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Commissioning a portrait

Commissioning a portrait


I’m often asked questions about the process of commissioning a portrait or artwork, so thought I’d go through some of the most frequently asked queries. I absolutely love doing portraits, I think it is one of the few jobs where you are truly pleased to make your client cry (with joy hopefully!).

There is something about a painting that no photograph can ever match, for while a photograph captures an instant, a good painting will represent the essence of its subject.

 

Time frame

I would like clients to allow a good couple of months for portraits, sometimes I can fit in an emergency project, but as my waiting list grows longer this is far less likely. I find often that liaising to meet, and take the reference photos can often be the stumbling block for time. I always take my own photos as it makes for much better portrait if I have met my subject. Many clients prefer to give one of my beautiful vouchers as a present so the commission can be arranged without the pressure of secrecy or deadlines, and the recipient is fully involved in the commission process.

A perfect present solution.
Cost

As rough guide drawings start from £450 and paintings from £650 but I am always happy to try and work to a smaller budget if needs be.

Drawing v oil

The medium I use may depend on the subject, black dogs lend themselves well to charcoal for example, whereas brown colouring will be lost in charcoal or pencil. I find that where the colouring is important in the subject, oil works better. My two spaniels are blue roan and tan, and their pretty tan eyebrows and paws would be lost in a monotone drawing.

Process

Once someone has approached me in regards to a commission, I will send through the price list and commission contract for you to read through . This will give you a guide to the costs and process. Once a rough idea of size and medium has been decided I will come and take the photos. I then contact you after I have edited the photos to confirm the sizing, price and time frame. At this stage we sign the contracts and a 30% deposit is taken. I will order the canvas, which are made bespoke to my specifications on aluminium frames and heavy Italian linen. The drawings are done on 600gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, which I hold in stock. For larger or more complicated portraits I will do several composition sketches and send them via email for your approval. As the painting or drawing nears completion I will send another proof, so minor changes can be made. I do ask that you come to the studio for final approval, as viewing a painting in the flesh is so very different from seeing it on a 4″ phone screen! Assuming all is well, final payment is made, the painting is signed and varnished, and will be ready for collection shortly after.

 

Saxon Warrior
Framing

I can do one style of frame, a black Larson Juhl moulding with a linen slip, but for a wider choice have an excellent local framer I am happy to recommend.

 

Delivery

 

We can deliver work worldwide, as I understand that studio visits are not always possible. For this I do ask that the commission is given sufficient drying time before shipping.

Enquiries

I am now taking my last bookings for Xmas 2018, and have a couple of spaces left. If you’d like to contact me please do have a browse through my commissions page, and email me on catherine@catherineingleby.com

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Racehorses and business workshop

It’s been a very busy few months – I’ve finished a series of racehorse portraits, and am finally able to share a couple of them with you! I’ve so enjoyed doing these this year, they have been a welcome challenge in many ways, and a steep learning curve. I have spent many, many hours learning to paint silk, the nemesis of fabric for an artist (although tartan comes a close second…)
I have also had a complete refurbishment of the studio, which is incredibly exciting.

Saxon Warrior
Portait commission

 

The original and prints of Saxon Warrior, winner of this year’s 2000 Guineas, are available to buy through my website.
I am now taking commission bookings for Christmas, so please book early if you’d like one completed in time.

 

 

Isobel Burns, the founder of Online Social Media Marketing & Training, and I have teamed up for a ‘Business for Artists’ workshop on the 25th September

Places are limited and can be booked HERE

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Trade Fairs – are they worth the hassle?

As I’m sure you know, if you read this blog, (I have been drumming it into your heads for what seems like forever) I did my first trade Fair – The Country Life Fair at Fulham Palace last month.
I think if I’d posed myself this question on the Sunday night after closing; exhausted, grubby, and coming down with what turned out to be a severe lung infection, the answer would have been short, and possibly rude.

I’ve now had a while to reflect, and my experience was, on the whole, very positive.

