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Sunset Dancing - 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.

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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:

One painting 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.

Pricing and Turnaround Times

Pastel works are completed with soft pastel on pastel paper.
I do not sell any framed artwork, but package them for shipping in a floating box, so nothing touches the artwork surface. Pastel artworks need to be protected behind a matted glass frame. Please take your artwork still in the packaging to a frame shop to ensure it arrives safely to be framed.

The estimated costs below does not include framing costs, but does include packaging costs. Delivery costs are charged at checkout.
Pastel Portrait of Baby Girl
An A5 sized artwork will cost about R500.
An A4 sized artwork will cost about R750.
An A3 sized artwork will cost about R1125.
An A2 sized artwork will cost about R1750.

Once I have received your photos and understand your requirements, completing your artwork can take anywhere between 2 and 5 weeks depending on size and amount of detail.
I will state a deadline for you to agree to before asking for a non-refundable 50% deposit.
Once I have received proof of payment, I buy needed materials and start working.
I send progress photos regularly and once I have sent the final image, the balance of your payment becomes payable before I ship the painting.
Oil paintings are painted with oil paint on stretched canvas.

I do not sell any framed artwork, but package them flat for shipping. Since I paint the edges of the canvas, you don’t need to frame them, but they do look good in a frame like a box frame.

Oil paintings should preferably be hung where they are not in direct sunlight.

The estimated costs below do not include framing costs but do include packaging costs. Delivery costs are charged at checkout.
Oil Painting of Florence Lawrence
An A5 sized artwork will cost about R1000.
An A4 sized artwork will cost about R1500.
An A3 sized artwork will cost about R2250.
An A2 sized artwork will cost about R3375.

Once I have received your photos and understand your requirements, completing your artwork can take anywhere between 3 and 8 weeks depending on size and amount of detail.
I will state a deadline for you to agree to before asking for a non-refundable 50% deposit.
Once I have received proof of payment, I buy needed materials and start working.
I send progress photos regularly and once I have sent the final image, the balance of your payment becomes payable before I ship the painting.

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