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3 Tips for Commissioning a Painting

Amy Dixon

Custom art work is one of the top things I get asked about when I'm out at markets. It can feel a bit daunting to consider having an artist paint something just for you - but I'm here to tell you that it can be a really fun and amazing process!  Here are 3 things to keep in mind when you're considering commissioning a painting:

Clarity

As much as I wish I could read minds (how handy would that be?!), I can't. ha. So, when I'm chatting with someone about a custom piece of art for their home, it is super helpful when the client has a clear idea of what they like. A great way to communicate this is through examples. Go through the artists porfolio/shop and save the images that speak to you. Why do like these so much? Is it the colour, the texture, the subject matter? Take a moment to consider these things and bring them up when you begin chatting about your commission. 
 

Location

Where do you want your new piece of art to live? Most people who are seeking out a custom piece of art have an idea of where they'd like to put it. Take some pictures of the room and measure your space. Sure, you can probably make a good guess at the size that would fit your space, but by taking a few minutes to measure it out you can be certain that it will be the perfect fit. 


Collaboration

When I take on a new commission, I see it as a true collaboration between myself and the buyer. I want them to LOVE their new painting, so the more we discuss the concept and the more feedback I get throughout the process, the better. It's really important to be honest - as difficult as that may seem sometime. A successful custom piece of artwork should bring you joy every time you look at it - and the process is part of the fun :)
 

Learn more about commissioning a painting from me. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me! I love chatting about this stuff. :)