I have been very blessed, and had plenty of commission work during this past year. People are still buying art – go figure. Commissions are a good way to get a special piece of art that matches your sofa. Am I opposed to this, certainly not! I am still making money doing what I love, so I can’t complain. Since my work is very intuitive, it is hard to copy/recreate work I have already done in the past. The guidelines and limitations seem to translate into something lacking soul. So, in order to avoid this I just have a detailed questionnaire I give my clients so that I can still have the freedom, and maintain control (or lack there of) yet, fulfill the clients needs. So far, I have not had any complaints (unlike some other artists’ horror stories I have heard). Besides, most people who like/purchase my work are not high-strung, uptight people or expect a structured piece of work. I don’t normally attract that sort.
Here is a recent commission I just finished, and thought you would enjoy seeing the process. The guidelines: Energetic, palette knife texture, lots of orange,/red, gold/yellow with more black/dark areas than the original. Progress photos along the way. However, I felt the painting I used for inspiration is very flat and on dimensional. It took me a lot longer than I had intended, (A) I could not find a good red (B) I had no idea I would be traveling back and forth to NYC, (C) felt a little outside my element.
This is a painting the client saw somewhere on the internet and liked (sorry I have no idea who to credit):
…….and my interpretation, my style:
And while it was hanging in my studio, not quite finished, I could have SOLD it about three times, and got 2 commissions “in the flavor” of this piece. Cool Huh?