If you would like to:
commission an original Astrid Lee painting or a commercial
obtain licensing rights on an existing piece, or
be added to my emailing list,
please call my studio at (604) 630 2409 or email me at info@eArtfair.com.
Include as many specifics of the job as you can, and include
your phone number (if you're emailing) so I can call you back
to discuss the job more in depth.
When to Commission an Artwork
There's nothing as personal as a work of art created 'just
for you'. It is meant to suit you, your situation, your environment.
It's both an investment and a treasure!
My Commissioning Process
When you are considering to commission me to make an
artwork for you, first take an look over my entire website to
ensure you like my style & palette. Note your favorites
and the ones you 'like least'. More importantly, consider my
statement, and ensure you love my mission in art: "it's
spiritual, it's uplifting, it's a joy to look at and makes you
feel great! "
Then, in our initial 'meeting' by phone, email or in person,
I'll be seeking a description of what you are seeking, we will
discuss where it will hang and any precedent it has to follow.
This is the time to be frank: state your (and your partner's)
dislikes, and likes. If you want a close duplicate of a particular
painting, please say so right up front. Ask questions. All this
will help to get you what you wish for.
I'll ask questions like:
- "Have you commissioned art before? How many pieces?
By which artist(s)?"
- "What do you want to see in your art?"
- "Is there anything you don't like about my art or don't
want to see?"
- "Do you have any other questions or requests?"
- "Will you be the only one approving the art?" (I'm hoping:
New clients will have a simple contract which addresses major
points: basic characteristics of the art, payment schedule,
late payment fees, completion time, and final delivery.
For all commissions, a 33% commissioning
fee is required at the start of the project. This fee is not
refundable, however it is applied to the final cost of the commissioned
Depending on the commission, I
then develop a concept, possibly with a few options from which
to choose, upon receipt of the commissioning fee.
I then paint the picture using acrylics.
Commissioned artwork can take as little as a month to several
months to fabricate, depending on the assignment and the schedule
of the artist, me.
I'll arrange for you to periodically view the work in progress,
four times before completion. That way, you can address concerns.
Personally, I encourage dialogue at all times. I want you to
feel comfortable asking questions, and expressing opinions about
the art and its progress.
You will receive a digital image of the finished artwork for
approval prior to it being shipped to you. After acceptance
of this artwork photo, a second payment of 33% is due. Upon
your receipt of the painting, the balance of the contract is
due, and you are then ready to hang your new masterpiece on
your wall :-)
Interested in learning more? Have an idea in mind for yourself
or a special gift? Direct your art commissioning enquiries to
Other Types of Commissions
Besides a commission centered around your wishes, you can commission
a painting certered around one of my existing paintings.
Fees for the latter are usually much lower - often such paintings
go at par with fees for the source painting.
When to Commission a New Painting
'like another Painting'?
When to commission an artwork by me
is when you just love one of my paintings and it's unavailable;
either sold or NFS. Or, when the size of the original doesn't
match the space you have available for art.
Usually, I don't EXACTLY copy an artwork
I have done before. Rather, I recreate a painting just for you
with new aspects that better suit you, your environment and
Van Gogh painted the painting 'The
potato eaters' 4-5 times, with just minor differences. I have
started to work with commissions in this way.
For example, this client of the painting
below wanted to buy an unavailable painting. She was thrilled
to be able to commission for the same price a similar painting
with adjustments to intuitively suit her needs/situation. I
changed the facial expression along with different color lotus
These two changes actually altered
the spiritual focus, with the magenta lotus flowers relating
to the 'IAM chakra', instead of the original ones.
Last but not least, I apply lots and
lots of Reiki to my commissioned artworks. The Reiki helps me
paint better and for sure, you'll know what I mean when you
see the final result. You'll love it.
Sometimes, I take commissions for
what I call 'soul portraits'. These portraits have a likeness
to who how the person looks today, but also yesterday, or a
decade or two. I blurr photoshop images of their visage till
I get it just right and paint from this. Thus, a sense of agelessness
Furthermore, I take great pride to
get to know my subjects and their personal iconography, which
I use as a visual language to describe who they are. If this
sounds like 'art speak', look at the sample below and you'll
know what I mean.
As the Lady depicted is spiritual -
the mantra 'OM' is permeating every inch of her aura. Buddha
is watching over her, softly smiling as she's having a very
successful life this lifetime. She loved a photo of herself
when she was in her 40's and I integrated her youthful beaming
smile from that photo. She is twice that age today but in spirit
as young as she ever was. Great client. (If you think you are
as great a client as she was, CALL ME ;-) and I would love to
work with you.
Soul Portraits Pricing
An ideal size for head and shoulders
is 16x20 inches. In acrylics on canvas: US$990 . For complex
backgrounds add 30%.
The painting fees do not include sales
tax, framing, travel, shipping and associated expenses, which
will be passed on to you at cost. Upon request, framing recommendations
can be given.
The process for Soul Portraits.
For portraits, we'll discuss the subject's
personality, lifestyle and portrait objectives. This includes
background, clothing, accessories, and other elements to be
included in the portrait.
For portraits, the next step is collecting
'input material', and may involve photographing the subject
in a variety of outfits, settings and poses, which could take
several hours. If 'ageless' is a key element, good older photographs
at earlier ages should be supplied, either physically or digitally
(hi resolution preferred).
I then develop a concept, possibly
with a few options from which to choose. A 33% fee is required
before I submit this concept work. This fee is not refundable,
however it is applied to the final cost of the commissioned