MASTER OIL PAINTINGS
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Why Commission a Master Oil Painting?
THE COMMISSION JOURNEY
"I welcome opportunities to create commissioned artwork for individuals, groups, or professional organizations. My goal in accepting commissions is for the process to be both gratifying for me as an artist and pleasurable for those who have chosen to integrate my art into their living or working environment. I price my work using a formula that factors in the dimensions of the work, the costliness of the materials to be used, and the labor-intensity of the techniques and processes that will be employed in creating the work. Please note that an up-front design fee is charged for all projects. When a client chooses to move forward with the design, the full amount of the design fee is applied toward the cost of the project; should a client choose not to move forward with the design after receiving an initial drawing, the design fee is retained as compensation for my time in developing the design concept. In addition, once a design has been agreed upon, I will require a materials fee before production begins. Should a client refuse the finished artwork, the materials fee is retained to cover the cost of materials and time spent creating the artwork. I hope we can work together to create something beautiful for your home or office. So please allow possibilities full of ideas, new concepts, and new ideologies.
Thank you for your interest in my artwork."
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Create a unique piece based on your idea!
In fine art, the term ‘Old Master’ traditionally refers to great European painters practicing during the period roughly 1300-1830. A modern artist can never be categorized as an ‘Old Master’ but by using traditional oil painting methods we can duplicate how the Masters painted. If you are a lover of art or one who frequently visits art museums you’ll know that oil painting has a long and rich history. Between the high cost of oil paints, the consuming time it takes to create a piece and the high quality of painting that oil creates, it’s easy to see why oil comes with a more prestige title than other mediums. Oil paintings are higher in price because they are created by a skilled and experienced artist.
All paintings are Limited Edition and limited to 1/1- each painting receives a Certificate of Authenticity and artist signature. Sizes of original paintings vary and all oil paints are of top professional quality from brands: Gamblin, Rublev and Old Holland (highest quality pigments and triple milled for smooth texture).
All paintings are painted on pre-primed linen (fabric is single primed, extra fine, heavyweight 100% Belgium linen and its woven to the highest standards with a uniform weave).
*All paintings come rolled in a sturdy tuber package and shipped using priority mail with a tracking number*
*please contact me for custom size options*
*Please note that a $120 up-front design fee is charged for all projects. When a client chooses to move forward with the design, the full amount is applied toward the cost of the project: should a client choose not to move forward with the design after receiving a designed sketch, the design fee is retained as compensation for our time in developing the design concept.
The following rates are for a one subject oil painting (actual rates may vary depending on the number of subjects/complexity of the piece). Prices don't include shipping, which I will calculate at the end when the piece is finished (I ship worldwide).
I also offer a framed option for $200 extra where you can choose from a selection of frames and colors, and I will have a professional frame shop install the frame for you.
REQUEST A COMMISSION
How does the process begin?
Everything begins with a friendly and open conversation. You are under no obligation to buy anything or sign anything during an initial conversation. The purpose is to discuss our expectations and hopefully agree to move forward with a commissioned artwork. Once we agree on a general size and theme, we can begin to outline the price and a timeframe for work to be completed.
A sketched design will be presented to you; here your input is immensely important as any changes of the sketch will be difficult beyond this stage and time consuming. Once I have your approval I can begin finalizing the design.
How do you determine the price?
The final price can be estimated by the finished size. As a general rule, I charge $7.00 per square inch for commissioned artwork. For example, a composition measuring 10’x10’ (100 square inches) will cost $700. My work is done with great detail and high expectations as I expect something closest to perfection.
A famous artist quoted once “have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it”-Salvatore Dali
How long does it take to finish?
The time it takes to complete a composition varies depending on the size and complexity of the design. As a general rule, I estimate 1 month per square foot. For example, a finished piece measuring 15” x20” is roughly 2 square feet, therefore it would take approximately 2 months to complete. Deadlines and delivery dates can be negotiated. The final selling price may be increased for rush deliveries. The delivery date will be determined once both parties agree on the overall design and size of the artwork.
Can you create a design based on a photo?
Yes, but there are limitations. I cannot create artwork based on a copyrighted photo, licensed design or another artist’s work unless the copyright holder provides written permission. During our initial conversation, we may discuss options or interpretations of photos in order to agree on the best approach.
Can I choose the colours you will use?
My goal for every design is to create a balanced and beautiful composition with the utilization of high quality paints. I will create an initial drawing and will provide paint colour samples if you like. These are to be used as a guide, so that we can agree on a general color scheme and tone. However, the creative process often has a life of its own. In order to do my best work, I need to have flexibility. I purchase my paints and canvas fabrics from a few trusted sources that I’ve worked with for years. Having consistency and predictability in my materials allows me to focus on the artistic decisions.
Can I see the design before you begin?
Yes. I will provide an initial drawing before production begins on the final artwork. At that point we will have another conversation to make sure our expectations for the project are in line with each other. This is the time to address any concerns or changes in the design.
Can I see the artwork while you are making it?
I can provide “in progress” photos while working on commissions. But please note that the piece may go through several drafts and variations before I am satisfied with the design, and sometimes the final version is very different than earlier stages. I have found that sharing photos during different stages is confusing to the client and slows down the whole creative process. With every commission, my goal is to meet or exceed the client’s expectations. As the artist, I take the responsibility of the creative process very seriously.
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between the buyer/collector and the artist (Cirius).
Please review the following and contact me at CiriusScion@gmail.com
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*I accept direct payments, certified cheques, bank drafts, money orders as well as payments through Paypal at CiriusScion@gmail.com.