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The Artwork of Joseph Q. Daily

Oil Portrait Commissions

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Procedure

Most of my commissioned portraits are near to life-sized, full color oil paintings on linen canvas. If you happen to live near Binghamton, NY, I would prefer to paint your portrait from life in a series of three-hour sittings … but a long-distance commission will involve two visits to your location. I am happy to stay at your home, a hotel, or in any other convenient accommodation.

1. First Visit: The first step is to discuss possibilities for portrait size, setting, clothing, and composition. Once a general conception for the painting has been established, I conduct a digital photography session — usually in the subject’s home or office. Then we review the photographs together on my laptop to ensure that the images are turning out well. After the photo session, I paint a small sketch of the subject’s head from life, to serve as a memory aid when I am back in my studio. This sitting takes about three hours.

2. Studio Work: At home, I continue to fine-tune the reference photographs on my computer, usually combining elements from different photographs into one working image. I then email you a proposed photographic mockup for the portrait. Upon your approval of the reference material, a 50% deposit is due, and I begin working on the full-size canvas.

3. Second Visit: After working on the painting in my studio, I ship the almost-completed portrait to you. I then travel for a final life sitting of about three hours to put finishing touches on the painting. During this session my aim is to enhance the portrait’s expression and carry out any reasonable alterations which you may request. Upon your approval of the finished portrait, the remaining balance is due. Depending on my workload at the time of your commission, you can expect to receive the finished painting about 6 months after the initial photo session.

To commission a portrait, email me at joseph@jqdaily.com

“Sepia” Oil Portraits

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I offer monochromatic “sepia” portraits in a head & shoulders size (ranging from 16×20″ to 19×24″, depending on the client’s preference). A sepia portrait is an oil painting on linen canvas. Only raw umber paint is used, in varying degrees of thickness, letting the white of the original canvas show through in the light areas (similar to watercolors or charcoal, but with the luminosity of oil paint).

I can create a sepia portrait from life or from photographs — either in your home or in my Vestal, NY studio. A $500 discount is given if the sitting takes place in my studio.

Life Sittings: When working from life, I aim to complete the portrait in one session of approximately 6 hours. The sitter generally takes 5 minute breaks every 20 minutes or so (or as often as needed), with a longer break for lunch somewhere along the way. At the end of the day, the portrait will be yours to keep

Photography: When working from photographs, I first conduct a photo session of around 1-2 hours, then review the images together with you. Upon your approval of the reference photos, a 50% deposit is due. I will complete the portrait in my studio within three months and then email a digital photograph of the painting for your approval. The finished portrait will then be shipped to you, at which time the remaining balance is due.

It is important that my portraits be based on my own personal experience with the subject. Therefore the client’s own photographs will not be considered for use.

To commission a portrait, email me at joseph@jqdaily.com

Additional Genres

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I also accept commissions to paint still lifes, landscapes, interiors, pet portraits, and genre scenes. The procedure varies with each subject matter and whether the project requires traveling to your location to make sketches and take photographs.

For more information or to commission a painting, email me at joseph@jqdaily.com

Pricing

  • Commissions begin at $2000 USD and increase with the size and complexity of the painting. Email me for more information.
  • All shipping, framing, travel, and lodging fees are the responsibility of the client.