Artist Fees and Commission Process

Portrait Commissions

Mrs. Hardin begins the portrait commission with an informal visit in the clients home or office to plan the mood, setting and medium of the portrait and to discuss the subject’s apparel.  A tentative portrait size is selected and a price is established.  At this time a 50% deposit is required.  Travel and accommodation expenses are added to the final payment which is paid at the final sitting.

Next Mrs. Hardin does a small scale color sketch to give the client an idea of what the finished composition will look like.  When  painting children under six years old,  she take a series of photographs to use in planning the composition. This can be done on the same day as the initial planning session.

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PAINTING THE PORTRAIT

Once the composition is approved, sittings are scheduled.  Mrs. Hardin prefers to work totally from life sittings painting on location in the clients home, office or favorite vacation spot. However she does occasionally uses photography, especially for complex details such as bridal portraits.   In most cases she completes a portrait of the upper torso in two days, a two-thirds portrait in three days and a full-length portrait in one week.  For larger paintings and multiple subjects extra planning and preparation is required and the total time is usually multiplied by the number of subjects.

TIME SCHEDULE:

“Head and Shoulders” or “Upper Torso” portrait; requires two 2-hour sittings

“Two-thirds” portrait; requires six 2-hour sittings

“Full Length” portrait; requires eight to ten 2-hour sittings

For “Multiple-Subjects schedule one photo session together, and separate sittings for each subject

POSTHUMOUS PORTRAITS

Mrs. Hardin will accept posthumous portrait commissions only after reviewing available photographs and/or video images.  When adequate references are available Mrs. Hardin then interviews family members before beginning the portrait and will require a finial session with a family member to make any necessary adjustments. The time required to produce a posthumous portrait is usually longer than life portraits.


PORTRAIT FEES*

OIL PORTRAITS:

Head Study (approx. 12″ x 16″bust)….$2,500

Head and shoulders (one-third portrait)…. $4,000

20″ x 24″  (average size)

Head, shoulders, torso with hands (two-thirds Portrait)… $8,000

30″ x 40″  (average size)

Full length portrait….. $12,000

36″ x 72″  (average size)

PASTEL PORTRAITS:

Head Study (approx. 12″ x 16″ bust)….$2,000

Head and shoulders (one-third portrait)…. $3,500

Head, shoulders, torso with hands (two-third)…. $6,000

PET PORTRAITS IN OIL OR PASTEL:

Small pet (life-size)…. $1,000 – $1,500

Medium to large pet.… $1,500 – $3,000

Horse (according to painting size)…. $3,000 – $9,000

WILDLIFE IN OIL OR PASTEL:

Small animal (life-size)…. $1,200 – $1,500

Medium animal (life-size)…. $1,500 – $3,000

Large animal (half-size)….$3,000 – $9,000

*Portrait Fees are for one subject; for each addition subject add 50% of the “one subject” price. 
MURAL COMMISSIONS

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The artist meets with the client at the location of the mural site to discuss the theme, design details, time frame and fees. A deposit is paid to the artist before a rough sketch is prepared for approval. Then a schedule is set and the mural painting begins.

MURAL FEES –

Mrs. Hardin is no longer accepting Outdoor Mural Commissions

Indoor Murals: $300 – $500 per linear foot up to 10 feet high

(Larger mural prices determined by square feet and subject)