Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Part 2 — 4 Steps to a Commissioned Painting

So, you now know what scene you are going to have painted for you. What happens next?

Step 3:
If the color palette is very important because of where the piece will be displayed, you will likely feel better (and so will I) if you are able to see a color sketch. Many people look at my color sketches and feel that they are not so much sketch as they are miniature paintings. Either way, by seeing, and approving, the color sketch, you will have an even better idea of what you will be receiving. 
When making my most recent commissioned painting, I was able to visit the home of the collector, and also take two pillows from their sofa, to utilize in an effort to match the colors of the room. I understand the notion that artwork doesn't have to match the sofa. I also understand the desire of an individual to have work that compliments the decor of the room. When that is important to the collector, I am happy to work within an specific color scheme. 

Pillows from the collector's home which were in my studio while working on the project

5 x 7 inch acrylic painting for approval ©Lynn Goldstein
Step 4:
Now for the real fun. With the color sketch approved, I am ready to start the painting. 
Once completed, if possible, I visit the home (or office) of the collector so that we can be sure that the colors work well in the room. Light affects the way that colors appear, and the light in my studio rarely matches the location of where the work will be placed. Once approved, the art goes to the collector if the painting was made in pastel. If the painting was made in acrylic, I will need to varnish the piece. After varnishing, the collector will be able to enjoy the painting for years to come.

The completed painting. Thrilled to announce the collector's loved it! 24 x 36 inch, Acrylic
©Lynn Goldstein

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