Artwork by Dana Mooney
Artwork by Christine Dovey
Artwork by Jen Ramos
Happy Thursday dolls!
A few years ago I really started getting into investing in original artwork. It all really started when I was redecorating my home. I wanted to add personal touches that truly showed my personality and style and what better way to do that then through art. Honestly I didn’t know where to start but it all really began with Instagram. Although, in this day and age, almost everything starts with Instagram, right?
After stumbling upon an amazing artist named Jen Ramos, I fell in love with all of her pieces. Her style and aesthetic was everything I was looking for! The only problem was that she would do a large release of artwork and it would instantly sell out. Upon further investigation of her website, I saw that you could contact her directly to commission artwork. Thus began my artwork obsession.
Jen was quick to respond to my email and the process was so easy. I commissioned a stunning piece of original artwork and a few weeks later it was delivered to my door! After working with Jen, I began looking for other artists not only Instagram but also through internet and Etsy searches.
Commissioning artwork was such a wonderful experience, I decided to contact other artists. Room by room I worked on redecorating. At that point I found that I was decorating around the art. It made the decorating process so much easier!
Here are my tips when commissioning artwork:
Find your Style
Quickly I realized I gravitated towards abstract artwork. From there I would conduct searches, mainly on Instagram and Etsy, for “abstract art.” I would “favorite” the item or simply take a screenshot. At that point I was able to narrow down my style and the artists to contact.
Email the artist and ask if they are available to take commissions. Once you establish that they are accepting work, ask how much they require in advance. A possible range can be anywhere from 25-50% down in order for them to begin your painting. Next, they will ask what type of art you want (i.e. style, colors, etc.). Review their previous work or even their current pieces. You can then reference the names of the artwork that you liked.
For instance, when working with Jen, I told her that I wanted my art to be in the style of a painting she had on her site but I wanted a different color scheme, specifically adding more gold into the painting. She was happy to have a frame of reference and then she was able to create.
Know The Dimensions
Make sure you know specifically the dimensions of the space you will hang your art. Keep in mind, if you are going to frame the piece or even add matting that will add the size of the artwork.
Typically it will take 6-8 weeks (if not longer) to complete your artwork.
Ask About Framing
Check the artists website or ask them directly if they offer and option for framing. I was so eager to receive my artwork that I would have been so upset if I had it delivered only to take it to the framer the next day. Also, the artist might have a relationship with a certain vendor and be able to offer a discount on the framing.
Ask The Artists Opinion
Don’t be shy to ask the artist if you aren’t quite sure about a direction you should take with the artwork. Send them pictures of the room where you intend to hang the artwork. Perhaps they might be able to give you suggestions that you would not have thought about.
Have you ever commissioned artwork? I would love to talk to you in the comments below!
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