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Botanical Commissions

Fresh cut flowers can hold so much meaning, but their beauty also fades quickly. What if you could hold onto your bouquet in a unique way that you could enjoy for years to come?

It is such an honor for me to be able to preserve your special flowers in my signature style. As an artist, I love capturing the beauty, delicacy, and textures of the different petals and leaves you've chosen. Preserving your flowers as a fine original watercolor painting is an investment: a wonderful, meaningful work of art to pass down to future generations.

Pricing

This price list is meant as a guide. Prices shown here represent the average price for an unframed painting based on my standards of high quality materials and superior craftsmanship. If you would like a complimentary accurate quote, please contact me.

 

Each of my custom paintings is made with professional Schmincke Horadam watercolor paints on thick, traditional Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper which must be framed under glass, or on contemporary cradled wood panels that are 3/4" to 2" deep, varnished, and ready to hang with no additional framing. All materials are of the highest professional quality and will last for generations. Paintings are carefully packaged and delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.

$750 USD

11x14" or 12x12" ON WATERCOLOR PAPER

Watercolor painting on thick, 100% cotton watercolor paper. Unframed (must be framed under glass; framing not included). Single bouquet bursting from a metallic painted border with white background.

$900 USD

11x14" or 12x12" ON CRADLED WOOD

Watercolor painting on cradled wood. Varnished, ready to hang, and does not need additional framing. Wood sides left natural. Single bouquet bursting from a metallic painted accent border with white background.

$1,100 USD

16x20" or 18x18" ON WATERCOLOR PAPER

Watercolor painting on thick, 100% cotton watercolor paper. Unframed (must be framed under glass; framing not included). Single bouquet bursting from a metallic painted border with white background.

$1,300 USD

16x20" or 18x18" ON CRADLED WOOD

Watercolor painting on cradled wood. Varnished, ready to hang, and does not need additional framing. Wood sides left natural. Single bouquet bursting from a metallic painted accent border with white background.

$1,600 USD

22x30" ON WATERCOLOR PAPER

Watercolor painting on a full-sized sheet of thick, 100% cotton watercolor paper. Unframed (must be framed under glass; framing not included). Single bouquet bursting from a metallic painted border with white background.

$2,100 USD

24x36" or 30x30" ON CRADLED WOOD

Watercolor painting on cradled wood. Varnished, ready to hang, and does not need additional framing. Wood sides left natural. Single bouquet bursting from a metallic painted accent border with white background.

*Please contact me for pricing on larger or more complex paintings.

 

Ordering is Easy!

CHOOSE

Decide on what size and budget fits your needs. Where will you hang your painting? Will you need to purchase a frame?

CONSULTATION

We'll talk about what you envision and I'll answer any questions you may have. I'll then offer you a firm quote and a completion date.

I GET TO WORK

You'll pay a non-refundable deposit to lock your painting's completion date on my calendar. I'll begin your painting about 2 months before your completion date.

FINAL APPROVAL

Once you approve of the finished painting, you'll receive an invoice to complete payment. I offer framing assistance and different delivery options.

 

Request a Quote

Studio located in Virginia Beach, VA

rowena.artist@gmail.com  /  Tel. 757.797.4768

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Frequently asked questions

Are you currently accepting commissions?


I accept a limited number of commissions each year in order to ensure each painting is of the highest quality I can create, and in a timely manner. I also teach art and enter a number of competitive exhibitions each year, which affects how many commissions I can take.




What is your price range for commissions?


Commissions vary based on the size and surface you choose, but in general, prices for unframed paintings begin at $750 USD. See the information above for more details. I'm happy to work with you to create something that will fit your style and budget - simply contact me for a free consultation.




What can I expect when I order a commission?


This is the typical timeline for a commissioned painting:

  1. Potential client contacts me to discuss ideas and get a quote.
  2. Client is happy with consultation and pays a non-refundable 50% deposit to lock in delivery date on my calendar.
  3. The day after the wedding, I either pick up the bouquet or have it delivered to me so I can take photos and make color studies and sketches.
  4. Client lets me know what to do with bouquet after I'm finished getting reference images (see more info in FAQ).
  5. I'll let client know when work has begun. Progress images are shared and client gives feedback so I can ensure client will be 100% happy.
  6. Final painting is shared with client and final changes (if any) are made.
  7. Client is 100% satisfied with the painting and is invoiced for the remaining balance.
  8. Once the balance is paid, we make arrangements for shipping, pick-up, or delivery. I may consult on framing options if client so wishes.




Can I give feedback during the process?


