Mark Woollacott 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 good size photo (a jpg file of the image would be preferable) 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 (the client) send me about how you want the painting to look, the better I can visualize how it will appear when it is finished.

It is very important that everything is made clear by the client (in regards to exactly what is to be featured in the painting) at the very beginning of the commission process; for once the painting has begun, no major changes can me made after this point. So it is important that, if you are unable to visit me in person to discuss the commission, then you must email all the information to me, so I have it all written down. Also, I do not produce sketches for clients or undertake artist visits to clients.

High Quality

I 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.

Please note: as an artist, I only supply a finished 'unframed' painting to clients - I do not supply a frame with the commissioned painting. Picture framing is the responsibility of the client. The client will need to contact their local picture framer once the client has ownership of the painting. The framer will professionally frame the painting and attach all required fixings (such as d-rings and picture cord/wire), thereby making the painting 'ready to hang' for the client.

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 fifty per cent 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 minor 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 by email within twenty-four hours following the completion of the painting that the painting is ready to be viewed. If you are unable to view the painting in person, I shall email a hi-resolution image of the painting to you — and you must then make an approval of the painting based on the image. 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

A second invoice will be issued to you so you can make 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 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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Lucky Cat, Sivota, Greece

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Lucky Cat Sivota, Greece — Painting Commission

I really enjoyed painting this particular commission, which was based on a superb reference photograph supplied by the client. Sivota is such a picturesque setting for sailors, and I can understand why people visit the place. In this commission, I was asked to paint a scene which not only incorporated the yacht, Lucky Cat, and the beauty of the harbour as dusk approached, but also to paint the whole scene with a degree of realism. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 24 x 22 inches.

On Board SY Albatros HYS 1974

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On Board SY Albatross HYS 1974 — Painting Commission

This painting is based on a photographic slide of V. Hanf, taken in August 1974 onboard Sailing Yacht Albatros of HYS (Hanseatische Yachtschule) in the Fehmarn Belt, during the early morning (at sunrise) after having sailed through the night. HYS stands for Hanseatische (Hanseatic) Yacht (ing) Schule (School). Albatros belonged to HYS from 1953 to 1995. Albatros was ordered in 1936 by the Reichs Air Force Ministry, General Christiansen, who lived on the island of Föhr as a training trip for Naval pilots and it was built on the river–shaped fjord by the name of Schlei, as a ketch. It was built from oak larch & teak. Its engine: 125 hp. Its placement thirty tons. After the war it was confiscated by the British and was consequently rebuilt interiorly. In 1952 Albatros was changed to a Bermuda rigging and was given as a donation to HYS, to be used for training trips, where it was a very much loved ship until 1995. Finally it was sold to be a charter vessel on the Adriatic Sea. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas board. Canvas dimensions: 16 x 20 inches.

The Rescue

3rd August 2014

The Rescue — Painting Commission

This painting, entitled The Rescue, is based on an original detailed sketch (drawn in 1990 by sailor Mr J Ballantyne) of a real-life rescue that took place off Berry Head quarry, Devon, on 10th September, 1989, featuring the rescue of a dismasted Beneteau Double First 32S5 by the Brixham-based, Arun-class lifeboat, The Edward Bridges. The painting features two additional yachts, Papillion (which Mr J Ballantyne was onboard) and Sigmagnifique. Painting info: Acrylic on canvas. Canvas dimensions: 16 x 24 inches. Available as a print.