Just Finished This - Need Help Pricing The Original
The original is 9 x 12 on canvas board. Canvas board is not the same as a stretched canvas piece and it will need to be framed eventually. The prints I made available of it are larger than the original and I don't want the prices of the prints to be more than the original. I currently have it at $125, but that is less than the largest print of it. What do you think it should be priced at?
The materials were minimal so it would be my time and creativity.
The first time I painted it I was feeling inspired. It didn't come out like I planned so I washed off the watercolor portion which was the horse (the background was sealed). Later, I looked at the photo of the painting I had taken before washing it and I felt like kicking myself for doing that. When I finally got around to painting it again, I kind of lost my original mojo and it didn't turn out the same. In fact, I could paint if many times over and it would look different every time. So, there is something to be said for that. I paint with my feelings as much as with paint itself. Every day, every hour is different. It's a lot like a photograph in the sense that my painting moods change like lighting changes. You can only capture that special lighting (mood) once. The next time will be different.
I just don't have enough experience with knowing what people are willing to pay. I sent an e-mail to the owner of the gallery I spoke of earlier. She may be able to enlighten me on this subject.
I don't know how other painters feel about this, but I wouldn't use the "labor" involved equation to determine your value of the artwork. Someday, you may create a masterpiece, in 1 hour, should that now sell for $50?
I thinkit's more about the quality and emotiuonal impact your work has that should guide you with the pricing,
My husband made a good point this morning. He reminded me that I forget to add the time it takes to find a frame and the time it takes to enter shows, go to and from galleries...so I'm beginning to feel the higher numbers as what it should be.
That is true, Roy. I am much better at valuing my work than I use to be. I would feel comfortable with the $500 price for it after it's framed. I should frame it. Paintings always look better framed and look more valuable that way too.
Rich, I'm going to seriously consider that. And I've just finished going through all my pieces here doing a re-vamp on them. Oh, well.
How well known am I? Well known, I am not. Working on that. I recently met someone who owns a gallery in my area. She seems to know the market as she is doing well. I need to take my pieces to her and have her tell me what she thinks buyers will pay. I've been thinking of being in her gallery, but she takes 50%. That's another story.
I recently attended a show of very beautifully painted Italian landscapes........the pieces were mostly 9"x 12"...down to a 4"x 6". The price on this small painting is $1,800. The larger 9" x 12" were closer to $3,000.
Those prices left me gasping and wondering about my own prices, which are pretty low.
And it is such a "roll of the dice".
Well the painting is small....I am virtually an unknown artist......selling the work myself cuts out the commission a gallery would charge yadda, yadda, yadda...
Pricing one's art is about as difficult as trying to figure out what the customers will buy.
It is a very piece. $200.00? At least that much.
Edited to add: As the artist's work begins to sell and there is a demand for it, then raise the prices.
I think, like a lot of artists, you doubting your worth and ability. If it took 8 hours, and you were a plumber, it would be over $1,000!!! You're not a plumber. And I don't care if it's on cardboard, it's art and it's good!
"I agree with you two, Jolanta and Mo, about it being an original and you can only sell that once. Don't smack me, but wouldn't I have to consider my other originals and their prices at their sizes and the fact that my originals aren't selling right now?" DUH!!! I have been to galleries and have been told, you don't charge enough, we won't handle you.
Your art, your paintings, not your photography, should be bumped up big time!!!
Yes Jani...I hear You...I know how hard it is when we have to be reasonable...as I said before You're the only one who knows best...and we are here just to put our three cents for Your consideration...Happy pricing tomorrow :)
I will have to ponder on that price, Jeffery. Tomorrow might be a better day to think prices as I don't feel confident about it today.
Thanks for reminding me about those tags. I added them.
I agree with you two, Jolanta and Mo, about it being an original and you can only sell that once. Don't smack me, but wouldn't I have to consider my other originals and their prices at their sizes and the fact that my originals aren't selling right now?
Jolanta has a point...it's like a sin to measure value of artwork by it's size...It's not a wall You put a paint on and pay per inch of it...It's one and only creation with a piece of Your heart in it so measure it with your heart...since Your "child" is leaving home forever...
Well it's still an original painting not a print of it...even if it need a frame...anyways it was just my humble opinion You know best what's best for You :) I'm sure You'll get a buyer willing to pay as much as You want :)