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Commissioning a portrait
Commissioning a portrait can be a daunting process, so If you are thinking about it I hope you will find the following information useful. Although I treat each portrait entirely on its own merits, this will give you an idea as to how the process generally works.
This could be in person, over the phone or online. It will give you an opportunity to discuss what sort of portrait you are looking for, how formal it might be, the size and where it might hang. We might also discuss where the first sitting takes place.
Meeting the sitter, or sitters, in person is usually the next step. More often than not, it takes place at the sitter’s home or place of work. It gives us both an opportunity of getting to know each other a bit, and gives me the first real chance of exploring how to go about creating a suitable image. I usually bring a camera and sketch book with me so that after the sitting I can mull over what visual information I have gathered back in the studio.
Ideas as to how to proceed will have developed since the first sitting. Using photos, drawings and so on, I gradually arrive at a composition that becomes the starting point for a discussion. It’s a collaborative process and bit by bit we get to a point where we are agreed on the setting for the portrait, the pose, the background and so on. I like to have at least a couple of sittings where I paint directly from life, but I am always flexible.
The finished painting
I will continue to work on the portrait in the studio until I get to a point where I think the portrait is finished. At that stage we look at the portrait together and discuss what amendments, if any, are necessary. When everyone is happy, the picture is delivered. Framing is not included in the price, but I am willing to offer
The whole process generally takes a few months, varying according to
the complexity and size of the portrait. I use the very best materials
(oil primed linen and Old Holland oil paints) to ensure that the final work
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