Commission Painting


So I did my first large commission piece! It was super intimidating at first, but actually ended up being so fun and just reemphasized why I wanted to be a painter in the first place.

I wanted to write this blog to not only reflect on the entire process, but also to give insight on how to commission a painting from me and what that looks like.

The daughter of the person that commissioned this piece actually saw one of my paintings at Southern Antiques in Laurel and sent a photo to her mom of some of my paintings. (If you've never been to or heard of Southern Antiques, its a really cool store in downtown Laurel, and they have a section that they rent out just for local artists! They also have a ton of other good stuff too like home decor, antique furniture, bridal registry,etc.) Anyways so, from there she contacted me, and we discussed what she looking for, a size, a subject, and a price. She sent me some photos of other paintings that she liked and paintings that she had in home. She also sent me photos of the style and colors of her home.

After that, we met up face-to-face, so she could see what my paintings look like in person and further discuss what she wanted. We picked out paint swatches, and we went through my paintings. She pointed out some things that she liked and didn't like. I learned that this piece I was creating was going to go above the mantle of her fireplace and be a focal point in her living room (no pressure haha). She was also super awesome and brought a painting that she had in her home. I got to match the colors of painting and see them in person. It can be so hard to tell the actual color of things from photos, so seeing the pieces in person was so important.