There’s something to be said for a big, blank wall. It may not seem like much, but it can be whatever you want it to be. The possibilities are endless.
The potential is the attractive part of a blank wall. But while potential is great, it doesn’t amount to anything until it DOES amount to something.
And if you’re waiting to find that special piece of fine art to hang, ask yourself: how’s that coming along? How’s all that waiting panning out?
Stop waiting. Have a piece created for you and your blank wall. It can be a mural or a series of photographs or an oil painting — again, the possibilities are endless.
Commission a painting. Get a professional artist to do it for you. It’ll be one of a kind, it will appreciate in value over time, and your blank wall will, at last, amount to something.
Find the Right Artist on the Internet
Artists aren’t hard to find anymore. Most have websites that show off their work, so you can determine if that’s the style for you. Their websites will also let you know if they are open to individual commissions. (Even if the website doesn’t say they are, it never hurts to reach out by phone or email and ask that artist!)
You can also search visually-focused social media platforms like Pinterest for new works from working artists.
Once you’ve found your artist and opened some communication, it’s incredibly important to keep communication open and flowing. Talk with the artist about your ideas — brainstorm with them if you like, and if they like — and be as clear as possible about what you really want.
It helps to have examples to give the artist, so collect some pictures of works you like and organize them in advance. Don’t feel bad — this actually helps the creative process. You’re not being unoriginal, and nobody’s getting ripped off. Your painting will still be your own one-of-a-kind commissioned piece.
Payments & Contracts
Artists are often afraid to talk money, so be upfront with what you’re willing to spend and make sure you get everything settled well before the painting begins.
Contracts help keep things clean and friendly. You’ll need to understand the terms and conditions before writing your first check, because there’s no “undo” button for real paint.
This is why a lot of people are hesitant to commission a painting — the fear that they might overpay for something that can’t be undone. But remember: number one, that artist works in a free market and you’re paying market value; and number two, whatever the artist creates today will be more valuable tomorrow, because commissioned art appreciates over time (just like a house). So, like any home upgrade, you’ll need to sign contracts, and your investment will pay off.
It’s fair to pay a portion up front and a portion on the backend; this helps the artist share that responsibility, and keeps everybody honest. Most professional artists will have their own preferences, and it’ll save you all time if you respect their preferences from the onset, but make sure you each have a reason to stay in touch while it’s being worked on.
Shipping & Handling
Shipping and handling should also be discussed beforehand. Shipping a fragile work of art, even through just one city, can become very expensive (NEVER have it shipped without insurance of some kind). Don’t let yourself be surprised at the cost of shipping. There’s nothing worse than an unpleasant shock to take the joy out of something beautiful you just acquired.
Once you get those details compiled and straightened out between both parties, let that artist get to work! Your new painting will become the artistic focus of your home, and your guests will marvel.