Painting Commissions

Painting commissions are custom painting orders that I make based on photos taken by the collector (you). Below, I have the standard sizes I am offering as of August 1, 2021 and the different types of media. If you are interested in a custom painting, please email me here with what size, media, and photo you would like me to paint. I will respond within 48 hours. 

**PRICING UPDATE** Sometimes collectors would prefer to have a painting that is a combination of two or more photos, because they like a certain background or pose. These are extremely difficult to put together because it sometimes requires me to imagine a specific lighting situation or an object that doesn't exist. For each additional photo that is combined with the original photo, $50 will be added to the prices below. 

Keep scrolling down to see FAQs about Painting Commissions. 

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FAQ about Painting Commissions

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Um, what is gouache???

Gouache is an opaque watercolor. It is usually used by designers and illustrators more than it is used by painters. It has a bright, flat matte look to it, and I've been combining it with slight ink lines recently to create light-hearted portraits. It's a tricky kind of paint, because the light colors will dry darker and the dark colors will dry lighter, so I never know what a painting looks like until it is dry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long does it take you to finish a painting?

I ask for approximately 4-6 weeks to complete each painting, with the exception of the 6x6" painting commissions offered on my Etsy, where I ask for 2-3 weeks. With the Covid-19 pandemic, it sometimes takes 5-7 weeks. 

Why does it take that long?

I am a painter who works in layers. I carefully build up the image using different colors that you may not even see in the final image to give it depth. Besides making sure that each painting is a good representation of my work as an artist, I am working on multiple paintings at once as well as my own personal projects. At any given time, I am working on four separate paintings. 

How do I pay you?

Once we agree on which photo I am going to paint and which size painting, I will send you an invoice through Square Invoice where you can pay with a credit card. I will not see your credit card details. 

You may also pay me through my PayPal Business account, my Venmo Business account, or by personal check. I will not begin working on the painting until the contract is signed and I have received the non-refundable security deposit.

 

I ask for a 50% non-refundable security deposit up front and then the remaining 50% when I finish the piece and am preparing to ship it. 

Will I get picture updates of your progress?

I stopped sending my collectors picture updates of the paintings because it was difficult for them to imagine where I was in the process. The way a painting looks in the middle is not the way it will look in the end, and it was causing the collectors undue anxiety when they were afraid I had missed important details that I was saving for last. 

So, I won't send pictures, but I'm happy to answer emails about what stage the painting is in. 

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