Commission Process

The commission process starts with corresponding through email: I prefer to work from my own photos and would be glad to take photos of whatever subject you have in mind. Commissions are also for special places, things, and stories. Once we agree to a fee (fees depend on sizing, medium, support used, and difficulty of the painting), we can start shooting photos. Once a photo is chosen, I expect 75% of the fee before starting. The last 25% will be at the completion of the painting to your satisfaction. 

Paintings usually take a month to complete depending on how many paintings I have going. If there is a long waiting list, you will know before hand. I will email you step by step the progress. 

Oil paintings take a long time to dry. Many clients don't want to wait 6 months for their painting. I'm fine with that, but keep in mind that the painting is better protected with a varnish. Six months after completion, I suggest you take the painting to a local artist (if not me) to varnish it for you. Varnish brings out the depth of the darks and saturates the colors. 

Frame or Gallery wrapped? What is your preference? Frames are chosen according to the decor of where the painting is to be hung, and client's taste. It's a personal decision best left to the client. Most portraits look better with a frame while landscapes, and still-lifes can be done both ways. It's best to know before hand what you prefer so I can paint on a suitable support. 

Do you already have a favorite photo? If this is the case, you will need to get written permission from the photographer. Photographers are artists too and need to protect their copyright. I will help you with the process with the correct forms. There are instances where the photo may not have the clarity or lighting to make a great painting. If this is the case, we can discuss different options. Many digital photos that are large can be edited. The larger the photo, the better. You will receive via email the final edit of the photograph. 

If you have any questions, please email me and I will gladly answer them! Thank you for considering M Stineman originals.