I paint with several different materials: Oil paint, acrylic, and ink and watercolor. Works on paper and thin panels need to be framed, and this is something to keep in mind when calculating the cost of a commissioned painting.
If you have a photographic reference you’d like me to work from, we’ll start there. If you have more than one photo of your subject, that’s even better. We’ll talk about size and medium, as well as any feelings or point of view you wish me to convey about the subject. Your photo doesn’t have to be professional quality—in fact, I work from pretty sub-par photos, myself, as a jumping off point. I will probably suggest cropping your image or modifying some elements to create the most harmonious composition.
If you do not have a photo reference, you may ask me to do some local scouting for a landscape painting, or maybe you have a still-life subject you’d like me to arrange.
You can say to me, “I just need some artwork. I want something this big, I like sunflowers, and also I like red.” Okay!
In any of these situations, we will work together to agree on the picture. This part of the process takes the most amount of time. You know that saying about house painters? “It’s 90% preparation, 10% execution.” It’s the same for me.
Approvals: I will complete sketches of our agreed upon image for you to approve. I will complete a color study for your to approve.
Because of my other job as a mom, I take most of the summer off from painting, but I may be able to accommodate a request at that time. During the school year, I can usually complete any work in about three weeks. Oil paintings will need time to be dry to the touch—about two weeks—so keep that in mind as you determine your deadline to receive the finished work.
I price my artwork by size. My largest size is limited simply by my studio space. Other sizes not listed below are available at your request.
Up to 8x 10 = $150
9 x 12 = $200
12x16 = $300
12 x 24, 16 x 20 = $400
18 x 24, 20 x 20 = $500
24 x 24 = $700
24 x 30 = $800
30 x 30, 24 x 36 = $900
I ask for half of the cost as a deposit to get started after you decide on the size, and the last half, plus any shipping cost, due at delivery.
I will refund 100% of your cost within 30 days of delivery. I want you to be very happy with your painting, AND I want to be very happy with it, too. I won’t give you something I don’t like, which is why I’ll take it back it you don’t.
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