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How do I start a commission?

The first time I did a commission I was a little nervous.  After all it works backwards than my regular work.  The customer has an expectation prior to seeing the final product. It quickly became one of my favorite ways to work with my customers.  I have hidden pictures, names, stories and marks in my commissions.  I always say a painting holds your secrets...mine and yours as the viewer.  When special details are included then we have a common secret and the result fills that painting with  energy. So how do you start?.  First think about what size works best for you and where it will go in your home.  I recommend using blue tape and trying out different sizes...

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