Commissions

Your own personal work of art

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A completely personal, unique and inspiring painting created just for you.

If you have a favoutrite location, object, scene, person or even just an idea, have you considered having it painted? A commission is a very personal process and you are involved all the way through.

 

We go through everything from the initail ideas, shetches, size, format and style to make sure that it is your perfect painting and exactly right for you. 

Commissions include:

 

  • Initial discussion meeting
     

  • Site visit(s) as needed
     

  • Sketches/photographs
     

  • Planning and development
     

  • Meeting to view and discuss proposed composition sketches and ideas
     

  • ​Hand made custom stretcher with hand stretched canvas
     

  • Unique hand-painted Oil Painting which will be titled, signed and dated.
     

  • A signed Certificate of Authenticity
     

  • Your choice of one of the original sketches from the development of your commission which will also be supplied signed and dated.
     

  • UK delivery

Common questions about commissions

Can you work from photographs?


I can work from photographs but prefer to work from life and like to prepare the initial rough sketches on location. Seeing the location in real life affords me the opportunity to become completely familiar with the scene.




Do you have set sizes?


I make all my own stretchers so I can make them to any size which allows me to make the painting the correct proportions for the subject. Having said that, I do like painting on square canvases and also have a preferred rectangle proportion that works really well.




How long does a commission take?


The sketches can take anything from a few days to a month, depending on the number of site visits needed. The size of the piece determines how long the painting process takes. It can be from a a few weeks to a number of months, this is because of the way the paint is applied and layered. I work on it, let it dry a little then work on it some more, continuing this until it is finished. You will receive regular updates throughout the process along with a delivery date If you have a set date that you need it by, if the painting is a present or for a special occasion for example, let me know at the outset and I'll set a schedule to ensure that it its completed in time.




Do you sign your work?


Yes, every pieces is titled, signed and has the year it was produced on the back of the canvas and there is my small signature triangle somewhere on the painting itself.




Delivery


Once the painting is finished we agree a suitable delivery date. I deliver paintings myself as much as possible, but occasionally delivery may need to be via courier but this will be discussed and agreed at the initial consultation. Delivery is free of charge to most of the UK Mainland. In the unlikely event that your delivery location is not in the free area I'll let you know immediately and give you the price for delivery.




What is a Certificate of Authenticity?


A Certificate of Authenticity is a document that has the details of the work of art, date, meduim and other ket information that is signed and dated by the artist. In the art world this is the provenance and proves that the original work is genuine. I include a Certificate of Authenticity with every painting including commissions




Can I keep more than one of the initial sketches from my commission?


Every commission includes the option to choose one of the preliminary sketches produced during the commission, but if you particularly like a couple of them I am happy for you to take two.




How much does a commission cost?


Commissions cost 35p per square cm for paintings up to 60 x 60cms (3600 sq cms) this includes everything: Materials: Wood for hand made stretcher, canvas, primers, paper, oil paints and more. Location & research: Travel, time on location & researching, inital location sketches and photos Other work: Meetings, discussions, photos & photo-editing, studio development sketches and of course the painting itself.




What does a commission include?


Commissions include:
Initial discussion meeting
Site visit(s) as needed
Sketches/photographs
Planning and development
Meeting to view and discuss proposed composition sketches and ideas
Development sketches and final version for approval if needed.
​Hand made custom stretcher with hand stretched canvas
Original Oil Painting. Titled, signed and dated
Certificate of Authenticity
Your choice of one of the original sketches from the development of your commission which will be supplied signed and dated.
Delivery.




Hanging advice and hanging service


During a commission we discuss hanging and locations. I am always happy to give you advice on how to hang your paniting and have a hanging advice sheet that will come with it. If yoiu are not comfortable hanging your piece yourself I also have a full hanging service. Just ask me about it when we discuss the commission.





Commissions start at just £250 including everything

Give me call on 07709 353740 and let's have a chat about your perfect painting.

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studio@andyfinlay.co.uk

Tel: 07709 353740

Studio 2-3
65 King Street
Belper
DE56 1QA

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