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Portrait Artist :Commissioning a Portrait
Commission a Children's Portrait (Click this) Often it difficult to get a truly great image of a child's face to record that momentos time in their life. Children are so mercurial by nature forever moving and their little mouths never stay still enough to see their lovely lips. A photo will portray what is there. A portrait artist captures the essence of the child's nature, mood and character. Custom portrait commissions select the true essence of what you want to keep forever. Although easily affordable when purchased it is priceless to the owner.
Commission a Family Portrait (Click this) It is difficult to get a family together to all have the perfect expression that best typifies that character.It is nearly as difficult in getting all the family together at one place in later years when they have all gone off to pursue families new careers and lifestyles. A portrait artist collects many angles of each individual of the family unit, discusses with the client the one they are happiest with and constructs the family portrait. This sometimes means changing the light source to suit the painting.
Commission a Corporate Portrait(Click this)The best corporate portraits are those that represent the success and pride that comes from all the hard work that has gone into building a successful career and the character building along the way. These portraits must represent not only the person in the best light but the background that will be equally important typifying the person.
Commission Wedding Portraits(Click this) Wedding portraits of children, the wedding party and family and friends are wonderful momentos. Many creative backgrounds make this a wonderful time to remember and keep long after the photos have dimmed with the years.
Commission an Anniversary Portrait(Click this) The loving union of a couple or groups will always be an endearing keepsake over the years to mark the passages of one's lives. Like the Corporate Portraits the background is also as important as the subjects themselves in telling the story of their union or reunion.
Commission a Graduation Portrait(Click this) When commissioning a graduation portrait it is best to get the portrait artist to visit just prior to the graduation ceremony. That way the subject will best convey the mood of the event.
Commission Portraits in Pastel(Click this) Pastels are longer lasting than oils. Even the famous paintings of the Master artist Degas are still in perfect condition and in that century the pastels were not made of the highest quality that they are today. Cynthia Hargraves is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia. All her pastel paintings are sure to be of the highest quality with the most professional of sealing techniques.
Commission Portraits in Oils(Click this) All materials are of the highest quality and the artist's preferences are to paint portraits on stretched canvas. However individual requests are always considered. The pricing of oil painting portraits are usually more expensive than charcoal or pastels as the nature of oil paintings must require drying time. This should also be taken into consideration when ordering as it will need to be sufficiently dry in order to be transported.
Commission Portraits in Charcoal(Click this) Charcoal portraits are wonderfully delicate and will need to be framed under glass as will be the pastels. Their prices are the same as the pastel portraits.
Commission Portraits as gifts(Click this) Never will there be a more thoughtful or loving gift than that of a commissioned portrait to mark the love, respect and recognition someone is wanting to record for posterity. Please allow enough time for the artist to get these completed when ordering these.
Pricing a Portrait Commission (Click this) This link will take you to a page that has all the information on how to order,the cost for your country for a portrait. There will be information on the break down of all the different sizes,mediums. Shipping and Handling information will also be available.
Gold Coast Art Classes - Cynthia Hargraves Art Workshop Teacher,Classes
Art workshops(Click this) Art workshops both nationally and internationally can be booked by the artist. Cynthia Hargraves teaches in oils, pastels and drawing skills. Workshops in fairy art, fantasy,angel, portraits, landscapes,flowers and still life are some of the genres she covers. Please contact Cynthia to discuss possible bookings.
The Artist. (Click this) Information on artist's resume and about the artist.
Cynthia Hargraves - Painting Techniques
Care of Pastel Painting(Click this) for Care of Pastel Paintings please follow this link
Recipe for Clear Primer(Click this) Clear Primer is used as a sealer to different surfaces such as paper, wood, canvas. It has a textured surface to provide pastels with the grit it needs to hold the pastel to it. Please follow the link to the page that has the recipe.
Edit Photos from Picasa(Click this) So many people would love to know how to share their photos with others without sending large, slow emails. Picasa is wonderful for this. Please follow the link and learn more.
Use of Erasers with Pastels(Click this) Different kinds of erasers provide wonderful techniques with pastels. Follow the link and learn their importance.
Genre Suited Pastel Paper(Click this) When doing a pastel painting it is always a consideration which coloured surface will best suit the subject to be painted this can be found in the page that this link will provide.
Oil Painting checklist(Click this) This link provides a comprehensive list of items needed when starting up an artists work place.
Outdoor Painting Equipment(Click this) Painting Plein Air is wonderful and this list will help you enjoy it even more.
Pastel and Varnish Method(Click this) Ever heard that a pastel painting had to be done only on paper well here is a method you will love and it is done on stretched canvas. If you go also into my galleries page into the flowers, the Peace rose is an example of the results you will get from this method.
Pastels with Varnish(Click this) This is the recipe for the above method
Pastel Workstation(Click this) This is very useful when starting up an art studio where you will work with pastels.
Sealing Pastel Painting(Click this) Framers will love you if you follow these steps. Very worthwhile. I follow this procedure before posting off my portrait commissions.
Textured Paper 1(Click this) It is wonderful to get as many different effects as possible for the different genres you are painting. This is one technique that is useful.
Textured Paper 2(Click this) Collect your recipes and try them out they are great fun.
Websites for Artists(Click this) Artists will love this information. It is all so very useful. I love the software for artists and use it regularly.
Cynthia Hargraves Painting Galleries
Portrait Paintings(Click this) Childrens portraits, anniversary,wedding,graduation and just to record a happy memorable event.
Life Studies Paintings(Click this) This is a mixed collection but also includes commissions that are good for interior decorating and design.
Landscapes Paintings(Click this) Many of these are taken from my travels. Many more never are placed on the website. If you have a favourite location I can do a commission of these so contact me for a price.
Flowers, Floral Paintings(Click this) Commissioning a painting rules out the hassles of hunting endlessly to match colours with your decor. It comes out exactly as you want at a price you can easily afford. Email me for a quote: Cynthia Hargraves