Commission a portrait painting
A great deal of thought should go into what you want your portrait to convey. In beginning to explore these concepts there are a few basic things to consider when a commission is desired.
If you have chosen to have multiple subjects painted, will they be done separately or together? When executed individually the artist is able to create a unique image suited to their individuality.
There are 4 options when choosing a format; Head and Shoulders, Half Length (which has the inclusion of the hands), Three Quarter Length (down to the knees or slightly below), and Full Length. Please note the smaller the size of the portrait, such as a Head and Shoulder format, the less the background will be visible since the amount of canvas surrounding the head will be limited. A simple drop cloth may be all that is needed as the focus will primarily be on the face. Larger formats are not always necessary but it does allow the artist and client to be more creative with setting and composition.
Each portrait is custom sized. The painting may be of landscape or portrait orientation depending on the position of the figure, the setting, and considering the best composition.
Casual vs. Elegant:
Are you more interested in an elegant portrait with formal dress and setting or a more casual image in which the sitter is relaxed and amid an activity? The final version may fall anywhere in between these extremes. Consider, as well, what is more suited to the individual’s personality and how they would like to be seen.
Mood and Color:
There is a psychological element involved in portraiture. Choosing color themes is also important as the intensity or subdued quality of color within a painting evokes emotions from the viewer. Imagine a painted figure in which the shadows or background are interlaced with an acidy green or a crimson red verse a calmer, subdued blue. Besides reflecting personality, carefully coordinating the colors will create harmony within your portrait. The colors may also be custom designed to complement the decor of your home or office.
Setting, Themes, and Dress:
There are many options for the setting or backdrop of your commissioned portrait. The background could be in your home or office surrounded by favorite furniture and draperies already suited to your style. You may consider capturing the subject amidst a favorite hobby or activity. Sentimental objects could be discretely placed within the composition, for example, a favorite toy or family jewelry. When it comes to dress, do consider that clothes and hairstyles become out of date very quickly so it is best to keep the dress simple and natural or classical in style.
I offer heirloom quality oil portraits ranging in price from $900 to $25,000. The fee is based on the size of the portrait and the number of subjects. Portraits larger than 16”x 20” are an additional cost. The client is responsible for framing, shipping and all travel costs. A 50% deposit is required at the time of commission. Balance is due upon completion.
Please contact me for more information.