ad·ven·ture adˈven(t)SHər,ədˈven(t)SHər/ noun
An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. verb
Engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.
It's Thursday and that means BLOG POST in my studio :)
Gallery exhibiting is a new adventure for me in 2016. I love to challenge myself with new techniques and new adventures in art. It has been fun to meet other artists. I always get a bit nervous right before the show is about to open but that too is part of the fun!
Tonight is the private showing for the ART270 "Figures Exhibit". I have 3 pieces and I am excited to see my work on display with all the other artists! It is so interesting to see everyone's different styles. If it's anything like the FACES exhibit, the gallery will be PACKED.
My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It is really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
~ Steve Jobs
Do you struggle with pricing your work?
I know I do! Many other artists I have talked to agree.... this is one of the most difficult things to do as an artist.
You have poured your heart & soul, your valuable time & effort into your latest creation. "What is it worth," you wonder? "What will someone be willing to pay?" "How do I go about pricing this piece I just gave creative birth to?"
First off, I NEVER price something right after I have just finished creating it...
I wait a few days.
If I priced pieces just after finishing them, I would price them way too high,
probably in the mega-millions (just kidding)!
The Achilles Heel part of pricing is "there is no ONE SIZE fits ALL" way to do it.
There are several things to take note of and then decide which method will work best for you. I'll also tell you what I have found works best for me. :)
First off.... If you feel resentment after a sale, there's a good chance you need to raise your prices. Only you know how much time, effort and love you put into each piece. Unlike your kids; Yes, you often do LOVE one piece more than the others and you may want your pricing to reflect that to avoid feelings of resentment towards your clients or customers.
When asked about pricing, state your price then Shut Up! Do not get defensive about your pricing. If someone mentions that they are able to get something similar for a lower price, know that it is OK to say, "if you like my work, this is my price." Also know that your pricing is YOURS and you are the one that can adjust it as you see fit. Many times I have fell in love with a customer's story and agreed to a commission piece that is lower than my normal pricing.
You may be surprised that your "high end price" is not necessarily someone else's. Do not talk your customer out of a high end sale based on what is in your own wallet.
State you price, then shut up.... you can then decide to negotiate - or not.
Does SIZE matter?
SIZE and PRICING....
Some artists adhere to a strict ... Size = Pricing, it works for them. For other artists it leads to the "resentment" problem. For Example: each 16"x20" piece may not be created equally in the time, effort and basic LOVE you have for the piece.
What works for me is basically a combination of all the things I've discussed here. I either just listen to my gut and pick a price or I add the width and the length together, then multiply it by my chosen "multiplier" (usually 5.5 - 6.5). This gives a "fair" starting point for each of my different painting sizes. For example a 16"x20" would be 16 + 20 = 36 x 6.5 = 234. I would use $234 as my starting point for a 16"x20" and adjust accordingly. Your "multiplier" may be much higher! Play around with this formula and see what number works for you or just listen to your gut :)
Name the GREATEST of all inventors. ACCIDENT.
Mistakes happen and over planning is a real thing!
Sometimes when I'm creating art, especially if it's for a custom piece, I start to focus too hard and my art starts to feel "forced." This is one of the reasons I like to work on several pieces at a time... I can jump to a new piece to basically "shake it off" when I start getting to stiff and feeling like I'm forcing it.
Happy accidents, I really like the sound of that... so much better than just an accident by itself. :)
My backgrounds are really full of mistakes and I love it that way. I let the paint free flow, with drips and flicks and blends, I feel it gives the piece energy.
LEAP OF FAITH
I would love to have a waterfall wall in my home or even better right in my studio! Could there be anything better to remind you to go with the flow and chill out?
Grab a cup of your favorite drink and check this amazing video out: