I've talked a lot about individual pieces of art I have done on my blog, but never about the actual process. Its dawned on me that many people might find the thought of commissioning a piece of art for their home quite daunting. I've had people say they don't know what to ask for, or they don't know if they can afford a piece. I thought I'd write this just to make the whole process (if you are considering one) clearer.
Every artwork I do is different, because it is designed around the individual client and their home, style and budget.
1. Price List
Upon any enquiry, you can ask me for a price list which I will send to you. These prices are based on readily available canvas sizes. If you would like to commission a certain size that isn't on the price list, I can send quotes for that specific size. Each canvas price varies on size, framing, and if postage is required.
2. Initial Consultation
The process of the initial consultation is completely free. Every piece, and every client is different. I've had clients who have a very clear idea of what they want, and others who need more of a design lead from me as to what will look good in their chosen room. I can provide ideas or colours and styles, and suggestions on sizing if you aren't sure what will work. I've also had clients who want me to view the space beforehand and give my initial thoughts, which can be useful.
3.Design Lead & Colour Palette
I ask clients to send a palette through of their desired colour scheme and the room which the art will be going into. If you aren't sure of what you want, I can work up a moodboard for us to agree on. I focus very much on the 'art for interiors' theme, and think its so important to take inspiration from the interior furnishings, decor and style to influence a piece. Every client style is different, from minimal and scandi to super eclectic, I'll make sure it fits into your space and style.
If there is any subject matter you'd like me to incorporate, I can do that too. I've had people ask if I can incorporate abstract versions of particular towns or cities, or qualities from their gardens or specific flowers. Anything goes - be creative! This can add another nice bit of personalisation to the piece.
We can then agree on a size, price and design for the piece plus postage costs. You can also request to get it framed through myself (I get an artist discount at the framers so its a cheaper option if you are thinking the piece might need it!)
I normally ask for 50% deposit upon initial commission, and 50% upon completion of the painting. I'll then send it out to you.
4. The Painting Process / Finalising
I'll notify you when I am starting the piece, and will work it up to a point I feel happy with. I just do my thing really, and this can take from as long as a few days to a few weeks. As I said, every piece is different so if you are looking for a painting as a present or for a specific time I'd suggest you ask me at least a month before it is due.
I'll send you pictures, talk you through what I've done, and then ask for your feedback. I can tweak colours, add more and take away to suit your requests. This means I can tweak the painting until you are happy with it and we can work together to get something you really love.
When the painting has been finalised and you are sure you love it, I'll then ask for final payment and will send it out. Most postage I use is tracked and insured to make sure your piece gets to you safely. You will get updates of the item arrival and the delivery driver will have your details if there are any problems. Postage within the UK is included in the final price. Postage outside the UK will be an additional charge.
6. Ta-da! You have yourself a lovely, unique painting for your home that has your personal stamp on it. Contact me via my email or on instagram.