Peahen Painting Commissions by Artemis P. Fowl
Have you ever wanted a peahen to paint you a picture? Have I got some good news for you! Artemis here is opening limited-slot commissions for a painting made by her very own peet (peahen feet)!
Details and pricing for her 2022 run are below the cut.
Please read everything before messaging!
There will be 10 commission slots available. These will be the only commission slots available in 2022. We may do paintings for ourselves or others, but they would be sold as-is.
*NEW* Slots are no longer limited to 1 per person, but will be completed according to which are already paid.
Artemis will be bathed and diapered before beginning (so the painting will be clean), and bathed afterward (so she will be clean).
Base commission canvas size is 16x20, and the cost is included. We are happy to use any size canvas, but you will then be responsible for paying the price difference.
We are using Tempera paint, since it is non-toxic and washes off the bird completely, which means that we are somewhat limited in the colors we can use; you can preview Tempera paint colors online to determine what we may have access to. When you contact me, you will be asked what color(s) you want, so please have some idea before messaging.
You may choose up to 3 colors at no increase in cost, but you are not required to choose 3. You can choose just 1 or 2 if you want, or 3 shades of the same color.
*NEW* We now have access to blue or green glow-in-the-dark paint and for an additional charge we can mix it into another color or have her leave a few “secret” footprints over the top of the painting so that they glow when the lights go out.
Paint colors will mostly be mixed up as in the above examples, but we’re happy to take directions like “mainly purple with a little pink” or similar. We can include one (1) pure color (the first color down) for no extra charge.
The paintings will be sealed with mod podge spray because that is what the internet said was safe to use with Tempera.
Each painting will come “signed” with one of Artemis’ own feathers in the lower right corner. You will get a preview image of your painting without the feather, so that you can choose the orientation before the feather is attached (you are also welcome to let us choose what we think looks best).
Each painting will come with a printed card of authenticity that is dated and numbered (#X of X, 2022), with information about Artemis and the painting. These will vary in appearance by year!
I will send you a digital photo of Artemis P. Fowl standing beside her creation (like the above examples), and possibly in-progress shots if I have patient help during the process.
I may place a few smaller canvases around the bigger ones while we work, to create miniature side pieces that will be unique and NOT have prints made (and also because she’s always getting paint on the floor anyway when she steps off). Price will vary by piece but be discounted to the commissioner before they go to market. Please ask in advance if you think you might want one to go with your main piece, because I will forget otherwise.
Each base commission will be a flat cost of $120 shipped. This covers the time to give Artemis baths before and after, setup/teardown of the workspace, actual painting time, treats for Artemis, curing/sealing work and materials, one 16x20 canvas, paint up to 3 colors mixed, packing material, shipping cost in the continental US, drive time to the PO, and PayPal fees.
Again, a larger canvas will cost more to purchase as well as to ship. A larger canvas may also increase significantly in cost if it will take us more than one session to complete.
Additional colors beyond the first 3 will be $2/each. Glow-in-the dark paint use will be $5/ea.
Special requests which require additional time and stress (for both me and Artemis) may cost extra. For example: if you want multiple pure colors (footprints that are a single color, not mixed), that will require drying the painting at least some, and extra baths, so would be charged per-color. I reserve the right to decline any special request if it is something we cannot do or that I think would stress Artemis too much and as such, any special request must be made before payment is settled.
Payment must be made before the painting begins, and is not refundable once the painting has been painted.
Because I am working with a live animal, I cannot guarantee that paintings are free of pet dander/dust or waste. Artemis does get bathed before and after, but birds are constantly shedding feather sheaths and feather particulate, and while she is diapered and as clean as I can get her, she’s still painting with her feet.
Because I am working with a live animal who has sharp toes, your canvas may have indentations or small punctures. So far we’ve managed to avoid punctures except one small one in a corner, which I patched with paint, but you should be aware of the possibility. If a painting is badly damaged, like with a visible hole, I will start over at no cost to you.
Because I am working with a live animal, I cannot guarantee where the paint goes on the canvas. She walks where she wants to go, and while I can try to tempt her in certain directions with treats, Artemis will do what she wants. The most control I have is if you want a sparsely-printed work, I can end the session after a little while, if you want a densely-printed work, I can let her keep walking around, and I can usually get her to leave some white space to create shapes. I can’t promise what shapes.
Because we are using Tempera paints to keep Artemis safe, the painting may be sensitive to light or water damage if placed in a sunny location or if it gets wet. I WILL seal the paintings before mailing, but you should be aware of the material limitations of your piece due to the nature of its creation, and plan accordingly.
Tempera paint has a long cure time (supposedly??). I will be letting them set and dry for at least 2 weeks, at which point I will seal them and let the seal set for another 2 weeks. After the seal has cured, I will be taking them to be photographed for prints (which means you will also be waiting for all of the paintings to be done, so I don’t have to pay for the photography more than once), and then I will add the signature feather, package them for mailing, and send them all out. I will communicate with you along the way, but be prepared to be patient, you will likely get the painting in May, 2022.
I will be making prints of all of the commissions, and the patterns will be offered on items in Artemis’ Redbubble shop. You will receive the original, but this does not extend licensing for similar use to you.
All of the money received from this endeavor goes straight back into use for the birds. It is used to pay for things like their staple chow, scratch grains, treats, bedding, toys, and associated costs like lumber and fencing for improving or expanding their pens. This particular set of commissions will still be going toward building a protected outdoor flight pen off of our barn, so that Stan and Artemis will have access to outside without having to be supervised or moved into an old pen. Any leftover will spill into their feed fund.
If you are interested in commissioning Artemis, please send me an ask, tumblr message, discord message (Kedreeva#4912), or email me (preferred!) at ItamashiiSparkle at gmail dot com. I will ask you to move to email eventually, in order to keep track, so it’s best if you can start there.
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