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Commission a Painting

What does it mean to commission a painting? It means having an artist paint a custom painting for you. This can be a photo reference or an idea. Whatever the subject, it will be a one of a kind. My medium is watercolors and I create unique, transportive pieces of art for decor and gifting.

Gifting a commissioned painting

Commissioning a painting as a gift is a great way to capture a wonderful memory or create a cherished keepsake.

Watercolor paints and papers have come a long way and offer improved archival properties. I use the highest quality artist grade paints and papers to create your art work. I take the upmost care to protect their high quality so they will last generations to come. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a list of my materials.

I create both studio and on-location, also known as Plein air, watercolor paintings. I can work from your reference photo(s) in the studio or visit the location or subject for a en plein air painting. 

Before I get started, we’ll discuss these details and I will also ask you some questions to help me create a truly one-of-a-kind painting. 

Contact me to commission a painting and receive an estimate. You can also reach out to me on instagram or send a message on facebook.

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Watercolors for gift and decor

You can commission a painting for your home or as gift. Here are some ideas:

  • Wedding or anniversary gift
  • Birthday gifts
  • Graduation gift
  • Retirement gift
  • Celebrating the birth of a child
  • A housewarming gift
  • Painting of a favorite photo
  • On-location, Plein air, painting of a new home or event
  • Custom abstract piece to match the current colors in the room
Commission a painting

About Me

I’m Monika Arturi, a watercolor artist and web developer living in downtown Chicago Illinois. Art has been a part of my life ever since I can remember and watercolors have been my favorite medium for the past 20 years or so. I love its versatility, tranquility, and ease of travel. I paint in studio and on-location, also known as en plein air painting and enjoy urban sketching from the spring through fall. Although 2020 has changed things for all of us.

I love working on watercolor commission pieces. With each piece I have a chance to contribute a bit of happiness into this world and I really enjoy that.

My Process

When you commission a painting from me, we’ll first chat to discuss what you had in mind and details about the subject. This can happen over email, a phone call, or in person. Whatever you’re comfortable with. I’ll want to gather as much information as I can before I get started painting.

We stay in touch throughout the process and I will upload photos and videos of the painting process so you can provide your feedback and any questions you have.

Once the painting is completed, I will contact you and either hand deliver or ship the painting to you.

Sketching on location downtown Chicago
Sketching on location downtown Chicago

Tools and materials that I use to create the watercolor commission

Watercolors are my passion so I spend a lot of time researching and trying out tools and materials. Below I’ve listed my current favorite paints, brushes and paper. You can make a request if you have a preference.

Visit their website for more detailed information or contact me with any questions.

Daniel Smith Watercolors
Winsor and Newton Watercolors
Sennelier Watercolors (Honey based)

Arches Watercolor paper

Isabey Mop and Kolinsky natural hair Watercolor brushes

Browse my gallery to view some of my work and contact me with any questions. Prints are also available and updated periodically.