Commissions

My luxury paintings are highly detailed turning your memories and ideas into reality.

I adore receiving emails and messages from customers with how happy they are with their artwork and being sent pictures of their one of a kind luxury artwork proudly displayed on their walls. If you would like to commission a Luxury Bespoke painting for yourself or a loved one you have come to the right place. Below you will find a guide how the commission process works.

How it works:

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Step 1 – Decide which size you would like

If you are looking to commission a painting you may already have a good idea of what you are after. Take a look at the gallery to get a good idea of the size you would like your painting to be. I can paint to any size you would like and will offer advice on sizing which will fit your chosen composition.
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Step 2 – Contact

Once you have decided on size , Contact me via the Luxury Bespoke painting enquiry form and give me a brief description of what subject and size you would like. If the commission is a gift it may not always be possible to create the artwork for a special date, in this instance I offer personalised gift vouchers so your loved one can open on the special day.

Step 3 – Photographs

Once I have responded its then time to send over photos of your chosen location, subject matters or colour scheme inspirations. Please send quality, high resolution photos as this is key for me to paint as much detail as possible. Send over as many photos as you like, I prefer to have a selection of photos to help me judge colour, textures and scaling.
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Step 4 – Mock up if required

Once photographs have been decided I can create a sketch of the chosen composition which will be sent to you, this will give an opportunity to decide on composition, positioning and any large changes you would like to make. The mock up image will give you an idea what your finished artwork will look like.

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Step 5 – Booking payment

Once you are happy to go ahead with the commission a booking payment invoice will be sent to you with a breakdown of payments. 50% deposit, 25% half way through and the remaining 25% due on completion. Once paid you will be put on the commission list to secure your estimated commission time spot. Please read and agree to Terms and Conditions before paying booking fee.
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Step 6 – Work begins

Once your estimated commission time slot comes up the artwork can begin. I will post regular updates throughout the various stages of the process on Facebook and Instagram (unless of course it is a secret gift, please let me know at time of placing your order).

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Step 7 – Balance of Payment

I will notify you when 25% is due half way through the project and when the remaining 25% balance of payment is due on your artworks completion. Once the full invoice has been paid your completed artwork, certificate of authenticity and thank you note will be securely packed.

Step 8 – Shipping

All orders will be sent recorded and insured special delivery. Once you receive your artwork please let me know it has arrived safely and kindly send me a review via email.

Commission Story

A Beautiful Moment

‘A Beautiful Moment’, Ladram Bay was an absolute joy to paint and really touched my heart. It had a really special journey and with the permission of its owner Hazel, I’d like to share its story with you. Paintings are incredibly powerful, healing, mood evoking and lifting. Ladram was commissioned to capture a timeless memory, capturing Hazel’s late father who had sadly passed away. 

“I’m after a painting of Ladram Bay with my late father painted in. Not overly detailed just from side / behind strolling the beach. I don’t have a specific picture though, I thought I did… Can I send you some images and see what you think you could do?”

– Hazel

It was very clear from day one that Ladram Bay held a place in Hazel’s heart and my whole heart would be poured into it to capture this for them. Each painting I create has a soul of its own and I knew this one was going to be very special.

“Shall we start at around L50cmxH40cm for a quote and can wiggle around from there?”

– Hazel

Once we had discussed the brief further including the sizes which would suit the composition in mind and fit perfectly in Hazels home –  paperwork was signed and the deposit paid which enables me to begin. Together we decided on W100xH50cm on deep canvas. 

The first stages are sizing and scaling – working out the final composition, colour palette and any other part of the piece I’d like to explore before moving onto the canvas. I then scale the drawing up onto a triple primed canvas. The scale lines are then rubbed out to leave the final sketch, ready for painting.

Throughout all my commissions it’s incredibly important to me that you come on the painting journey with me, so each stage was photographed or videoed and sent to Hazel. At these points we are able to discuss decisions and ensure that you are absolutely happy with the artistic choices I make.

The soft tones in the sky was blocked in first. Each part of the painting is a journey and built on using many layers and tones, highlights and mark making.

With the significance of the painting capturing this memory, this lasting moment, I felt compelled to paint in a sunset. The sunset glowing and warming the sea was carefully created using pallet knife and brush.

“Hi Hazel. The first layers of colours are being added. I then build on the textures and tones, using pallet knife and brush. From there I keep adding in detail, from the smallest pebble to the edges of the clouds. The final stages will be to add your father into the composition.

Any questions Hazel, just ask”

– Holly xx

“Wow, it’s looking beautiful. You’re so talented”

– Hazel

I normally begin my paintings from the back and work my way forward to the foreground and then back around the whole painting adding final details and highlights. However this painting felt like a dance – A gentle dance between drying thick layers of tiny foliage and moss on the cliffs to the most subtle elegant brush strokes to define water reflection.

Once the backdrop was painted, the most important part was to begin – where Hazel’s late father was going to find his home. My heart was telling me he needed to sit at the foot of the suns glow.

I was now about half way through painting and Hazel kindly transferred the second payment when notified of this. My paintings let me know when I need to stop painting, they tell me where details needs to be added.

“Hi Hazel I hope you are well! I am really pleased with how the colours are coming together on your painting. The rock formation layers have worked well and sit in beautiful contrast with the gentle sea. The glow being built from the sunset brings such a warmth to the image. I can’t wait to start sketching the final position for your father whom will bring it all together…”

– Holly xx

It was then my artistic eye, along with cut out sketches of different sized figures to finalise how large he was going to be. It was paramount that I studied the images closely to see how he walked, held himself and moved – this would ensure the painting was a true likeness.

“I am now looking at the position and proportions of your father. My gut feeling is he should be near the sunset hitting the beach. I will pop some images below for you to see. I will sketch and cut out mock ups of different sizes, which allows me to move the figure around before settling on a position “

– Holly xx

“It is looking so beautiful. I’m so pleased with how it’s coming along… Love seeing the evolution of the painting, I’ll be keeping them all to look back on! Can’t wait to see the finished product.”

– Hazel

Watching the layers work together to build the painting is one of my favourite parts. As an artist, it’s something I get completely lost in – entering into such a calm meditative state. It was now time for me to enter the dance again, moving pack around the canvas painting in tiny waves, flecks from the sun’s glow hitting pebbles and gentle shadows created from individual pebbles on the sand.

It was now time for me to step back from the final image and apply two coats of protective varnish. Once dry, Hazel’s painting was wrapped with much care and love. A delivery time was then organised to suit Hazel.

I feel touched that I am able to take your memories and dreams and turn them into a painting that you can treasure forever. With the sun kissing his cheeks as he searches for pebbles and the gentle lapping of the waves, the sun touches the sea on a beautiful moment captured forever.

“…The final piece is breathtaking. Not only has she captured the beach perfectly but more incredibly my dad. He’s not even facing the camera in my chosen shot but it’s instantly recognisable as him. I’m thoroughly pleased with my decision to ask Holly to paint this commission for me and would recommend her to anyone else.

My dad would have loved his painting Holly, thank you.”

Hazel
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