Commission a portrait with Adrian Gottlieb and share your visions and expectations. Expert guidance and attention is focused on answering your questions, discussing your preferences and addressing all your concerns. Clients often request assistance. This can include an on-site survey, the artist’s help in your choice of personal objects and memorabilia to be included in the portrait, scheduling appropriate working hours that accommodate your commitments, extended travel and accommodations and more.
Adrian Gottlieb is committed to creating a work of fine art that will endure as a lasting imprimatur for yourself, your colleagues, your family and your descendants. His goal is to build lasting relationships with clients, and to ensure he captures much more than a fleeting image — Adrian guarantees archival grade materials and historic craftsmanship, ensuring longevity. Please contact us and request a sample price list of our services.
How does the Portrait Process Work?
The Portrait is realized in 4 stages.
1. Beginning stage
The client meets with the artist for an initial consult to discuss ideas and goals for the portrait. A plan is developed for a portrait location, schedule of sittings, size of painting and timeline of the project.
2. Composition and design
The client and artist meet for the first sitting. The first sitting serves as an informal opportunity for the client to settle into a comfortable pose and for the artist to observe the correct angles and lighting that work best for the portrait. The remaining time is spent developing a selection of sketches that the artist and client can discuss and use toward the final design. Reference photographs are taken at this time for the artist to use in developing the final design.
The final design is sent to the client for approval or revision.
3. Preliminary painting
The client and artist meet for the second sitting, where a miniature painting that serves as a color study for the final painting is created. The client sits while the artist paints and observes the client from life.
4. Actual painting stage
The client and artist continue the same pose and sittings in the same location for another 8-13 meetings. During this time, the artist paints the client from life. In between the artist will continue developing the painting from photographic reference. The goal of the final painting is to faithfully follow the plan of the original design and additionally, to capture the personality, character and life presence of the client which he/she presents to the artist during these sittings.
The finished painting is submitted to the client for final approval.
Optional post painting services:
The painting must dry for 6 months before a finishing and protective layers of varnish are applied. The painting is stored during that time and the artist may return to apply the varnish.
The artist may provide referrals and assist in the framing selection process.
The artist may accept an invitation to appear at the public ceremony to honor the client’s portrait.