Commission a Painting
This is always my least favorite aspect of the creative process,
deciding how much something is "worth". However, you need to be
able to tell people up front what things will cost so here goes.
I determine my base fee as follows: Take the height of the piece in inches
plus the width of the piece in inches and then times that number by 8. For
example, an oil painting 8"x11" would come out to (8+11=19) (19x8=$152.00).
A painting 24"x36" would cost $480.00 etc. I need 20% of the total
fee before work begins. Buyer pays actual shipping and handling. If you
send me the dimensions you're interested in and your area code, I
will tell you exactly what the shipping fees will be.
The finished painting will be on a gallery wrapped canvas with the sides
painted in a continuation of the image on the front so it can be displayed
without a frame. If you wish to have your piece framed, I charge actual
costs of the framing, though you may want to have the piece framed in your
area to save on shipping fees.
The Process: First of all, you need to first
and foremost, like my style of painting. Even though I'm capable of
doing photorealistic work, I don't enjoy it at all. I will only do
work that is more stylized, as seen in my various online galleries. That
I want the buyer to
be 100% satisfied and I'm willing to work with you until that goal
First of all, we need to decide what you want your painting
to be of. I can work from a photograph of a person or pet etc. I can
create a portrait of you (as you are or doing something you've
always dreamed of). I have also done work with creative
writers, creating paintings for them based on poetry.
Another option is to choose a painting of mine that you already like but
would prefer it in a different color or a different size. Pretty much the
sky is the limit.
Once a theme is decided on, I start out by doing a couple thumb nail sketches
(small painting that gives you a general idea of how it will look) or photo
collages depending on the subject matter. At that point you can make suggestions
about colors, the amount of detail, or the overall design. I will continue
to create new thumb nails until an image is created that you are happy with.
I will then paint a larger version of the thumb nail. I will photograph
it a couple times during the process, emailing you the photo so you can
give input along the way. This will include extreme close ups of the canvas
or panel so you can see the level of texture ext.
When the painting is done to your satisfaction, you may pay me
though Pay Pal or money order and I will mail you your painting. If you
are not satisfied with the finished product, you can send it back to me
for a refund, less the deposit and shipping and handling fees. In that case,
since you did pay a deposit, I will send you all of the thumb nail sketches
etc. that were done for your painting.
I'm a very flexible person, so if you have any particular
idea you'd like to explore, feel free to phone (907-364-3694) or email
me firstname.lastname@example.org about it. Communication is the key to having a good experience with commissioning
a painting. Also, I can give you references of people who have commissioned
work from me in the past. I look forward to hearing from you!
If you would like to know more about my exhibition history you can read
my artist resume.
This is a photo of a frame 24"x30" to get an idea
of scale. If you are considering bidding on the KTOO commission, you
any size canvas up to 24"x30".
Example of commission inspired by a previously sold piece "Under
the Devil's Club".
Example of commission based on photograph of pet, Cameron.
Example of thumb-nail painting of "Falling" image
used for commission
based on a poem the collector wrote.
Email email@example.com to
request testimonials from happy collectors.
For examples of additional work see the following galleries:
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