I have been very fortunate this year to be asked to do several commission pieces. When people think of commissioned art work, they often imagine it to be quite expensive, and a little bit, well, extravagant. I have people tell me that they would love to have such- and- such painted ( a scene from a childhood memory, a special flower , etc.) but they felt that was something only rich people do. Nothing could be further from the truth! Art is for everyone, and most artists work with a customer to find the size of painting that will fit their budget. Original artwork is usually an investment that appreciates with age, not to mention that art created especially for a person, is often times something wonderful to pass down to future generations.
So how does the commission process work? I will use an example from some work I did recently. I had a lovely lady approach me last winter about doing one of her favorite flowers, a poppy. She had a clear vision of what she wanted. She liked my style, and wanted to incorporate a poppy garden in a triptych (three paneled painting). She had very specific colors in mind, and I was thankful to have her send me some paint chips and even a piece of tissue paper she had, that showcased the colors she wanted. We discussed sizes and prices and came to an agreement. From that point forward I began sketching, letting her see the sketches so she would know the direction I was going. She told me things she liked and areas she wanted to change. I really appreciated that, because, honestly, I so want the painting to be what the customer not just likes, but loves!
Above is the finished painting. I would love to have been able to set them up side by side (modern technology - it does everything, except lay out three paintings side by side - ugh!). All three pieces, although they will hang with gaps between them, are a continuation of each other. My client came and picked it up the other day and I am happy to report that she loved it! Can't wait to receive a picture of the paintings hanging on her wall.
This was another commission piece I did in the Spring. It was a gift from a daughter to her mother on her 90th birthday. Mom loved Hummingbirds and Snapdragons and bright colors. This was a smaller painting, 9x11, and therefore very reasonably priced. Again, during the process, lots of progress pictures were sent and changes made per request. I had never done snapdragons before, so I found this challenging - but I love a good challenge!
Finally, here is a work in progress that I am very excited about. This was commissioned by someone who I have done other work for. She knows my style and wanted to have me do a special piece for her son and daughter -in-law as a wedding gift. This will be a painting of their wedding bouquet. ( Can I just say, that is one of the neatest ideas I have heard of in a long time!) I am so tempted to post a photo of the actual bouquet, because it. is. gorgeous. But I want to wait until the painting is all done and post them together. This is a big one - 30x40, which means I am in my happy place, painting on a big canvas. One of the things that I am most excited about, is the customer's request for me to post the whole process. When I did previous work for her, she said she really enjoyed seeing the process. If you would like to follow along and watch the formation of this painting, tune in to FB and watch for updates!
So what about you, have you ever considered having a commission piece done? Maybe as a gift for someone special? Or as a rememberance of a special event or memory? Feel free to contact me, I would love to discuss ideas and options with you!