I normally make sales thru my galleries but since posting regularly on Facebook I have been getting a lot of inquiries privately. Unfortunately, like many artists i am not v marketing savvy 😊 … Someone who saw my art in a US gallery is asking for a 40x60 inch commission. The last two times I sold pieces direct to unknown clients they paid me in full before shipping. How common is it for artists to insist on full payment upfront before starting on a commission? He was happy with these conditions (full pay upfront) but said he would run it by his wife….. he never got back Lol.
I could do half deposit and rest on completion or delivery. but if there are problems I don’t want a work that size hanging around in my home/studio. Normally when I don’t hear back from a potential buyer I just leave it but I am considering contacting him with an offer for a half now, half later transaction (probably too late now though) I was also considering getting my lawyer involved though he doesn’t specialise in art. Any thoughts on all this welcome.