The Commission Process

Hi Friends!

I was recently commissioned to create two paintings for California State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. Jacqui already owns several of my paintings, and wanted a diptych for her apartment in Sacramento, where she lives and works during the week.

She sent me a picture of her bedroom, and I used Photoshop to show her how several of my available diptychs would look on either side of the bed. There was one diptych that she liked, but the dimensions didn’t work well, so she commissioned me to create two paintings using those colors in a different size.

When working on a commision, I often create two pieces for the client to choose from. It takes the pressure off of me having to create that one perfect painting, and it gives the client a choice.

Here’s the diptych that Jacqui chose.

Cassandra Tondro art

“Early Spring for Jacqui,” diptych, 24 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro art

I know that commissioning artwork can be an intimidating process, because you don’t know what you’ll be getting. I make it easy by providing mock-up pictures of what the paintings will look like in the room, creating two pieces to choose from, and only requesting payment upon approval of the finished art. Contact me if you’d like to discuss custom artwork made just for you.

What have your experiences been with commissioning something special to be made for you? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Well impressive employment Cassandra!
    I think out of experience, precise communication is necessary,going into details about purpose,color,heavy or lightness,feeling to be intended,size and shape,thick or thin,flexible or stiff and being available during periods of troubleshooting.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Helga. I’m lucky that my commission clients often give me a lot of leeway in the creation of art for them. I always know the size and usually know the colors, but other than that I’m free to explore.

  2. Great idea, Cassie. The idea of two paintings (difffferent moods) and would cdedinitely take ‘some’ of the pressure off of me. Thanks. And lovely as usual!

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