How to Commission
How to Commission a Painting from Barbara Bays
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Commissioning a painting is an interactive process between the client (you) and the artist. It is the responsibility of the artist to translate your desires into a finished product to be cherished. The artist works closely with you on the many decisions needed to produce custom artwork. The process is involved, yet fun, and most people go on to commission additional portraits of their families, children, pets, etc. and decorate their homes with original artwork of loved ones past and present. All contacts can be done via the Internet and by mail if client location does not lend itself to an in-person conference.
The initial contact, in person, over the telephone, or via the internet, is for you and the artist to get to know one another. At this time the artist will ask you what you have in mind, explain the process, ask for your approximate size, provide an estimate of the final price based on size, degree of difficulty, due date, etc. and make arrangements for photographs, contracts and deposits.
Photographs: Complimentary shadows cast across the subject are best. It is the presence of these shadows and contrasts that allow an artist to translate a three-dimensional subject into a two-dimensional object and still give it depth. All photographs provided by the client will be returned; clients receive a copy of all photos taken by the artist.
The second contact, in person, over the telephone, or via the internet is to review the photographs, to refine sizes, colors, remove obstructions, and to combine photos (if necessary) into a "composite image." A deposit of one-third of the total estimated contract price, by cashier's check, and the signed contract is due at this time.
The third contact, in person, over the telephone, or via the internet, is to review the drawing as made available via email attachment or direct mail. Adjustments are made and colors are reviewed. After this meeting the drawing is committed to watercolor paper or canvas. A second deposit of one-third of the total estimated contract price, by cashier's check, is due at this time.
The fourth contact, in person, over the telephone, or via the internet, is to review the color and make any adjustments if necessary. Prior to client reviewing the painting at this point a panel of six other artists has reviewed it. Usually the client considers the painting complete and the final payment, by cashier's check, is due at this time.
We suggest that once the painting has been completed it be hung on the wall, unframed, and "lived with" for a short time. Any additional minor adjustments may be made at no additional cost.