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Commission work and how to define boundaries

2015 . 02 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

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Having a good sense of what you will and will not do for clients is the only way to ensure that the work you create will be art.


If you don’t set up boundaries ahead of time, you might end up doing it after they’ve already been crossed, and that’s not as pleasant.



painting of a man

Gwenn Seemel
James
2003
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

For more about how to make art on commission, check out this article.



painting of a person

Gwenn Seemel
He Drives A Gold Corvette
2006
acrylic on bird’s eye
24 x 18 inches

Or there’s this post that gives pretty similar advice but it’s meant for clients instead of artists.



a painted portrait by Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
Margo
2007
acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
(For more information about the making of this painting, go here.)

People commission art for a variety of reasons—especially when they’re commissioning a portrait of themselves—but I happen to think that all the explanations can be distilled down to one main reason.



Gwenn Seemel's portrait of Bill

Gwenn Seemel
Bill
2009
acrylic on canvas
48 x 34 inches
(For more information about the making of this painting, go here.)

People want art that is special.



portrait of a mother and child

Gwenn Seemel
Emily and Tristan
2011
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches
(For more information about the making of this painting, go here.)

So much of our world is made up of stuff that comes off an assembly line…



painting

Gwenn Seemel
Duggy Dream
2013
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
(For more information about the making of this painting, go here.)

...and so much of art is made up of stuff that someone else made while thinking of themselves or their lives.



black and white painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Mark
2014
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches
(For more information about the making of this painting, go here.)

I think we all crave objects that are made just for us.



Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
Ram 2050
2014
acrylic on panel
11 x 14 inches

It’s not about being self-centered or insecure; it’s about recognizing our uniqueness.



Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
Grand
2014
acrylic on panel
30 x 10 inches
(detail below)



Gwenn Seemel

Made-to-order used to be the only way a thing got made, and, with all the excess stuff in the world today, I’m thinking it might be something we should consider going back to.


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