Have you ever thought of hiring an artist to paint something totally unique for you? My newest collector did just that with a White Roses commission.

Let me walk you through the process of a commission.

It started out with her contacting me to talk about size and pricing. In this case, my collector had been following me on Facebook for several year so she contacted me via Facebook Messenger. 

Just a few months earlier she had bought a beautiful new home and has been decorating it meticulously.

She told me what she was wanting and we agreed on sizing. My collector knew exactly what she wanted. She then paid a deposit to secure her painting in my schedule.

Going by our conversations I provided a sketch of what I thought she was wanting.

So as it turns out, this wasn’t quite what she had in her vision of the white roses.

This is why it’s so important to have good communication with the artist you are commissioning.

She had no qualms about letting me know this was not what she was wanting. Which is great, because this is the stage where I as an artist want to know there’s a problem this big. Not after I’ve already started painting.

I’m happy to make changes and provide her with the vision she is commissioning me to paint. It’s important to stay in contact to maintain her vision.

Sometimes, a collector wants to work very close with me on the design and overall look like with these white roses. And sometimes, the collector just wants me to use my artistic skills with their loosely given vision (as in this sea turtle commission)

My collector was happy with the last sketch and so I started the painting. I loosely sketched the roses on the canvas and added the white paint.

She was very specific with what she wanted, which makes my job much easier. Delicate, simple white roses with a silver lining. No shading, almost like a screen print.

As you can tell if you’ve followed me and my art then you know this is not my typical style. I mean the flowers are of course, but the simplistic subdued palette are not my normal style.

I was so concerned that my collector wouldn’t be happy with this, but my fears weren’t warranted. She loved it!

And when she sent me photos of the painting in her home, I saw why. She had the vision from the beginning. She knew exactly what she wanted.

White Roses painting on collectors wall.

Doesn’t it look great? Now I know why she wanted such a simple and delicate painting. It’s perfect in there.

I love it that I was able to provide her with the physical results of her unique vision.

By the way, I titled this painting “Memories”.

So if you ever are looking around for the perfect piece for your space and just can’t seem to find anything that works, consider a commission. Most artists I know, including myself, happily accept them.

Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.

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