Art: 3 must-knows before commissioning original artwork

Clients often reach out asking about what is required prior to securing a spot on my commissions list.  So, today I am writing a post all about the must-knows before commissioning original artwork for your home! 

Here's what you should know about preparing for a commission: 

image courtesy of Commission Client 

image courtesy of Commission Client 

1. Design details: color scheme, ideal location for the painting, and inspiration photos.  I always ask clients or interior designers to provide these 3 things via email when we finalize commissions.  A color scheme is important so I know what colors to include and which I might want to avoid in your original work.  Sending a paint chip of the color in the room or snapping a photo on your phone of the space is another perfect way to capture the overall look of the room!  Measurements of the wall or space where the work will hang are SUPER helpful and can help us to determine what sizes work best for the final work.  And inspiration photos of beaches or petals that you love are wonderful.  

2. Budget: Ideal budget is important to share right away.  My pricing for commissions is available upon request and I always strive to be sure that clients receive the painting that they are dreaming of for their space, but I understand that budget can be an important factor in deciding.  

3. Timeline: If you would like your work rushed for a specific holiday (birthday, anniversary, etc.) or can be more flexible with the timeline, this information is SUPER helpful for me as I plan my monthly commissions.  I can take up to 2 commissions a month, but often I have space last minute or can be flexible with timing, if needed.  

image courtesy of  Sweet Chaos Home

image courtesy of Sweet Chaos Home

One important note...

What not to send along: Other artists' work inspiration photos.  I know that Pinterest helps to curate a collection of works that may seem ideal, but as an artist I am very focused on staying true to my own style and form.  Therefore, sending along previous work that I have completed is MUCH more helpful!  I often tell clients to "shop my website or instagram" and to select their top 5-8 pieces from there to be sure that we are on the same stylistic and thematic page.  And it's a fun way for clients to begin visualizing their own painting, which I love!  

So, I hope you find this helpful and if you would like to get on the end-of-2018 commissions list, I have 3 spots left this year.  Feel free to email me at to chat commissioned original artwork.  

Have a great day!