I’m one of few artists who accepts commissions, and completes them in an agreed-upon timeline. Some of my fellow artists have many valid reasons for not doing commissions, and one of them is fear that the client won’t like the painting. One of the ways I avoid this from happening is by making sure the patron is familiar with my style. I’m not a photographic painter, so if you want an exact likeness of your great-grandfather in oil paint, I’ll refer you to someone else. If you want a colorful, textural painting that captures the vibe of the scene, then I’m glad to work with you. An important step in the commissioning process that I never skip is providing sketches to my clients for approval. I will not start painting until a sketch is approved. Sometimes the first sketch is a go, and other times I go back to the drawing board and make changes until the client gives me the go-ahead. This way everyone is on the same page. Here are three examples of sketches, and the final product. As you can see, a sketch is used to show the patron where each object will be placed, and the proportions.
I’m working on two sketches today for commissioned paintings, so I’m going to get back to that now. Until next time!
One time I heard someone say that successful people have a team of professionals. I’m not talking about a CEO with a full staff of suits, but am referring to individuals who work with a group of specialists who are ready to help. Over the years we’ve found some good people to help us out when we needed their professional expertise. Our team consists of the following people.
Medical: general practitioner who can refer us to specialists, and a dentist.
Financial: insurance agent, and a CPA who helps us with taxes, and answers our tax-related questions throughout the year.
Legal: helps having a brother who’s a lawyer.
Household: plumber, handyman, auto mechanic.
If you’re not an artist yourself, you should also have an artist on your team. There are many instances when you’ll be glad you already know one. If you start a business and need a new logo, if you need art for your home, or for a gift, and especially if you took a really great photo of your dog in front of a glacier, and you want an artist to paint it 🙂 Many of you who are reading this blog post already know me, and I’m honored to be on your team. And if you’re looking for an artist as you read this, then consider me for the job. My reviews speak for themselves.