A couple of quick thoughts to consider in the commissioning process...
- I enjoy listening for and manifesting the passion that is my client's inspiration-I hold on to it and references these ideas and feelings as I create their painting.
- This process has an inspired way of leading both myself and the client to a creative place neither of us quite saw coming... the piece, although inspired by a very specific place and or event, begins to take on an identity of its own!
The "How-To" for commissioning an original work:
Commissions have developed into a welcomed and essential part of my artwork. These works allow me to forge extremely meaningful connections with my clients. I create small studies to present to clients before I embark on what is typically a larger piece. The client and I, based on the study, have a shared framework to work from. Some projects have inspired me to create two versions of the same subject matter-the client then has the opportunity to select one or even purchase both.
Here are some typical ways we have developed a commissioned work of art:
Clients bring me an idea and/or photographs of places and experiences that inspire them.
The process simply is driven by the client having a special location in their home that is just "waiting" for original artwork.
Life milestones can inspire a commission. I created a painting for a group of childhood friends to present for an upcoming wedding. Major birthdays, e.g. 50ths, have been the genesis for a piece.
I have been asked to reinterpret a masterwork of another well-established artist from another era in my own style. I created such a piece inspired by the 19th-century painter Frederich Edwin Church most recently.
Clients see a piece of mine they really like, but it has been sold; I work with them to create a new piece (see photo above) with similar structure and elements of the original but also work to create a fresh new piece at the same time.