Commission a portrait
Commissioning an oil portrait is a personal and exciting experience in several stages.
Discussing the portrait - who is it of? What do you hope for the painting? What size canvas do you want?
Depending on location (and COVID restrictions) it is usually best for me to meet with the sitter before beginning a painting. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, to take some reference photos and sketches, and secondly, to get an idea of the sitter's personality and hopes for the portrait.
Meeting to take reference photos is preferable to just working from an already existing photo, because the things that make a good photograph are not necessarily the same as what makes a good painting.
I paint the portrait. The duration of this stage can vary, but certainly it will be at least a couple of months as drying time alone can take several weeks. If there is a particular deadline for the painting, this should be discussed and agreed in stage 1. The painting can be delivered to the commissioner framed or unframed.
Commission an abstract work
If a wall in your home is looking empty, a specially commissioned artwork can add colour, texture and interest.
Decide on a colour scheme and canvas size and away you go. If there is an existing abstract work on my website that you would like a similar feel of, let me know.
An abstract work will usually take a few months, which also factors in the drying time of the oil paint. The finished canvas can be delivered framed or unframed.
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