Sleepy Kitty

I finished up this one this morning.  I may be a little slow on things for a while right now because of all the Jewish holidays, but I’ll get out what I can.  I wanted to do another mixed coffee and tea painting.  I think I need a heavier weight paper.  Hopefully once I figure out which paper I like from the samples Blick sent me, I can get some 300 lbs paper.  Maybe that will work better for my initial washes.  The 140 seems to work fine for watercolor, but not so much for doing washes in coffee and tea.

This one is now available here, and the full length video is available on my Patreon page.

8x10 coffee and tea on 140lbs watercolor paper.
8×10 coffee and tea on 140lbs watercolor paper.

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Rosh Hashana

Well, I’m still figuring out the inktense.  I’m not sure I like my current paper for the inktense.  Luckily I have some papers to test out from Blick.  I thew in some gold and silver leafing just for fun.  I’ll be busy with Rosh Hashana for a while.  Those of you celebrating Rosh Hashana, Chag Sameach!  This painting is now available here.

8x10 inktense on 140lbs watercolor paper with gold and silver leafing.
8×10 inktense on 140lbs watercolor paper with gold and silver leafing.

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Things You Need To Think About Before Taking Commissions

Many artist make their money through taking commissions.  I personally don’t do this because of the way my life works.  I have a little baby and certain medical issues that make it difficult for me to commit to a time frame.  However some of you may have an interest doing this so I thought I give you some things you need to thing about before you start.

Have at least 10 samples of whatever you are going to take commissions of.  This gives people a good idea of what to expect from you.  Doing these also gives a reference for how much time it will take you to complete a painting and how much supplies will be used.

Require good reference photos, especially when you’re first starting out.  You may be able to work from a bad reference photo later, but in the beginning, you’ll need good ones.  You won’t be able to see the detail you need from bad reference photos, and sometimes while a photo might look cute, it just doesn’t work as a painting.  Don’t be afraid to tell the person that and possibly lose the commission.  It’s much worse to have someone who’s unhappy with something you did for them.

Using a photo editor of some sort will help reduce the number of changes.  You can show them different backgrounds, different lighting, change it to black and white…  It doesn’t have to be an amazing edit.  It just has to give them a general idea of the painting.

Have a written contract explaining the cost, time frame, and the amount of changes allowed.  Whether that’s two or none, or maybe have all editing done during the photo editing and then nothing else.  Whatever works best for you and your style of painting.

Also take a deposit.  This weeds out people who aren’t serious, and then if they don’t take the painting, you’re not out the money.

Often times people get burnt out from the headache of commissions, but if you follow these things, it’ll reduce the amount of problem that come with commissions.  So good luck!

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