The process of being immortalised in paint is a unique experience, and a good portrait will be cherished for generations to come.
Potential clients should contact Philip who will ensure the process is smooth from start to finish. He will advise on the overall concept and size of your portrait, discuss fees and arrange sitting schedules.
Once the portrait is commissioned, you will meet for the initial sitting to discuss exactly how you would like to be painted, what you would like to wear and whether there is anything especially personal that you would like to include to reflect your personality and interests. Sitters have been painted in everything from military uniform to their favourite walking clothes, and holding everything from a rifle to a teddy bear, so the choice is entirely up to the client. Many sitters report that sharing ideas and seeing the overall concept of their portrait take shape is particularly pleasing part of the process.
Depending on the size of the canvas and the level of finish desired you should expect to come to the studio for between four and eight sittings, each lasting about two hours. For children this time is understandably reduced!
When the painting is completed, the artist can advise on framing, and will arrange a date to varnish the painting in 12 months’ time. Philip will also be available throughout the process to listen to any queries that you might have, and will always endeavour to resolve them to the client’s satisfaction.
The majority of portraits are completed in the studio, located in Blackheath, London. When schedules allow, portraits can be undertaken at a client’s home with an additional cost for travel.
First 30% of fee to book the portrait; Next 30% due after the second session; Final 40% due on completion.
What is the process of sitting like? We try to make it a pleasure. Sitters are always surprised at how much they look forward to their sessions. Posing from life should be comfortable and relaxed, not formal and strenuous. Conversation flows gently in order to engage the sitter’s character and keep the features animated. Another intriguing aspect for the sitter is to watch how the portrait unfolds – through its various stages from a brown wash to a full colour painting.