Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What type of photo should I submit for my painting?
A: A photo that is taken on the eye level of the subject and is taken in strong morning or evening light is best, but I can work with photos of all types. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the photo or photos that you are considering and I can let you know how it will work for a painting. Beach photos are often wonderful for my work. The photo below is an example of ideal lighting and perspesctive for my paintings:
Q: How long does it take to get my painting?
A: 12-15 weeks (outside of the Holidays)
Q: Can I get my painting in less time?
A: Yes! You can receive your painting in 7 - 10 days if you pay the rush fee.
Q: Is there a shipping charge?
A: No! As of 2017 SWW is offering free USPS priority shipping on all orders!!
Q: Is it okay if my child is making a funny face or blinking?
A: Yes, but it is preferred that the subject’s mouth be closed.
Q: Do you ever paint the faces of people?
A: No, my paintings are impressionistic sketch portraits, not formal portraits. The emphasis is on spirit, gesture, personality, and the expressiveness of the brushwork. One solution is to select a photo that has been taken from an angle that doesn't show the face. For example: a child facing the ocean with their back towards the camera.
Q: Can you make a painting from several different photos?
A: Yes. I often do this for separate groups of grandchildren which have been combined into one painting from multiple photographs (as a gift for the grandparents, for example). Photos just need to be scaled with a yardstick. Contact me for more instructions.
Q: What clothes or colors should be worn ?
A: Clothes that have special meaning or mark a special day are a good idea, but there are no garments that can’t be painted. The only solid colors that are not good are peach and orange.
Q: Can I mail in a hardcopy of a photo?
A: Yes, if it is digitally backed up. Do not send original old photos from the pre-digital era. Send a color copy.
Q: Can you omit people or parts of a photo?
Q: Do you paint backgrounds?
A: For an additional fee, I can paint in backgrounds. I can also draw in the background for no additional charge. I prefer to not paint backgrounds, they often make the painting look overworked. Please contact me for more information
Q: Do you have gift certificates?
A: Yes! Please contact me for more information.
Q: Are your paintings vertically formatted or horizontally formatted?
A: Most of my paintings are vertically formatted but I can format the painting to your request. Usually seated subjects are horizontally formatted and standing subjects are vertically formatted.
Q: What type of photo is best for a house painting?
A: A photo that is taken of the house with dappled morning or evening sunlight is best. The more sunny patches there are on your house and yard, the greater the range of color and contrast I can capture in your painting.