Friday, December 5, 2008

Artist Talk "How a Portrait is Commissioned"

I gave an artist talk yesterday on "How a Portrait is Commissioned and Painted" to a great group of artists from several local art groups. Unfortunately my travel camera was on the blink (I suspect a few skateboarding/videotaping boys dropped it one too many times, but so far no one's fessing up!) so no pictures taken there.

The talk included a slide presentation illustrating the painting process, several before/after slides showing some of the problem-solving involved in commissioned work and past portraits I have completed. I included a handout (shown here) and notecards for everyone to take with them.

It was a fun group, about 28 in all. They were very attentive and asked so many great questions.


hbedrosian said...

I wish I could have been there! I like the handout you created to describe the portrait process.

Manon Doyle said...

This is a talk that I would have loved to be at. You're so talented........ I could have learned so much. Sounds like it was very successful!

redchair said...

I sounds terrific. I noticed you don't show pricing on your work. What's your thinking on that?

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks Holly and Manon. It was a fun experience.

You're right; I don't have prices listed but that is temporary. I'm planning on applying to several portrait brokers this coming year and if I end up working with one of them I will need to raise my rates to fit their pricing structure and commission. I would rather keep them off to avoid confusion. Personally I like seeing prices on artist's websites. I find it helpful. What about you?

Kristy Gordon said...

Sounds like a great talk Peggi! Also, I just saw this portrait in the Portrait Society of America's Journal and it's a beautiful painting, congratulations! ~Kristy