the same
painting? How about Mom with her dear MiniPoo?
SA Absolutely and... the more the merrier
LA Here are some sample size/price options.
I expect any extra charges?
SA Maybe; but NEVER any surprise charges; we'll always discuss
LA I'm happy to accomodate requests
for a simple background and/or "prop" (such as a beloved toy)
at no extra charge when customer photos are provided.
some situations may incur an additional 10% of the painting price, such
for a specific and/or significant background
when proper customer photos are not provided
need for puci to fill-in incomplete & complex customer photos (such
as missing body parts)
poor photo resolution of your photos by incorporating puci's own reference
-- a complex
&/or specific composition that requires more time (in my pre-painting
digital studio) than usual
changes to a successful finished painting (especially when requests
are made AFTER you've OK'ed the pre-painting composition)
much will shipping cost?
SA Not too much
12x12" or smaller size painting will cost $19.35 S&H when mailed
within the U.S. via USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail.
Larger sizes vary in price.
- The cost of signature
confirmation is included. Optional insurance is on you.
- Locals may pick up the painting in person
and eliminate all
- International buyers please email me
for shipping prices: email@example.com
do I pay you?
SA Hopefully with a smile LA We'll
figure out which option is best for you: PayPal, personal check, cashier's
check, money order, credit card and cash accepted; Thanks.
do I pay you?
SA When you smile
LA I don't expect final payment until
AFTER you've seen photos of the finished oil painting.
Paintings $300 or more will require a 20% deposit; Thanks.
like my painting to last a long time.
SA I'm on that
LA Your finished oil portrait will be painted on prepared cotton
fabric stretched/mounted onto a prepared hardwood board and stapled
to the back.
I use a varnish-type medium after the painting
is finished (as a protective coating as well as to provide an even sheen
on the dried oil paints.)
Oil paints are rich in color and resilient
to time and to the elements.
you describe your process a little bit?
SA Sure thing.
LA I hand-paint all my paintings using oil paints and brushes.
(You'll be able to see the texture of the paint, especially in the areas
that I think need a thicker application of oil paint.)
After we chat about your vision for the painting & we decide on
the best photo(s) to base the painting on, I work out the composition
in Adobe Photoshop for you to OK. Then, I transfer
this image onto the prepared painting surface in preparation to paint.
I also print out a copy of this composition to use as my guide as I'm
Q Can I frame the painting
LA The painting will be ready to hang as is (with the sides
painted) or you may frame it just as a painting on stretcher bars is
Customer Feedback (real
names by permission)
also, lots of wonderful reviews
(thank you very much!)
LOVE it!!!! Thank you so much!!" ~Joe & Christine Bramuchi
were so excited and happy to get it! I sat right down and wrote
a long note to you with tears all over it!... I feel you can almost
soul in her eyes". ~Diane Solomon (portrait of Olivia)
painting you did of Codi is absolutely gorgeous in person!! In fact,
I may have to keep it for myself and get another done for mom."
Jackson (portrait of Codi)
gorgeous! Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much our clients
are going to love this." ~Christie
Shepard (Quincy's portrait)
family, as predicted, absolutely lost their minds over your paintings.
My mom actually cried, LOL. Oh, moms ;)"
Trunzo (portraits of Caesar, Chester, Chloe, Lenny and Louie)
just received the Zue painting! ... We are blessed to have
your work on our wall!" ~Kerry
Andrews (portrait of Zue Zue)
I just received Dante's portrait .. and I was in tears!! The eyes
say it all.. you captured Dante's eyes so beautifully .... I just
keep looking at them in
the painting then
back to Dante in real life! Really wonderful ... and I cannot thank
you enough. You truly are a gifted artist!" ~Tiffany
Wilson (Dante's portrait)
"I LOOOOOVE IT!""perfect this is perfect thanks so much."
"...Do you capture personality, or what???? Every painting - personality
"Just wanted to thank you again for the lovely portrait...(he)
will love it this Christmas."
"It arrrived today and all I can really say is WOW, the work you
did is just absolutely amazing. I'm floored..."
"The painting arrived yesterday. It is awesome! ...it made
him cry! He loves it."
"... It really captured his look and his spirit. Thank
you so much, we really love it."
"thanks you soooo much my sweet man will love it!"
"we just got it. I absolutely love it."
"That is awesome!!! Thank you so much!!"
"It is going to be a great mother's day present my mom will cherish
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