Commissioned Lover's Eye Portrait By Susannah Carson (Jewelry)

An oil Lover's Eye portrait in a classical style, in the antique French pendant of your choosing.

From about 1780-1830, Lover's Eyes were painted on small pieces of ivory, set in jewels, and worn as brooches pinned close to the heart as cherished talismans, clandestine proclamations of love, and playful social guessing games. My Lover's Eyes are available in both miniature jewelry settings and in larger frames for wall hanging.


1. Decide whether you would like a larger Lover's Eye portrait in a frame (another listing) or a miniature Lover's Eye portrait in a jewelry setting (this listing; stay here).

2. Find the perfect photo of the subject, paying particular attention to the eye, or do a photo shoot and take a new one. The quality of the painting will depend on the quality of the photograph! Lighting is essential, so make sure the lighting is precisely the way you want it. Natural diffused light from inside is best; direct sunlight is too harsh.

3. Attach the photo (above right).

4. Decide which pendant you would like (each $350): gold round, silver round, gold diamond, silver diamond, gold hexagonal, or silver hexagonal. The gold is gold wash. These are all c.1900, French, unused dead-stock pendants found at a flea market in Paris (limited availabilities). The glass fits very snugly inside the settings, and sometimes it doesn't connect in a perfectly flush round. Also, although I wouldn't worry in a bit of rain, I hope it goes without saying that they shouldn't be submerged in water. Let me know which you'd like in the "Customize" box.

5. Decide what you would like on the verso and in what colors. You might choose the subject's name, a pair of initials, a bow and arrow, a Napoleonic bee, a flaming heart, an astrological sign, or a Latin expression such as "Omnia Vincit Amor" ("Love Conquers All"). A second portrait would be a surcharge of $150. Add this info to the "Customize" box.

6. Click "Send Custom Request".

7. I'll reply and we'll go over any additional details until we both feel like I understand your expectations.

8. I'll paint. Give me 4-6 weeks to make sure I have enough time to work the portrait into my schedule and devote enough time to it. I'll try to do it as soon as I can, and I'll send ETAs when available. Feel free to check in. If this is a rush order, please let me know in the "Customize" box so I can let you know immediately if I can accommodate.

9. After the painting is finished, I'll send a photo for your feedback. Since you know the subject best and I'll only have a photo or two, you'll be the best judge of whether or not the portrait has captured the right likeness. Please keep in mind, though, that this is a painting in a classical style, not a photo-realistic style, and that it certainly isn't a photo. I'll work with you until you're happy with the result, but let's both try to keep it to a couple of rounds of revisions.

10. After the main portrait has dried (4 days to a week, depending on the weather), I'll paint the reverse and submit it for your approval.

11. When both are very dry and can be enclosed in the grass, I'll assemble the pendant, wrap it carefully and send it off!


The painting is yours, but the rights of the image remain with me. I'd love it if you'd authorize me to share the painting on my social channels and in listings such as this, but I'll respect your wishes if you'd prefer I didn't.

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