Preliminary Portrait Commission
This is a preliminary contract between the "client"
________________ located at:
Street: __________________________ City:
State: _______________ Zip: ____________ Phone:
And Peggy Flanders the "Artist". The final contract,
to be completed by the end of the photo session, will replace and
supercede this contract.
Client wishes to commission the artist to create an
artistic portrait of
"subject". By entering this contract the client acknowledges that
they have reviewed other portraits of the artist and is familiar
with the artist style and wishes to have a fine art portrait of the
subject completed by the artist in oils or pastels. Examples of the
artist work can be seen on the Internet at peggyflanders.com.
It is understood that specifications of the commission
may change after detail discussion prior to the photo session. These
changes will be reflected in the finial contract. Purpose of this
preliminary contract is to define the scope of the work and
responsibility of each party prior to execution of the finial
Medium: Oil ____ Pastel ____
Brief Description: Head ___, Bust ____, Three Quarter
____, Full ____
Ground: Minimal ____, Detail ____, if detail explain:
Additional Subjects define:
size estimate: ____________ Price: $___________________ plus travel
and shipping if required. Price does not include framing. This is an
initial estimate of the cost of the portrait based on the current
description of the work. Final cost and description of work will be
completed at the photo session along with the final contract.
Client has made a non-refundable deposit of $100 to
secure a position on the waiting list. Based on the current schedule
a photo session may be scheduled before the 1st,
2nd, 3rd, 4th quarter of
A portrait is more than just capturing a likeness of a
person's physical features. A portrait is a unique blend of ones
physical appearance and inward personality captured by the artist's
response to the individual.
An initial meeting, generally at the client's
location, is scheduled to:
Meeting the client/subject
Seeing where the portrait will
Complete final contract
First photo session
Meeting and getting to know the subject prior to the
photo session allows the artist to become familiar with the gestures
and mannerisms of the subject. This allows the artist to capture not
only the outward features of the subject but to also capture their
If possible it is best if the location that the
portrait will hang can be seen and photographed. This can affect
background, color, and key of the painting. This is not required in
order to do the portrait but is always preferred.
The final contract defining the commission and price
are completed prior to scheduling the first photo session, generally
later the same day.
The photo session generally takes two to three hours.
Many photos are taken reflecting different poses and lighting
conditions. Photos are used by the artist as reference material
during the painting of the portrait. No single photo is used to
compose the final portrait. Photos remain the property of the
Initial 1/3 payment is made at the completion of the
photo session plus any travel expenses.
After the artist has reviewed the photos and after
discussion with the client a final pose and general design of
portrait are agreed to and the preliminary sketch is started. After
the preliminary sketch is completed the client reviews it. After the
drawing has been approved and the second 1/3 payment is made the
final painting is started. All sketches and preliminary drawings and
paintings remain the property of the artist.
The final painting is usually completed within three
months after it is started. Upon completion it is reviewed by the
client and delivered to them upon approval. Final payment is made at
this time including any travel and or shipping expenses.
Fees are only for the original artwork and do not
include copyrights or reproduction rights, which remain with the
artist. Portraits are generally near life size thus pose and how
much of the figure is shown will determine the size and price of the
painting. Portraits are done in either oils or pastels depending on
the preference of the client.
Portraits generally have a neutral background.
Elaborate backgrounds, additional figures, and pets are available at
Pastels are pure, permanent pigment made into sticks,
not colored chalk. These are the same high quality pigments used in
professional artist oils. Pastels will not crack, yellow or darken
with age. They can become damaged if exposed to high humidity or
Original Pastels Created by Peggy Flanders are
NOT to have fixative or sealers applied for they will
modify and distort the work in a manner that would prejudice the
Artist reputation and is protected by copyright laws. Works should
be framed in a manner to prevent the pastel from contacting the
protective glass (i.e. using mats or spacers). If not framed in this
manner the work will ultimately be mutilated or modified.
Clarification of Artist rights as protected by the
Federal Copyright Act of 1976 and the Federal Visual Rights Act of
Purchase of a copyrighted artwork does not transfer
the copyrights. The copyright to reproduce the works in copies, to
produce derivative work based on the copyrighted image, and
distribute copies is retained by the Artist. Any transfer of this
copyright must be in writing expressly identifying what rights are
being sold and for what purpose.
Works of art cannot be modified without the
permission of the artist. Works cannot be distributed, mutilated or
modified in any way that would prejudice the reputation of the