Subject matter can vary greatly, from landscapes to portraits. I do love paintings the house portraits, especially if the architecture is interesting. Having ones portrait painted has got to be the most exciting commission.
The couple that commissioned this piece lived in this cottage overlooking Monhegan village and Harbor. They wanted a whimsical depiction of thier home. Within the composition I even included the compost bin and clothes line.
The man that owned and grew these orchids commissioned this painting. Summertime for these plants was spent on a deck with an arbor. This setting was the perfect backdrop for these orchids.
When commissioning a painting their are a few guidelines that I usually follow. Although I sometimes work directly from the model, mostly I work from digital images. For me lighting is very important. I like to work from images that have strong highlights and distinct shadows. This is best achieved by taking the photos outside in early morning or late afternoon on a sunny day. Also to insure success I take many different shots, so that I have as many options as possible.
Ideally it is best for me to take the photos that I work from. If this is inconvenient, it is totally fine for the patron to take the photos and then send them to me. Additional information is available when the process begins, but it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Pricing of the commission varies with the size and medium of the painting. Oil paintings start around $500 for a 12”x12”, while a watercolor or pastel can start for about $250. Of course the larger the piece the more expensive the cost. The price quotes for Watercolor or Pastel works are without framing. Watercolors and Pastels need to be framed under glass for the protection of the piece. I can frame the pieces but that would add to the cost. Framing options are discussed with the patron when discussing their project.
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