I've had the honor of producing artwork on commission for customers as an artist. Every piece is a special journey made to fit the location and vision of the client. You'll follow my tried-and-true method in this guide as I create the ideal commissioned artwork. Whether you're looking to adorn your living room, office, or any other space, these steps will ensure that your artwork not only looks stunning but also feels like a coastal extension of your space.

Step 1: Defining Your Color Palette 

The cornerstone of any successful commissioned artwork is a harmonious color palette. Here's how I'll create yours:

  1. Identify Key Elements: I'll study your space, noting colors in your flooring, furniture, carpeting, and walls.
  2. Select a Color Source: I'll use a common reference, like a paint store's color deck or agreed-upon swatches.
  3. Establish Tonal Range: From our chosen swatches, I’ll identify light, mid, and dark tones to add depth to your artwork.

Pro Tip: Don't be afraid to draw colors from unexpected places, like a favorite rug or a cherished piece of decor. These personal touches make your artwork truly unique.

Step 2: Measuring and Sizing Your Artwork 

Now that we have our colors, let's determine the perfect size and shape for your art:

  1. Choose the Location: We'll decide where the artwork will reside, considering focal points and existing decor.
  2. Measure the Space: Let’s take precise measurements to ensure a perfect fit.
  3. Consider Surrounding Elements: We'll factor in spacing around the artwork and nearby furnishings.
  4. Determine Shape: We'll choose the ideal shape—rectangular, square, circular, or even a custom shape—based on the available area and your preferences.

Pro Tip: While a gallery wall can be captivating when made up of several smaller pieces, large-scale art can give the impression that a room is larger than it is.

Step 3: Conceptualizing Your Artwork 

With colors and dimensions in place, it's time to bring your vision to life:

  1. Discuss Themes and Styles: I'll explore what resonates with you - abstract flows, serene landscapes, vibrant abstracts, or something entirely unique.
  2. Sketch Initial Concepts: I'll create rough sketches or digital mockups to convey the composition and flow.
  3. Refine the Concept: I'll make adjustments and refine the design based on your input until it fully reflects your idea.

Pro Tip: Feel free to submit pictures that motivate you. They don't have to be artwork; even a photo of a place you love can spark creative ideas.

Step 4: Creating Your Masterpiece 

Now comes the exciting part - watching your artwork come to life:

  1. Prepare the Canvas: I'll select high-quality materials that ensure longevity and vibrancy.
  2. Layer by Layer: Using our chosen palette, I'll build up the artwork, starting with base layers and progressing to finer details.
  3. Regular Check-ins: I'll share progress updates, allowing you to see your piece evolve and provide input.
  4. Final Touches: Once the main composition is complete, I'll add those little nuances that make the artwork truly special.

Pro Tip: Trust the process. Sometimes, the most beautiful details emerge spontaneously during creation.

Step 5: Delivering Your Artwork 

The final step is getting your artwork home:

  1. Professional Photography: I'll capture high-resolution images so you can appreciate every detail.
  2. Protective Packaging: Your artwork will be carefully wrapped to ensure it arrives in pristine condition.
  3. Shipping or Delivery: Whether across town or across the world, I'll make sure your artwork reaches you safely.
  4. Installation Guidance: I'll provide tips on hanging and lighting to showcase your new piece perfectly.

Parting Words

Commissioning art is a collaboration, a journey we take together to create something uniquely yours. From selecting the perfect palette to the thrill of unveiling your finished piece, every step is an opportunity to infuse your personality and style into a one-of-a-kind artwork.

Do you have questions about the commissioning process? 

Contact me today! I'm here to make your art dreams a reality.

Remember, your walls are a canvas waiting to tell your story. Let's create that story together, one brush stroke at a time.