NOTE: Anya currently taking a break from dog commissions but if you'd like to register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put you on the waiting list and be in touch when they re-open. All other commissions are still open.
When painting non-commissioned artworks I usually have no idea how the piece will turn out- and this is what I love. I choose a colour then instinctually make marks and select other colours according to how I feel at that time. The complication with commissions is that there is the varying expectations both from the client and from me as to how the piece will turn out. And sometimes this results in a guessing game for me - trying to predict what the client wants and if that will work as a painting in itself. It all becomes very complicated and confusing SO what I like to do is get a rough idea of what the client is after. For example subject matter, rough colour palette, size and if there’s any of my previous work of mine that they fancy. This allows some guidance but also gives me the freedom to find some magic in the piece. It’s kind of a control thing and kind of a need for space to explore something new. So it goes without saying that by booking a commission with me the client must be open to a certain level of stylisation and interpretation of the subject matter.
I usually then allow 2 changes to the piece, after which if the painting needs more than that it usually means it didn’t work and making too many changes can mess with the spontaneous nature of the artwork I like to create.
When providing images it’s best to send a selection- I will know when I see the image I can paint but it’s hard to be specific about what it needs to be- sometimes it’s just a feeling. I generally paint quite simple compositions and I prefer singular subject images- formal portraits if you will. I’ll occasionally paint two subjects in one painting but it has to be the right composition and it has to be two of the same species (generally), i.e. two dogs or two kids- not one of each. The smallest I can paint two subjects is 76cm x 102cm or 102cm x 102cm (I find painting small, crowded compositions takes away from the expressive pace I like to paint at).
As I’m now juggling time between keeping a small human alive and painting I can only give rough timeframes. If there’s a particular date the client needs the work by I will endeavour to meet that.
I prefer not to exchange money until the client is happy with the piece. If there is an instance where the commission did not work out we can usually sell the piece (depending how personal the commission was) in my gallery, it is then up to the client and myself if we try again or leave it.
Once the client has been notified of the completion of the commission and it has been approved they have one week to pay for the piece and 4 weeks to collect, after which the client will be charged a storage fee of $50/ week. If the artwork is to be couriered, this will be included in the quote.
Hopefully that makes the process of commissioning work by me a little clearer. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with questions and queries.