One of my goals in writing this blog is to educate potential clients about what's involved in commissioning high quality portraiture. Sometimes people's expectations can really throw me for a loop, so I consider this post to be my first public service announcement. Based on the following, I think I've got my work cut out for me.
The above portrait is one I recently completed. A larger version is on the homepage of my website. If you keep clicking on the image you'll be able to see enlargements of details and see some of what went into creating this challenging commission. Click on each enlargement and the magnification will continue to increase. It's a portrait of the Hart-Cohan family. It's a posthumous portrait of the mother, Arielle Hart. The size of the portrait is 4' x 6' and it took over a year to complete.I just received an e-mail from a potential client.
The e-mail read as follows:
”Need a painting by Friday of my parents and/or family. Similar to one on your homepage. I need a price quote ASAP Sir. Thank you!”
Until next time…
I could not find anyone to give me a quote on mowing my lawn by Friday!!! Maybe they are in such awe of your talent that they think that talent bypasses all need for effort? This has had me laughing for ten minutes!
When I first read the email I thought, somebody must be pulling my leg. Turns out it was just my funnybone.
I don’t see what was so odd about the request. After all, the website portrait is only about 5 inches high (on the emailers laptop). How hard could that be?
Oh goodness, I’ve run into this stuff before – especially around Christmas & Valentine’s Day & birthdays. “I forgot to get Pookie a Christmas present. Could you do a portrait of her? I can stop by in two days to pick it up.”
Sure, I have this magic wand that I gracefully wave over a canvas and these things, I can just whip them out like an assembly line. Would you like fries with that as well?
When I first started doing portraits I would do outdoor art fairs. I had a number of people that thought I could do a finished painting while they waited.
Don’t you do all that on computers now anyway? Surly you could knock it out by Friday. I’m surprised they even asked for a quote. Usually people like that want you to work for free. “Exposure” is good enough for compensation isn’t it?
First a quickie, now exposure. Does this bog need an X rating?
This is hilarious! Love the blog, Marvin!
Nothing is funnier than reality. I’m really enjoying working on the blog.
That’s a funny story!
Today I got a call from someone who wanted me to paint a portrait of a bride and groom one or two hours before their ceremony this Saturday.
It makes me so mad when people assume I can just hit a big red ‘create’ button and out it pops.
On the other hand though, I remember an apocryphal story told by Maroger about Tintoretto. The Council of Ten announced a competition to see who could produce the best cartoon for a painting the theme of which was Paradise. Artists were given a week to submit their sketches. According to Maroger, Tintoretto put the week to good use and produced the finished painting measuring more than thirty feet!
Maybe Maroger was smoking a little of his magical medium? 😉
Wow. She’s reading Adam Rex’s ‘True Meaning of Smekday’. Fantastic book, and somewhat ironic that she’s reading a book written by an illustrator!
Good catch Dan. That was the family’s favorite book. The mother would read to the kids and assume the voices of the different characters. You’re the first to pick up on that.
Oh my god. I can’t tell you how moved I am by this. Knowing that my book meant enough to them to have it included, and in a portrait by a painter I’ve admired since art school…anyway, I’m overwhelmed. Thanks for calling my attention to this, Dan.
What a small world. Thanks for your high praise. I’m sure many have experienced great joy through your work. As artists we are so fortunate to be able to make our way while inspiring others.