Looking to add custom art to your home or looking for something to pass down to your family? Commissioning a piece with an artist is a great way to add personality and heritage to your home. Today, we have help from Kentucky Black Southern Belle and artist, Celeste Addison with 3 Tips To Working With An Artist On A Commission.
According to Addison “I come from a very creative and talented family, so as long as I can remember I have loved creating. I loved so many different arts, from playing cello to furniture making, but nothing spoke to me like painting. I taught myself to paint as a teenager and it helped me get through a hard time in my life. As I grew more into myself, my paintings evolved and my style continues to grow. I find my inspiration through nature, color and emotion. Painting allows me to capture a wide range of beauty, from the soft elegance of a botanical scene to the chaos of colors pouring together on a canvas.”
We are excited to showcase some of her beautiful art and her 3 Tips To Working With An Artist On A Commission. Share images of your favorite art in your home using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle
3 Tips To Working With An Artist On A Commission
1) Do research on the artist
If you would like a realistic portrait of your family an artist who specializes in abstract landscapes is not the one to call. Make sure to look at their portfolio to see that they are able to paint the type of art you are looking for.
2) Keep communication lines open
Commissioning a piece of art is a big investment for your home and your artist is going to want to communicate with you every step of the way to make sure that you get a work of art you are in love with. Answering emails or setting up times to video chat with your artist is a great way to stay involved with the process! If you’re working with someone local, see if they have open studio hours where you can stop by and check out progress.
3) Treat your artist as a professional
This one seems like it should go without saying when you are doing business with someone, but you would be surprised how many people think being an artist is “not a real job”. It is not alright to ask the artist to work only for exposure or to complain about the price they give you because “it’s their hobby”. Artists work very hard and we invest very much into our profession.
Check out more of Celeste’s beautiful art and upcoming home collection below! Also be sure to pick up a few of her pieces at her online shop here.
Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂
Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes :)