Ordering a commission is an exciting step, and like the painting proces itself it is also a very personal journey. It is not just a snapshot. The painting has to convey the very essence of ones being.
The first thing to do is contacting me buy e-mail of phone and to let my know what sort of painting you have in mind. I can confer with you on suggestions or you use de size and pricing guide on this page. I consider all budgets wether large or small and any of your ideas, wether simple or complex.
When the portrait is talked through, and you feel confident and at ease about the commission we will be able to book a mutually convenient date for the first sitting. I will then send you an invoice to set out all relevant details that have been discussed. Normally I ask for fifty procent of the total agreed amount to be paid in advance, before the first sittings commence, with the remainder becoming due on completion and you satisfaction of the final work.
I can paint your portrait from life or entirely from photographs. My preference is to use a mixture of both. Reference photo’s are a good and reliable instrument to really observe the features of the portrayed. But in a life sitting I can get to know you as a person. We’ll have some relaxed conversation while I make some drawings and take photographs. You can tell me a little about yourself and what defines you as a person (or not, that is fine too). After returning to the studio I will work on a few different options regarding the composition. These will be sent to you via e-mail so you can choose which images you prefer from the selection and then we can begin.
When the portrait is nearly finished I will send you some images and you will be able to advise on the final adjustments and finishing touches. After the portrait is complete and everyone is happy with the outcome, we will arrange a convenient time for the painting to be delivered. Keep in mind that some time will pass before the paint is dry enough to be transported.
All in all the making of a portrait wil take up two to six months before delivery, depending on the size and timetable for the sittings.