All packed up – with a stowaway…

Customer Interaction

It was the first time, really ever, I’ve had to sell my own work. I’m not sure why this has never occured to me before, but generally, I leave it with a gallery or post it off to an agent, gad about at the private view, then pick up any unsold works at a later date. At Fulham Palace, I got to see how every potential client approached my work, which pieces they were drawn to, and on engaging as many as possible in conversation, learnt as much in two days than over the past five years!

Meeting folk

This is a two pronged postive. I signed up loads of people to my mailing list – though it did take me a while to work out an approach that was more subtle than ‘Sign my mailing list why don’t you?!’ which had people backing off at speed. I got to meet everyone that bought the work, and actually see the pleasure it gave them. So much more satisfying than anonomous or internet sales!

I met loads of other artists, gallery owners and agents, some old friends, but many new. Forging these sort of connections is invaluable in the very close knit art world. As a general rule artists tend to be very supportive of each other (there are exceptions!) which can only be of benefit to all.



www.clairemoynihan.co.uk
I fell in love with these bees by Claire Moynihan.

Preparation

I hold my hands up. I hadn’t thought of everything, or half of what I needed. A large thank you to Frannie (www.francescasanders.com) who was immensely helpful, both in keeping a lid on my rising panic beforehand and lending bits and bobs throughout. In fairness, being an inaugural fair, there were a few last minute, unscheduled changes so next year will be easier!

It did look stunning!
 So many thanks to all those who came, especial thanks to those that bought my work, and yes, I will do some more jumping dogs!
 
 

And the rest

September closed with a great private view at The Circle in Reading. Artscope hosted the drinks, and all profits went to the Alexander Devine Trust which is building a childrens hospice for Berkshire.
 
I mean to get this post out a few weeks ago, but what with being ill, and a deluge of print orders and commissions, it has been delayed somewhat. I have also done quite a few new pieces which are currently at the print studio being photographed.
There is lots coming up for the christmas period, the first event of which is that I’ll be hosting an open studio christmas drinks here on the 22nd november – all welcome!

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Elephants, Ebooks & Exhibitions

There’s always a faint hope, after a solo exhibition, that one will make enough cash to pack a suitcase and shove off to the Bahamas for a few months. Not quite.
However I did take a trip, en famille to the south coast, and there found the most wonderful studio in Birdham Pool marina, where dad moors his boat.
Ivy taking to be a sea dog!

 It’s run by the artist Lucie Cookson, and details can be found at www.tidyst.com She mentioned it was available to let sometimes, I was sorely tempted. Could the children, dogs and I live on a boat for a few weeks?!

The view from the studio was an inspiration in itself.

Well, it wasn’t the Bahamas, but it was almost as good as….
Back at Ingleby Art HQ, we had briefest of respites before getting back on it. I’m delighted to say I’m going to be exhibiting with the Aubrey Gallery in Essex in their “Fur, Fin & Feather” exhibition this September. The ByGillian Gallery in Bourne End has also started stocking my work.

Limited Edition Prints

Sales of the Limited Edition print have really taken off, Burning Bright leading the field in popularity, this photo was taken by the couple who were quickest off the mark, snapping both firsts in the print editions. 

Artscope

I’m very pleased to be involved with ARTSCOPE at The Circle Hospital in Reading, a stunning exhibition curated by Rukshi Brownlow which places work in the public building to raise funds for the Alexander Devine Trust.

The Country Life Fair 27th-28th September

www.countrylifefair.co.uk
The Country Life Fair at Fulham Palace is beginning to loom on the horizon, drinks in St James Palace with HRH Prince Micheal of Kent this week, a huge black tie ball at the National History museum in September, they have pulled out all the stops for publicity and promotion, so I am really looking forward to he event itself. It’s my first trade fair, so I don’t mind admitting to a few nerves, and it would be great to see some friendly faces!

Ebooks and Elephants

My work is going to be published in a new iArtBook by Art Has No Borders, a very exciting new collaboration in the digital world of publishing! The book is called ‘Animal Kindom’ and can be downloaded onto iBooks.

I’m looking for an elephant to paint. Preferably a youngish one. If you know where I can find one please let know!

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NEW WEBSITE!

