~ by Maria Benner
There are few gifts more unique and personal than a commissioned oil painting. If you’re considering giving one as a gift this holiday season, but don’t know how to commission a painting, here’s a step-by-step guide.
Step 1. Decide on the subject matter for the painting: a place, person, or thing (or all of the above).
Step 2. Contact us at least two weeks before you need the painting. During busy times, like the holiday season, the earlier you place the order, the better. Now is actually a great time. We will need to know the size, and when you need the painting. Then we’ll send you a price quote.
Step 3. Send us photos. The more, the better. Don’t be shy. You can either e-mail them to us, or stop by the studio to discuss the concept in person.
Step 4. Scott will create sketches of different options, or just one sketch (if the concept is straight forward), and send it to you for approval. This is the time to make changes, and dial in the painting concept.
Step 5. After the sketch is good to go, Scott will start painting. When the painting is done, he’ll send you a photo. Then you’ll have a very short window to make any small, last-minute tweaks, if necessary, before the paint dries.
Step 6. The oil paint will take about 10 days to dry. Then Scott will coat it with a clear protective varnish, and frame it. Then you can pick it up, or we can mail it to you, or to the recipient.
Another option is to give someone the experience of commissioning a painting, by giving them a Gift Certificate.
Here are a few examples of recent commissions.