How do art commissions work?

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With this post I want to de-mystify the process of painting commissions for people who are interested in purchasing this type of work from me.

Today, I’m working on a painting for a woman who is recently engaged and wants to make something special for her fiancé. I happen to know him from high school, and have not seen him in over a decade, so that’s also why it’s special for me. The painting is an image she sent along from their travels. Though it’s common to see painters rendering Koi, these creatures have much symbolic significance to couples and personal strength and abundance. Though possibly an overdone imagery, I still believe they are always beautiful and I feel honored help render that loving gesture for this couples home.

Here is the painting currently in it’s early stage of the painting and resin layering process. It is a custom sized piece at 22″ x 36″. The canvases are all hand built by a fantastic local carpenter in the Western Massachusetts, who happens to also be my love. How convenient. They are made of a light birch with cradled frame for hanging anywhere.

I’m delighting in pulling out more of reflection and color nuance in these creatures and their cool green gray environment.

Viv Koi Pond 1 2015

First, it’s difficult to at first say an exact price for a certain sized painting. Each painting is unique and fit to your modifications, and that is different for everyone. I work with each person to hear about their design ideas, inspirations, and stories and to figure out the right size and hanging options for them. But I’m working to make a system. Find out more at


About scoutcuomo

Charcoal dust and eraser shavings, oil bars and sketch books, wood, gold pray paint, resin, overly soft blankets, and turpentine, feathers and coffee grinds.

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