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Commissions

Art work that is uniquely yours
Currently Exhibiting | Portraits from 2012 -2018 | @ The Willow Gallery, Oswestry
PAINTING FROM LIFE

In keeping with his traditional training in Florence, Daniel paints commissions from life, whilst also exploring his own creativity and therefore bringing a contemporary twist to a classical approach.  Through his painting methods he shares a direct link with the great portrait painters of the past.  Using knowledge which has remained unchanged through the centuries, preparing his own pigments and the highest quality canvasses with the same techniques. Daniel’s sitters are immersed into the world of portraiture at its finest, making the experience a memorable journey, for the sitter and the Artist alike.  Taking the time to have sittings with the painter and allowing the painting to evolve over time is an important part of the sight-size technique.

YOUR COMMISSION

Commissions come in many forms. Portraits can be done ‘under life size’ or full size, in charcoal or oils.  Prices vary accordingly.  Daniel considers all ideas, from outdoor family portraits, to delicate still life paintings.  Commissions are an exciting way to be part of the creative process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Daniel today and watch your idea evolve.

Daniel would love to hear from you today. You can also arrange to visit the studio and have a look around.

PREVIOUS COMMISSIONS

Here you can discover some of Daniel’s previous commissions and the exciting step by step journey toward having an artwork finished and hanging in your home.  Each link will take you to a relative Blog post where Daniel writes about the process of completing projects undertaken and the varying aspects which go into each one. If you are looking to invest, or commission a work but unsure what you want, this might be key in helping you toward a decision. To see more examples and be inspired please see the NEWS page.

  • PORTRAITS IN THE STUDIO

    Portraits can range from a a charcoal portrait right through to a life size scene painting.   Daniel works hard to make you feel as much at home as possible, chatting whilst painting.  With beautiful north light coming downward through one large window at one end of the studio.  Sittings are arranged to suit your schedule. Each sitting typically lasting about 3hours in total (including breaks, cups of tea and chatting throughout) The number of sittings depends on the complexity of the idea and size of the canvas.  

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  • LARGE PORTRAITS

    Large portraits can include full length portraits, Family portraits and scene paintings. They are often of particular interest due to the complexities of arranging large composition. Something which has fascinated critiques and Artists alike throughout the centuries.

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  • LANDSCAPES

    A few years back,whilst making my way up a mountain in Switzerland lumbered with painting equipment a friendly lift operator remarked that ” To best paint a landscape you must really live it”  – Which I completely agree with.  Landscape painting or ‘plein-air’ has become a real passion of mine and an opportunity for travelling, discovering and to be inspired  by new places, always with my painting equipment on hand.

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COMMISIONING ART

For your home or work place

There’s a certain pride in hanging artwork that is uniquely yours. Daniel can advise on the way forward and help your realise your vision.  See below for more details, pricing & general procedure.

YOUR IDEA

Bringing your idea to Daniel is the first step.  What are you looking for, which is the right medium for you.  Everyone has something unique in mind, some more sure than others. Some even suggest that the artist create something of his own intuition and enjoy the surprise of the unveiling. There are many different ways to commission a painting making them all completely unique to you.

This usually involves a few emails to organise a meeting where we have have a chat about your initial idea, how we can achieve it, if we want to improve it and how it can be logistically possible. It’s also an opportunity to connect with your artist and vice versa.

PRICES

For some, deciding a budget is the starting point so here are a list of starting prices for different commission ideas, giving you a rough guide of where you might like to start.

Still lives:  from £2,000

Landscapes:  from £2,550

Charcoal portraits:  from £2,250

Oil portraits(under life size): from £3,250

Oil portraits(life size): from £4,250

LOGISTICS & PAINTING

At this stage, Your concept is decided and Daniel takes an initial deposit.  Once this is payed logistics are organised, these will of course vary depending on the nature of your choice.

 

A still life painting is a popular one. Easy to commission. You choose the size, the subject and then Daniel begins to explore different ideas and compositions within your chosen theme before realising the final painting.

 

If it is a portrait the 1st sitting is usually used to exploring the idea, with pencil sketches being made and different compositions tested. Once an idea is finalised and both parties are happy sittings begin with the canvas for the final painting.

 

If it’s a Landscape Daniel will begin to explore the area around which you have agreed on.  Testing out different compositions with different light etc etc before coming up with a final idea.  When Daniel has a final idea or a number to choose from this is Brought to the commissioner to discuss together before proceeding with the final painting.

FRAMING & VARNISHING

After the painting is complete, it is signed and left to dry. The next stage is to take it to a framers.  Often this can be done soon after completion so that whilst drying the frame can be made and is ready to assemble as soon as possible.  Daniel will gladly accompany you and help during framing process should you wish, although framing costs are not included in prices listed.  After roughly 6 months you can meet with Daniel and it can have an optional varnish.
The painting is now ready to be taken home and enjoyed for generations to come.