I do accept painting commissions. People are often a little apprehensive but a commission is an exciting two way process, you are welcome to inquire with no obligation to proceed.
Please do think about a few points before contacting me though, consider;
What approximate size you want the painting?
What is the subject, what feel or impression do you want to convey?
What do you want to spend, does your budget need to include framing and postage?
When do you need the painting for?
If it is a secret/surprise how do I contact you.
Q: How much is it?
A: Well that depends on what 'IT' is. I need to know the size of art you would like and the subject as pricing is largely dependent on the size and overall complexity. Time restrictions may also add additional costs. I usually suggest a few options pointing out the pros and cons of each idea including estimated costs, timeframes, pricing etc.
Q: What is it?
A: Paintings are usually in Acrylic unless we agree differently. Most folks like the look of art on canvas so the surface can be stretched canvas or canvas board. However I also frequently paint on hardboard I prepare my own way to a smooth finish. Let me know if you have a preference or we can discuss it.
Q: How does my idea get in your head?
A: Please describe your idea, send me photos, draw a sketch, show me an image similar to what you are thinking of. The more descriptive you can be the better. I cant read minds!
Q: What if I dont like it or change my mind?
A: I email or publish updated images on the web allowing you to see the work as it progresses. Work will commence when an initial sketch is approved. As such there should be no surprises. (During the process small changes can be made as we go along but big changes and reworking may incur an extra charge).
Q: When do I pay?
A: On acceptance I require 50% payment. The remainder is payable on completion and must be received before the artwork is delivered or collected. Apart from some very specific works a full refund is payable if you really do not want the final piece - but I dont anticipate this happening!
Q: Do you deliver outside the uk?
A: I do. This can be arranged between us but will add to the cost and delivery time compared to a 'local' commission.
Q: What about framing?
A: If you commission I price the work without a frame. The service can be done at extra cost and time but most clients opt to receive it without frame because of one of the following.
(1)You might not like the frame I choose, or it might not suit your room.
(2)Framing adds weight and size which increases the cost of delivery.
(3)If artwork is glazed the glass may break and damage the artwork in transit.
(4)Some couriers wont carry or insure any art with glass.
Q: Do you work from Photographs?
A: Very often. If you want a painting based on a photograph it must be copyright free or I need written consent from the originator. Good photos are essential. I can use standard photos or receive them by email or on disk.
People love having unique art on their wall, as a focal point in a room, they are always a topic of conversation and capture a personality and a moment in time. For centuries people have enjoyed portraits of themselves, their children or loved ones. There is something quite special about a painting that photos, despite being realistic, still don?t capture. I tend to think a photo hangs on a wall but a portrait lives in a room. As well as people I also paint portraits of pets and even vehicles or childhood toys! I like getting unusual requests :-)
I paint portraits with artists heavy body acrylic paint on canvas. I use acrylic because it behaves in a way that suits my painting style. The pigments(colours) are the best arround and exhibit the highest levels of permanence and light-fastness. Acrylics dry much faster than oil paints (so you can get your art quicker) and tests have proved their longevity equals or exceeds that of oil paint.
In this modern throw away age I find customers appreciate that people like myself still have a craft and find reassurance that unique personal things can be created to last and be enjoyed for generations.
On enquiry the client describes what they want or expect. (stuck for ideas? click here) I can give a guide to what this will cost but if working from photos I need to see them to evaluate their quality and usefulness to me as an artist.
After a 50% deposit I produce a sketch, colour rough or on occasion a few ideas that I believe could work, sometimes suggesting a 'wildcard' composition or idea the client hadn't thought of. At this point the client can say their preference or request further refinement.
When given the OK I can get on producing the artwork. If the client would like it I can email progress photos or post online, eg on my Facebook page. Once completed the client pays the outstanding balance and can collect the artwork or it can be packed and deliverd at cost to the client. Delivery charges will depend on weight and size.
The customer is responsible for framing.
There are two parts to the time frame. The painting itself and the preparation/research beforehand. One should expect one to two months.
[PREPARATION] The preliminary stages before painting are very important. Some clients find it hard to define what they want or supply good photos or decide on size etc which ads time, I also need to do a sketch the client can approve before I begin committing paint to canvas. Other works and professional commitments also impact on schedules. I should be able to indicate a timescale when contacted.
[PAINTING] I have been known to produce a painting within a week however it usually best to expect a couple of weeks of painting and a little more time for me to 'live with it'. That is to say, I stop painting, put it aside for a few days then go back to it with fresh eyes - this often shows up any quirks I might want to ammend. Following this I will varnish the work.
