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Capture Your Story: Commission Artist Liliane Avalos for timeless Watercolor Portraits

Hey there! Are you looking to capture cherished memories in a timeless and captivating way? Look no further than commissioning me, Liliane Avalos, for your next or very first fine art portrait. In this blog post, I'll share why you should consider me for your portrait commission, along with all the details of the process. So let's dive in!

A Personalized and Professional Experience!

Capturing Likeness with High-Quality Materials

When it comes to creating your portrait, I use archival artist quality watercolor paper and only the finest artist-quality paints and supplies. By employing traditional techniques, I ensure that your portrait stands the test of time. To achieve the best results, providing me with high-resolution reference photos is essential. These photos should be medium to high resolution, clear and in focus, without using flash. Rest assured, I'll do my best to work with the photo you provide, but I may need to reject smaller or unclear photos to maintain the quality and likeness of the final artwork.

Customizing Your Classical Style Portrait

Your portrait should reflect your unique personality and vision. With me, you have the flexibility to include multiple subjects or combine separate reference photos of different people or pets into one painting. If you prefer, I can replace extraneous backgrounds with expressive washes of color, interpret existing environments, or leave the background blank for a clean and contemporary look that highlights the subject. This customization ensures that your portrait truly captures the essence of your loved ones.

Pricing and Sizes

To accommodate different preferences, I offer the following sizes for portrait commissions: If you require a larger size, please feel free to inquire. The starting prices provided below are a general guideline, and custom sizes or special requests may have different pricing, which we'll discuss before a deposit is made. It's important to note that framing and matting is not included in the commission prices.

1. 9” x 12”- $600 (Maximum 2 subjects)

2. 10” x 14”- $700 (Maximum 3 subjects)

3. 12” x 16”- $960 (Maximum 4 subjects)

4. 15″ x 22″- $1650 (Maximum 5 subjects)

5. 18” x 24”- $2160 (Maximum 8 subjects)

6. 22″ x 30″- $3300 (Maximum 10 subjects)

Liliane Avalos working on watercolor family portraits commission

"Leos Family", 22"x30", watercolor on paper

Preliminary Drawing and Revisions

Before proceeding with the painting process, I'll provide you with a preliminary drawing, giving you the opportunity to approve and request revisions. Any adjustments to your watercolor drawing are to be made during the preliminary stage, substantial changes to the finished painting might not be possible. This way, we ensure that you are involved in the creative process and achieve a result that exceeds your expectations.

For clients seeking Contemporary ARTxLA portraits

I offer a unique opportunity to have a creation that reflects my personal fine art style. These portraits involve more expressive and experimental use of media, as well as elaborate and conceptual subject matter. Depending on your location, we can arrange a meeting to shoot reference photos together, or I will provide guidance on capturing suitable photos for the project.

Throughout the process, we will engage in mutual discussion and brainstorming to shape the final concept for your fully customized artwork. Please note that the prices provided are general guidelines and may vary based on the specific project's parameters. Smaller pieces may be available, but the minimum size and corresponding price will depend on the subject matter.

Every original artwork by Liliane Avalos comes with a stamped hand-signed certificate of authenticity, validating its uniqueness and value. It is important to mention that framing is not included in the commission prices. Here are the pricing options for contemporary ARTxLA portraits:

  • 12” x 16” - $1350

  • 15” x 22” - $2300

  • 18” x 24” - $3025

  • 22” x 30” - $4600

  • 29.5” x 41” - $7800

"So Sentimental, 22"x30", watercolor on paper

Payment and Shipping

To initiate the commission process, a 50% deposit is required. Once we have discussed the details of your portrait, I will send you a custom invoice via PayPal, ensuring a secure payment method. Once the painting is complete, I will email you a photo for your approval. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can then pay the remaining balance through PayPal, and upon receiving full payment, I will ship your original portrait. For customers in Texas, please note that sales tax will be added to your order total during checkout.

Complimentary shipping is available for packages sent to destinations within the United States. If you require international shipping, rates typically start at around $60 and vary depending on the destination. Please be aware that any additional customs fees for international packages are the responsibility of the recipient. I take great care in packing your artwork to prevent damage during transit. In the rare event of any damage, please contact me within 7 days of receiving your package, and I will assist you in initiating an insurance claim and arranging for a replacement. Remember to retain all packaging and the portrait itself.

Framing and Preservation

While I do not currently offer framing or matting services, I encourage you to support your local independent framers. When framing your original artwork on paper, it's crucial to use a mat or spacers to ensure that the glass does not press directly against the artwork, which could cause damage over time. Opting for acid-free matting and backing board, as well as UV filtering glass or plexiglass, helps preserve your artwork for future generations. It is essential to avoid hanging or installing your watercolor portrait in direct sunlight, as this can lead to sun bleaching. Additionally, keeping your artwork away from moist conditions will prevent any potential damage.

Timeframe and Copyright

For traditional portraits, please allow approximately 3-4 months for completion throughout most of the year. The process for contemporary portraits may take longer. When you inquire about a commission, I can provide you with an estimate of the current timeframe, which may vary based on my workload. If you have a specific deadline in mind, please let me know, and I will inform you if it is feasible. Please note that rush fees may apply for tight deadlines. The final deadline for classic portraits needed by Christmas is usually December 1, and for Valentine's Day, it is typically January 20. However, commissions may be closed earlier depending on my workload.

Once the artwork is complete, I may showcase the resulting artwork and even create a time-lapse video for promotional purposes, unless you request otherwise. While you are free to use your commissioned portrait for personal purposes, it is important to obtain my permission before using it for commercial applications. Please be aware that copyright and reproduction rights are reserved by me unless otherwise transferred in writing. If you choose to display your portrait on personal social media or non-commercial websites, I would greatly appreciate including a link to my website,, or tagging my social media accounts @ARTxLA. Your support through word-of-mouth promotion is immensely appreciated!

In Conclusion

Commissioning a personalized fine art portrait by me, Liliane Avalos, offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether it's a traditional portrait or a contemporary piece, I'll work closely with you to bring your vision to life. From capturing lifelike details to tailoring the artwork to your preferences, I'm committed to delivering a masterpiece that surpasses your expectations. Don't hesitate to reach out to me for further information or to start the commission process. Let's create a cherished piece of art that celebrates your loved ones for generations to come.


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