Many people have the mistaken notion that owning original art is a luxury reserved only for well-heeled art collectors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Because of recent advances in pigment durability, watercolor paintings are the new and affordable “oil masterworks.” While an original oil painting usually costs thousands of dollars—most high quality original watercolor paintings can still be purchased for well under $1,000.
There was once no comparison to the durability and brilliance of painting with oil, but watercolors today have come into their own. When care is properly taken, many watercolor paintings can last over a hundred years, and the brilliance of current watercolors (created by modern research and development) can match that of most oils.
Bob Briner in his book Roaring Lambs says, “I believe every home should have at least one original painting, drawing, sculpture, or photograph displayed…frame it, mount it on a wall, and make a big deal about it.” He goes on to say, “I’m constantly amazed at how many parents encourage their children to pursue musical talents but not visually artistic talents. Maybe this helps explain why there are so few Christians in the visual arts.”
So in that spirit, and for the Christmas season, I have decided to offer my visual artistic services for three original commissioned works of art. All you need do is send a high-res photo of your choice via e-mail to: randyelrod (at) comcast (dot) net. Payment will be 50% on acceptance and 50% on delivery. If submitted by Dec. 8, the painting can be ready in time for Christmas.
The price depends on the complexity of the subject matter and the size painting desired. The average price for a 12″ x 16″ original watercolor (of medium complexity) on high-quality, hand-made paper is $500. A 22″ x 30″ original watercolor (of medium complexity) on high-quality, hand-made paper is $750.
This is the perfect way to own original art like a collector. Commission an affordable original portrait of a friend, family member or your entire family, your home, or favorite photograph today. No sitting or modeling required.
For examples of my work and an opportunity to purchase existing art, visit my online gallery HERE.
Do you own (or plan to own) an original work of art?