I enjoy painting bird commissions and other subjects too.
Here are a few Frequently-Asked Questions. If you have any other questions please contact me.
HOW IT WORKS?
We will discuss the bird you want, there are many different possibilities in watercolors or drawings (sketches or very detailed work, just the head or more of the body, with or without background, etc), and before start the painting I will show you a sketch of the composition to your approval.
CAN I GIVE YOU ONE OF MY IMAGES?
I am happy to work from your image, or provide one for you.
DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
I require a 30% non-refundable deposit before starting the painting.
HOW DOES PRICING WORK?
I like to ask my clients first what budget they have in mind so we can discuss how to give them something they would like and be able to afford. In this way we can discuss options and I can compose the painting or drawing with their budget in mind.
CAN YOU WORK ON SMALL AND LARGE PIECES?
Sure. But the largest size of cotton paper that I can handle is Imperial size 22'' x 30'' for hot pressed and Double Elephant 25¾'' × 40' for cold pressed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Dependes the size and the composition. Please allow 4-10 weeks from start to finish
CAN I SEE THE PAINTING BEFORE FINAL PAYMENT?
Yes, I will send you an image of the completed painting before final payment, but you have to have in mind that watercolors are not forgivable to stand dramatic changes. That is why I send the drawing composition for approval in advance.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT?
If you are not satisfied, no additional payment beyond the deposit is required.
Framing is not included in the price of the painting but I am willing to advise or recommend frames suitable for my paintings.
HOW ABOUT DELIVERY?
We will together arrange a good time and place for delivery the painting, if you are in Vancouver. For other cities or countries we will discuss the shipping options that suits you best.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR WATERCOLORS
I use a 100% cotton paper (acid-free and archival) and Winsor & Newton or Schminck paints (“Professional Water Colours” series pigments).
In good store conditions it will last for hundreds of years and won't discolor or fall apart.
But the simple fact that your painting is created with water soluble products on paper, makes it fragile. I refrain from applying any protective varnish over my completed work which makes the paintings quite vulnerable to environmental damage.
Because of that I listed a few tips to make your painting last a lifetime:
Always handle the paper by the edges or underside. Avoid touching the area painted, as oils from the skin could affect the painting.
Avoid extreme temperatures or humidity. Colors may shift, run or break, thereby ruining the painting.
As with all original artworks, watercolors paintings should be framed with archival mat behind glass (or plexiglass) will protect it from outside elements such as dust, humidity or moisture damage. Watercolors get reconstituted when they come into contact with moisture. The archival mat will protect the painting, avoiding it to touch the glass.
Do not store in direct sunlight. Sunlight will discolor the painting and it could also change the color of some pigments.
Do not hang your painting in direct sunlight. Even though professional artist materials were used for your painting, the sun can do severe damage in fading your painting. Best suggestion would be to rotate your artwork through your home.
Not all environments are suitable for hanging original artwork. Humidity in a bathroom, grease in a kitchen or soot from a fireplace can damage your art. Be thoughtful when choosing a good location.
And above all, ENJOY!!
Art has the power to enhance our lives, to bring meaning in our everyday!