Carl Grauer

Commissions

Interested in sitting for a portrait?

There are two commission options that are offered. The first being a Two Hour Portrait (a short alla prima sitting of two hours per person) where the final piece is completed within one sitting, typically a head and shoulder representation with a blank background. It is free to come sit for a Two Hour Portrait and there is no obligation to purchase the final painting. The other option being a longer more “finished” portrait that is completed over several sittings which typically is a figure(s) within a scene or environment.

A portrait is a lovely way to collect an artist's work and mark a special moment of your life or a loved one's. A portrait is to be enjoyed for a lifetime and passed along to future generations to enjoy.

Make an appointment to visit the studio or to sit for a "Two Hour Portrait" in Poughkeepsie, New York located in the beautiful Hudson Valley!


"Carl creates a comfortable space between the sitter and himself, which allows for true human moments to be captured."

- Jamie G.


Two Hour Portrait

A Two Hour Portrait sitting is where the subject is painted from life in a span of two hours with on ten minute break. from start to finish it takes about 3 hours. It is, at the root, a practice of confident and creative strokes and rendered likeness at a quick pace. Painting from life is a preferred method, as it will depict a more genuine and life-like quality that is not replicated with the flattening quality of a photograph. It is recommended to have a live sitting for the Two Hour Portraits.

The final painting is available within two weeks after the painting has dried and sealed. Upon completion, it is delivered to the client. Final payment is made at this time including any travel and/or shipping expenses.

Place a deposit or purchase a "two hour portrait" sitting through our store to secure your sitting and commissioned portrait.


General Commisssion Procedure

A longer more “finished” portrait is completed over a several sittings and typically features a figure(s) within a scene or environment. A sitting typically takes three to five hours at the start of the portrait, and then another three to five hours at the end of the finished portrait. Painting from life is a preferred method, as it will depict a more genuine and life-like quality that is not replicated with the flattening quality of a photograph.

It is recommended to have live sittings, but if time, distance or other factors conflict, photo reference remains a magnificent mode for a final composition. Initial 1/3 payment is made at the completion of the first sitting. If the client passes on a live sitting, a photo session generally takes two to three hours. Many photos are taken reflecting different poses and lighting conditions. Photographs 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 artist.

After the artist has reviewed the photos a final pose and general composition for the painting are agreed to and the preliminary sketch is started. After the preliminary sketch is completed, the second 1/3 payment is made and 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 the start date. Upon completion it is reviewed by the client and delivered. Final payment is made at this time including any travel and or shipping expenses.

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