Behind the Scenes: Commissioning Custom Art (Limited Availability)

I know everyone else is just getting their carved pumpkins and halloween costumes together, but I'm basically in full on Christmas mode right now. Because paintings make a special gift, this is a busier season as I typically take on more commission work than I would on the average month. I block out most of October through December for it. 

So, even though most people are thinking about this yet, it's time to start because I only have a few spots left for 2019. If you are wanting a special holiday gift, reserve your spot ASAP here. The last day to book a spot will be Saturday 10/12. I have to be really careful about how many of these I take on so that I can give 100% to each!

I pulled some images from a recent project for a wedding to give you a rough idea of how my commissions process works. Painting for clients is totally different than if I were just painting something for my online store. Normally, I just pick up my paintbrush and go. With client work, I intentionally create extra steps so that there is ample opportunity for feedback. 

Here's a quick overview of my process (which usually occurs over the course of a month): 

Part 1: Gathering information

Most of the time, I just need a few photos of what you want painted and an idea of what colors you like. I like to make sure it matches the color palette in you or your recipient's home! With pet commissions, I  also have a short questionnaire as well so I can get to know your pet and make sure his idiosyncrasies jump out on the page.  



Photo Credit: Jody Doyle

Part 2: The sketch 

When I'm painting on my own, I don't usually sketch things out in pencil, but, with commissions, this is a crucial part for getting feedback. People change their mind on X, Y, and Z, want things added in or taken out, etc. Sketching out a black and white version allows you/the client to get really involved in what's happening. 

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Part 3: The finished color version 

This is the fun part! After you approve the sketch, I will start painting. I usually complete this last stage by taking a few hours a day for 2-3 days depending on the size. I like to let the paint fully dry and come back with fresh eyes to add in more contrast and detail. Once completed, I will email you a photo for final approval. At this point, small edits and additions can still be made if you missed anything in the prior stages. 


If you have any questions, feel free to email me:

And if you're interested in gifting a commission: Book a spot here!