Christine and Tom are happy to paint to commission and have completed many successful pieces over the years. Typically, the client will specify the exact dimensions of the work and tell us where it will hang and what kind of imagery they would like to see. We often work from images of existing paintings, where the client sees a piece they like but would prefer something similar but at a different size or with some changes to the image. We can also work from photos of a particular place or view, though where we can we like to visit the location ourselves to get a feel for the place.
We don't ask for a deposit or make any extra charges for commissions as we are really good at doing this and are confident you will love what we paint for you. If you don't like the finished piece there is no obligation to buy it. The usual turn around time from initial commissioning to producing a finished piece is around six to eight weeks.
Some examples of recent commissions:
This painting was done for a client who already has several paintings from us so was happy for us to let rip! They have a house next to the beach in Northumberland and wanted a representation of all the things they love about the place. It happens to be one of our favourite places too so we spent a happy couple of days running around on the beach and soaking it all in. We have their house in the foreground and dog on the beach with the harbour and coastline showing Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance and lots of boats and kite surfers and birds giving the painting movement. Love the colours in this one especially.
Now this was a great commission for us - we were asked to paint the client's house in the Lake District and they wanted the view looking across the valley with their house in the centre. They really like our landscape paintings but wanted something more personal to them. We went and stayed in the house for a few days and measured up and enjoyed a great visit to a very old and beautiful Lake District cottage. It was really useful to get a good idea of how the painting would work and then made this in the studio afterwards. It's another fairly big piece and always great fun to paint at that size and included imagery important to the client: The house, obviously, the distant mountain range, the pond, the little birds in the foreground and the view back to the house from there.
This painting was done based on the smaller original above. The client really liked the original 91 x 91 cm painting with the chillies and textile influences but wanted something bigger. We made a slightly bigger piece at 107 x 107 cm for her based on this instruction.
The client here loved our landscape paintings and wanted something big for their space at home. They particularly liked the painting above left so we based their painting on that with a similar view and imagery. The painting commissioned was much bigger and a rectangular format but uses the same colours and feel to give the sense of space and distance that all our paintings have. They sent us the image above of it hanging in its new home and looking spiffy!
This commission was done for a very specific place at the top of a staircase. The image was chosen from an existing painting and adapted for this format. It was fantastic to do as it was a real challenge getting all the distance and sense of space in despite the tight framework. It measured over 6 feet high so was quite imposing when it was finished and you get a real sense of walking into the landscape as you go up the stairs and it emerges at the top.
This was commissioned for a gift for a client's husband, and she sent photos of the room it would hang in and all the items personal to her that she wanted in the painting: Figs, tomatoes, red onion, green plate, two jugs, wooden board with avocadoes, cheese, tulips, silver teapot, knife, daffodils, glass of Bucks Fizz, spotted tablecloth and a border from cloth that she had from India. All in a 76 x 76 cm painting, so that was fun! The challenge here was to get everything in and maintain a pleasing composition and hopefully not make it overly crowded. We thought it worked out really well and so did the client. Result!
This was a lovely commission for us as it is a painting of our hometown in Yorkshire, commissioned by a client who lives locally. They wanted the view from our local hill looking back over the town. They had admired our snow landscapes before and requested that we use a similar colours and imagery to create this piece. Conveniently, it was actually snowing when we went up there to take photos to work from so it worked really well! The pheasant and the rose hips and hawthorn berries add a splash of warmth to an otherwise cool palette and it hopefully captures the feel of the landscape of Wharfedale.
This painting was based on an painting that the client loved, with the bright turquoise and the composition of fruit and flowers, but the original had a plate of fish in the centre, which, as a vegetarian, she didn't like so much! We did this piece for her using the same colours and imagery as the original, but changing the fish for figs.
This was a painting done for a client who wanted a reminder of the view from his Grandmother's house in a lovely corner of Cornwall. He had happy memories of holidays spent there and, as his Grandmother had recently died, a place that he wouldn't be able to revisit anymore. It was obviously important that we get it just right and so we visited the house and then worked closely from a list to include everything of importance for him (the view, the cows, the pheasant,the flowers, the terrace etc). This is the result and the client was delighted with it so we hopefully got the atmosphere and sense of place across and he will has a reminder of an important place for him.
Back in the lovely Cotswolds for our second commission there. This is a view of Chipping Campden from the hill above. The client likes our Yorkshire landscape paintings and wanted a similar style and palette to capture the feeling of the town nestling in the bowl of the countryside and this is based on a series of photos we took from her favourite view there.
This one required us to go to the south of France and visit the clients in their amazing home there. The painting measures 5 foot x 5 foot so we had a good bit of canvas to go at, which was fortunate as they had a long list of imagery and wanted a painting for their London house that will take them back to France whenever they look at it. So, we have the house and pool, the distant river in the valley, waterfalls, two villages, deer, buzzards, bees, figs, Charolais cattle, lavender, and the distant Pyrenees. It was a joy to paint (and to visit) and we hope we captured all the summer atmosphere of the place.
This was fun. Our client said he'd been looking for a painting with, very specifically, crab, lobster, white wine, watercress and lemons as a reminder of many happy meals. Not surprisingly he hadn't found one. So we set out to paint it for him. It is based on the format of our other still life paintings and includes all his requested imagery. We love the looseness of the finished image and the crab has featured in a couple of other pieces since.
