COMMISSIONS

Commission a Portrait

Examples of Commissioned artwork
Portraits are quoted based on size, complexity and medium used and whether a frame will be included in the price. For best results, it is important to supply as many reference photos as possible.  Portraits are quoted based on availability of subject, size of portrait, complexity, medium used and whether a frame will be included in the price. You will work with the artist directly and she will help you to make the necessary decisions by asking many questions. Never hesitate to ask questions yourself or make suggestions. Suzanne needs and wants to know your needs and desires for the portrait because she wants you to be as happy with the results as all of her other clients have been. What you and the artist are creating together will become a family heirloom and treasured by generations to come.
Whenever possible and practical, Suzanne prefers to take the photos herself and meet the subject. A portrait should include a feeling for the subject’s personality. When photos cannot be taken by the artist due to death, distance or because it is going to be a surprise gift, it is important to supply as many reference photos as possible. You may specify which pose you prefer but the artist needs to get a sense of the subject’s personality by studying many photos. 

To obtain a quote on the price, Suzanne will ask you to bring or send copies of photos to evaluate and/or bring the subject. Then you will choose a style or mood that appeals to you and decide on a size and whether you would like us to supply a frame. Once you receive a quote, if you choose to proceed, you will be asked to send a deposit, usually the equivalent of half the quoted price. The balance will be due when the job is complete.

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Contact the The Way Gallery today to get an estimate on your next family heirloom.
The owner, Jennifer, looking ar a portrait of Cricket.
Jennifer - Owner of Cricket
Suzanne explains...
“The owner, Jennifer, wanted a portrait of ‘Cricket’ (deceased) as a surprise Christmas gift for her husband.  She supplied many photos of Cricket for me to study and left the pose and composition to me. We agreed upon a size, frame and price. In the end I chose these two source photos to work from.  In the photo on the left, I liked the tilt of the head, beautiful eyes and  expression on the and expression on the face but I preferred the more regal sitting pose from the photo at right. As the photos were taken when Cricket was older and thinner, I filled out her body so it looked more like she did in her prime.  I combined the photos and information to end up with the completed framed portrait which Jennifer deemed to be perfect. I seem to make a lot of people cry, but always in a good way”
Availability of Subject:

You may be the customer AND the subject of the portrait or you may be requesting the portrait of a different person. The artist will be able to give you a rough idea of a price range to consider what your price point will be. Ideally if the subject is living and available for sittings, Suzanne will arrange with you to schedule 2 sittings either at your (or the subject’s) home or at The Way Gallery.
Pricing and Payment

At the first sitting or meeting, such details as pose, size of canvas, clothing, background, frame etc. will be determined so the artist will be able to give you an exact price which will include sales tax. A deposit of half of the agreed upon price is required at this time. If a sitting/meeting is not possible or practical and photos are to be used, these issues can be determined by mail/email/telephone and confirmed in writing as agreed. The use of photos instead of a live sitting is discussed later in this section.

If the painting is to be delivered by hand, the balance is due on receipt. Suzanne routinely opts to hand deliver when practical. Within the last year, she has delivered orders to Georgia; Shreveport and Lafayette, Louisiana; San Antonio, Llano and Dallas, Texas; Northwest Arkansas; Norman, Oklahoma and many destinations within Tennessee. Suzanne’s art hangs presently in collections in 14 states and 3 countries. If the portrait is to be shipped, a photo by mail or email will be sent to you for approval and the portrait will be shipped after payment has been received and cleared.

GETTING STARTED WITH A LIVE SITTING

Suzanne will begin by sketching from the live pose and conversing with the subject to determine natural expressions and personality. She will also mix skin, clothing and background color samples as necessary and will take many photographs so that she will be able to continue much of the work back in her studio. If it is practical and needed, Suzanne will schedule a second sitting to confirm colors or other issues. 

GETTNG STARTED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS

Whenever possible and practical, Suzanne prefers to take many photos herself and meet the subject. A portrait should include a feeling for the subject’s personality. 

When photos cannot be taken by the artist due to death, distance or because it is going to be a surprise gift, it is important that you supply the artist with as many reference photos as possible. You may specify which pose you prefer but the artist needs to get a sense of the subject’s personality by studying many photos in lieu of meeting the subject. This applies to portraits of people or animals.
Landscape painting

CHOOSING THE MEDIUM… OIL OR ACRYLIC?

Oil paint is the traditional medium used for portraits because of its richness and slow drying properties allowing for easier and more leisurely blending of colors. But if Michaelangelo had ever had the chance to use acrylic paint, he would have jumped at it but alas, acrylic paint was not formulated until the 1950’s (sorry, Mike!). And it is only in very recent years that it has been improved and appreciated for its unique qualities. 

Acrylic paint is very fast drying so in that regard presents a challenge to the artist to work more quickly and confidently. For this reason, acrylic is more widely used for landscapes than portraits. Suzanne however, is equally comfortable using either medium for portraiture. So it becomes a matter of taste and also affects delivery. If a painting is to be shipped, it will take much longer for the oil painting to dry to the point that it is safe to ship whereas an acrylic painting can be shipped easily within days of being completed. If it is to be hand delivered, the oil painting can dry as happily on your wall as it can at our gallery!   

Some examples of Suzanne’s work: 

in oils:   Mona Lisa , Rachel , Blues Kitty , Can We Talk?
in acrylics:   Beau , MagnifiCat , The Paint , Rhett .

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