Why commission Art ?
The process of commissioning art is exciting. Your ideas marrying with an artists to make something beautiful. Its like having a ghost writer of sorts. Someone to communicate your idea and to make it better. Traditionally this process has been reserved for the wealthy. It was a right of passage for some, a show of good taste and to some a display of love. There have been many inspirations for portraiture over the centuries. For the artist, working with collectors is a wonderful process; there is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from collaborating with someone who desires to put art in their home. They want to capture a certain idea or ideal and they want to live with the result and pass in on through the generations. I call it collaborating on masterpieces. Making your home into a gallery is one of the greatest things you can do for your family. Portrait artists have known that secret since the beginning of time. There is nothing like the wow factor of a painting that has a good likeness, good composition and beautiful colors to enhance your everyday. Although there is nothing wrong surrounding yourself with different kinds of art, there is something to be said for appreciating classical painting.
I developed this project after years of painting and doing formal charcoal and oil portraiture. There were so many people who appreciated my work and wanted to bring art in their home but couldn’t afford it. In my experience I saw no difference in the amount of wealth someone had with the desire to honor a loved one. I saw the car mechanic loved his daughter just as much as the NYC business tycoon. However it was easier for the father with more liquidity to invest in art. Art and love transcend everything. While I was unable to paint oil portraits and charcoals for less than what I offered~ as the time and materials are a significant investment~ I still wanted to reach out to the people who enjoyed my work. I wanted people to feel art was accessible. Thus this project was born. I decided to add watercolor sketches to my repertoire with a pricing stucture that afforded everyone the ability to engage in the fun. Combining technology and art, I tried to create a multi-media result that was entertaining and enlightening to the process of creating. Watercolor sketching is a light and beautiful medium for translating a wide range of emotions and personalities.
I can imagine an unlimited range of subjects! Not only traditional portraits, but fun and light~hearted portraits as well. I love photography but sometimes a painting says something in a different way. It has a different warmer feeling of being touched my a human hand. To me thats an intimacy that cannot be duplicated. This is a great project for a creative family! I can imagine them choosing fun lighthearted poses that say something individual about each of them, and commissioning them over the years to make a wonderfully exciting arrangement of memories~some silly and some serious.
I could imagine a wonderful wedding gift, honoring the connection of a bride and her niece the flower girl, or the ring bearer, as well as the traditional bride and groom. It would be great fun to paint a slice of cake as a portrait signifying the sweetness that lies ahead. To paint a bouquet of flowers that has special significance, or even the family dog that may have been included.
Imagine a pregnancy portrait? a small intimate collage of color to remember the special time by. I do not know how to paint stretch marks, never learned, sorry. Or even a mother holding a newborn. I painted my sons birth announcement photo for his birthday to remind him what a joy he was when he was born. Any age of a child is the right age for a portrait, there are no rules. With this project you can use old photos that you loved, or that werent very good but you liked something about them- photos the kids took of themselves or each other, family shots that demand a little more attention than a regular photo in a frame. They are wonderful self-esteem boosters as well. I have a channel on teacher tube that I load the videos of the children so they can show their teachers and friends in art class at school. This is a great way for kids to see how art is created and one way to incorporate art, music and video together in a form that they understand and appreciate. I wonder what the kids will come up with from this idea? I cant wait to see…
I have enjoyed painting tomatoes, strangely these heirlooms seem to demand portraits themselves. I will probably continue painting these and offer them in a collection of prints for those of you wishing to see them in your kitchen or pantry. Who knows what other vegetables and foods will inspire me?