Painting Commissions

The Process

The painting commission process is quite simple and it is best we talk directly to discuss content, sizing and scheduling. However, for reference I have summarized much of the info below.

Portraiture

With a portrait commission please call so we can discuss the subject, location, dress and size. After which it is best that we meet for a sitting at the your home or at your choice of location. This is a photographic session which lasts between one and two hours, depending on the number of figures and the complexity of the composition and is a required as supplied photographs rarely meet the lighting and composition criteria required for a commission piece.

Still Life

For keepsakes, heirlooms and objects of sentimental value, it is best if I can paint them from life and not from a photograph. This would mean having the object sent to me. Please call so we can discuss the subject and size.

Landscapes

I can usually work from a photograph when painting a landscape or cityscape depending on the quality. It would be best to email me the photo for review so we have a common reference for discussion. Please call so we can discuss the subject and size.

Pets

Pets always have a place in our heart. With most portraits painted posthumously the success of the outcome depends highly on the reference photographs. We can work together to choose what will work the best.

If you pet is alive, I suggest a photo session at your home or park with their favourite toy.

General Information

Commission are painted with professional oil paints on either canvas or board and are painted in my impressionistic style. Smaller paintings hold up better on board, while larger pieces are better suited for canvas.

Due to the nature of which oil paint dries, oxidation, it can take up to three weeks before a painting is touch dry and can be shipped. Expect a commissioned work to be touch dry and ready for framing within two to three months from the start of the painting. Ideally, after six months the painting should be returned or taken to a local professional for varnishing.

Fees

Portraiture

Commission prices are based on a single person. I prefer to paint the subject life size and fees are decide based on amount of body included and background complexity. Prices start at $2,000 for a 16×20″ heads-and-shoulders portrait.

Canvas sizes may vary from standard sizes somewhat to adjust to compositions. Commission prices are based upon the size of the painting and the number of subjects. Pets and animals are an additional 25% of the price of the portrait.

The prices for two and three figure portraits will be established before the sitting.

Framing, shipping costs and travel expenses are in addition to the price of the painting.

Still Life

Commission prices are based on a single subject or arrangement of various subjects and the size of the canvas. Prices start at $750 for a 12×16″ painting but are adjusted based on final complexity. Canvas sizes may vary from standard sizes somewhat to adjust to compositions.

Framing and shipping costs are in addition to the price of the painting.

Landscapes/Cityscapes

Commission prices adjusted based on the complexity of the scene and the size of the canvas. Prices start at $750 for a 12×16″ painting. Canvas sizes may vary from standard sizes somewhat to adjust to compositions.

Framing, shipping costs and travel expenses are in addition to the price of the painting.

Pets

Commission prices are based on a single pet and prices adjusted based on the complexity of the scene. Prices start at $750 for a 12×16″ painting.

Canvas sizes may vary from standard sizes somewhat to adjust to compositions. Commission prices are based upon the size of the painting and the number of subjects.

Framing, shipping costs and travel expenses are in addition to the price of the painting.

Deposits

A payment of 50% of the commission price is required at the time of the sitting (for portraits) or prior to the commencement of a pet portrait, still life or landscape painting. This payment is non-refundable in order to compensate for the artist’s time and progression of the painting. The remaining balance is paid upon completion of the painting.

Contact

Call (604) 561-5998 or email me directly to explore how I can help you capture those once in a lifetime moments that are worth remembering for years to come.

   – Michael

The Process

The Process

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