A big one this, 7 foot x 5 foot, painted in our new studio with loads of light and lovely high ceilings so it was a great test for the space. It was based on the client's garden in Somerset with the pond as the centrepiece. They wanted an idea of the seasons passing within the painting so we have the blossom of the spring trees on the right, going through the full colour of the flowers in summer in the centre and then autumnal colour on the left. Loved painting the flowers and the crazy mix of colours. It's led to an obsession with painting irises too! They featured a lot in our recent still life paintings.
This was another big piece which was lovely to paint as it has real depth and scope. It is a painting of the River Wharfe at Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales and was commissioned to hang in the home of a client who lives in Luxembourg but wanted a reminder of their Yorkshire roots. This place holds happy memories for them and if you look closely, we included the campsite by the river at the clients request!
This commission was designed to be the focal point in a double height living room. The colours echo the surroundings and the imagery was chosen from a previous painting based on the South of France. The size of the canvas at 6ft 6" x 5ft x 3" allowed us lots of room to make a painting with a lot of depth and space. We particularly liked the lily pond as we have painted these before but this one has a lovely loose quality.
Now this was a cracker.........The client wanted a painting as a memory of much loved places in Newcastle and the coast to the north. The brief was to include the quayside, the river, the bridges, Jesmond Dene park, the hospital, the coast of Northumberland, a reference to Newcastle United Football club and some puffins. So, no pressure there then!
We had a 5 foot x 4 foot canvas so we had some space and scope to work with. The magpies represent the football club and the overview is a birds eye view of the city and beyond. We were a bit worried that the break between the city and the coast wouldn't look right but using the puffins and magpies to break the line worked really well and we are really pleased with the result. The client is really happy too!!
Above: The finished painting
Below: Making the painting
This is the biggest painting we have done so far and it was a real joy for us to paint on this scale. The painting was commissioned by a client who already has eleven of our big paintings and wanted a bespoke piece for a north facing room in their home that would bring some colour and warmth to an otherwise neutral palette. We went to their house to see the location for the painting and we decided together that 10 feet x 6 feet would be a perfect size for the wall they had in mind. After looking at images of other paintings of ours they decided to go with the image from the commission in October 2013 which we used as a basis for this piece. We added more imagery and were aiming for a silver / grey background with hits of bright colour and a flow through the painting so there is no one central image. We've added some photos of the painting process in our studio as well as the finished piece in the clients house.It was a great experience and we're really proud of the painting as it was about as big as we can manage in our studio!!
This was a lovely commission. We were asked to do a painting based on the existing one above right but including various images provided by the client. They supplied us with the photos below and asked us to incorporate the bowls and jugs in the painting along with pomegranates, dandelion clocks, and bluebells.
You can see how well it worked in the finished painting above left. We really enjoyed the challenge of using someone else's images and the client loved having a such a personal input and has a painting which means a lot to them and their family.
We would love to do more pieces like this so if you have any ideas just let us know.
The brief here was to paint the landscape in the Peak District for the client. They asked for the view to include specific details like the viaduct set in the landscape they love near Sheffield with a more vivid green in the fields than we normally use. This was a great commission because Christine grew up in this area and it was fun to paint an area we know so well.
This commission is based on an area of the Cotswolds near the client's house. They asked us to visit a few different places in the area and make a painting for them. We spent a few days there to get a feel for the place and took lots of photos so we could make this painting when we got back to our studio.The image is based on journey through the Coln Valley and the villages of Coln Rogers and Coln St Denis. The sky is lighter and the landscape reminiscent of our Tuscany paintings at the client's request.
The brief here was to paint the clients house in Singapore – one of the old colonial “Black and White” houses set in beautiful lush gardens. We visited the house and, back in the UK, worked from photographs to produce the painting.
The client loved our square landscape paintings and wanted to commission a personal piece. The brief was to take a favourite walk on Ilkley Moor and condense the view to include all the main points of the walk rather than just a painting of the view. The rectangular format really helped here.
The clients really liked a small square painting based on a garden in the South of France. We took that image and with the clients ideas, we made a bigger painting, rectangular and with altered colours but the same imagery.
Views of Cambridge
2 paintings @ 76 x 76cm
1 painting @ 61 x 61cm
5 paintings @ 30 x 30 cm
For: Deakin Building, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
The brief was to produce a series of different sized paintings that would hang well together on a long wall and which reflect the architecture and imagery of Cambridge.
After an initial consultation and visit to the place the paintings would hang, we spent time in Cambridge taking photos and making sketches to produce this series of paintings for the hospital teaching wing.
122 x 91cm
For: Private buyer
The brief was to produce a rectangular painting based on an existing square image of an earlier painting. We were also asked to soften the final image by adding the hawthorn blossom to the foreground.
91 x 91cm
For: Private buyer
The brief here was to work from photographs of a village in Southern Spain where the clients had spent their honeymoon and produce a painting that reflected the colour and scenery of that place. They specified the size, sent us a series of photos and left us to make our own interpretation from that.
If you are interested in commissioning Relton Marine, please contact us.