I know many artists who wouldn't ever do a commission. They have in the past, and they really didn't enjoy the experience. Here are some of the reasons I heard:
On the other side, many art lovers are afraid to commission paintings and here are their reasons:
These can all be true! Commissions are difficult - they require some careful communication and negotiation. Don't be afraid to ask for the amount of money you need to do the project, and if you are a client- don't be afraid to negotiate.
I have done a few commissions over the years. I look forward to doing a multiple painting commission project one day! Here is the process that has helped me:
Here is a glimpse into how I created this painting:
Saturday 12 - 5pm. & Sunday 1 - 5pm Oct 24-25, 2020
Cost: $195 - includes most supplies.
Yes!! Our second Cityscape workshop. The first one was a big success. Everyone was amazed at the outstanding work they created during the workshop. City scenes launch our paintings because they can include so many different elements. Buildings, trees, transportation, skies, people... your imagination is the limit. What is most important is to experiment and play with form, colour and layering. You will create a painting starting with the sketch of a city scene, using markers, collage and photo transfer to complete your painting by the end of Sunday.
I love this workshop because everyone's results can be different from each other. Some want to draw an exact replica of a scene, while others want to work from a fantasy place. Following your creative desire is encouraged.
During the last workshop, some students brought ipads or laptops in order to work from a picture they like. Other's worked from a printed photograph from their own collection. I will have some city scenes available that are both inspiring and accessible for all levels. YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DRAW to enjoy this workshop.
I always work on board - never canvas. If you want to work on gallery quality birchboard canvas please bring these to class. I will be providing small boards for experimenting.
Please bring a sketchbook, felt pens, pencil and sharpener/eraser and apron. The rest of the supplies will be included.
Join us in the brand new MONA LIST ART SALON for the first inaugural workshop!! This space is absolutely breathtaking! It will inspire your creativity. There is plenty of room for each participant to paint and express themselves.
The workshop includes assistance with:
We use fluids and inks in this class, plus charcoal sticks, pens, pencils - basically anything that makes a mark. We will also use Acrylic Matt Medium. Some bonus supplies will be available, but you will have a full supply list once you sign up.
Cost: $175. (Free GOLDEN acrylic apron to the first 6 registrants)
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Mona Lisa Art Salon - 1510 7st. S.W. Calgary, Ab. located in the heart of 17th Ave. S.W. at Just three doors down from Mona Lisa Artists’ Materials
in-person @Mona Lisa Artists’ Materials - 1518 – 7th Street SW
Creating a commission painting is a long process and a road which many artists refuse to embark on. Why? Well there are a few reasons why artists often don't like doing commissions:
Most of the time, I really enjoy the challenge of a commission. I try to mitigate some of those above issues by:
The library is one of my favorite places in any city or town and so when I am asked to teach a workshop at the library, I always make the time. This year i facilitated a workshop at the Crowfoot Library and the subject was CITYSCAPE painting. Below are some images of the class and a one participant and her beautiful painting!
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Here is the view that is inspiring the new painting.
I am in an apartment at the bottom this hill. I come up here often to see the view, to run, to relax, to meditate, to take photos and now to draw.
I did a light watercolour and sketch from the top of the hill. the rest of the work happens in the studio.
I carried this birch canvas up the hill along with a little tin of watercolours, one paint brush, pencil, charcoal and a little stool. I sat on my little fold out stool, put on my headphones and I listened to Cindy Lauper while I took in the scene. It isn't always Cindy Lauper. This is absolutely my favourite activity - drawing plein air. You know, on location. I have drawn from this view point before, although a different scene. Here is a video of a painting I did from this hill 6 or 7 years ago! I am happy to revisit the location, but with a new approach. All is fresh, but familiar. It is a nice feeling.
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great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.