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ChristyObalek

Pet paintings, nature and wildlife illustrations

Chatham-Kent, Canada · 2205 Sales

ChristyObalek

Pet paintings, nature and wildlife illustrations

Chatham-Kent, Canada 2205 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1164)

Announcement   Original watercolour paintings, custom orders, digital downloads and small prints. Please visit my website http://christyobalek.com or https://society6.com/watercolourjunkie to purchase large prints.

Please take a moment to read my Shop Policies section http://www.etsy.com/shop_policy.php?user_id=5541697 for important information about shipping.

All artwork, photographs, & content ©Christy Obalek 2016. All Rights Reserved

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 19, 2016

Original watercolour paintings, custom orders, digital downloads and small prints. Please visit my website http://christyobalek.com or https://society6.com/watercolourjunkie to purchase large prints.

Please take a moment to read my Shop Policies section http://www.etsy.com/shop_policy.php?user_id=5541697 for important information about shipping.

All artwork, photographs, & content ©Christy Obalek 2016. All Rights Reserved

Christy Obalek

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1164)
Aviva List

Aviva List on Nov 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This painting reminds me of one of my beloved cats; love it so much.

Sarah Byrd

Sarah Byrd on Oct 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are absolutely perfect! Even better in person! You did an amazing job for such a personal project for me. I can't thank you enough!!

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Updates

It is time for some serious spring cleaning my friends! I have made a few changes to my shop. I added the section: "artist trading cards" to make it easier to find my ACEO/mini paintings. I also added a SALE section with $10 paintings!

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This forties-inspired fashion lover's ACEO painting ended up looking a lot like my vintage Barbie doll in the end - and I'm ok with that! ~ christy

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New listing available for custom bridal bouquet watercolour and ink illustration
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About

Paintings dripping with color

I am an Australian-Canadian artist, currently living in rural southwestern Ontario, Canada.
I paint portraits of children, animals and nature.

I started selling my art on Etsy in 2008 and I've had the wonderful opportunity to form relationships with customers all around the world.

If you see something in my shop that you'd like in a different size, or if you might want something painted especially for you, please just send me a message and we'll work out the details. I'm always happy to work with clients to create something special.

My art has been featured on sleepwear by Macy's, New York - I am open to commercial licensing opportunities and can work within tight deadlines if needed.

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    Visual Artist inspired by silly things, beautiful things, and the spontaneity of watercolor on paper

Shop policies

Last updated on December 19, 2015
Thank you for visiting my Etsy Studio. Here you can purchase original artwork, ready to frame - or you can commission a custom portrait of whatever suits your fancy! Simply convo me with some photos attached and we'll chat about options.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I prefer PayPal, but I will gladly accept credit cards via Etsy direct payment.
It's easy to reach me with any questions. Either send me a convo through Etsy or send an email to: christyobalek [!at] gmail.com
Shipping
All items ship from my studio in Canada.

USA: Service guidelines are from 2-8 weeks (from the shipping notification date) to the USA, although most of my US customers report that they receive my art within 2-3 weeks.

*RUSH ORDERS*If you need it quickly, I strongly recommend UPS for the continental USA: $17 for 5-day guarantee, or $30 for next day delivery. Convo me to inquire about a rush service.

INTERNATIONAL: Service guidelines are from 4-12 weeks (from the shipping notification date), depending on your location in this wonderful world of ours.

WITHIN CANADA: Shipments usually arrive within 1-2 weeks (from the shipping notification date) to most Canadian cities.

A NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING DELAYS: If you have not received your package within these estimated service guidelines, please contact me and I will be happy to work with you to correct the situation. Please be prepared to expect delays during the month December.

CUSTOMS/DUTY/BROKERAGE FEES
Any international shipment may be subject to your own country's customs or duty fees. You are solely responsible for any assessed fees.

If you have any questions, or would like a quote on expedited shipping, please send me a convo before placing your order.
Refunds and Exchanges
I stand behind the quality of my work 100%

If you aren't happy, please convo me with details and we will work out a solution that makes everyone happy.

If you have ordered a custom painting, I will send you a proof before shipping your order - if you don't like it I'll either refund your payment or redo it to suit. EXCEPTIONS: if you decide after giving me the "ok" to start on a piece that you would rather use a different photo, and I have already started painting, I can only issue a partial refund (to allow for the cost of materials and time involved)
Additional policies and FAQs
FOR CUSTOM WORK:

The best portraits start with good lighting. Shadows are very important when painting a portrait, as the shadows cast by the nose, cheeks, and other features, are what the artist uses to depict the features.

If you are taking your own photos for me to use for a child's portrait, here are some guidelines:

1) Single source lighting (no flash).
You can achieve this in a few different ways. The easiest method is to choose a bright day and put someone outside the window to attract the child's attention. Keep the lights dim in the house, and start taking photos of the child while her attention is focused outside. Say a few words to get her attention, and be ready to snap away, when she looks at you. Half of her face will be lit by the light from the window - gorgeous!
Another method is to set up a lamp (like a desk lamp - so you can focus the light on one side of her face and a little above it) beside the child while she is engaged in a favourite activity, either watching TV, playing a puzzle, listening to a story (my fave) etc. Then try and take photos without the flash if possible. 

2) Natural Expression.
The best portraits are usually when the child is not smiling, but more pensive or thoughtful. 
This way the eyes can be painted naturally open instead of creased with a smile. You'll have lots of snapshots and school photos with your child smiling, but a painted portrait is better if they are "at rest". 

3) Profile.
A slight profile is the most flattering. If you cannot achieve the correct lighting conditions to create pleasing shadows, the next best thing is to photograph your child's face in profile (turned away from the camera a little, or full profile makes for an interesting portrait also)
note - my fees are less for full profile portraits - please inquire if you are interested.

I cannot stress how important it is to NEVER USE A FLASH for portrait studies.