Portrait Painting Procedure and Fees

Painting study session with Governor Robert Wise,
former Governor of West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia


Photo study session with Bishop
 Charles von Rosenberg, Knoxville, Tennessee


Final delivery/sitting session with Louis Caldera,
former Secretary of the Army and his wife, Washington, D.C.


Initial Meeting • One of the most important steps in developing the portrait is getting your client to feel comfortable with you from the start. Usually this is accomplished around a meal setting prior to the sitting to discuss the portrait, its function, appropriate attire, props, background and any other considerations.

The Sitting • A photography session, which usually requires two to three hours, per individual, is accomplished either that day or the next morning. The next sitting (approximately three to four hours, per individual) follows with a compositional painting study. This provides Mr. Martin information about warm and cool skin tones and attire colors affected by light and shadow areas.

Compositional sketches • Prior to the painting process, a series of sketches that are selected from the photo study are sent to the client for approval. The client will select one of the versions for Mr. Martin to create for the final painting.

The Painting Process • This starts from the result of materials developed through the photo study, the painting study, and the sketches. With this setting, Mr. Martin's ability and imagination take over to produce the final painting. Upon request, Mr. Martin will send an email update of the painting in progress. Also, during the process, Mr. Martin will establish a delivery date.

The Final Sitting • Upon completion of the final painting, Mr. Martin will ship the painting and will travel to the client's location for a final sitting. Any touch-up and/or adjustments to the portrait, if needed, is accomplished for final approval.

Fees • Because of the diversity in subject matter and style, price estimates are evaluated and a portrait procedure/price list is available upon request.   Information is given concerning individual and additional figures, identifiable background scenes, extraordinary objects to appear in the image, framing, shipping and travel expenses.

Contact: John Boyd Martin
(913) 645-3701

Mr. Martin in his studio during the painting process

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