A friend of one of my previous customers got in contact recently, after he had seen the tree painting I had done for that customer hanging in his house. The friend was interested in commissioning a tree painting as well as one of my landscape paintings. Initially, this new customer enquired about paintings that were about 180 x 140 cm. Though not impossible, I did explain that my normal maximum height for a painting is about 107 cm, based on the length of the canvas roll I tend to use. After a bit more discussion we settled on me producing two paintings that would be about 180 x 107 cm and 170 x 107 cm.
I supply my large paintings as un-stretched canvases that are rolled up. That then gives you the freedom to get the painting framed or stretched however you want. For London-based customers I can recommend one or two affordable high street picture framers (in time I hope to build up a database of high street picture framers on this website). As this customer was intending to get my paintings stretched, I pointed out that the picture will be dropped by about 8-10 cm all around the outside. This is because that amount of canvas is used to wrap arounf the side and back of the wooden stretcher bars. The canvas is then stapled to the back of the stretcher bars. So in the case of this painting commission the artwork is likely to measure about 170 x 100 cm and 160 x 100 cm, once the canvases are both stretched. These approximate finished sizes were what the customer was after.
The customer asked that the tree painting had an emphasis on greys, blacks and creams. He asked that the landscape painting had an emphasis on blues, greys and pinks. After painting both I emailed the customer some photos. Since I’m trying to tailor my artwork to a customer’s particular colour requests, to co-ordinate with the colour schemes of their rooms for example, I always anticipate that I will need to add some extra colour to the paintings after the initial set of photos have been emailed to the customer. This was the case with these: the customer requested some extra grey over the yellow in the tree painting and a little more dark grey and pink in the landscape painting.
After adding the extra paint to both pictures I then emailed the customer some updated photos. He was pleased with both of them and then signed them off!