The Commission Process

Here is an experience of a recent commission I made for a client.  

My client found this image from Serena & Lily's online catalog. 

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She loved the colors and the way the flowers felt natural to her. She felt this would make a great fit in her home. The problem was that she needed a larger piece. That's when she called me to see if I could work with her on a commission, replicated but with a twist!

After our call, she requested two 36x48 pieces and wanted the pieces to mirror each other to make an arch.  She also wanted the flowers to move and fall naturally so they didn't look stiff or mimic the exact shape and placement.

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The original is a 20x30 on cradled wood and framed. She chose not to frame the pieces she commissioned.

The final result of the collaboration. 

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"Thank you so much Lauren!  We had been planning our wedding and decorating our home all at the same time, but all things came together, including the beautiful painting that came in the mail.

I couldn't have asked for anything better - your vision for them was perfect and they will be the gorgeous addition to our living room!!

Thank you for keeping me so involved in the process, I truly appreciate it! I will be sure to send a picture once they're installed.

- Dana

Next Steps to your special piece of art:

Serious inquiries only!

Phone Call 

Email lauren@laurenjohnsonstudio.com and look below to give me as much detail before we set up a phone call.             

Size

First thing is to decide the best size canvas for your custom project. At this time I am only accepting commissions 30" x 30" and larger. If you are unsure about a customized size for your space, I’m happy to help you decide!

Inspiration

It can help for me to see your space.  This can be done via zoom or facetime, photos or in person (if local), to get a feel for the surrounding atmosphere (wall color, fabric swatches, light, overall mood, etc.)

I work with you to gather inspiration - It is helpful to know what particular paintings/style of mine you favor, any photographs/landscapes/locations you would like me to work from, Pinterest boards, color palettes, etc. The more insight, the better!

Sketch

Process for Oil:
I start with a few watercolor sketch options for your piece, to give you an idea of what I had in mind and make sure we are on the same page.  

Process for Watercolor:
We will sit and brainstorm ideas for colors.

Once I have your approval, the oil painting begins.  At this point, I typically allow for 10-12 week for completion of each piece (and slightly longer during the holiday season.)

Pricing

My prices for commissioned pieces start at about $1200, and run about 20% more than ready-to-ship paintings.  This is to account for the time spent putting together a cohesive piece that meets all of your wishes.  I ask for a 50% deposit to begin, with the remaining balance, plus shipping, due once your painting is complete.

To get started, email Lauren at lauren@laurenjohnsonstudio.com to set up a phone or zoom conversation.