Commissioning a Painting

Yasmin French

Commissioning a painting can be as easy as you like. If you’d like a scene of a particular building or place, or perhaps your children or pets then I can work from reference photographs and we can discuss particulars that you are looking for to make your painting extra special.

Things to consider when you are thinking of commissioning a painting include a rough idea of the size of the output (perhaps consider the room and decor the painting may be hung in), a colour scheme or perhaps just one colour you’d like emphasis on, and a brief description of the feeling, atmosphere or effect of the overall final image you would like. An example of this might be, e.g. “A close-up portrait of my dog, called Blue, with lots of the colour blue in the portrait if possible with a background to suit the dog.” It is always a good idea to have some ideas of how you would like your painting to feel or look so that I can make sure the painting is suited to you. The more information, the better, because although changes can be made in Acrylic when changes are drastic or mood-changing it can ultimately affect the quality and tone of the final image negatively and can produce a very much “affected” looking painting which loses the personality and vibrancy of the original brushstrokes.

A selection of previous commissions

Harvey Basset Hound
Alf commission
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The Process

After the initial contact, we can discuss on the telephone or by email your thoughts on what sort of painting you would like me to produce. Reference images are very much welcomed, especially for pets or scenes of your favourite place. If you are local, I can also arrange to see the subject in person and take photographs.
I will then go away and produce sketches of parts of the image, and ideas for composition, and you will be shown these to select your favourite elements and refine any additional desires you may realise from the sketches.

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I will then begin to create the painting and at various stages will send proofs to confirm the painting is as desired and for any additional changes to be made at these critical stages.

Once the painting is finished, I will send you a final digital proof. When we are both happy with the outcome, we will arrange either a local collection or the painting will be sent in the post.

I accept payment by bank transfer or PayPal.

Extra Information

Unless local, paintings will be supplied unframed to prevent damage in transit.


This will vary due to complexity, size, materials, and whether you require a mount and frame. Drop me an email with what you have in mind, and I’ll be able to give you an accurate quote.

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