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FAQs about commissioned paintings.
CAN I COMMISSION YOU TO DO A PAINTING FOR ME?
Yes. I would be delighted to work with you in creating a painting that is tailored to your preferences.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED?
My process is a simple one that provides you with peace of mind and guaranteed satisfaction with the final work.
WHAT DO I DO?
You will provide an image (or images) to me via email or otherwise. A high resolution digital photo is preferred, however, if that is not available to you, I may be able to work with what you have. We can discuss this before we start.
Once you provide your image, we will discuss what is important to you about that image and what you want conveyed in a painting. We will also discuss the materials and your size and dimension preferences.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
I will provide you at least one free rough sketch of the proposed painting via email. With the sketch you will be able to verify the composition and dimensions. Once you approve the sketch, I will proceed with the painting.
IS THERE A DOWN PAYMENT?
Yes. After you approve the sketch, I ask for a non-refundable $50 initial payment. This will be applied to your final payment when finished.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The length of time to complete a painting varies with the size and complexity. Generally it takes up to 10 days to complete a painting after the initial sketch approval. This will also include initial drying time.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE?
I use high quality oil paints with durable pigments on professionally stretched canvas. If the subject matter suggests it, I may use pastel, watercolor or acrylic. You will know the medium used before I begin.
WILL I SEE THE FINISHED PAINTING BEFORE YOU SHIP IT TO ME?
Once the painting is finished, I will send a digital image of it to you via email for your final approval. I will also send you payment details.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE PAINTING AND SHIPPING?
Once you approve the final work via email, I will ask that you submit your full payment via this website. I take most major credit cards.
Your painting will be shipped to you via UPS Ground after receiving full payment.
AM I OBLIGATED TO BUY THE PAINTING?
There is no obligation to purchase the painting at the final approval stage. If you change your mind before I ship it to you, simply let me know. Other than the initial down payment, no other charges will be made to you.
WHAT ABOUT FRAMING?
Most customers prefer to arrange their own framing locally. If you’d like, I can recommend a quality framing shop.
WHAT WILL A COMMISSIONED PAINTING COST?
What follows is a sampling of prices for original oil paintings by size. You’ll want to discuss the size options with me before we start. Other sizes are available. Shipping costs will be extra.
12” x 16”: $250
12” x 24”: $350
16” x 20”: $400
18” x 24”: $500
15” x 30”: $550
Prices may vary depending on complexity, size, materials, etc.
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