Throughout the process I like to give my clients plenty of opportunity to tell me what they want and see what I plan to do.
In order to get a sense of who my subjects are I always start with a visit to their home. This allows me to see where the painting will hang, look at family photos and talk about what is wanted and what isn't wanted.
Once we have agreed on the mood of the painting - formal or informal - the size of the painting is discussed and the format of the painting is determined. The formats are: head and shoulders, half length, three quarter length and full length.
Another consideration is the setting of the painting and background. Head and shoulder portraits have a neutral background while larger format portraits are set against an interior or outdoor background.
Having settled these things I get to work. After the initial consultation, the pose is approved and, if there is a background involved, I submit a sketch for approval before I begin to paint. Fifty percent of the fee is due at this time with the remainder due upon final approval of the finished painting, usually within six months of the initial contact.
LANDSCAPE AND STILL LIFE:
When a landscape or still life is commissioned, the process is similar to commissioning a portrait but somewhat simpler.
The process of commissioning and executing a historical narrative is a fair bit more involved than a portrait.
Often extensive research is needed, travel to significant locations is required, models are hired, costumes are made or purchased and numerous sketches are submitted for consideration.
This may sound arduous, but the effect is more than worth the added effort and I thoroughly
enjoy bringing these stories to life.
Whatever I do,
I strive not only to delight the viewer but also to be responsive to my patrons. It is in meeting both the aesthetic demands of the painting and the demands of those who will live with the painting that I believe art has reached its greatest heights in the past.
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