The Wall – waiting for the commission.
Commissions are always a challenge to artists. When asked to produce a painting for a client a number of questions arise. What if they don’t like it? What if you don’t like it? Do you ask for a deposit? How much “freedom” do you have despite having to abide to the conditions set down by the client? How does one price a commission? What if they want the painting as soon as possible?
Many artists seek and enjoy painting commissions. I don’t openly look for them and if I do get a request for a particular drawing I agree to undertake the task only if I like the work sufficiently enough to exhibit it if the client refuses to buy it upon its completion. I have never had a client refuse to accept a commissioned work, have you? If so, how have you dealt with that?
Commissions have the potential to be very “tight” in respect of how the artist sees things. The client may want something as THEY see it, not the artist. I am of the opinion that if you commission a work, you expect the artist to be themselves. Surely that’s why you want a commission from them in the first place isn’t it?
Employing an artist to paint just for you is quite special and their remuneration should reflect that. It’s not easy to just “stop” what you are doing (and thinking) and paint something that is probably nowhere related to what you have been doing of late.
Artists need to mentally prepare themselves for commissions. This kind of work is a collaboration between artist and client; a journey together.
Tomorrow I will talk about a commission I am about to start.