Request a pastel painting created just for you by artist Sandy Allnock! The current window for applications ends on 11/26/23); holiday completion is possible!

Hello From the artist


I’m excited about this month-long season of creating commissioned pieces—whether you know exactly what you want or need a little help, I hope I can make it an easy process for you!

I’m diving into soft pastel right now, and that’s what you’ll see most of here—but don’t miss the section on “sketch” commissions since those can also be created in gouache or pen and ink!

The info below explains what I’m doing and why, and the application is at the end. Let me know if you have any questions!


I love animals of all kinds — domesticated pets and wildlife! Provide your own photos, or if requesting a wild creature, search at PMP, my favorite reference site (get a free account there), for a selection.

Or send in a vacation photo so I can go on a virtual trip while I create art for you!

At this time I’m still working on my figure drawing skills, so no figurative (people) commissions are being accepted.


Normally I work in a number of mediums, but commissions isn’t one of them. Often commissions inspire a client but not always an artist, leaving the art lacking.

But I’m in a season of polishing my skills with soft pastels. And if I’m creating in a medium I want to learn, then I get practice at a skill while you get a lovely piece of art. It’s a win-win proposition!

See the “sketch” section for\t the medium exceptions!


The size you choose may depend on your budget, but also on the subject matter. The larger the painting, the more the detail that can be included.

The small size is 8″ x 10″, perfect for a head and neck portrait, or a small simplified landscape. On a medium portrait, 9″ x 12″, a full-body animal is possible, and the large 16″ x 20″ would accomodate that as well as multiple animals with ease.

You can request an alternate size from this chart, so when you fill out the form just include that in the Message section and we can work out a price.


Pastel is a lovely medium for beautiful landscapes, whether a vacation photo, the view from your cabin, or a pastoral scene that evokes memories.

I also love creating gardens and flowers; close up single blossoms or a whole garden may be options.

As always, send a few photos and we can discuss by email so I can be sure to provide you with the most beautiful piece that suits your budget well. I want you to be happy with your artwork!


A limited number of sketches will be acepted at a 5″ x 7″ size in one of the following mediums:

  1. pastel
  2. gouache
  3. pen and ink

These will be on acid-free paper appropriate for the medium. Style will be a little looser since they’re smaller.

Shipping and handling is included for sketches.


If an alternate size is requested, we can negotiate! Note shipping and handling prices listed, and see “add-ons” and Sketch Commissions below for more options.


A few add-ons you may wish to consider:

  1. Multi-animals: 20% surcharge per extra animal (one is included)
  2. Pastel Board: $25-45, we can discuss via email if interested
  3. Super complex elements: we can discuss via email if a special scene element is a must

Before you’re committed, we’ll agree on an invoice. 

Half-down deposit required once invoice is approved. 


The best photos are in focus, well lit, and show the subject’s personality! Animals don’t sit still much, so send in a variety of pics from different angles that could supplement your favorite pose—they likely could be combined together.

I love changing things up in backgrounds to add drama, atmosphere, and to hide the sofa or busy elements in the background!

Name your photos so that I can connect them with you and your pet: lastname_kitty1.jpg etc


  1. Fill out and submit the form at LEFT.
  2. Name all photos with PET’S NAME(s); other photos must be titled with YOUR name.
  3. Then upload the photos using the button at RIGHT.