Judith Carducci, PSA :: Commissioned Portraits
A discussion with the client clarifies what size and complexity
the portrait will be, how formal or informal, where it will hang
and what the sitter will wear. The time and place for the sittings
is also arranged. If a complex background is planned, such as
an interior with furniture, photos may be needed for details.
A "sitting" is normally a 3-hour block of time. Within
that time period, the sitter and artist take rest-breaks as needed.
In the case of a multiple-sitting portrait, the first session
establishes the pose, composition, and block-in. Clothing and
still life items may be left for the artist to work on in the
absence of the sitter.
The paintings are done from life (although photos may be used
for references in some rare instances), for several important
reasons: the relationship that develops between the artist and
sitter, and the opportunity for better personal observation are
important to the pose and the expression; natural color in natural
light cannot be obtained from photos; photos distort essential
elements such as light and shadows and perspective; the sitter
has the experience of participating completely with the artist
in the creation of a work of fine art; the sitter sees the entire
process and never has to reconcile the "picture in his head" with
the final painting; friends or relatives can also be present
and watch the process. A full-length mirror is positioned so
the sitter can see the portrait progress on the easel.
Children, as well as adults, enjoy the experience. Children sit as long as
is comfortable for them depending on age and attention span, and have snacks
during rest breaks. If old enough, they may control the timer and keep track
of when rest periods will come. Children may choose videotapes from a variety
available in the studio and watch them while posing; or parents or aunts or
uncles may read to them if they would like. But many children prefer to watch
what is happening in the mirror.
Portraits can either be done at the artist's studio or at the client's home
or office. The artist's studio is located in a beautiful historic town, adjacent
to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with several lovely inn/guest houses
nearby as well as many hotels and motels. The Cleveland Orchestra's summer
and winter homes are both within easy drive, as well as theaters and excellent
restaurants and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with its stunning building by
the famed architect I.M.Pei. So it is ideal for a family vacation to include
After the sitting(s), the work is completed back in the artist's
studio, where final refinements and aesthetic adjustments can
be made without the model's needing to be present. The work is
then either shipped or delivered to the client.
While the price structure is for unframed work, the service includes consulting
about framing. If desired, the artist can select a suitable frame within the
budget of the client.
Note: Still life commissions are also possible, incorporating treasured objects.
Contact Judith Carducci
Contact Judith via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone: 330-650-4069