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Phyllis: I really enjoyed looking through your paintings. When I saw the portrait of Max, my breath caught for a sec. He looks exactly like my black lab that died a couple months ago.

I've bookmarked your site. I have a Birthday coming up and need to send it out to a few people ..... :)
 

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Thank you for browsing at my site. My Goldendoodle, Tyler, is the first portrait shown on the site (in watercolor). He is quite a handful at 85 lbs, and nothing like any pet I have owned before. He attracts a crowd whenever we take him out and it feels as if there is a human hiding under all of that fur. Last week we were out and met a Schnoodle, who looked like he could be his brother. I love my big baby dearly. These doodles are quite amazing characters!!

I was extremely busy during the months before Christmas, with all of the holiday portrait gifts. Now my time schedule is more reasonable, with mostly birthday gifts, and in a couple of months people start thinking about Mother's Day.

Please keep me in mind if anyone is looking for a portrait of their pet!

Take care
Phyllis
 

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Thank you all for the warm welcome and the kind words!

I am so sad that my Tyler is going to be shaved this week. He is so badly matted and this is the only way to control it. After this, I will have to insist that he cooperate when I try to brush him. He just doesn't like to be brushed and gets very ill from bully sticks and rawhide, which I used to give him to keep him occupied when I worked on him. After he is shaved he looks like a different dog (so tall and thin). Now he is so big and fluffy like a big shaggy stuffed animal. By the way, how do I post an avitar or a photo?

Jerry, I have inquired in the past about shipping to Australia and have found it to cost just as much as the painting itself. Some folks from Australia have had paintings shipped to friends or relatives in the states and then picked them up on a visit. I have not inquired about the cost to the UK. When I visit with UPS this week, I will inquire as to the cost of shipping. If you could give me your zip code, that will enable them to give me a better idea of cost. This way, when I get inquiries from the UK, I will know what to tell them regarding shipping.
 

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Phyllis, when I was in Languedoc last year I got a commission to do a painting of someone's house. I took reference photos and when I went home I did the picture in oils on stretched canvas. It was small - 9x12" - and it only cost $22.80 to send it to the client in France - which included $2.25 for $100 insurance coverage. I included that in the total price; I always charge my full cost for shipping. Because I normally don't work in that size or paint houses I charged her much less than I usually do. Having a commission to show for my trip also pleased my accountant.

By the way, I found that shipping it via the US Postal Service was the cheapest way to go.

Your pet portraits are lovely; watercolor is a difficult medium because it's so unforgiving! I gave up trying with it long ago!

Leslie
 

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Leslie, when I saw this thread I thought of you. I had looked at your work via your link earlier and loved seeing your portraits. I didn't, however, see any of Chouette. Have you done any doodles?

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DebBrown said:
Leslie, when I saw this thread I thought of you. I had looked at your work via your link earlier and loved seeing your portraits. I didn't, however, see any of Chouette. Have you done any doodles?

Deb
Deb, I don't do dogs unless they're part of a commission with people. The one I'm working on now includes one; it will be my first. I did a cat once, though. For some reason I'd much rather do people, although I admire good pet portraits, of course.

Thanks for the compliment about my work!

Leslie
 
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