I really enjoy working on painting commissions. They’re a result of someone connecting with my art and wanting their very own expression of it. It’s a rewarding, collaborative process that usually turns out some very successful pieces.
The process tends to go something like this. I get a call or an email from someone interested in commissioning one of my paintings. Typically they’ve seen my work in someone’s home, at an exhibition or on my website. They’re usually interested in the piece for themselves, or as a gift to a family member or friend.
More often than not they have an idea of the subject – ie. a landscape painting of their bach in the Coromandel. They may also have some specific suggestions or requests about the piece – ie. size, colour palette, subject matter and so on.
Often they’ll be able to supply photographic reference of the subject; at other times we can refer to online imagery; and in ideal circumstances I can go out and get shots of my own. We discuss and agree an approximate size, timing and cost for the piece.
Once I’m underway I typically sketch out a visual of the piece in pencil or charcoal. This is sent to my client for feedback and approval before I get painting. Some clients like to see progress shots, others prefer to wait and see the final piece.
Once the piece is sufficiently dry its ready for delivery and a spot on the wall in its new home.
If you’d like to learn more or discuss a commission, please get in touch.