For those who have ever been interested in owning a custom work of art, something that has been created especially for you with your thoughts and ideas commingling with the artists creative process as they work at the easel, then a commission is something worth pursuing.
Below I have laid out the simple procedure for having a commission done, and what it takes, from the very beginning to the very end, how much or how little you need to be involved, and how payments are made throughout the time your painting is being worked on.
Commissions offer the opportunity to have your ideal still life, or landscape created and hanging on your wall, with the ease of as little or as much input as you like.
STEP ONE: The first step is the creation of an approval sketch, which is done by the artist. This can happen in one of two ways. Either a sketch is created from the input by the patron, and is designed to give a basic idea of layout, the darks and lights, and overall feel of what the finished painting will look like, or the patron says that they know my work and trust my judgment, so send them a sketch of my idea. Either way, a photo of the set up will accompany the sketch to show color. Both of these approches work well.
Generally, it takes one or two sketches to arrive at the final image, and to expedite this step, all of this can be done via e-mail.
It is with the start of this first step that one-third of the agreed upon painting price is paid.
STEP TWO: Step two begins with starting work on the painting. A photo of the underpainting is sent to the patron to show the first impression of the actual piece.
Come midway in the creation of the painting, another photo is sent, giving an update and showing how work is progressing, offering a better idea of how the finished painting will look.
It is at this mid-point of the commission that the second payment of one-third of the overall price is paid.
STEP THREE: The final step ends with the varnishing, framing and sending of a photo of the finished work. At this point the final payment on the painting is made, completing the commission, at which time, after all is fully dry, the painting is safely packed up and shipped off.
The overall time that it takes to finish a commission depends for one, on the time of year, as well as on how many other commissions and other paintings are being worked on at that time. As I do accept commissions throughout the year, winter is the best time, as the artshow season has come to an end, and I am full time in the studio. If you commission a painting to be done in the spring, summer and the early part of fall, allow for a longer finishing time. Those worked on in the winter generally take about one month to complete.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, as well as showing examples of previously completed commissions.
Commission set-up with sketches
Commission sketch with accompanying photo
Underpainting (top) and commission at mid-way point.
Finished and framed commission