I recently got my first painting commission. I won’t lie, for a long time I thought that I would never do commissions, the thought just struck fear in me! The idea of doing the perfect painting for someone just did not seem like something I could handle, after all, as an artist I always have that voice in the back of my head that makes me question a lot of what I do (I work hard on silencing that voice!). But a few years ago I got great advice from a fellow artist. He said he always does 2 paintings because it takes the pressure off. It was a fabulous idea!!! The idea of working on 2 paintings has lots of good points. Beside just taking the pressure off of ONE perfect one, if the customer gets very specific with what they want (even if you don’t agree), you can do one their way and one with your vision. Chances are they will like yours better, after all, they chose you for a reason! (They already like your art!). Doing 2 paintings has an additional plus side to it… they may want to buy both, which is what happened with mine!
Now, I have heard horror stories from some artists, and I don’t think I would take on a commission if I get just bad feelings from the customer (like they would be difficult to work with) or doing paintings that are just plain not my style, I think I would refer them to a fellow artist that works in the style they want. That would just be a pressure I don’t want. I LOVE painting, and I want to try and keep it that way!
This is the painting that they saw and wanted a larger version of. I did it 2 years ago and it sold this past spring. I will be exploring versions of this painting further, it was really fun to do!
By the way, my work is abstract, so I don’t know if this would work if you paint realistically. 🙂