Portraits by Commission

Steps for Commissioning a Portrait

Step 1 ~ Contact me by phone 707-765-9383 or email lesley@dogsindetail.com to share some basic information. It generally takes a month to complete a commission.
Step 2 ~ We’ll need a photo of your dog.  You probably already have a great one to use.
Step 3 ~ Pick a style (watercolor/color pencil, pastel,  graphite or oil) and size, and we’re ready to go!  Your finished piece will be delivered to you and ready for framing.

(10% of every commissioned piece of art helps an animal in need – I donate to several animal rescue groups…thank you for helping me help our friends!)
Example of card and envelope
Example of card and envelope

Gift Cards are available ~A great option if you don’t have a month in advance to arrange the photo.  Or, if you want the recipient to choose the photo they would like to use and get involved in the process.  The cards show a piece of art framed in black.  Inside the card, a personal handwritten message written in gold by the artist to the recipient.

what style do you like?

Below are examples of some of my work with sample pricing.

Colored Pencil & Watercolor Paintings~ $575 - $595

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Pug done in color pencil/watercolor paint
$575
Pug done in color pencil/watercolor paint $575
Larger custom size $595

Bubbles the Pug and Crusier are examples of the colored pencil & watercolor combination which have been very popular and a best seller.   Images are made to fit either an 11″x 14″ or a 16″x 20″ frame.

Pastel Paintings ~ $425- $675

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Pastel paintings are a great way way to go whether is a full scene or not,  bright colors or more subdued.  Take a look at “Blanca in the Garden ” below for an example of a full color scene.  “Rescued Rottweilers” and “Ruby After the Swim” the retriever are also examples of pastel paintings with minimal background and more subdued in background color.

Ruby in Pastel
Head shot of one animal 9″x12″ $425 “Ruby After the Swim”
Rottweilers in commissioned pastel painting
Rescued Rottweilers 11″x16″ $600
pastel painting of dog in garden
“Blanca in the Garden” One subject with minimal landscape 9″x12″ $525

Graphite Drawings ~ $375 – $525

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Graphite paintings have a classic look in shades of dark and light – a great option for any dog. See ” Charley” and “New Friends” and “Sammy” below for examples. 

dog portrait in graphite as a Christmas gift
Charley in graphite 14″x 11" $425
New Friends in graphite 1o”x 15” $495
New Friends in graphite 1o”x 15” $495
anniversary gift graphite dog commission portrait of pitbull
Sammy 14″x 11″ custom $525

Oil Paintings ~ $450 – and up

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If you like bright and bold paintings, oil is a great way to go.  Plus, oil on canvas doesn’t require framing.  Below a Bernese Mountain Puppy is a great example.  Oil painting can be customized for any size and no. of animals!

dog oil painting commission
Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy