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Watercolour Paintings & Portraits

I am a watercolour artist too! I have expanded my Art Studio to include custom watercolour portrait illustrations! These watercolour paintings can be custom family portrait illustrations, pet portrait illustrations, single portrait drawings, house portraits, landscape paintings and much more.

Watercolour portraits make lovely gifts for any occasion and have proved to be a hit with Grannies, BFF’S, engaged couples, brides and grooms, etc. I can also digitize your illustration to use it on your Babyshower Invitations, Wedding Invitations and much more. Watercolour house portraits make thoughtful gifts for old and new homeowners alike.

Apart from watercolour portraits, I also do custom watercolour illustrations, and watercolour designs, e.g. watercolour wedding stationery.

As a professional watercolour artist, I use only the best quality art supplies and professional brand of art materials. My favourite brands of watercolour supplies are Arches, Fabriano Artistico and Hahnemühle 300gsm watercolour paper, paired with Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolour.

Watercolour Portraits

Watercolour Portrait Painting Commission Estimate

The price of your artwork will ultimately depend on: (1) The size of the painting, (2) the number of subjects/detail, and (3) the Art Medium, e.g. watercolour, used. The below-mentioned prices are just rough estimates. To obtain a custom quotation, request a quote below.

I do not have a set price list for Figurative and other Decorative Oil Paintings. In order to be able to give you a quotation, I would need to see the photograph that you want me to paint as well as what you are envisioning for your painting.

15x20cm

FROM

R 950 .00

Base Price, Single Head & Shoulder Portrait

  • Framing Required
  • Add a Frame @ R480
  • Professional watercolour on professional watercolour paper.

20x30cm

FROM

R 1350 .00

Base Price, Single Head & Shoulder Portrait

  • Framing Required
  • Add a Frame @ R580
  • Professional watercolour on professional watercolour paper.

30x40cm

FROM

R 1950 .00

Base Price, Single Head & Shoulder Portrait

  • Framing Required
  • Add a Frame @ R780
  • Professional watercolour on professional watercolour paper.

Multiple Faces/Larger Sizes

Request a Quote Below

Please note that the minimum size for multi-portrait paintings starts at A4 size for 2 people/pets and A3 size for 3 people/pets.

Custom sizes are available upon request, please contact me for a bespoke quote.

Framing Options

Why should I frame my watercolour artwork?

Watercolours are painted on watercolour paper and should always be framed behind glass. Professional framing is therefore recommended to protect your painting from the elements, dust, and mildew and to prevent the paper from buckling due to humidity in the air. If you follow the care instructions provided by the artist, your painting will last for many years to come.

Classic Frame

Deep frame, light wooden finish, framed behind glass with a 50mm matting board to finish off the painting. Hanging frame ONLY.

framed watercolour portrait
Deep modern picture frame

Professionally framed

Classic Frame

Floating Frame

Deep wooden floating frame. Framed between glass. Hanging frame ONLY. Real wood, available in Red Oak, Brown Kiaat or Rose Wood. ***NOT suitable for coloured pencil portraits.

Framed watercolour portrait

Kindly refer to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below for further details, lead time, payment, etc.

Watercolour House Portraits, Landscapes & Other Commissions

watercolour landscape painting
south african watercolour landscape artist

Watercolour Painting Commission Estimate

15x20cm

FROM

R 1250 .00

Base Price

  • Framing Required
  • Add a Frame @ R480
  • Professional watercolour on professional watercolour paper.

20x30cm

FROM

R 1500 .00

Base Price

  • Framing Required
  • Add a Frame @ R580
  • Professional watercolour on professional watercolour paper.

30x40cm

FROM

R 2500 .00

Base Price

  • Framing Required
  • Add a Frame @ R780
  • Professional watercolour on professional watercolour paper.

Please Note that A5 size is NOT advisable for House Portraits. The Pricing Structure applies to Watercolour Portraits only.
Other subjects and mediums (oil paintings or coloured pencil portraits) have different pricing structures.

*Prices may change without prior notice. (T&C apply)


Wedding Favours & Mini Gifts

These cute watercolour illustrations are the perfect wedding or party favour…and they can double as a table placement/seating card. Teachers LOVE them too – it is the perfect, inexpensive gift for your kid’s teacher. Prices FROM R100 per illustration. Kindly email me to request a price list. PLEASE NOTE: Minimum order quantities apply.

The FAQ’s

Kindly refer to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below for further detail, lead time, payment, etc.

What does it mean to Commission a Painting?

A client commissions a portrait when placing an order for a custom piece of art aka Portrait Painting.

What is your style?

These watercolour portraits are NOT a photo-realistic representation of the subject, but rather cute, fun and colourful illustrations. I work in a fun, stylized, illustrative style.

How do I place an order?

STEP 1
PLEASE READ THIS FAQ PAGE IN FULL.

STEP 2
View the Price List above or Request a Quotation.

STEP 3
Email me with your order.

STEP 4
You will be emailed an estimate/invoice AND the Service Agreement.

STEP 5
Complete and Sign the Service Agreement.
Make payment.

Taaadaa! You are on the commission list!

What are your payment terms?

Once you have received the invoice/estimate, your spot on the commission list will TEMPORARILY be reserved for THREE (3) days to give you time to make payment. If the Client has not confirmed the order with payment within the three (3) day period, the order will automatically be cancelled. NO EXCEPTIONS.