At last, the website is finished and published. Brand spanking new, I now have complete control over it so it will be kept much more up to date.

www.catherineingleby.com

If you spot any typos or errors, please let me know. In time I will add an e-commerce page so prints can be bought directly, but for the moment please email me if there is something you are interested in.

The studio has had a bit of spring clean in preparation for the Henley Arts Trail next week, and it’s been lovely working there, looking out at the driving rain. I did this little landscape oil sketch to distract me from the Jubilee commission, and clear my head a bit! Sometimes working on one painting for too long stops you from ‘seeing’ it – all you can see faults, so it’s good to work on a completely different project for a bit.

Landscapes really aren’t my strong point so always good to have a bit of practise. This is a view to the Cabrach, a couple of miles from my parents house in Aberdeenshire.

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Henley Arts Trail

One very lively committee meeting the other night – 30 artists in a room is always going to be pretty sparky, and the first get together of the 2012 Henley Arts Trail got us off to a roaring start! Great ideas, input and some hard cash from the trio at Lady Sew and Sew, wonderfully salacious gossip from the ever wicked Dick Budden and some competent leadership from Kate Finley (the expression ‘herding kittens’ springs to mind!)
Lady Sew and Sew
Dick Budden

The trail is a wonderful opportunity for the public to get a chance see studios that are not usually open, and to see the best of the art that Henley and the surrounding area has to offer. The wealth of talent in this region is incredible, and all too often people are just not aware of what is on their doorstep.

I’ll be opening my doors for three days, exhibiting a mixture of oils, prints, lino cuts, works in progress and much more. It runs from the 5th – 7th of May 2012, and showcases nearly 50 artists in about twenty locations within a 5 mile radius of Henley.

www.henleyartstrail.com

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Christmas commissions

It’s that time of year – I get asked to a lot of portraits for xmas presents. This is actually one of my favourite jobs, painting dogs of all shapes and sizes, although some are definitely more challenging than others!
This one was an especially pretty spaniel, and is a companion piece to a painting the client bought from a gallery some years ago.

It’s just drying out, then will be packaged up and sent.

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Polo paintings for Pampeano

The lovely Jenny Ferrarese has set up a shop for her fantastic Argentinian leather goods in Ascot and I’ve contributed a couple of prints to adorn the walls.
www.pampeano.co.uk

The first is a print of a charcoal, the original of which was sold to a buyer in the states.

The second is a relief print, hand printed by me, in an edition of twelve. This means that each one is an original in its own right as no two will be the same. I recently became the proud owner of an ancient acme mangle – which makes the most perfect printing press. I’ve had a lot of fun recently doing lino cuts, after an enlightening evening at the Robert Gillmor Retrospective exhibition at museum of Reading. Fascinating, and a testament to the powers of human concentration and patience!
www.readingmuseum.org.uk

I then did a brief course with Cath Baldwin which was enlightening – mostly that I was doing a lot wrong, great day though.
www.cathbaldwin.co.uk

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More stag paintings

Another couple of paintings that are finally up in the House of Bruar, www.houseofbruar.com
The rather lovely stag is the same one that I painted a few years ago, his name is Angus and he belongs to the Falconry Center near Huntly. He’s as tame as a pet lab, and will do anything for a bit of stale bread! In fact, I think he’s looking a bit fat. In this painting he’s still in velvet, which he’ll lose in the next few months, as they come into the rutting season.
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SOLD!

Ah, the delight of opening an envelope masquerading as a bill only to find a hefty cheque inside! My scottish agent sold this painting last week, which will fund a few projects plus yet more baby clobber…the list of ‘stuff’ that he needs is endless! However wedging him upright in the bath with a sponge is no longer working so non-slip bathmat is top of the list.
The gallery would like me to do a similar painting, though red deer are a little harder to come by in Berkshire, especially with a 10 week old baby in tow. I did a series of stag paintings when I was last up in Aberdeenshire, visiting my family. I also have a lot of unfinished Highland Cow projects, they got to the sketch stage and no further. I don’t think the ornamental deer in Windsor Great Park will have quite the same appeal!