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Commissioning Art

It is a pleasure to receive a commission request for custom artwork — and not uncommon. For example, you may like my style, but the color palette or size of my currently available artwork isn’t quite right, or you like a painting that has sold and would like to capture a similar look in a new work. You are willing to collaborate with me to create a painting designed just for you!

When commissioning artwork, it’s important to recognize that every original painting is unique, and your final commission will be a new painting.

  • Your painting will not be an inch-by-inch recreation of an existing image (though examples are highly recommended to help me understand your style and expectations).

  • Your painting will be completed in my artistic abstract style as represented in my portfolio of artwork (cynthiacoldrenfineart.com). This means I won’t accept commissions for highly realistic visual outcomes, representative portraits, or replicas of the work of other artists.

In the end, commissioned art is a significant commitment an artist makes to their client. Your art will reflect a personal client-artist relationship and represent a very special story of what inspired you to commission it. Thank you!

Creative Process

My typical creative process for commissions takes eight weeks. Completion factors include: my schedule at the time of acceptance; your design vision and its complexity; the size and number of canvases; revisions (which can extend the completion date); and final finishing and drying process. A typical eight-week process includes: 

  • Preliminary color sketch for client review and approval

  • Painting development, with progress images emailed

  • Semi-final client review (email/phone or in person)

  • Edits (if needed) (two edits included, which could extend the completion date)

  • Final client review and go-ahead

  • Final finishing coats (isolation; varnish)

  • Drying time*

  • Invoicing and payment

  • Delivery (DFW), or shipping, with Certificate of Authenticity
     

* Note: Complete acrylic paint curing (beyond “dry to the touch”) depends on paint thickness and environmental humidity and temperature. Shipping will occur when the paint is sufficiently cured to professionally package.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I request commissioned artwork?
The first step is to confirm that I am currently accepting commissions, based on existing commissions and other projects. Please contact me at cynthia@cynthiacoldrenfineart.com with your request.

What is the process for commissioning a painting?
When I receive your email request, I’ll contact you to schedule a meeting or phone call. We’ll discuss your artwork need, your style considerations and placement of the art, the painting surface (canvas or paper), the creation process and timeline as well as the cost and initial deposit. I’ll confirm artwork specifics such as size and number of canvases and your preferred color palette. Within three business days, I’ll email you a contract with pricing, dates and other details, and an invoice with a PayPal link to make a 50% deposit. Once the contract and payment are received, the creation of your painting will begin (based on my schedule at the time of acceptance and payment).

What is the cost of a commissioned painting?
My commissions start at $800; final cost is based on two other factors — size/number of canvases and design complexity. The total cost will be documented in the contract with 50% of the total cost due at signing to begin the commission.

How long does it take to complete a commissioned painting?
Commissions typically take eight (8) weeks but can vary. Completion factors include: my schedule at the time of acceptance; your design vision and its complexity; the size and number of canvases; revisions (which can extend the completion date); and the final finishing and drying process.

What are the steps in the creation process?

A typical eight-week process includes:

  • Preliminary color sketch for client review and approval

  • Painting development, with progress images emailed

  • Semi-final client review (email/phone or in person)

  • Edits (if needed) (two edits included, which could extend the completion date)

  • Final client review and go-ahead

  • Final finishing coats (isolation; varnish)

  • Drying time*

  • Invoicing and payment

  • Delivery (DFW), or shipping, with Certificate of Authenticity
     

* Note: Complete acrylic paint curing (beyond “dry to the touch”) depends on paint thickness and environmental humidity and temperature. DFW delivery can be made, but care should be taken in onsite handling. Shipping will occur when the paint is sufficiently cured to professionally package, typically 2-3 weeks.

What if I’m not satisfied with the painting?
While I work diligently to listen to my clients and create artwork that more than meets their expectations, creating art is, well, an “art” not a science! It’s possible that the commission doesn’t meet your vision. If after two edit rounds you are not happy with your commissioned artwork, you can apply 50% of your initial deposit (25% of the total cost) to purchase any other painting available on cynthiacoldrenfineart.com. I will retain the painting and can offer it for sale on my website in the future.

Will the finished painting be framed?
No.  Finished paintings on canvas feature museum-wrapped edges (sides painted white/black) on a splined stretcher (minimal staples; no bulky corners; canvas held in place in a groove with a rubber gasket -- enable flush wall mount). It will be ready to hang. Paintings on heavy fine art paper receive a final spray varnish (both sides) and are delivered flat.

Can I return the commissioned painting for a refund after delivery?
No. Once received, there are no returns on commissioned artwork.