tomplummer

ABOUT COMMISSIONED PAINTINGS

I do commissioned paintings on a very limited basis. I need to allow time for my own painting and gallery work. Depending on the complexity of the painting, the medium (watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage) the framing, and the size, I charge between $600 and $1,500. Larger or more complex paintings may be more expensive. I am quite willing to work out payment terms with clients. Paying over six months, for example, is quite acceptable. 

Please read this carefully: I call the shots on portraits. I decide on design, colors, shapes, medium, and anything I deem to be artistically important. Im a creative artist, not a portrait artist. Your commissioned painting may not look like you. I'm using you to launch a piece of art that in some way resembles you and includes you.

Let me give you an example. Here is one of Picasso's paintings when Dora Maar was his model: 

And here is the real Dora Maar. Picasso used the real Dora Maar to create artwork that bears no precise resemblance to her, yet it somehow does resemble her, 

Some conditions of commissioned work that I hold to if at all possible:

1) I take the photographs for the commission myself. In some circumstances, such as distance, I will use one of your photos that we both agree on. 

2) The client pays 50% of the agreed-upon price at the outset.

3) I can be possessive and grumpy about being in charge. I do not welcome comments or suggestions along the way. In fact I will not show you the painting while I am working on it. And finally, the finished painting is just that: finished. No revisions unless I see something needs to be changed. Final payment is due before I show it to you. 

4) Clients must realize that I am committed to stylistic elements (often colorful and abstract) that I have used for some time. I do not paint in a realistic style. There are such portrait painters, for example Christian Richard Nelson (http://richardchristiannelson.com/). His fee for a portrait runs about $12,000.

5) I prefer to meet with clients before photographing and painting begin so that I have some personal thoughts about them. My painting is highly subjective and works best if I get to know clients beforehand.

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Gail

Gail

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Brigham Young

Brigham Young

Tommy Playing his Trumpet

Tommy Playing his Trumpet

                                                    Mike

                                                    Mike

Fernando

Fernando

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