(Co)mission Accomplished

A commission is not to be underestimated.

Normally, I paint from inspiration—an idea, a feeling, an urge—basically, to satisfy a desire to express myself in colour and forms.

As soon as someone asks you to paint a piece in a particular colour or form, the freedom to satisfy yourself is caged up and replaced by a need to satisfy someone else—to ‘touch’ them, in fact. So instead of being a relaxing pastime, it becomes a task tinged with stress.

The excitement builds the nearer you come to finishing a piece and reaches its climax at the unveiling of the final painting to the commissioner. Will they love it? Hate it? Is it what they had in mind? Do they still want to buy it?

The answer, I’m pleased to say, is ‘yes’!

My very first commission piece met with approval. Now hanging proudly in the space on the wall for which it was intended, “it looks great”, the buyer informed me, extending an invitation come and see for myself how well it fits. You can imagine how pleased and relieved I am to hear it.

Sonal and Dieuwke with the commision piece Aeolian

Sonal and Dieuwke with the commision piece Aeolian

Three months in the making—discussing the assignment (the colours and forms), coming up with a design, buying the materials and then the building up the painting on canvas—it was a rewarding learning experience. For the commissions I have in the pipeline, I will be altering my approach, using the insights I’ve gained.

If you would like to commission a painting, I’d be happy to discuss ideas and wishes with you. Please refer to the contact information in the Acrylic Artwork page on this blog.

Dieuwke Swain
Fine Artist & Photographer