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Commission Commitment

When collectors ask artists, "Do you accept commissions?" the answer is usually, "Yes." However, a better answer is, "In theory. Let's take 5 minutes to find out if we are a good match." Committing to a commission, as an artist and as a collector, is a lot like dating. So, before you enter into an artistic romance, here are a few tips for both the artist and the collector in order to ensure a fruitful commission. What attracted you to me? Knowing what you like about the artist's work — medium, subject matter, style, collectibility — is the base of any good commission. Talk with each other about which areas are open to interpretation and what, if anything, you want specifically within the artwork —...

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