Frequently Asked Questions
- Over time, will the colors in the artwork fade? No. The pigments used in the work are “light fast.” That is, they are pure pigments such as cobalt, manganese and titanium guaranteed not fade even if the work is exposed to or installed in direct sunlight.
- Does the artwork need to be framed behind glass? No. The artwork has been heavily sized with both internal and surface sizing. Internal sizing prevents the work from absorbing moisture; surface sizing stiffens. It and protects the surface from pollutants. The extensive use of sizing seals the work and creates it own “glass.”
- Will the artwork warp? No. The work is secured to its backing with acid free glue (the same glue used in museum restoration). The glue and secure mounts-picture matting in the case of a painting; mounting board in the case of a wall sculpture-will prevent the work from warping.
- Will humid weather effect the work? No. The work is dry, and because it is heavily sized, it will not absorb moisture during humid weather.
- What is the price for commissioned work? Commissions take substantially longer to complete and therefore are more costly than work in my existing portfolio. Commissioned paintings are created from natural environments the artist has captured in photographs. A rate of 1200.00 U.S. dollars per square foot is charged for a commissioned work. The minimum cost for a commissioned work is 4200.00 (four square feet). Giclee prints are charged according to size: see price list. For custom sized giclee prints, please visit my Fine Art America Web Site at:
6. How does the commission process?
Before contacting Meg Black about your commission ideas, please take a moment to complete the enclosed questionnaire.
After your questionnaire is received, Meg will schedule a complimentary one-hour consultation, typically where the commission is intended to be installed, to discuss the scope of the project. After this meeting, Meg will supply 3-5 photo enhanced examples of the proposed project along with a written contract. The cost for the examples is 200.00. This fee is deducted from the final cost of the commission if the signed contract is returned within 30 days along with a nonrefundable deposit of 25% of the cost of the commission. If additional photographs or sketches are required beyond Meg’s extensive collection, Meg charges 700.00 for a full 8-hour day and 400.00 for a half 4-hour day photography session made payable in advance. An additional 50% is required during an in-progress meeting at which time any adjustments to the original proposal are determined. The final balance of 25% is due upon delivery of the artwork. A sample of a commission contract is available here:
- What is the return policy for the artwork? All attempts to protect and prolong the quality of the artwork have been taken before it leaves the studio. Should the work incur unforeseen damage, it will be repaired free of charge, for up to one year, after which time the current hourly studio rate of 100.00 an hour will be charged to repair the work.
- What can I do with my Meg Black painting now that I have decided to sell my house? It is my intention that my work will increase in value and reward the people who have invested in me over time. That said, as long as I am alive and actively working, the value will only increase so much. Alas, I need to be long gone before any real dividends pay off! My best advice is to pass the work along to a family member, nursing home, religious group, public library, homeless shelter, alumni group, town municipal building or close friend much as you would a family heirloom and hope they will be grateful for your generous gift. You may even be eligible for a tax credit-check with the agency if it is a non-profit. Another idea is when a homeowner has sold their house, they’ve included the commissioned artwork with the sale and worked out a deal with the realtor to get reimbursed for the price of the art. Talk to your realtor about this idea. It has worked for some homeowners in the past and allows the new homeowner to enjoy the painting for years to come.
- Can Meg Black re-sell my art for me? It is not feasible for Meg Black to re-sell art for private collectors.
- I purchased art from Meg Black, can she appraise it for me ?
Meg Black cannot legally adhere a value to the work being offered for sale-only an art appraiser can do this. Check to see if there is a local appraiser who can assist you with determining the value of the work.