Q: How do I commission a painting, how do I begin?
A: We set up an appointment to review your needs and discuss choices. E-mail me or call (858) 736-1034 to set a time.
Q: Can you work with photographs?
A: Yes. If possible, I will take my own. Only one to two hours are necessary for the photo session, in the location of your choice.
Q: Is it necessary to sit very long for a portrait?
A: Most people do not have the time or desire to sit much, if at all. If possible, I hope to meet my subject; I like to have a finishing sitting to correct coloration and details, but it is not absolutely necessary. A sitting can last from 1 to 3 hours.
Q: Do I see a sketch first?
A: If you feel uncertain about the photo selection and / or alterations to it, I can do a preliminary sketch to show composition and expression, for your approval.
Q: When do I pay?
A: When you approve the photos or sketch, you pay 50% of the total price, and the remaining 50% upon completion and delivery.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: There are a lot of variables, such as finished size of the piece, how much of the figure you wish to show, how many figures, what medium you prefer (I work in oils on canvas, or pastels on paper; another alternative is charcoal and chalk if you want black and white, or prismacolor [pencils]). These choices help determine price. Contact me and we can discuss this in detail.
Q: How long is the process?
A: You can expect a photo session and / or a sketch within 2-3 weeks. If you have a deadline, I can often speed this up. The painting can usually be completed in about a month after approval of the photos or sketch.
Q: Can I make any changes?
A: Yes. You can request one round of adaptations at no charge. I want you to be completely happy with the painting and will work with you. More changes beyond the first round are negotiated.
If you’d like more information or specifics, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: 858/ 736-1034.