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This page gives details of how to commission a painting or drawing from John.


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Tel: 01543 500167

'Gina', grey mare

How do I get started with my commission?

"The first step.........you can phone me for an informal and no obligation chat to discuss your requirements! It couldn't be simpler and if you want to proceed further, I will send you some more detailed information about the process of commissioning."

Subjects for past commissions - ideas for future ones.

The range of subjects covered by John's commissions over the years has included: pet and animal portraits, family groups and individual portraits, newlywed couples in wedding attire, paintings of public houses and even house portraits; as well as architectural & topographical series of paintings.

As well as these themes, John is able to consider virtually anything that is within the bounds of good taste and decency as a subject for a painting; and as he largely works from reference photos, you can even have a painting produced of your favourite holiday snapshot, such as a sunset.

How many hours does a painting take?

Fishing Boat Study II
As you can see, John's painting & drawing style verges on the photo-realistic. Most pieces take between 120-200 hours of painstaking, meticulous work to complete over a couple of months (using very fine brushes).
John works mainly in gouache (an opaque watercolour paint) and pencil.

For your peace of mind.

When commissioning a painting, you may wonder, "What would happen if I didn't like the end result?" However, please be assured that John (as you can see from the pictures on this site) always takes a real pride in his work and demands only the highest possible standards of himself.

His maxim has always been to aim for a happy and 100% satisfied customer.

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Copyright on works produced.

With regard to copyright, any artist as originator of any piece of artwork - including a commission - retains copyright in the work together with all rights to reproduce it as Limited or Open Edition prints, cards etc. Clearly, in the case of portraits of people, it is unlikely that reproductions would be of interest other than to the person that has commissioned the work and/or family members. Therefore, in most cases prints of portraits would not be produced. (John always makes a digital scan of all his artworks and commissions before handing the finished items over to the customer. This means that prints can be produced without needing further access to the original).

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'Tabatha, sketch in watercolour'

print of tabby cat artwork/pet portrait
(Open edition giclee print)

Standard print
Large print
Prices include UK delivery

Original - watercolour on paper John Twinning 1999 & 2018
Image size - Print £18 (12.6x8 cms)
Large print £28 (20.4x12.6 cms)
Prints are sent in a tube.
For mounted prints, email for a quote.

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About this work: This rapidly painted study in watercolour depitcts Tabatha who belonged to a very loving family who took care of her every need. She was also my neighbour and would come and visit me and pose for photos, several of which became paintings like this.

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