September 1st, 2016

Written by Eileen Treasure, Fine Art Consultant

It’s a big decision and maybe a little scary, too. Commission a painting?  Buy a painting without actually seeing it?  Our artists at Gallery MAR are true professionals. Often, they enthusiastically accept the invitation to paint something special and personal for a client. The results are very special.

On the practical side, a commissioned painting will be just the desired size and the color palette that you choose. But typically, it’s the subject matter that drives the decision to commission a work. Honoring a special time of life or event or pet, because paintings last for generations, is the perfect  occasion.

There is a higher level of satisfaction in saying, “The artist painted this for me — that’s my own, lovely dog!” In order to create a truly beautiful work, one that is from the artist’s view and inspiration, the artist should be allowed as much freedom as possible. A few particulars and ideas to spark the creativity of an artist is the perfect way to go. Over-direct a commission, and it is sure to be problematic.






Sometimes an additional painting is desired to accompany an existing painting from the gallery. The image above shows a Michael Kessler painting, “Oxide (4)” on the right, with a commissioned painting on the left, making a spectacular statement in this living room.

When you choose to commission a painting, the artist provides a sketch for your approval at the beginning and an image near completion for you to request last-minute adjustments if needed.

There’s no need to fear commissioning a painting, and Gallery MAR will help you every step of the way.

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