Commission Your Own Artwork

Forgotten Ruler
Forgotten Ruler - Commissioned Work of Art Created by Magda de Lange

Can’t quite find the perfect piece for a room in your house? Or maybe you have already seen an artwork that you love, but it is not quite the right size or color?

Don’t worry. I have got you covered – order the work of art you envisioned here with Magda’s Art.

How does it work?

Set your budget, describe your perfect artwork and set a completion date. I will contact you to further discuss your requirements. 

Once I am happy I understand your requirements and when you accept the quote I have given you, you pay the deposit to get the ball rolling. Once your deposit cleared, I will buy the necessary supplies and start working. I send regular progress photos and welcome your input during this time. When you’re happy with the final piece, you pay the remainder and I ship your artwork to you!

Picard - Make it so Oil Portrait Painting Commission
Picard - Make it so
Commissioned Work In Progress Sample

Cost and Duration Estimation

Graphite and Charcoal is the cheapest option, but still very artistic as the black and white contrasts can be pushed to emphasize the focal point very easily. 

You are looking at paying between R100.00-R450.00 for an artwork sized between A5 and A2. Allow about 4-10 weeks for the completion of the work depending on my schedule.

Pastel is known for its “soft” qualities and is almost just as affordable as Graphite and Charcoal. Pastel colors can still be very bright and it is faster to work with than Color Pencil.

I love creating Portraits with Color Pencil because of the soft feel of the pastel which makes for stunning skin colors and texture.

You are looking at paying between R200.00-R600.00 for an artwork sized between A5 and A2. Allow about 4-10 weeks for the completion of the work depending on my schedule.

Slightly more expensive than Graphite and Charcoal and Pastel, but Color Pencil is a very expressive material as the colors can be very bright and it is just as easy to create smooth colored surfaces as it is to create stunning texture in the artwork. It is a much more time consuming method, though, but can provide for an extraordinary work of art.

You are looking at paying between R300.00-R700.00 for an artwork sized between A5 and A2. Allow about 6-12 weeks for the completion of the work depending on my schedule.

Water color is much more affordable than oil paint and also very fast to work with.
It is however, a very “unforgiving” medium as mistakes are not easy to fix. It is for this reason that I plan and even paint “practice works” before starting a watercolor work of art.

I love using watercolor for landscapes.

You are looking at paying between R500.00-R1000.00 for an artwork sized between A5 and A2. Allow about 4-10 weeks for the completion of the work depending on my schedule.

Oil paintings are probably the most popular amongst art collectors. The very wide variety of color brightness and texture achievable with oil paints make it very suitable for any subject in artworks. Painting around the edges of a gallery wrapped canvas, ensures that the artwork can be hung as is without the need of a frame. A frame, however, can still be used to emphasize the work.

Oil paint (especially when painting smooth, surfaces) is applied in layers which often need to be allowed to dry completely before starting the next layer. Rougher textures can be achieved in one sitting, but the thicker paint used in this way takes a bit longer to dry as well. For these reasons, much time need to be allowed for the work to be completed. 

You are looking at paying between R100.00-R5000.00 for an artwork sized between A5 and A2. Allow about 12-24 weeks for the completion of the work depending on the size and detail level of the painting as well as my schedule.

How to decide what it is you want

There are different reasons why you might want to ask for a commission, instead of purchasing a painting in a gallery. Maybe you love a certain painting, but it just won’t fit the wall you have for it. You may have fond memories of a certain event or locale or person and wish to commemorate this by asking the artist to work from photos reminding you of it. From an interior designer’s point of view, you may need specific colors or patterns within the painting to work within a room you are creating.

When you approach me for a commission, try to have a clear idea of what you are looking for so you can describe it to me. However, any artist would create better when he/she has the freedom to do what he thinks is best for the painting. So the most important thing is to communicate any specific considerations you have. Also, you will get the best results from me if you like my artworks currently in the gallery. Note how the style of floral paintings seem different from the style of my landscape paintings, but how they are similar in some ways as well, because of my style. If you want to commission a landscape, look at the landscapes I have and decide if you want something similar in style. Remember, artists take many years to develop a style, so that style is what they are best at creating. You wouldn’t ask an impressionist to paint a realistic portrait.

Let’s take a look at how to decide what it is you want:

Color Choices

It would be ideal if I can see the space in which the painting would be hung. Getting a feel for the furniture and fabrics and the general theme of the room, helps me choose the colors which would suit your decor best. You can point out which elements of the room you would like to tie together within the painting. Alternatively, snapshots of the room or even fabric and wallpaper samples will also help. If you are planning to redecorate the room, you can just tell me which colors you would like to feature in the room.

One painting hung on a wall.
Two small paintings hung on a wall.

Size

One small image on a big empty wall does not look good,but two smaller paintings can work just as well as one larger painting in the same space.

 In a perfect world, the painting would be beautifully equidistant from each adjacent wall, and its vertical centre would be at the same height as the vertical centre of all the other artwork in the room.

The easiest way to decide what size painting(s) to hang is to mock up a fake painting on your wall using masking tape. You can measure out a square or rectangle with four lengths of masking tape placed directly on the wall, and then walk around and look at it and make sure it is the correct size. 

Lighting Example

Lighting

Make sure I can get a sense of the lighting conditions where your painting will hang.

 Open, natural light always makes a painting look great, but after the sun goes down you will need artificial lighting.

Some houses have warm incandescent lighting, others have cool LED lighting, and a painting will look different depending on the lighting around it. Unfortunately, most ceiling lights are designed to only illuminate downwards, leaving the walls dark in the corners and near the tops of the walls.

A painting will always look better if you can get a spotlight on it from above. These are surprisingly inexpensive to have installed by an electrician. 

Halogen spotlights will bring out the colors and texture in your painting and make it glow like it’s in a museum!

If the painting will be in a dark corner, I will know to avoid dark colors. I will also push the contrast because subtle contrasts will be missed on a shadowy wall.

Lighting Example - Lots of Light

Wall Color

As you can see in the images above, the color of your wall can change the look of a painting and draw attention to certain colors within the painting.