Commission a Portrait
Portraits are created using a combination of photography and painting from life, when possible. Ideally, the photographs used to create the portrait will be taken by the artist, but, in certain situations, depending upon the photo, the artist can use photographs provided by the client. We can structure this to work for you!
At the first meeting or conversation, the artist and client will discuss and agree upon:
The subject(s) of the portrait
Clothing to be worn
Where subject(s) will be posed for photography
Size of the painting
Location the portrait will hang
Portraits of children
Children grow so quickly and are constantly changing; capture a fleeting moment of childhood with an heirloom portrait. Photographs will be used for most or all of the process; children have a hard time sitting still! Optimally, photos will be taken by the artist.
A posthumous portrait preserves cherished memories of loved ones who have passed on. For portraits of those who are no longer with us, it is possible to work from photographs, when agreed upon with the artist.
Photographs are taken at the client's home. The artist will travel to the client's home with photography equipment to take photographs to be used as reference for the final painting. The equipment used will include a camera and a lighting set-up.
Circumstances allowing, the artist may also make a brief painted study of the subject(s) of the portrait for color reference. This will also occur at the client's home.
Sizes of final works are to be agreed upon between the client and the artist.
A head and shoulders of one person can range from 9" x 12” to 16 x 20"
A three-quarter painting (including hands) of one person begins at 16 x 20"
Larger paintings will vary and will be determined by the artist and client
Sizes for paintings with multiple people can also vary and should be determined by the artist and client
A head and shoulders of one person can range from 9" x 12” to 11" x 14"
Contract and Procedure
Once details of the subject(s) and size of the final painting or drawing have been agreed upon, a contract will be presented and signed by both parties, setting out the terms of the final painting and the payment schedule. The payment will be delivered in three parts. The timeline is outlined here:
First: at the signing of the contract, the client will pay a non-refundable deposit, for a third of the total payment. This deposit covers materials and initial costs. Photographs will be taken at this meeting, or at an appointment to follow. If time and circumstances permit, the artist will sketch one or more studies.
Second: a second non-refundable third of the total payment will be paid at the delivery and approval of a small study of the final painting, to be presented to the client. This study will establish final decisions for composition and color. The artist may provide two studies to choose from, with variations on pose and /or background color. At this time, photographs of the face and hands (if applicable), which will be used as reference for the final painting, will also be shown to the client.
Last: a final payment*, the remaining third, is paid upon completion and delivery of the painting. At this point, the client may request changes.
*The client has the right to refuse the final painting if they are dissatisfied, in which case they will be released of obligation to submit the last payment.
Pricing is variable depending on the size and complexity of the artwork, and will be determined between the client and the artist. To inquire about pricing, contact Chantal with details about your proposed artwork here.
The time allotted for the entire process, from start to finish, will be agreed upon by the artist and client, and included in the contract. The allotted time will start either at the signing of the contract when the first deposit is paid, or when photographs are taken, whichever happens first.
Frames and framing services are not included in the total cost of the painting. The artist is happy to assist the client in picking out a frame, and, if the client desires, can deliver the final painting in the frame. The cost of the frame can be paid separately by the client directly to the framer, or can be paid to the artist upon delivery. The cost of the frame, if billed additionally by the artist, is non-refundable.
The frame can be ordered to be ready at the same time as the painting, though waiting to see the final artwork is recommended.
Ready to find out more and start the process? Contact Chantal!