ORDERS LESS THAN R1500

For orders less than R1500, full payment is required to confirm your order. The Client will only be put on the commission list upon receipt of the payment. No exceptions.

ORDERS EXCEEDING R1500

If a Client’s Order exceeds R1500 the Client can enter into a payment arrangement. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot on the commission list, the balance is due when the Client reaches the top of the commission list BEFORE the Artist is to start with the order. Once the Client is notified that they have reached the top of the commission list, payment is due within 48 hours. No exceptions. If the Client fails to make payment within 48 hours, they will be moved to the bottom of the commission list. If the Client fails to make payment once they reach the top of the Commission list for the second time, their order will be cancelled and they will forfeit the deposit. The Client will only be put on the commission list upon receipt of the deposit. No exceptions. ONLY available to Clients paying via EFT.

Do you accept Credit Card payments?

Yes, Credit Card payments can be arranged through PayFast’s secure payment portal. MobiCred is available too.

I need the painting urgently as a gift, how soon can you help me?

I will give you an estimated completion date at the time of ordering. It can be anything from a few days to a few weeks depending on my workload at the time of placing your order. I usually have a waiting list in place.

Please let me know if you need the artwork by a specific date – so that we can find an option that works for both of us. Kindly note that there may be a RUSH FEE for a short deadline. Please discuss this with me BEFORE confirming your order – I would love to help, but unfortunately, it is NOT always possible. I take pride in what I do and I do not rush artwork – I want to give your artwork the love and attention it needs.

A RUSH-FEE, 25% of the invoice total, will be added to your invoice if you need to be ‘squeezed in’ to receive your order on a short deadline. I must put my entire commission list on hold to accommodate you and I would need to work overtime to catch up again on my priorly-promised deadlines as I would hate to disappoint clients that are already on my commission list. (Thank you, I am sure you understand.) Please discuss this with me BEFORE confirming your order – I would love to help, but unfortunately, it is NOT always possible. As mentioned, I take pride in what I do and I do not rush artwork – I want to give your artwork the love and attention it needs. The RUSH-FEE will also apply if you need to rush your order, after booking while the order is already in progress.

If you have requested framing, it cannot be rushed and requires a minimum of an additional 2 weeks.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes, Gift Vouchers are available for purchase. Full payment is required on all Gift Vouchers. I can either email a Gift Voucher to you or sent you a physical Gift Voucher (courier delivery fees would apply).
The recipient of the Voucher has the option of paying for a larger size portrait when they book their portrait.
My Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Do you accept international commissions?

YES, most definitely!
Worldwide shipping is available via DHL! International shipping needs to be quoted.

International card payments are accepted via PayFast.

How many photos do you require?

When uploading/emailing photographs, please upload ONE PHOTO only. If you do not have one photo of all the subjects, please upload ONE PHOTO of each person only. (Please do not upload more than 5 photos. If I require more photographs, I will contact you.

What type of photos do you require?

I require a good photograph as I can only illustrate what I can see in an image. A High-resolution photograph will work best as I can zoom in to see detail. Screenshots and photos downloaded from Facebook or Whatsapp are not always ideal and recommended, it is however still doable if it is the only photo you have. (High-resolution will be those straight off your camera’s memory card, your phone’s camera roll, or provided by a professional photographer.)

The photo should be well-lit and have a natural colour. (All sorts of filters and effects are NOT usable.)

The photo should not have very dark shadows, especially over the important facial detail. (Hats and sunglasses often cast very dark shadows, making the eyes seem dark.)

The photo should be in the desired pose.

The photo should show the height difference between the subjects.

The photo should clearly show the eye colour and hair colour of each person.

Can you combine photos?

If I have to combine multiple photographs – it will add to the cost of the final painting.

If you do not have one photo of all the subjects, please upload ONE PHOTO of each person only.
All the photographs should be taken at the same level, e.g. one person photographed from looking up, photographed from above, cannot be added to an illustration where all the other subjects have been photographed at eye level.
All the subjects should be in the desired poses.

My photos do not comply with the above-mentioned, what now?

I know that sometimes the photo options might be limited, e.g. if you want a surprise gift made or a commemorative portrait of a deceased pet.
If your photos do not comply with the above, do not stress! Please email me the best quality photographs that you do have (before placing your order) and we will discuss the options from there. Please note that compiling an illustration from multiple photos or working from poor-quality photos might incur an additional cost.

The artist, Celia van Niekerk, retains all copyright of the finished artwork. The finished artwork may be used by the client (you) for display and personal enjoyment only. No prints or copies shall be made, or profit gained in any way, from the finished artwork by the Client (you), without the express written permission of the artist (Celia van Niekerk).

The artist retains the right to use the image for advertising artistic services, through printed adverts (e.g. flyers, portfolio books) and digital media or social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Website, etc.) The Client is not permitted to make any changes to the original artwork, e.g. drawing or painting on the artwork. Digital artwork can be used for personal use only and not for reselling purposes. When posting artwork on Social Media, the Client is obligated to tag or mention the Artist.

If a Client would like to use the art for commercial purposes, please contact the Artist to discuss Art Licensing options.

The Pricing Structure applies to Watercolour House Portraits and other decorative watercolour paintings only.
Other subjects and mediums (oil paintings or coloured pencil portraits) have different pricing structures.

*Prices may change without prior notice. (T&C apply)

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