A Sacred Earth Mission The Art Of 
Brooke Cottle
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Artist Brooke Cottle takes great care, to not only capture a close and approving likeness of her client, but also gives flair to their inward personality. Her traditional portraits show accurate detail, due to a patient and fine hand. These take significantly longer to produce than the black and white charcoals. It could take up to a few weeks for these portraits to be ready, from start to finish. The Artist will let you know how her schedule is looking. 

Feel free to discuss with the Artist any special requests or special expectations you may have about the piece in general. 

The Initial Meeting If Local
Brooke can photograph the subject at a small, additional cost, if picture reference material of the subject(s) isn’t provided. A photo session can take up to a couple of hours. The meeting should take place where the subject feels the most comfortable, or where the landscape background will be included. Reviewing the subject’s gestures, mannerisms, inner light, allows the artist to respond accordingly, as well as timing nature’s lighting conditions if landscape background is involved. Photographs taken by the Artist mainly are used for reference, but remain the property of the Artist. 

If You Are Not Local
Do not fret. The convenience of working from pictures seems to suit the modern day world. However, if there is travel involved beyond what is considered reasonable, these expenses must be met by the client or purchaser.

She guides local and non-local clients into which photos will work best. Often Brooke mixes and matches pictures to get the finest portrayal of her subject. For instance, if you'd like this angle of face or expression on that outfit, or even in this stance, she can work with you. Several views from a variety of pictures give her a good idea of the client’s features, their best lighting, and that special something that only this individual exudes. Look for candid pictures and that show the face clearly, colorfully, not washed out. And large views if possible. It always works out, no worries. Also, think about clothing, or even the pose that you may want. Brooke’s professionalism involves capturing her subject in their natural best. 

Materials Used
Materials used are Sennelier soft pastels, a Degas favorite, on Sennelier pastel paper from France. These soft pastels are the purest form of artist color, made almost exclusively from pure pigment with only enough binder to allow them to be formed into useable sticks. The extensive color lines like Sennelier allow artists like Brooke a choice of many subtle color variations. Pastels will not crack, yellow or darken with age. However, they can become damaged if exposed to high humidity or rough handling. Thus, proper framing under protective glass, but prevented from contacting the glass, is essential for the care of your investment. Matting and spacers help. Do not allow the surface of the pastel painting to be touched, for smudging may occur. Also to note - original pastel paintings created by Brooke Cottle are NOT to have fixative or sealers applied for they will modify and distort the work in a manner that would prejudice the Artist reputation. 

Before each job is started, a non-refundable down payment, or half of the total estimated cost is required. This gets the Artist started. Take note that your decision to commission Brooke is based on the quality of work you have seen in her portfolio or on this website. The rest of the balance is due upon completion of commission and acceptance by the client. For those who may or may not be local, if you’d like, a digital photo of the finished product can be sent to you via e-mail for final approval. If you are local, arrangements may be made for the delivery of the final portrait.

Any little fine tunings to make once the work is presented is acceptable. However, if specifications of the commission change in a dynamic way during the creation or after completion of the artwork, these changes, if can be made, will be reflected in the final contract. The purpose of stating the policy of the Artist is to kindly define the scope of the work and responsibility of each party prior to the execution of the final contract.

Because of the internet and good ‘ol US mail, no matter where you are your commission needs can be served straight from Brooke’s studio. Shipping costs will need to be added to total cost, however. Although Brooke only offers framing for the black and whites, and not for color pieces or fine art, she uses packaging that specifically handles these delicate, soft pastel paintings. 

Copyright Issues
Clarification of Artist rights as protected by the Federal Copyright Act of 1976 and the Federal Visual Rights Act of 1991. Purchase of a copyrighted artwork does not transfer the copyrights. This means the copyright to reproduce the works in copies, to produce derivative work based on the copyrighted image, and distribute copies is retained by the Artist. Any transfer of this copyright must be in writing expressly identifying what rights are being sold and for what purpose. Works of art cannot be modified without the permission of the Artist. Works cannot be distributed, mutilated or modified in any way that would prejudice the reputation of the Artist.
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