How to Commission a Painting

Firstly I invite you to a FREE consultation with me without any obligation.  You are welcome to email me sending photos of your loved-ones, favourite landscapes, family and even your house, for me to assess, advise and discuss the picture you would like me to paint in line with your budget. 

Personal contact between client and myself is a vital part of my process, because I like to learn as much as possible about the subjects I paint. 

Contact is on-going as you will find work-in-progress images popping into your inbox regularly, so you are always aware of how your commission is developing and can offer feedback. Your painting becomes a personal collaboration between you and the artist, myself Bee Skelton. And your painting will only be shipped to you when it has received your full approval. 

I use artist quality oils or acrylic paints.  Both are fabulous, but you need to know that they have different characteristics. Acrylic paint dries almost immediately, whereas oil paint takes much longer and time needs to be allowed after a painting is completed for it to dry before safe to ship. Therefore if you need your painting very quickly, please let me know and I may recommend using acrylics.

I work on high quality primed stretched canvases. The painting will continue on the sides of the canvas so the portrait can be displayed with or without frame as you wish.  (If requested, board and loose canvas options are also available). Your painting will be signed BEE on the front and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist, myself Bee Skelton.

As an artist I'm inspired by the affection my clients have for the subjects they commission me to paint. Whether it's their child, partner, parent, family pet, home or a favourite place, I find love infectious and some how it gets right into the paint.

Take a look at just some of the paintings I have already painted for happy clients. Then email me and let's talk.

I will paint a subject of your choosing; children, grandchild, wife, husband, mother, father, grandparents, any animal or pet, your house or a favourite landscape. The choice is yours. All I need are good photographs to work from.  I accept Paypal as it's a proven safe way to send money online. 

I work to your exact requirements of size and budget.  Commissioning a custom painting costs less than you might think and I think you will be surprised how well what you want can be made to fit your budget. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, because in the very unlikely event that you are not completely thrilled with my work (so far all my clients have been delighted) I will keep the painting to add to my portfolio and happily give you a full refund.

At the start you pay only 50% of the total price and the final 50% balance on completion only after you have seen quality images and given your full approval. The painting will then be shipped to you FREE of additional charges Worldwide.

When you pay for your order and send me photos, your commission is fixed in sequence with others outstanding at the time, and your portrait will be completed in that order.  If you have a deadline date it is important you let me know as soon as possible and I will move heaven and earth as well as staying up all night to get your painting completed and with you in good time.

Here's what you do:

Email me photos without obligation for me to assess, advise, and together discuss your requirements. If the painting is needed for a particular date, please let me know as early as possible.

Examples of just some of the sizes available, if you don't see the size you want, please ask:

3 x 4 in approx (8 x 10 cm)
4 x 5 in approx (10 x 13 cm)
5 x 7 in approx (13 x 18 cm)
6 x 6 in approx (15 x 15 cm)
6 x 8 in approx (15 x 20 cm)
8 x 8 in approx (20 x 20 cm)
8 x 10 in approx (20 x 24 cm)
10 x 12 in approx (24 x 30 cm) 
10 x 14 in approx (24 x 3 5 cm)
12 x 12 in approx (30 x 30 cm)
12 x 16 in approx (30 x 40 cm)
16 x 16 in approx (40 x 40 cm)
16 x 20 in approx (40 x 50 cm)
20 x 20 in approx (50 x 50 cm)
20 x 24 in approx (50 x 60 cm)
24 x 24 in approx (60 x 60 cm)
24 x 30 in approx (60 x 75 cm)
28 x 28 in approx (70 x 70 cm)
30 x 30 in approx (75 x 75 cm)

Larger sizes available

After payment, before I begin work, I shall need your final selection of photo images, preferably more than one. For portraits please choose high quality photos that are taken in close-up, have a facial expression you love and typical of the subject, especially with a clear view of the eyes. Shots taken in daylight are best please.  No flash.

For landscapes and outdoor scenes the best photos to work with are often those taken in early morning or late afternoon when shadows are long and colours interestingly varied.

Details will be discussed with you at every stage but in the main you can sit back and enjoy the work-in-progress images that will drop into your inbox from start to completion of your painting.  Your feedback is always welcomed.

An image of your finished painting will be emailed to you and your painting will not be shipped to you until it has your full approval. In the unlikely event that you are not completely thrilled (so far all my clients have been delighted) I will keep the painting to add to my portfolio and happily give you a full refund.

The artwork will be carefully protected and packaged, and sent anywhere in the World FREE of additional charge with Tracking number, signature on delivery.

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