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GreatDaneFB“Colorful Great Dane”

Mixed Media Painting/Collage

Sharon Cummings


People ask me regularly for custom work, so I thought I would post a little blog explaining the process.  I do accept commissions as pet portraits (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, donkeys, goats, you name it!), but it has to be a piece that I WANT to create first and foremost.  After desire, I also need good clear photos to work from. Small grainy cell phone shots just will not work.  And I need to see the EYES really well.  There should be light and life in them.

Once a clients sends me a handful of clear head shots of their beloved pet, I decide if any of the images will work. If so, then I charge a creative fee to work on the piece.  For instance, the one pictured above would cost 40.00 for me to create. I accept PayPal and credit cards over the phone for this fee. After I have finished the work, I then list it to one or more of my POD (Print On Demand) sites and the customer is free to purchase prints in whatever size/mount they like.  This is a separate purchase from the custom fee.  You can get my prints on paper, canvas, metal and acrylic.  They can also purchase the artwork on various merchandise such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, etc.

Kiyah the Great Dane was a lovely subject to work with.  When my collector Laura in Texas asked me to create this piece, I was delighted!  I have had the opportunity to be caretaker to 6 Great Dane dogs in this lifetime.  So it was my pleasure.  🙂