Children’s Portraits – Art that connects us

Do you ever feel as if the most precious memories are the hardest to hold?

Or that they slip by too quickly?

Sometimes we look away and when we look back, the young ones have suddenly grown into another stage.

As young family members grow up, we lose them in a way. Yes, we know it is important to let go. But how precious their early connection with us seems.

Time passes. We can’t change that. But what if we could pause it? Guess what? Art can help you pause time.

How would you feel if you could preserve your memories in a painting which will become a family treasure?

Or that you might also have a personalised story-book as part of the package? (Premium and de Luxe packages)

“Having the painting on the wall and reflecting on all it means, but also just picking up the book brings happy moments. A complete package!” Lyn P.

There are three beautiful Portrait Packages for you to choose from. Want to know more? 

Essential Portrait package

The Essential package features 

  • the child’s portrait painted on stretched canvas
  • dimensions of 35x25cm
  • beautifully framed and ready to hang

This is the simplest way to start a series of family portraits. It will suit you if you are expecting several more additions to the family!

The cost for the Essential Package is $587 

If that sounds great, but you like the idea of a larger painting, with a personalised story-book, that’s do-able with the Premium Package.

Premium Portrait Package 

The Premium package includes

  • the child’s portrait painted on stretched canvas
  • canvas maximum dimensions of 60x45cm
  • framed and ready to hang
  • a story-book printed in a soft-cover format as well as the print-ready pdf.

This painting is the ideal size for a bedroom or study. 

The book tells about the child as you see them, their favourite things and special habits or sayings. It will be compiled of quotations and images. You are invited to be part of the process too. Your contribution will make it a unique experience for you and make the outcome even more meaningful for you and your family. My comments about the developing painting will also form part of the story. The images will be selected from the ones you submit as well as progress shots of the painting. If possible, I will visit to take my own photographs.

The value of the complete package is immeasurable. High quality materials are used, which can be expected to last for decades. The painting can become part of the family legacy. Imagine people in the future wondering about this child and what became of her and then tracing her in the Family Tree. 

The cost for the Premium Package is $853.

There is a lot of love in this work, right from the moment you dream of the portrait. Our initial conversation and follow-up questionnaire will highlight the special qualities of the child and your relationship. The painting, the book and delivery day. Such a thrill to share!   

If that appeals to you and you would like to talk some more about it or discuss your ideas, give me a call. Mobile in Australia: 0477 952 620

On the other hand, if you have lots of space, and desire a very large statement piece to knock people’s socks off……read on!

de Luxe Portrait Package

  • Portrait painted on stretched linen
  • dimensions 160x100cm
  • framed as you choose, and ready to hang
  • A story-book printed in luxury format
  • A video summarising the artist’s thoughts and experiences in creating the work.

The de Luxe Package Includes a hard cover picture book. As in the Premium Package, the book is compiled of photographs you submitted, quotations from our conversations and answers to a questionnaire. And…snippets from the artist about the painting process and images of the portrait as it evolves on the easel. But this time it is printed with a hard cover, with beautiful paper. Lovely to hold, a real pleasure to share.

This package has everything the Premium Package has. But it has a much larger portrait with ten times the impact. (Well I am guessing here. How can you measure impact?) The de Luxe framing and the story-book also offers more of a luxury feel. Artist comments make an interesting addition to this package – they will highlight some of the decisions made about colour and composition as well as other elements considered during the painting process.

The de Luxe Portrait Package is priced at $1772.

 

So exactly what’s involved?

Everything begins with a telephone conversation at no charge to you, no matter which Package you are considering or want to discuss. At this time we establish what you would like from the process and whether we can work together to achieve the first steps towards bringing your dream to reality. My solo job will be the painting of course! 

If you decide to proceed, a deposit is due then. This will vary according to which package you choose but it amounts to approximately 1/3 of the total price ($195, $280 and $590).

I have broken down the next steps to explain your involvement in the process.

  1. You complete a questionnaire to provide background information about the child subject for the painting.
  2. I visit to take photographs if that is possible; you submit some of your favourite images to be used for the book and to inform the painting.
  3. The artist reflects and makes early drawings. We discuss early ideas for the composition.
  4. Painting the portrait.
  5. Book preparation: I compile your comments and mine into book format with images of the child and the painting in progress. 
  6. Final payment is due.
  7. Painting is sent to framer; you will be consulted if you wish.
  8. Booklet finalised and printed at this time. 
  9. Your package will be dispatched 4-6 weeks after the questionnaire is submitted.  Packaging, postage and courier at no extra cost within Australia.

A few weeks after delivery, I will be in touch to talk about the impact the painting has made.

At that time I will also ask if you know anyone who might consider a portrait for their family. My business depends heavily on word-of-mouth or referrals, so I am a bit shameless about this!                 

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