Do you have a house that you're particularly fond of? One that you've lovingly renovated or even your childhood home? Have you considered immortalising it in a painting? It's a tradition associated with great houses that dates back several centuries, but you don't have to live in a stately home or have a stately budget to enjoy such a painting. Cost depends on the size and complexity of the work of course, but as a guide a 18x24" (45x60cm) painting would cost between £200 and £900. My paintings are done on gesso primed panels using top quality archival paints so that the work should last more than a lifetime. Delivery is free within the UK and costs £50 for the rest of world.
You email me some photographs of the house (iphone pics are absolutely fine) and tell me what you love about the place. That will help me to know which aspects to emphasise in the painting. That's the beauty of a painting, it can capture the essence of something and present it in its best light.
Next you send a £50 deposit via Paypal and I'll generate the initial sketches of your painting. If you're happy with the sketches, I'll go on to create the painting. Depending on my workload, this will usually take about six weeks. I'll send you a photograph of the painting as soon as it's finished, but it will be a few weeks later before I can ship the actual work because the surface needs to be properly dry first.
This is an example of the initial concept sketch which enables me to work out with the client how the overall composition of the painting will look. There may be a few of these as we work through ideas of how to present the house in its best light. You'll notice that it isn't a direct copy of the photograph - it's an artistic interpretation which aims to capture the sense and feel of a place and is often represented from a vantage point which may be impossible to achieve with a camera.
Second more advanced sketch showing treatment of architectural details.
Finished oil painting
If you wish, I can supply the painting fully framed and ready to hang at modest additional cost. There are a wide variety of framing options available ranging from very traditional gold to sleek contemporary. One of the more popular options is the modern wooden frame and mount shown above which would add between £20 and £50 to the total cost (depending on the size of the painting ordered)
Another example of my house portraiture - Belgian river house.
Another example of my house portraiture - English Edwardian house.