Absolutely! The clearer the communication, the better the painting. Commissioning a painting is a collaboration, but as the watercolor expert, I will always let you know whether or not requested changes can be made. Major changes might mean starting over from scratch, which will cost extra. I will do my best to share progress images, but remember that paintings never look good in the early stages. Trust the process! Watercolor is very different from oil or acrylic painting. So much of the planning must be done in the early stages, and because much of the white of the paper is left untouched, only limited changes can be made once painting has begun. Unlike other paints, watercolor cannot be painted over; changes and mistakes are nearly impossible to hide or correct. This is one of the most wonderful qualities of watercolor, and also why completely open communication is so important.




When can I expect delivery of my commissioned painting?


Once you've paid the deposit, I will lock in your delivery date as discussed. I encourage you to book well in advance of your wedding date, as I only take a limited number of commissions per year. The completion date for a painting may not be scheduled until months after the wedding, depending on how many commissions are ahead of yours, but I will always be able to take reference images of your bouquet in a timely manner.




What forms of payment do you accept?


I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards through Paypal. There will be a $50 fee for checks returned due to insufficient funds. Alternative payment plans may be considered.




Do you take other commissions like portraits or oil painting?


I'm sorry but I only take botanical watercolor commissions at this time. I recommend making sure you love my watercolor artwork before hiring me. The paintings on my website are highly representative of the work I do for my clients, and as a specialist in watercolor and realism, I can't simply do other styles.




How do you set your prices?


My prices are based on a combination of my decades of painting and experience, professional recognitions and awards, cost of materials, and time. It is true that if you do a search for botanical watercolorists, prices are all over the map, but I'm not competing with other artists. My work as an artist is the culmination of decades of hard work, just like any other profession. Patrons who hire me love my style and recognize the value of my work, and I am deeply appreciative of their trust and support.




What materials do you use?


I use only the highest quality materials to ensure your painting will last for more than a hundred years. I work exclusively on Arches 100% cotton 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper and Daniel Smith watercolor primed cradled wood panels. I use professional quality watercolor paints by Schmincke Horadam, Daniel Smith, and Winsor & Newton. These paints are richly pigmented and formulated to withstand fading from UV light. For watercolor paintings on wooden panels, I use an archival UV protective varnish to protect the artwork.




Will you need my actual bouquet?


Ideally, yes, but only for a day or two. Since this is a preservation job, I won't need your bouquet until after you tie the knot! If you live in Hampton Roads, we can arrange for me to pick up your bouquet, or for someone in your party to deliver it to my studio. I will then take as many photos as I need to ensure the best painting possible. Clients always get the best results when I can see your bouquet with my own eyes




Can I just send you photos of my bouquet?


It depends on the quality and lighting in the photos. I can almost always work from photos, but I cannot guarantee the finished painting will look as good as when I see your bouquet for myself, and when I take my own reference photos. As an artist I can tell you that there is a world of difference working from life and my own reference photos versus working only from someone else's photos!Even the professional photographer you hire will have different lighting and composition needs when taking photos of your bouquet. What makes for a beautiful photo will not always make for a beautiful painting.




What happens to my bouquet after you're finished?


I'll only need your bouquet for a day or two. Once I've taken all the reference photos I need, and done a few color studies and sketches, you'll have a few different choices: 1. You or someone you know can pick up your bouquet; 2. I can drop it off if it fits into my schedule, or I can dispose of it for you if you do not want it back; 3. Donate them. There are some wonderful options here: https://www.herecomestheguide.com/wedding-ideas/how-to-donate-your-wedding-flowers




What size should I choose?


That is entirely up to you, based on what your budget is and where you plan on hanging your painting. I do recommend going as large as you can, as clients sometimes wish they ordered something bigger. 12x12" isn't as large as it may sound, and although any size I paint shows off the beauty and detail of your bouquet, larger paintings tend to be more impressive.




Can you explain what kinds of surfaces you paint on?


I use traditional watercolor paper by Arches, and cradled wood panels. Arches makes a wonderful, traditional 100% cotton watercolor paper that is lovely to paint on. It is very thick, too thick to roll, so paintings are always delivered flat and ready to frame. Paintings on paper must be framed with glass or acrylic for protection (framing not included). Your finished painting will be placed in a protective plastic sleeve with an acid-free backing board. The wood panels are designed specifically for artists so they will not warp or crack over time. I coat them with two layers of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, which is a primer specially designed to accept watercolor paints on surfaces other than paper. The sides have 3/4"-2" thick strips that make additional framing unnecessary. I leave the sides natural and do not paint or varnish them. The finished painting is given two coats of UV protective varnish and the back is wired so it's delivered ready to hang.