Hurst Gallery/Susan Dee Hurst - Portraits painted in oils or pastels
PROCEDURE AND FEES
 
 
ARTIST PRICING AND PROCEDURES
 
 
I paint portrait in oils and pastels. Pastel portraits are works on archival paper and must be framed under glass. Oil portraits are works on canvas and do not require glass over the portrait.   Both mediums are permanent and brilliant in color.  Prices vary according to size of the completed work, complexity of background, amount of the figure to be shown, and number of people in the portraits. 
 
 
PROCEDURE
 
 
If  possible I like to take my own photographs for the portrait.  I welcome painting from the live subject as much as possible but often use photographs for reference with live sittings again near the completion. The type of clothing for the painting will dictate the style of the portrait.  Formal attire will produce a more formal looking portrait.  The room that the painting will eventually hang in can also help the client decide what to wear for the sitting.  Generally the most flattering neck line and color on you are the ones that should be used in the painting. It is helpful if the clothing used in the beginning stages of the painting are the same as the clothing used for the final sitting. Nature provides a perfect backdrop for many portraits, but indoor settings can be used as well.  Completion time from the first sitting to the final sitting is six months to a year. 
 
 
TECHNIQUE
 
 
The most successful portraits are the ones that look like the subject is about to move or speak.  That is why I employ a technique of soft and hard edges that help to achieve this affect.  Live sittings are invaluable to this end because they afford me the opportunity to see the subject animated rather than to speculate about a single image in a photograph.  Little movements in the face that happen when the subject is engaged are very difficult for the camera to pick up. 
 
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
hurstgallery@yahoo.com                                                                                             phone 501-960-6432
 
PORTRAIT PAINTER
 
 
                                                                                                   PROCEDURE AND FEES
 
 
ARTIST PRICING AND PROCEDURES
 
 
I paint portrait in oils and pastels. Pastel portraits are works on archival paper and must be framed under glass. Oil portraits are works on canvas and do not require glass over the portrait.  Portrait fees start at $850 per person for a portrait in pastel and $1200 for a portrait in oils.  Both mediums are permanent and brilliant in color.  Prices vary according to size of the completed work, complexity of background, amount of the figure to be shown, and number of people in the portraits.  All travel, framing and shipping expenses are in addition to prices.
 
 
PROCEDURE
 
 
If possible I like to take my own photographs for the portrait.  I welcome painting from the subject as much as possible but often use photographs as a reference with live sittings near the completion. The type of clothing for the painting will dictate the style of the portrait in many instances.  Formal attire will produce a more formal looking portrait.  The room that the painting will eventually hang in can also help the client decide what to wear for the sitting.  Generally I tell my clients that the most flattering neck line and color on you are the ones that should be used in the painting. It is helpful if the clothing used in the beginning stages of the painting be the same as the clothing used for the final sitting. Nature provides a perfect backdrop for many portraits, but indoor settings can be used as well.  Completion time from the first sitting to the final sitting is six months to a year. 
 
 
TECHNIQUE
 
 
The most successful portraits to me are the ones that look like the subject is about to move or speak.  That is why I employ a technique of soft and hard edges that help to achieve this affect.  Live sitting are invaluable to this end because they afford me the opportunity to see the subject animated rather than a single image in a photograph.  Little movements in the face that happen when the subject is engaged are very difficult for the camera to pick up. 
 
 
The client is welcome to visit my studio and view the progress of the painting during its development.  At the final sitting any suggestions to the likeness are noted.  It is my sincere desire that the portrait will not only capture the essence and likeness of a person but that the portrait is a success as a painting.
 
 
 
 
The client is welcome to visit my studio and view the progress of the painting during its development.  At the final sitting any suggestions to the likeness are noted.  It is my sincere desire that the portrait will not only capture the essence and likeness of a person but that the portrait is a success as a painting.
 
 
 
 
 
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