Posted by Laura | December 14, 2016
Want something specific? I’m commissionable! That’s the good news. The bad news is there’s a really long wait.
Here are my policies:
1. I will generally say yes to most commissions but when is up to me.
2. I will not ask for a deposit until I’m ready to start and then only if it is a large painting with a lot of personalized content.
3. If you don’t like the final product, I’ll take it back and refund any deposit.
Got a deadline? Ask. Sometimes the timing works. At the very least, I’ll give you an answer right away. For those who want something I’ve already done but has been sold, please see my Print and Reproduction Policy page.
I do about 2 to 3 paintings a month but my small studio means that I only do one large (over 3′ wide or tall) at a time and those take a lot longer. I have a To Do Queue that I try to keep up to date so you can see what I’m working on.
By the way, my business is just me. I don’t have assistants or colleagues to pick up the slack when life is unpredictable.
Everyone has a place or a view that means something to them. I can take that place or view and memorialize it in a happy, bright Saturday morning cartoon style. I tend to do views I’ve seen myself which lends itself to familiar landscapes but not always. I love a challenge, especially painting something different or personal or unusual. Not sure? Suggest a subject. Here is what I look for:
- Characteristic landmarks, distinctive buildings, beautiful panoramas, and significant themes.
- I adore skies. Nighttime or daytime.
- I love rainbow color but I also have a darker side so… let me know.
- Tell me why the scene is relevant. Narrative matters.
- I prefer to leave people out of a painting so that the view belongs entirely to the viewer but I like doing the occasional pet.
- I do paint people, but more as caricatures.
See my price list. Commissions are the same price.
How it works:
Give me an idea of the subject and describe a size. If you know where you will potentially hang the painting then my only recommendation on size is to leave a “halo” of space where the painting will go.
I work from several photos as well as my own imagination or experience of a scene. I don’t want the perfect photographic composition right off the bat. In fact, it seems to work better if you can give me several photos that you’ve taken yourself because people will instinctively capture what they love most even if they don’t claim to be good photographers. If you’re familiar with my paintings, you’ll see that I don’t follow perspective or spatial laws. I crowd as much as is logically and aesthetically possible in, because that’s what we see on a really good day, no? Everything!
Well, almost. I won’t do a completely illogical view and panoramic aerial views don’t work well on small canvases.
So that’s why I ask questions. I want to know why you love a scene – what stands out and why? What is your favorite time of day and season for that scene? I’ll describe the likely color palette from your answers and we’ll go from there.
I’ll put the scene in my queue. I can send you progress shots so you can see how things are coming along or not – sometimes my process makes people nervous. Here is an example of how something goes from start to finish:
When I’m done, you’ll be the first person I offer it to. If you like it, great! If you don’t like it, no worries. Either way, I keep the copyright on the image, which means if I want to make a coffee mug or mousepad something with it down the line, I can, but you get the original painting if you want and any publicity that comes with it. At the end of the day, that’s the investment bit, anyway.
So if all the above sounds good, please contact me.