Commissioning a painting is a shared experience between myself and the buyer. Understanding how the
process works and what is expected from both the artist and the buyer is an important first step to a successful
creative adventure. Developing a solid communication forum is an essential. The following description of the
commission process outlines specific ways in which the conversation between me, the artist, and the buyer
begins and is maintained throughout the commission process.
The buyer views my website (www.radleyonestudio.com) to become familiar with my style of work and to identify
some possible prototypes for the commissioned work. The buyer and I meet or communicate through phone
conversations and email about the subject of the commission, canvas size, color, and characteristics of the
environment in which the artwork will be placed. The buyer and I come to a tentative agreement on these
specifications before proceeding to the next step.
I send the buyer an invoice outlining the commission specifications including size, price, and time frame for
completing the work. Pricing is based on the size and composition difficulty of the piece. I will provide an
up-to-date price list. The buyer sends me a 50% deposit to begin the work. This enables us to have a mutual
investment in the work. (This deposit does not include the shipping/handling fee which will be added to the final
invoice and will depend on the size and weight of the piece.)
I begin the work, sending the buyer updated descriptions and photographs throughout the development process.
At each point in the process, the buyer makes suggestions regarding how the piece might be fine-tuned to
incorporate his or her preferences.
When the painting is completed, and the buyer has given final approval, I finish the work with two coats of finish.
The painting will need to dry for several days before it is shipped. Before shipping the artwork, I send the buyer a
final invoice and when payment is received, the artwork is shipped to the buyer.
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