Sometimes my clients send me photos of their framed portraits they have commissioned by me in charcoal or pastel.
I have neglected to share very often so I am now pleased to share with you Toby’s framed pet portrait. His owners kindly sent me this image of him in situ in their home. It’s lovely to see him ‘dressed’ properly and now hanging in pride of place. I offer framing pet portraits to all of my clients and more often than not these days I am asked to frame them before delivery or collection. These days glass replacements are of such a high quality you just can’t tell the difference between acrylic glass and traditional glass. I opt for 3mm museum grade acrylic glass for posted portraits which has no blue tinge and is almost imperceptible plus it protects the portrait from harmful UV lighting, an added extra even though I use lightfast pastels. This acrylic glass travels well in the post provided there is adequate packaging and means my clients can open their parcel and hang the portrait straight on the wall or present it to a lucky recipient without any extra work. For collected portraits (something which is becoming more common especially as I have my studio where clients can come to have a look around) I still use traditional glass unless the acrylic is requested.
There is an explosion of custom frame builders on the internet and I’ve teamed up with a couple giving me an enormous range of mouldings, something to suit everyone’s needs and most of them come with a visualisation tool so the portrait can be uploaded into the frame so clients can see exactly how framing pet portraits will look, no need for any imagination!
Anyway, must get back to the easel, it’s going to be a very busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas so I need to crack on!
You can also read how Toby’s pet portrait was created from start to finish here in my memorial pet portraits in pastel post (try saying that after a bit of Christmas Mulled Wine!!!)