Mark Woollacott Marine Artist

Professional painting commissions

Professional painting commissions by UK marine artist

Painting Commissions

The Friars Crag Lake District painting now hangs in pride of place in our front room. I do not lie when I say that whenever I look at it I will get great pleasure knowing that it has become a reality through a daughter's love and painted by an artist that has painted it with such feeling and skill.

Mike and Helen

What's Involved?

Have you ever considered owning a commissioned painting or investing in original art? Perhaps you would like to commission me to paint an original for you, something which is special to you, which will reward you with many years of enjoyment.

With painting commissions, I usually find out first what you are looking for in the painting so I can paint exactly what you want: namely, the specifics or characteristics of the painting (i.e. the size, light and shade, colouration, amount of detail required, if it is to be painted in a photorealistic style or something a little more painterly, but still containing detail and realism etc.).

For example, if you're looking for a maritime painting which depicts some action and drama (which will always look more impressive than a static shot of a boat), then a photo of the boat in these conditions would be very helpful for me to use as reference (note: please ensure the copyright owner of the photograph grants written permission for me to use the photo for reference purposes). The more information you send me about how you want the painting to look, the better I can visualize how it will appear when it is finished.

High Quality

I usually paint with acrylic paints. A painting, painted with high quality acrylic paints, can take me anywhere between three to six weeks to complete, depending on the size of the painting and the amount of detail required, plus a further two weeks for drying before being given a protective coat of gloss varnish. Painting with acrylics is a much quicker process than painting with oil paints. With oil paints, the pigment is blended with slow-drying linseed oil; whereas with acrylics, the high quality pigment is blended with a fast-drying, odourless acrylic polymer. An oil painting requires the process of oxidation in order for the paint layer to fully dry, which can take up to twelve months before the painting is fully dry and ready for its final varnish. An acrylic painting doesn't require this length of time for drying. All acrylic and oil paintings should be varnished.

Mark has painted a truly evocative picture. He has captured the true essence of this beautiful place and brought back many happy memories of years gone by. Thank you so much!

Penny and Andrew

The Deposit

As is customary in professional painting commissions, as a full time artist I always request a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total commission fee before I undertake any commission. This advance payment pays for half of the commission and is used to order the materials (i.e. acrylic paints and canvas) I will require for the commission. It also financially covers any invested time, labour and costs already paid for by myself out of my own funds.

Once the specifics of the commission have been agreed and you are happy for me to proceed with the painting, I will provide you with an invoice so you can pay the deposit. The invoice will also state the date the painting will be completed by.

Keeping You Updated

Once the deposit has been paid, I can make a start and order the canvas required for the commission and then update you regularly by providing you (by email or by post) with photographs of the painting as it progresses; and at any of these stages you can let me know if there is anything in the painting that needs to be altered slightly or painted in a different shade of colour etc. At the end of the day, I am painting this painting for you, so I want to make sure the painting ends up exactly how you want it.

Absolutely as we wanted it. Beautifully researched and executed. A wonderful painting!

Mike and Jo

The Finished Painting

I shall notify you within 24 hours following the completion of the painting (either by email or by telephone, whichever is preferred) that the painting is ready to be viewed. If you are unable to view the painting in person, I shall mail or email an A4-size proof of the painting to you – and you must then make an approval of the painting based on the proof. If you decide not to accept the finished painting or decide to pull out of the commission at any point, I shall keep the commissioned painting and the deposit.

The Final Payment

The final payment shall be required in full and be given reasonable time to clear before I can professionally package and dispatch (by courier) the painting to you, or allow you to collect the painting in person, if this is preferred, and thereby grant the right of ownership to you and allow you to keep the painting. All other rights, including copyright, reproduction rights, publishing rights, I retain. A second invoice will be issued to you so you can make the final payment. A Certificate of Authenticity shall be provided with the painting when the painting is delivered or collected.

Thank You

It is always with the greatest appreciation and gratitude that I receive any painting commission and, as with all my commissions, it will be my standard to undertake and execute your commission with the greatest care, attention, commitment and professionalism in order to produce a painting which will provide and reward you with many years of enjoyment.

If you are interested in commissioning me to paint an original painting for you, then please contact me using the email address below and I will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have regarding the commission. I am based in North Devon, South West England.


Some more comments...

Mr J Ballantyne

The attention to detail was incredible!

J Hockin

I feel most privileged and honoured that you would so kindly do this for me - thank you!

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The Rescue - Painting Commission

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