Home is where your heart – and art - is.
And whether it’s sourcing something special for your own sanctuary, or creating the perfect heirloom for your loved one, you’re determined to support art with heart. Because real magic isn’t limited to fiction and fables. Magic is made in the moment – with the people that mean the most to you. Now it’s time to celebrate them in all their glory.
Curious exactly how your beautiful idea will be transformed into completely custom art that’ll bring joy and connection for an eternity to come?
Decided you’re up for creating something beautiful together? Great! Once you reach out, I’ll send over an online questionnaire for you to complete to help us hone in on your vision. Once you’re finished, you’ll receive my ‘Custom Portrait Journey Guide’ (if you haven’t got it already) so you have an easy roadmap to refer to for our adventure. Finally, we’ll catch up over a casual, zero-obligation and completely free virtual coffee date/consult.
We’ll chat about your ideas, concerns, hopes, fears and inspiration for creating a custom piece of art, and I’ll guide you through my entire process so you feel safe, confident and excited about the journey ahead.
If our coffee date convinced you I’m the artist for your adventure, I’ll shoot over a proposal and contract outlining the specifics of our project.
When you give me the green light, I’ll collect a $250 USD non-refundable deposit, uncork some virtual bubbly with you, and officially schedule you into my calendar, and onto my VIP Anticipation List - my own unique term for waiting list.
Before your work commences, I’ll collect 50% of the total investment (minus the deposit).
Once our start date arrives, I’ll grab the brushes, pour myself a coffee (or four) and happily dive into my zen painting zone.
As my VIP Partner-in-Creativity, you’re an important part of this process too.
You’ll receive regular updates with visuals that ensure you feel like you’re right there next to me, watching as your custom portrait transforms from a few pencil lines on a canvas, to a fully developed portrait of the people you love.
(Told ya it was magic.)
PS – To help me capture the details of your custom piece, I might ask you to send over additional shots, like close-ups of your loved one’s eyes. The beauty is in the details, and I want to make sure I translate every brushstroke perfectly.
Now it’s your turn.
Once I have “finished” your painting and am confident the piece is ready for you to review, I’ll send over photos. You’ll receive a close-up of each face, as well as close-up shots of any other pertinent details (and any other photos you’d like to peruse).
Then? We'll schedule a phone or video conference to discuss everything you love and everything you wish was a little different. If you’re a Phoenix local, I’ll brew us some coffee, and invite you to stop by the studio to see your work in person.
I work to make you jumping-for-joy like a kid on Christmas morning happy.
Which means … edit away, beautiful! During our two rounds of edits, I’ll work to ensure you’re totally delighted with your final portrait and then, once you’re grinning with glee, I’ll collect the remaining 50% before shipping your custom piece, free of charge, direct to your door.
Before you know it, your beautiful, completely custom artwork will arrive at your door – ready to be cherished and adored.
After the advent of Amazon Prime, who can stand shipping costs? Not me. Which is why all Christina Carmel paintings include free shipping to US addresses. You can still get your custom painting delivered anywhere on the globe. Simply enquire about international shipping rates over here on my contact page.
I get it: commissioning custom artwork can feel a little nerve-wracking. But I want you to leave your stress for the big stuff (like global warming, voting and social justice).
Which is why I have included two rounds of 1:1 editing sessions in the investment of your custom painting. You’re a compassionate soul who hates to hurt anyone’s feelings, but during the edit phase, I need you to speak up! This is your chance to really become my partner-in-creativity to make your painting picture perfect.
My goal is for all custom works is over-the-moon, beaming from ear-to-ear happiness. We’ll work together during the editing phase to get you there.
This really depends on how long my VIP Anticipation List is. After our consult, I will give you an estimated start date and an estimated delivery date. Once started, most paintings take about four to six weeks to complete.
Upon completion, the editing phase usually lasts about 1-2 weeks. Please remember that, just like each one of us, these works are individuals, so your project may take a shorter or longer period of time to complete.