Saturday, November 21, 2009
What is it worth?
I've been painting like a mad woman for weeks now to get ready for our next show at our gallery. We had decided to have a small works show during the holidays thinking that the prices might be a little easier on the wallet. In the past couple months I have lowered my prices and I can do that without pissing to many people off (if any) since I really haven't made a name for myself yet. Now if I was a person selling to a solid client base this would not be good. But little ol me hasn't quite gotten there yet. Some of these small works I've painted lately take longer than a big painting and it hurts to price them low, but that is the only way right now to get your artwork out in the big world. Art simply is not on the top of peoples list to buy. I try to base my prices on the real estate of the canvas, with maybe a slight variance. My last 2 pieces were 6" x 9" and I'm selling them for 175.00 each. The gallery gets half so.......this is a labor of love. I have about 18 - 20 hours in each piece, maybe a little more actually. I can't go by the hour or the difficulty. People think you whip art out in an hour like Bob Ross on TV (PBS). That's pretty rare, and more of a plein air style. Not a bad thing, just not my style. So tomorrow is the hanging and I have 12 pieces that I'm showing. About half are pieces that I already have had. One is a sketch that I did, which is new for me to be exhibiting. Our size requirements for this show was 20 x 20 or smaller. This show will run through Christmas and hopefully give me time to paint some bigger works.