I can work from life, mainly taking my own photos and doing sketches or, as many people seem to prefer, I can work from photos.
For a really good portrait painting based on photographs it is ESSENTIAL that these photographs be good clear photographs taken in natural light. I would like to stress that last sentence, please read it again!. Artificial light and flash photography provide little or no assistance to me in creating a likeness.
I can give further tips on taking photos that can help the client and I save time. If a supply of recent photos are not possible I can review what photographs you have and tell you what I may be able to do.
Things I will need to know are:
Who it is for?
What size of painting you would like?
What is art of i.e. Full figure, upper body or just head and shoulders?
What method of reference is prefered - your photos or in person?
How much the budget is?
How many people in the painting?
When the painting is for?
Why this art is required, eg birthday, retirement etc?
Where is this painting going?
Is this a surprise? if so state preferred contact method.
Answers to all these tend to get a swifter response and I'll ask them anyway.
Some people find a portrait 'not right' at first as they are so used to seeing themselves reversed in a mirror. It can take a week or two to get over this mirrored self image and view the art as others do. I request people retain a work for this time before any returns. (Its never happened so far by the way!)
People think of portraits as the dark gloomy historic art you see in old museums but portraits can be done in a number of ways for different effect. The subject (person in the painting) can be on a simple background so only they are the focus or they can be on complex background and interacting with it. The subject can be well lit, in gloom or a particular mood conveyed with colours. The subject can take up the whole painting or a part of it.
Ideally the portrait should capture the personality of the subject, you may just want their face or maybe include a uniform or unique clothing style. Instead of a formal child portrait it may be more fitting to have them sitting outside on a skateboard complete with scraped knees and plasters. Maybe Aunt June likes tinkering with cars so oily overalls and her 'frowny face' is the way to go rather than a frilly dress and awkward happy expression.
Contrary to popular belief you dont need to smile in a portrait, Yeah, Honestly! Big grins can be fine for holiday snaps but a large portrait in a room permanantly smiling and glaring at you can become unatural feeling after a while and as humans we feel awkward with a very long unending smile. Subconsciously we get a little unnerved. Thoughtful, contemplative poses work well and eyes looking off to the side or towards the horizon can imply any number of feelings. A person character should suggest the feel and pose.
Portraits can be anything from full body to just the face and shoulders. And the canvas it is on can be square, rectangle, short and wide or narrow and tall.
To be confirmed.
Its only me doing this, I generally only work on a first come first serve basis.
Any photos supplied are for reference only while I do commissions. I can delete, destroy or return any photos after the painting is finished. I cannot use commercial photographs e.g. those taken by a photographer at a school, wedding or private photo session unless you can prove your ownership of copyright, or the photographer gives me permission to use them. Photographers may charge a fee for this and you will be expected to pay the required charge. Any photos I have taken are the property of the artist G Mundy. They may be used in workshops, teaching, self promotion or online for before/after examples.
Fees are subject to change.
A 50% deposit is required before commencement. The remaining 50% can be paid on completion of the portrait. Artwork will not be released until final payment.
Postage is included for original art and prints unless explicitly specified.
I post orders out as soon as I can but please bear in mind sometimes this wont be instantaneous, there may be a small delay at times
Art will be appropriately wrapped and packed for transport. Packages will be insured and tracked.
Check package on delivery before signing. Any damage or loss sustained in transport is the responsibility of the delivery firm. Gavin Mundy is not responsible for transport loss or damage.
Any damage sustained in transport must be taken up with the delivery firm.
Vouchers expire after 12 months from date of issue. Vouchers are for a set value only.
Discounts are ocasionally given for set periods and need a minimum of a deposit to be paid before the offer end date. Vouchers may be used on special offers at my discretion.
Copyright of artwork is retained by Gavin Mundy in all artistic works. Client may request a no-publish status for a small additional fee. Unlimited Reproduction Rights available for an additional 100% of portrait price.
Before payment and posting you will be asked to approve the artwork online or in person if possible. If the Artwork requires changes, you must state this BEFORE the item is posted out. If you require changes upon receipt of the artwork, then any postage costs back to Gavin Mundy, will be borne by yourself, and postage back to you once any alterations have been approved.
If you no longer require the artwork, after completion, then 70% of the agreed price will be retained by the artist for costs and time incurred. You will receive a 30% refund. However, please note that all rights to the image remain with the artist Gavin Mundy who has the right to sell or use the painting for advertising, or commercial use.
Text and artwork Copyright 2019 Gavin Mundy. All rights reserved.