delaney mcdonough - portraits
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Questions

 
Q:What type of portraits do you paint?

A:I paint pets and animals of all kinds as well as adults and children.

Q:How much time does it take you to paint a portrait?

A:In general, the painting itself takes anywhere from 3weeks to a month to complete, then a good few weeks to a month of drying time, as needed. Rush service is available for an extra fee.

Q:What is your turn-around-time?
A: In general, from the time I get the photographs that I will be working from, it takes about 2 months from start-of-painting to finish-drying time.

Q:Where are you located?
A:I live in North New Jersey, about a half hour outside of New York City, and about 2 hours from Philadelphia.

Q: What medium(s) do you work in?
A: I work mainly in oils, which take weeks to dry to the point where the painting can be moved. I paint on canvas, sometimes masonite. I also work in watercolor, colored pencil, graphite pencil and pen with a watercolor wash, all on paper.

Q:What if I want you to come and do a photoshoot of my pet and I live far away from you? Will you travel?
A:Ideally, I would love to be able to take the photographs myself, and I will do so if you are within a reasonable driving time from me. However, if a personal visit is not possible, I will give you some helpful hints on how to take great photographs for me to work from. Remember that the outcome of the painting greatly relies upon a very clear and well lit photograph.

Q: What sizes do you work with and what are your prices?
A: My oils start at a 12”x12” size. I can paint anything as large as 36”x48” or larger. 16”x20”, 18”x18”, 18”x24” and 20”x24” are popular sizes. Since all portraits vary by size, how many subjects therewill be, and if there will be an elaborate background or not, all prices are estimated on a project by project basis. Feel free to contact me with all of your preferences for your portrait and I will be able to give you a more accurate estimate. My pet portrait prices begin at $500 for oil , and $300 for watercolor and pencil sketches.

Helpful Photography Tips
1. Always try and fill the frame with your subject, while getting it’s whole body in and omitting scenery. A few close-up face shots are also important.
2. Use natural, indirect light---that means outside on a cloudy day or a shot taken in a very bright room with a lot of windows. Never direct sunlight and preferably no flash.
3. Take the pictures at your subject’s eye level. Put them in a chair or up on a table, and kneel down as you are taking the shot.
4. Take a ton of pictures! The photos must capture the subject’s personality. Vary poses, and don’t force it. Sometimes the best pictures are taken when the subject isn’t paying attention…be patient!
5. .35mm film or digital pictures are equally good to work from.