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: Timeline for oil/acrylic


newcollector
02-12-2016, 08:39 AM
Hello, I have a question that I think would be best answered by those in the craft.

I commissioned an oil/acrylic painting from an artist last year, and sent the 50% deposit right before Thanksgiving, after the contract was signed. It's now been 3 months, and I've asked for an update from the artist. She says she can't give me a timeline or an update, and she doesn't know how long it's going to take. She said, "sometimes art is like figuring out a puzzle." I don't believe she's a scammer or anything like that, but I'm also not comfortable dropping a substantial chunk of money on a piece of art that I'm not getting any information about, and it sounds like it hasn't even been started.

I'm a writer, so I absolutely understand the creative process can be finicky. But for a commission, is 3-4 months a normal timeline to even just start putting paint to canvas? Am I not supposed to ask for updates? Sorry for the very amateur questions.

just
02-12-2016, 09:41 AM
Yes you should be seeing paint on canvas by now. You have not said what the subject of the painting is. That can make a difference. Had you asked how long it would take before you agreed on the commission?

newcollector
02-12-2016, 10:01 AM
Yes you should be seeing paint on canvas by now. You have not said what the subject of the painting is. That can make a difference. Had you asked how long it would take before you agreed on the commission?

I did not ask, which I recognize now was a mistake. I knew it would be at minimum a few months until I saw the finished project, but I didn't think it would be months until the project was either touched, or thought about. I fully understand people are busy, and that everyone is working a lot. But I feel a little stuck now. I don't want to "demand" anything of the artist, but I'm also not content having been told "I don't have any answers for you."

It's an abstract piece, inspired/based on a subject that the artist and I agreed on. I'm afraid to say too much -- I don't want to out the artist. The artist does fairly specific/noticeable work. It also doesn't help that I follow the artist on social media, and I see this person churning out other works.

just
02-12-2016, 10:14 AM
It sounds like you are on the back burner.

newcollector
02-12-2016, 10:19 AM
It sounds like you are on the back burner.

That was my assumption as well. My only worry is whether the front burner is ever going to be available. I'll try again for an update in another month, perhaps. Thank you for your input!

TerryCurley
02-12-2016, 11:04 AM
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

just
02-12-2016, 11:31 AM
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

He doesn't want grease. He wants acrylic and oil. Lol :biggrin: