You know that original artwork is not only a wise investment, it improves the space in which the art resides. Perhaps you have picked up your artwork from a gallery. Perhaps you came across an artist at a springtime park event. Whatever has inspired you to bring home that gem that now hangs on your wall, you may want to consider commissioning artwork.
Why? Here are a few reasons it makes sense.
It is a common misconception that it will cost more to get a commissioned work. Artists often look for opportunities for a guaranteed sale. So, the artist will more likely lower the expected price for the work to ensure the contract. If the client has done her or his homework and found a painter who best represents their desired style, the artist and client often form a relationship to create a work in which both can take pride.
Perhaps the commissioned work is a moment in time. Portraits of people, especially children, capture an image that changes rapidly. Commissioned works of pets, whether still alive or departed, capture a remembrance of a furry friend. A rendered image of vacation reminds the viewer of a time of magic in a land far away.
The above image was commissioned to show two twins. Notice the personality differences between the two girls. They are now grown!
A commissioned work is much like a musical jam session.The client, the artist, and the art itself enter a dialogue. Artists often encourage the client to see the work in progress so they can discuss the direction the work should take.
A stylized rendering of my very good friend - Will
Long after the person or moment has aged, the memory has faded - the work remains. The work can be passed from generation to generation to tell the story of the family, its history, and its heritage. Works provide a context of that moment that will never be lost.
This work is the view out of the back of a cabin owned by a friend. That sunrise... whoa.
Beyond the fact that you are part of the creative process, you - as a client - have entered into the process of creating something that can be preserved indefinitely. Whether you choose to commission a work for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, the artwork persists through time.
The fjords of Norway. I painted this for a good friend as we journeyed together on this magical adventure.
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