Welcome back. I hope your year started awesome!
After talking about German and European habits and ways to celebrate, I want to get back to art today.
There are different ways and reasons to purchase art for your home or business rooms. If you just want to decorate a room or upgrade a boring wall, it’s totally fine to buy a print or poster, or even prints of your favorite and dearest photos. You may print them on a larger scale as well.
But sometimes you have something specific in mind. You may want something more personal, more “you” or a present for someone special. Possibly you just need something that matches the art you already have or matches your sofa. If you are a collector, then you know about all of this anyways.
One way to get something unique is ordering a commission (a painting or other piece) directly from an artist you like. This may be because you have a place in your home and know exactly, which color and style of painting you want to have there, or you want to have a specific feeling or memory there. I had and have all kinds of orders, from “I need something above my sofa that matches the cushions”, to “I inherited a very old fashioned oil painting and want somethin contemporary to balance it”. One client had bronze statuettes in his bedroom and wanted matching paintings as background to highlight them.
This client wanted a memory of their vacation where they were diving.
Later she ordered an additional one for the opposite side of the room.
My last order was from a regular customer who already owns some of my paintings and also had ordered commissions too. She and her grandson had a special routine:They were laying on the couch, looking at my paintings and showing each other what they saw and telling stories around that. They especially love that they can turn the paintings in different directions to find new things every time. Now the family of the grandson moved away and they can not do this anymore and he misses that a lot. So she called me and we put some ideas together. In the end we decided to make a ring running over 4 smaller canvases, So he has multiple options to arrange them, even as a curvy line.
After we decided the technique and colors, I made a sample. This is something that I always do. Sometimes the color does not give the effect, the client imagined or the technique does not work as thought. In this case we had to switch one color as they were too similar and blended too much, she also wanted it to be a bit “lighter” in the execution. I also made a video about the pour which I also sent her. So she could better understand why some of the ideas she had were not possible to put in one painting/technique. She was very appreciative and I got the go.
Before I started the actual commission I made another sample which I also sent together with the final set, so he could add it into the center of the 4 or as an extra. I also made a video about the actual process, so she and him could watch it simultaneously from their individual places and can share this experience. After 4 weeks, including drying and varnishing I could finally send it all together to her. For me as an artist or creative person it’s always the best feeling in the world to get the response from the client. When they are happy and amazed. Looking at the art they created together with me and seeing them realizing that they have something beautiful and unique, hopefully even better than they imagined.
One thing when accepting commissions is that you sometimes have to work against your own taste.. I know some artists are very strict on what they do. They have one style and that’s it. They stick to their style. I personally like dark colors and metallics. My clients very often go for pastels or bright intense colors. But I don’t mind. I actually love this kind of challenge.
Here Some examples, what I personally love:
These feathers were ordered as a gift for a single mother and her son.
I guess you see the difference? I love to sit together with the customer in person or per video call and figure out what they really want. Sometimes they tell me stories about the person the painting is meant for or what they want to transfer. Sometimes they take one of my published paintings and say, like this but…. and it turns out to be something totally different. It is so exciting to get to know the customer and listen to their stories, and then finding out how to translate this into a piece of abstract art. You never know. - I love it!
Another way to personalize your space is buying a file for a print and then putting it on a surface of your choice, in the size you like. There are online services that print on canvas, acrylic glass, metall, and more. And these options deliver a very different outcome. Here some of my prints in several options:
“Wave”, Digitalt print from a painting on Alu.
“Globe” and “Sphere” both Digital Art, painted on paper and framed.
No matter what you choose, it will always be your own. You will have a personal and emotional connection to this piece, you barely will have with a random bought piece of art. But if you pick an artist and you don’t have a connection to them, leave. You deserve to be heard!
Feel free to give me your feedback or contact me for your own painting, created on your ideas. I also have a lot of digital files for sale or can create your personal unique piece.
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