Joann Glaser Portrait Artist
Procedures and Fees
I work from photographs. If you are local I can arrange to meet with you and take pictures. I can combine several photographs to achieve the feel needed. For example, if you like one pose but do not like the facial expression on the person being painted, I can combine photos to put the best face on the posed body. Or, if there are two or more people or animals, I can combine several photos to get the groupings exactly as desired. I then combine the photographs using Adobe Photoshop creating a photo the size the portrait will be. Most portraits are done slightly smaller than life size. After getting approval from the client who has commissioned the painting, I begin the portrait.
When the portrait is roughed-in, I again get your approval. My method is to glaze layers of paint continually adjusting forms, edges and color. I begin working first on the large details, adding lights and shadows to create depth and a kind of 3-D effect. Eyes are the most important part of the portrait and I finish them last and in most cases the portraits have following eyes. By this I mean, when you walk past the portrait the eyes seem to follow you and are looking at you from anywhere you are standing. Photographs are flat; I create portraits that have depth. Depending upon the complexity of the painting, it may take up to 4 months to complete.
All portraits are framed with Glaser Frames. The frame starts with raw wood and is cut to the exact dimensions I require. Most often the frame size is not what is known as a 'standard size.' I usually have the corners ornamented. Although the frames I select are gilded, I do not decide on the exact finish of the frame until the painting is well along; I want the frame to compliment the painting. I also consult with you on the frame design and finishing.
Painting prices start at $1500. Please call me for information and quote.