The portrait process typically begins with a phone call or email, during which fees, size, subject matter and schedule are discussed. Elizabeth then makes arrangements to meet with the subject in person, followed by a photo session and often some quick sketching in oil or graphite/conte crayon. This meeting usually takes a few hours, and is important to the success of the final painting.
When Elizabeth is back in her studio, she selects a number of the sketches and photographic reference that she believes will combine to create the best composition, and paints a color study. The color study is a small, rough sketch in oil paint that shows the pose, lighting, and other features that may be important to the final painting.
Changes and adjustments are made at this time, and upon sign-off of the color study the portrait is taken to completion. If necessary, a final sitting is arranged.
Upon viewing of the final painting client satisfaction is paramount.
When the painting is complete Elizabeth Whelan can deliver the portrait depending on the destination or ship it via an insured carrier.
Completion of the portrait can vary from two to six months. Elizabeth Whelan uses only her own photographic reference, without exceptions, unless the commission is for a posthumous portrait. Before agreeing to a posthumous portrait Elizabeth would like to see the reference from which she will be working. as that will be key to achieving a high quality finished work.
To make gift giving easy, Elizabeth Whelan offers a portrait gift certificate, amount TBD depending on the type and size of painting. Typically the amount is 50% - 100% of the portrait fee.
As Elizabeth schedules a limited number of sittings a year, this gift certificate guarantees your reservation and the amount is then applied towards the portrait fee.
It's the perfect answer if you would like to give a portrait as a gift without having to let the recipient know your plans in advance.
Elizabeth Whelan will mail you an 8.5" x 11" certificate which you can present to the recipient and a sitting will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time and place.
Please note that travel, lodging, shipping and framing are not included in the portrait fee.
Travel to sittings on Martha's Vineyard is free, as is delivery in person on Martha's Vineyard.