Australian Artists Creating
Heirlooms and Investments for You
Support an Australian Artist Today
Australian artists are on the ground ready to create your next family heirloom, investment or just something to brighten up your home. I am an artist too, and when someone asks me to create a painting for them, a lovely relationship begins.
If you have never worked with an artist then there are some things you need to know.
- You might be asked to sign a contract. If you aren't then it is best to ask for one if you are commissioning a piece. If you are buying an already created piece it isn't as important but a contract is still desirable. If the piece is commissioned, usually copyright passes to you the owner, but if you buy an already created piece then the artist retains copyright. This can be decided between you and included in the contract.
- Be prepared to pay what it is worth. I have actually had people ring me and ask me to paint a portrait for $10! That is not even funny. For a serious artist, their art is NOT a hobby. It is a craft not everyone can do. It is worth paying for. Go to some galleries and get an idea of the going prices of similar art to what you want, both by known artists and unknown artists. Remember, you get what you pay for!
- Get clear about what you want. When commissioning an art piece remember that the artist may not be psychic! You have to articulate what you want. If you aren't sure what you want, talk to artists and look at their art, look through art books at the library and find styles you like, colours you like, and hopefully you may also know the subject, size, and the medium.
- Provide what the artist needs. If you are commissioning a portrait from a picture, you simply must provide good quality photographs or allow the artist to take their own.
- You will be required to pay a deposit. The deposit will be from 30-50%. The artist will not want to start unless they know you are serious and will pay for it when it is finished.
- Please do not pester the artist. Art is a solitary practice and if you pester them you risk breaking their inspiration/creation cycle. You might be able to arrange to see the piece a couple of times
throughout the creation process to make sure it is going the way you
want it to, but that is up to the artist and yourself to decide. Include this
arrangement in the contract and a date to have it
finished by if that is important to you.
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