How to Commission a Painting

Have you ever wanted to commission a painting but not quite sure of how to go about it?

Its a simple process so long as you and the artist have the same understanding. 

Firstly, do a little research on the artist you like. You should be able to gather some information to understand your artist's price point, their style and preferred subject matter. 

Once you've found your artist, try and be as specific as you can about what you want.

Think about these things;

Is the medium important to you or will you leave this up to the artist?

What size would you like the finished piece? 

What is your budget?

Who or what would you like the painting of? Try and be as specific as you can. If you have a photo you'd like the artist to work from, include this in your email. If its a portrait and the sitter is close by (and if possible) I like to meet the subject and take my own reference photos.

All of these things will be needed for the artist to give you a quote.

 

Questions you might like to ask your artist;

Do you work from photographs or life?

Is there time in your schedule for my commission?

When can I expect delivery of my commission?

Is shipping included in your fee?

 

Once you've established these points make sure you have an email clarifying all the information that you can both refer back to if needed. Most artists will then require a non-refundable deposit in order to get started. Full payment will be expected when the painting is complete and you are happy with it.

An example of a recent commission. The client was in a different country so I worked from a photograph of his daughter.

 This commission was a very large 1500x1500mm portrait where the client allowed me my own creative input to capture this little boys vibrancy. 

This commission was a very large 1500x1500mm portrait where the client allowed me my own creative input to capture this little boys vibrancy. 

If you're considering commissioning a painting don't be afraid to start a conversation with an artist. We love to hear from you!

 

The making of Autumn Sun and where she is now

Sometimes I see an image that gets me really excited and I just have to paint it! I've been an admirer of Hannah Rose' self portraits for a while but this one particularly grabbed me. You can follow her on Instagram here 

She very graciously allowed me to paint her photograph and here is the process...

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The original image, screenshot from Instagram and used with permission as reference for the painting.

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Starting to lay in the face, looking closely at the change in values. Im also altering the colour drastically so this requires another level of 'translation'.

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Further progress with the basic shapes of the hair.

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I didn't record the in-between steps here but here is a colour adjusted image of the final painting after adding the detailing- hair, clothing, light adjustments and little finishing touches.

Some paintings are pure joy to create. Thanks again Hannah for allowing me to paint you!

This painting is called Autumn Sun and is currently on display as a finalist in The Hope and Sons Art Award, Otago Art Society in Dunedin, NZ (Dunedin Railway Station 10am-4pm daily until Sunday 20th May) For purchase enquiries please contact the OtagoArtSociety@xtra.co.nz 

Tiny Work Tuesday is back!

So after a bit of illness, and some focussing on my health and my family Tiny Work Tuesday is back because, well, you asked for more! 

Now available in my shop is the latest small offering TWT 6.

I don't often sketch, but when I do it will invariably be still using a paint brush. The way I discriminate between a painting and a sketch is a painting is a very deliberate, layering process while sketching can involve freer, looser brushwork. Thats not to say there isn't cross over between the two methods at times, but generally speaking this is my own personal definition.

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TINY WORK TUESDAY!!

Every Tuesday at noon (NZ time) one #tinyworktuesday will be released for sale in my shop on my website for NZ$200 (approximately US$150) including standard international shipping 9tracking option available). Each piece will be on a first in first served basis, no reserves. The medium and substrate and size may vary between works- you never know what will come up on Tiny Work Tuesday! I hope you enjoy this series.

Time conversions:

EST 6pm Mondays

LA 3pm Mondays

Australia EDT 10am Tuesday

London 1am Tuesday

 Tiny Work Tuesday 1, oil on board, 100x100mm (4x4") available  here

Tiny Work Tuesday 1, oil on board, 100x100mm (4x4") available here

 Tiny Work Tuesday 2, oil on board, 100x100mm (4x4") available  here

Tiny Work Tuesday 2, oil on board, 100x100mm (4x4") available here

Put on the spot...

Last week I had the honour of being invited to show with the Marlborough Society of Arts exhibition 'Figure' which is on view until the 22nd Dec. At the opening I was awarded a critics prize and unexpectedly asked to speak about my work. Heres what I had to say followed by the critics words about the work.

Upcoming group shows!

Hey everyone! 

I hope my fellow southern hemisphere folks are staying warm and the rest of you are enjoying some warmer weather! Im hanging out for my tropical holiday in July but before then theres plenty of work to do!

Just a heads up for a few group shows coming up in the next few months- check out 'UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS' tab for full details. 

Here are some images to give you a taste of the work soon available.

Message me through the contacts page to enquire.

 Teaser of my painting 'MotherEarth' for the group show Aeternus with Alexiera Gallery.

Teaser of my painting 'MotherEarth' for the group show Aeternus with Alexiera Gallery.

 Blue and Blush, part of the group show Collectors Starter Kit at Corey Helford Gallery 

Blue and Blush, part of the group show Collectors Starter Kit at Corey Helford Gallery 

 Refraction, 1 of 3 paintings in the group show 'Underneath' at Lawrence Alkin Gallery London

Refraction, 1 of 3 paintings in the group show 'Underneath' at Lawrence Alkin Gallery London