Prices and Commissions

Paintings which I hold in stock, and may have kept for my own purposes for some time, are priced for sale on this website according to the value they are worth to me. Generally those prices are very reasonable and significantly lower than they would be if exhibited in a gallery. Many of these paintings are also framed, giving better value.

At the bottom of this post is a brief description of the process a professional artist goes through, to give you an idea of some of what is included in arriving at a final price - before the costs of the materials and tools are taken into account (painting surface eg. canvas, paints, mediums eg linseed oil and artists' turpentine, brushes and palette knives, cleaning papers and mediums, etc).

It is a service business just like any other. 

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Below is my price list for new paintings, unframed, scheduled for gallery exhibition, and for private commissions. 

Prices are set by square inch (h x w) and not by linear inch (h + w)

Oil Paintings

€2.75 per square inch

Where relevant, the deep edges of canvas will be painted but not measured or included in the price calculation. In other words, no cost for the deep edge area of a canvas.


Acrylic Paintings (abstract only)

€2.50 per square inch

Where relevant, the deep edges of canvas will be painted but not measured or included in the price calculation. In other words, no cost for the deep edge area of a canvas.


Watercolour Paintings

€2.25 per square inch

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Commissions Completed:

South Africa : Mr D Bose (3 paintings)
South Africa : Mrs B de Villiers (2 paintings)
United Kingdom : Mr A Firth (1 painting)
South Africa : Mr Victor Ferraz (1 charcoal sketch)
Ireland : Joanna Hannick (1 oil painting)
Malaysia : Gobie Raju (1 oil painting)
UK : Meghan Scott (1 oil painting; 1 oil triptyche)
Ireland : Ms Clare Mullins (1 oil painting)
USA : Mr R Bolan (3 oil abstracts)
France : Mr and Mrs C and J Jones (1 formal oil portrait)
France : Mr and Mrs L and K O'Neill (1 Marc Chagall style oil painting)
Australia : Mrs Anne Cookson (1 Red Poppy representing Poppy Day oil painting)
Australia : Ms Wendy Morley (1 abstract watercolour landscape)

Known Collections of Work:

Mr L Murrin, Dawn Foods, Naas, Dublin, Ireland
Mr A Boyd, Arizona, USA
Ms S J Lynch, Galway, Ireland
Mrs Nancy McAllister, Guntersville, Alabama, USA
Mr N McLoughlin, Ross Communications, Dublin
Offices of the "Now" Magazines group, Galway
Mr and Mrs C and J Jones
Various Collectors from multiple eBay sales

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A brief description of the painting process

Not all artists work the same.
This is how I tend to work. The bare bones of it.
Every single painting is different and has different needs, but this is the gist of it.
A formal portrait can take the best part of a year to complete.
Most paintings most certainly take more than a day and usually a few days at minimum. Sometimes a few tries as well, depending on what has been requested.

Which is the correct size and type of surface to use?

What are the considerations of medium to use?
Where is the subject to be placed on the painting surface?
How is the subject to be arranged?
What type of background should be considered? 
Is the subject to be painted from life?
If from life, how many hours are needed for the artist to work with the subject?
Where is this to take place?
What are the lighting and set-up considerations and needs? 
Is the subject to be painted from a photograph? 
Does the artist have a good enough photograph?
Does the photograph reflect colour correctly?
Is the photograph in too much shadow or in too much light?
Is the subject posed for a strong composition?
Is the subject to be painted from imagination and/or memory? 
What allowances for final expectations need to be clarified?
Which is the colour range the artist needs to work from?
More warm or more cool?
How much time does the artist have to complete the job?

An interview with the person requesting the commission to find out as many details as possible and to sign to confirm size, price, style and expectations.

Time considering the needs of the painting to be created; time to research things like correct colours, details of insignia or other items to be included, etc.
Sketching the subject onto tracing or baking sheet paper which is the same size as the painting surface. This process is time-consuming in order to get it correct.
Checking that the composition fits easily into the space and is strong; allowing for the eye to move around the painting but still be kept within the painting; and to have busy space and quiet space.
Allow time for reflection and to make sure that it is the eyes working and not the brain, in looking for errors in judgment and placement. Go away and come back some time later to make sure it is good. (Artists will know what I mean!)
Using the sketch as a guide, transfer the composition onto the painting surface.
Check again to make sure all is well before paint is applied.
If necessary, check with the Client to make sure they are happy at this first stage.
 
Begin to mix the first colours. The base colours. Mixing colours is a process which takes hours rather than minutes, to achieve the required end result.
If it is a portrait at least three skin tones need to be mixed and tested. Then mix and test all the other colours to be used.
Apply the first coats of paint, deciding whether the next coats can be applied wet on wet or whether the painting needs to sit for a day or more in order to paint wet on dry.

This is the most time-consuming stage, mixing and applying coats of paint, sometimes waiting for it to dry, sometimes not, until completed. This can take from hours to days to weeks to months, depending on the painting. It's impossible to put down here in words how this part of the process proceeds or the time it takes. It's time, skill and creative energy at work.


Painting the subject and the background are usually done in balance ... a bit of the subject, a bit of the background ... unless the background needs to be completed first so that the subject sits on top.


Some parts of the painting are completed fairly quickly while others take much more time.


Finally, the okay from the Client that they like what you have produced! Nightmares over! 


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