It’s a smaller preparatory sketch. They are usually done just for the artist to explore an idea, or to work out the design and color for a larger commission. There is a bit of a likeness but not finished to perfection. They can be pretty loose and gestural. (For me they are my favorite!)
It will be any size from 8x10 to 16x20. Since this is a special promotion and not a straight up commission, you leave that up to me! I will make the decision when I choose the photo. Some may be on linen mounted on wood, some on a thinner linen substrate, or a special French oil paper I love~ My inspiration will determine what I use. All materials are archival. It will come to you unframed. This allows you to choose what best suits the particular space in your home.
A regular portrait commission relies on input from the collector and is a collaboration with the artist. It is a wonderful but more time consuming process. A regular commission takes into account size, complexity, accurate likeness, the amount of figures in the picture and a myriad of other things. With a regular commission, I will do touch ups, adjustments, add pets, and match your sofa if you wish! (No, I’m just kidding, I won’t actually paint to match your sofa!- LOL ~but I will take ”color direction” ) This promotion is for an inspirational oil sketch. There are no adjustments, the likeness will be sort of there, it won’t be refined~ but, it also won’t look like Beast Jesus. (if you don’t get the reference, google it, it’s one of my favorite art stories, I howl every time I look at it… it defines how good intentions can go Very, Very wrong…) Anyway~ You will have to trust that I will paint what inspires me about your child and the mood of the photo. My best commissions and work have all been when the collector says “Do whatever you want, whatever moves you” By far those are my favorites to create. What is inspiring me right now is children doing things, hence the promotion!
You email me a few photos of your child, they should be snapshots, not professional photos! (Take a shot with your phone of the actual photo~ **Do Not Rip Apart the photo album that she made or she will kill you!) You should email me a few photos that you like, I will choose the one I want to do~ it will be a surprise for you as well!
The photos should be of your child “doing something” engaged in a task, reading, playing, making stuff or even if its sleeping! The child won’t be looking directly at the camera, you might only catch a glimpse of the face… It will be a classic snapshot of life at that moment. You will know the right kind of photo when you look at it and think to yourself “Ahhh, I remember that time, this photo is so…*insert name of your child!…” It will capture the essence of your child. You can choose color or a black and white. The black and white I will paint with a neutral palette so it will have a similar feeling.
For this promotion, just one. Just one child per painting. For commissions that require several figures, I still usually do a drawing or an oil sketch of each person singly. (You can contact me about creating multiple figures in an oil sketch, separately from this promotion) As for pets, no, not for this promotion, if it’s a child sleeping in the arms of a dog and you just want the suggestion of the dog not the whole dog, its ok. You get the idea.
The flat rate for this promotion is $500 + Tax. Shipping and handling are extra and will be determined later. You can use paypal. After you contact me, via social media or my website, I will send you an email to send the photos to, you will receive a reply from me that I received them and have one in mind. At that point you will reserve your spot with a deposit of ½ to paypal. firstname.lastname@example.org After it ships I will bill you for the other ½ plus tax and shipping and handling. (the wrapping and card are free!).
Until Mother’s Day! (May 13th!) You should realize if you send me the photo the day before and I have to paint it and ship it, it won’t happen. But to make you look good, I will send you an email that looks like a fancy gift certificate or something so you don’t look like you did this last minute. Your secret if safe with me! All commissions after Mother’s Day go back to my regular rates. If you would like some control over this process with size, color, amount of kids in the painting, a regular commission is the way to go, contact me for more information.
I will ship it, or if you are local, drop it off or you may pick it up from my studio. It will ship from Skaneateles, NY. Shipping, handling will be added later after they are figured. I will have it in a classic white shopping bag with tissue and a bow! If I’m shipping I will include the wrapping and you can put it together yourself. (*for extra points let your kids decorate the bag!) You will also get a blank gift card of one of my peony paintings~ Shipping estimates are less than $30- for most places in the US with UPS Ground.
As this is not a straight commission you are agreeing to my interpretation of your photo, without input from you. My rates for this promotion are less than half of my normal price. Therefore, there will be no returns, refunds or adjustments made to the paintings. If the painting is damaged somehow, I will make every effort to remedy the situation.
Oil paintings take over a year to dry completely, some more some less. I am painting very thinly for this series so they will dry quickly. I will ship them when they are dry to the touch (it will just take a few days) Keep in mind, they still can get scratched, even when they are dry! So please use care when handling them! You can take them to a framer anytime. There will be a note in the packaging to remind you!