The process of Having Your Portrait Painted
I like to ask my client first what budget they have in mind so we can discuss how to give them something they would like and be able to afford.
In this way we can discuss options and I can compose the portrait with their budget in mind.
There are many different possibilities in oils or drawings, sketches or very detailed work, just the head or more of the body, with or without background, etc.
I like to meet the client when possible but sometimes it is not. The most important thing is to get the right photograph.
When I can I take my own. Otherwise we discuss what I need to be able to make the best portrait possible.
I like to spend time with the people I paint, to get a feel for their personalities. This too is not always possible but then I find out what I can, in a long distance situation or a surprise.
We can Skype or I can talk with the families.
Deadlines are sometimes difficult without good notice ahead of time.
If we have a chance to meet and to visit, we can look at many samples of my previous work in all sorts of formats large and small .
I take the photos and then we choose the best one together. We keep taking pictures till we are all happy.
I work on the portrait until I need a sitting, often quite short. When I am ready we look at the painting together and I adjust anything that might not be perfectly accurate.
The painting does not leave the studio unless we are all more than happy.
Framing is not included in the price of the painting but I am willing to advise or recommend frames suitable for my portraits, and I have samples and photographs of these too.