:: My Paintings ::

While I still have a full-time job I will not be able to accept commissions. I need time & this is a precious commodity that I do not really have. However, if you are interested in buying any of the paintings that I post, just ask me & if it is available I will send it out to you.

Commission: an order for something, especially a work of art, to be produced specially. I wanted to explain the steps that I go through when I receive a commission from a client. I usually work from a reference photograph which the client sends to me with their size request (my maximum is usually 12″x18″). I never post a client’s final painting as that painting does not belong to me anymore… it is theirs -))) If ever someone would love to have one of the paintings that I post on my blog, then I will gladly paint it again, at the required size. To be noted that all of my paintings are “original” and are not prints of the original.

These are the steps that I take to complete a painting that will be sold.

1. Composition Sketch: the first step that I take is to figure out the composition… I think and sketch about the various elements for the painting and where to place them… will I add a tree there or keep the houses in the background? Usually I create three of these.
2. Tonal Value Sketch: I then pick the best composition, and figure out the main highlights and tonal values of the sketch and pick one colour (usually Payne’s grey) and apply three values to a rough sketch. The one colour is applied at difference intensity levels (75%, 40% and 15%). This is the sketch that I am showing you today. I must add that I will do the compositional sketch right after this, as I have not yet figured out if I will leave the houses as they are in the photograph or put trees instead…
3. Small sketch in colour: In a sketchbook, in a much smaller size than the real size, I then “try out” a rough coloured version of the painting and see where that brings me. I might have to do two of these. This is where I choose my triads.
4. Real size sketch in pencil: Once that I am satisfied with my small sketch, I move on to a very high quality paper — usually Saunders Waterford CP — and draw everything at the client’s required size with a #7B pencil (quite soft lead so that it does not scratch the watercolour paper as this may create gutters and lines in the watercolour).
5. Real size sketch in ink: Then I go over the pencil lines with ink (if necessary or required).
6. Final version of the painting. Voilà! In the hopes that it is to my liking, as I am “the” most difficult person to please -)
7. Packaging: I package the painting, without a frame, between two boards of cardboard and ask the Post Office to deliver it with a tracking number.
8. Transportation Fees: The postal delivery is paid by the client.
9. Payment: I then ask the client to pay via Pay Pal as this is a very secure way of transferring monies..


Pour le temps qu’il me reste à travailler à temps plein, je ne pourrai pas répondre aux demandes de commission. Par contre, si vous êtes intéressé par n’importe lequel de mes peintures que je poste sur le blog, écrivez-moi et si elle est disponible, je vous la ferai parvenir.

Pour ce blogue je voulais expliquer les étapes que je fais quand je reçois une commande d’un client. Habituellement le client m’envoie une photographie de référence et m’indique la grandeur du format. Habituellement la grandeur maximum est 12″x18″ et minimum est 8″x8″.

1. Croquis de composition: la première chose que je dessine sont des “thumbnails” ou des tout petits croquis de composition. Est-ce que je vais garder les maisons à l’arrière ou est-ce que je vais les enlever et mettre des arbres au lieu? Est-ce que je vais mettre l’horizon au centre ou plus haut ou plus bas?
2. Valeurs de tons: Ensuite je fais une étude de valeurs de tons. J’utilise pour ceci qu’une couleur avec trois intensités différentes (à peu près 15%, 40% et 75) pour démontrer les tons clairs, sombres et moyens.
3. Sketchbook: Je fais un croquis dans un “sketchbook” en couleurs et c’est là que je choisis mon triade de couleurs… des fois je peux en faire 2 ou 3 de ces croquis.
4. Grandeur réelle: papier aquarelle d’une très grande qualité (Saunders Waterford 140 lbs CP) et je la coupe à la grandeure désirée, dans ce cas, 11″x14″, et je dessine au crayon #7B (un crayon gras pour ne pas abimer le papier).
5. Encre: Après je retrace avec une plume fontaine remplie d’encre (si nécessaire ou désiré).
6. Peinture finale: peindre la peinture finale en espérant qu’elle soit à mon goût car je suis la personne la plus “critique” de mes peintures. Des fois je dois refaire 2 fois…
7. Emballage: j’emballe la peinture entre deux morceaux de foam core, donc ne peut pas plier.
8. Frais de transport: je vous fais parvenir la peinture par le bureau de poste Canada et je demande un numéro de “tracking” pour faire le suivi. Le client paie les frais de transport.
9. Paiement: le paiement va se faire via Pay Pal, tout simplement. Il n’est pas nécessaire que vous ayiez un compte Pay Pal non plus, mais c’est un moyen très sécuritaire pour les transactions monétaires.



7 thoughts on “:: My Paintings ::

  1. July 5, 2015. Joined the Urbane Sketchers at Stewart Hall for the morning. Most enjoyable. Thank you.


    1. Hello Bernadette,
      at the moment I cannot do personal commissions as I have a full-time job and I cannot find the time to do them. If you are interested in buying any of my paintings that you see on my blog, I will gladly “repaint” them for you — that I have the time to do. You can contact me at jane@janehannah.com.


  2. I appreciate your sharing the logistics of this. It was interesting. Once again I walked through every inch of the painting, imagining how you painted it and what colors you might have used. It’s a wonderful painting. Patsye


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