Commissions are wonderful in that they are so personal: a favourite beach, a time of day or year, an emotion, memory or celebration. I almost always include figures to represent the client, their family and of course four legged friends!
The starting place when planning a commission usually begins with the cost and size of the painting. Clients will naturally have a budget available or a particular space they are looking to fill with a new piece of art work. The price arrived at will depend mostly on the size of the painting, I tend cost the work of compositions similarly unless they are especially complicated.
Each commission will be unique to every customer and I will work with ideas, narratives, colours and personal touches to arrive at a special piece which meets their requirements as closely as possible. Initially after working out the composition I’ll send out a pencil sketch which can easily be adapted, giving my client the opportunity to tweak or change anything they’re not happy with. I endeavour to make choosing the composition an easy process and whenever necessary I'll help with any decisions, making it an easy and rewarding experience.
My lead time is six to twelve weeks depending on the time of year, although I will always endeavour to fit a ‘panic’ commission in at sort notice! There is absolutely no commitment when asking for a price or for the running by of ideas.
My client and her husband had been visiting North Norfolk usually at the end of September/early October with their various dogs for around 15 years, immediately falling in love with the area, particularly 'dog friendly' Holkham Beach. Before her visit last year Janice decided that she wanted a painting showing the beach at Holkham.
I wanted to write to you to tell you how much I love the painting, which is really two different ones. During the day it reminds me of a stormy day at Holkham when the clouds roll in and then in the evening when I have switched on the lamp beneath it, the sun seems to have come out lighting up the beach and it brings back memories of many beautiful autumn days we have enjoyed there.
I have already found another place in the sitting room which is crying out for another of your paintings, so when we are up in Norfolk next year, we will call into your gallery and, hopefully, be able to meet you and thank you in person for such a beautiful painting.
Kind regards, Janice Hymas.