If you have never ordered a piece of custom art you probably have a few questions. This page is where I hope to give you all the answers so that you can proceed to work with me in confidence.
What to Know
What media do you work in? I paint in acrylic paints on canvas or birch board panels, as well as watercolors and alcohol markers on 100% cotton rag paper.
How much does it cost?
My pet portraits start at $90 for a 6'x 6' x 1-1/2" deep acrylic painting on birch board panels and go up from there depending on size.
Watercolors start at $160 for an 8" x 10", and range in size up to 22" x 30".
Most paintings are about $2 per square inch whether in watercolor or acrylic paint.
What is the pricing structure based on?
Rather than base my pricing on the amount of time it takes, I base it on the square inch. I believe that art is not about how fast or slow you paint, but the acquired skill you gain as an artist through your years of practice. The painting is finished when it's agreed upon between the artist and the client that the work is done.
How long will it take?
Smaller paintings can be completed in a week, provided the client approves sketches in a timely fashion. It's all about communication! Larger paintings will be quoted at the time of purchase, but nothing takes more than a month.
Why do I need to pay a deposit?
A 50% deposit is due when agreeing to move forward with every project. The deposit means that I will be paid so that I can purchase materials and create a pencil drawing for your approval. After that, I start work on the actual painting.
What is a pencil sketch and why do I need one?
The pencil sketch is the foundation of every painting. The sketch is like the bones of the painting that everything else hangs on. If that sketch is off, the painting will be off as well. The sketch determines the composition and proportions of everything. Your approval is essential in moving forward with an accurate image.
What are the Typical sizes of my work?
Watercolors can be: 8" x 10", 9" x 12", 11" x 14", 16" x 20 and 22" x 30" The Composition can be horizontal or vertical.
Acrylic paintings can be just about any size. Birch board panels that I favor for pet portraits are usually square, starting at 6"x 6" x 1-1/2" deep, and go up to 12" x 12". If you have a special composition I can work any size for which there is a canvas. I prefer to work on the more finished (and slightly more expensive) gallery-wrapped canvases that allow for painted, finished edges.
Will I see the art during the process?
Yes, I always take photos as I add layers to my work. Typically you will see a first layer, and second layer, and at least one other detail shot. Once I feel I am done, I will send an image labeled "for Final Approval". Once the client approves this, the art is signed and prepared for delivery.
How is art presented?
Acrylic paintings receive 2-3 coats of acrylic varnish and are wired and ready for hanging.
Watercolor paintings are matted with a backing board and sealed in a plastic envelope for safekeeping. I do not offer framing.
How will the art be delivered?
If you live within 1-15 miles of Downtown Cary, NC, I can easily arrange to deliver your piece in person. If you are out of the Triangle area of North Carolina I am happy to ship, for an additional cost. I will take your art/ canvas to UPS nearby and get an estimate for you before beginning the project.
Do you charge tax?
Yes, I do. I operate a business, Lindsey's Fine Art, that is a registered DBA of my parent company Goodtree & Co. That means I file monthly sales tax reports with the Department of Revenue. I must charge tax with every sale.
When is payment due?
A 50% deposit is due to begin and the balance is due when the art is approved, prior to delivery. I invoice securely using Quickbooks and accept credit and debit cards as forms of payment. I do not like to use Venmo as that makes sales reporting and paying taxes very difficult.