The painting process

From original photo through to finished painting

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How does it work?Booking Form

Start by filling in the booking form and tell me all about your pet.

I will get back to you soon and we can chat about creating a beautiful treasured keep sake of your furry pal. Then we can begin the process of planning your portrait.


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Photos

After our initial discussion, you can send me all your best photos. The more photos, the more choice we have to create a great portrait. Remember to send photos that are in focus, because these images are all I have to create your pet’s portrait. The more detail in the photos, the more realistic I can paint your pet. I will recommend which photos and compositions would work the best and the optimal size. The smaller sizes are suitable for close ups and head shots. Additional pets and landscape backgrounds are only available in larger sizes. Portraits are painted on a first booked, first painted basis. During our initial planning sessions, I will give you an estimate of when I can have your portrait ready- usually within 4 weeks. Christmas time is my busiest period so it is recommended that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Once you are happy and ready to go ahead, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your portrait. The balance of the price, including postage is due after final approval of the artwork. Payments can be made via direct transfer or credit card. If you are local to the Coffs Coast we can arrange personal delivery.

Custom dog painting process. Memorial dog portrait of Bella the brindle Boxer Hand painted from photographs in Australia by Opal Pastro.

Custom dog painting process. Memorial dog portrait of Bella the brindle Boxer Hand painted from photographs in Australia by Opal Pastro.

Acrylic palette by Australian pet portrait artist Opal Pastro

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