Yes! I do a lot of commissions! They make up between 1/4 and 1/3 of my sales. But I only do commissions that are in my style, my comfort zone. Most clients see a painting of mine that has sold and would like something similar. I don’t copy an existing painting, I use it as a starting point. I want each client to have a unique painting. Also most clients are wanting something custom because they want a particular size.
Now, this might not be the best idea for every painter. You have to ask yourself, do you like to do work for someone else (since this is my full time job, I do not have a problem making something for someone else). Also are you ok with a deadline? is it a subject you normally create? Etc… If you are only painting for yourself, and don’t necessarily have to make a living as an artist, you can turn down a commission if you are not comfortable.
I have had no problems, in doing over a hundred commissions, from a 12x12 to a 36x52, I keep people informed and updated on what to expect, and I ask for payment in advance. I think it is a special thing to have a unique painting created by an artist, it is personal and a great process. I like having communication with people who are purchasing a painting.
I have even commissioned two paintings from an artist we love, and was very happy with them.