: Artist Insecurity


TerryCurley
02-13-2015, 09:00 AM
I just started painting last May and never had time for anything artistic before in my life. You know Jobs, starting our business, raising kids...etc. But now that I'm old I have all the time in the world (YAY) and enough money to indulge myself (DOUBLE YAY). I never thought I would be good enough to sell anything, but now I have! So far I've sold 6 pictures...albeit for minimal amounts like $10.

Now I'm thinking I want to set up a display of my best pictures in my daughter-in-laws business and ask for a higher price but I don't have a clue how to price them. I'm not doing it for the money, just for the ego trip. However from being in business I know that if you price something too low it's assumed it's of little value, and if it's priced too high it's laughed at.

Liz
02-14-2015, 06:46 PM
All artists find it difficult to price their art, at least in the beginning. Maybe you can come up with a price by doing a search on the internet to find what artists charge for art similar to yours, then take into consideration that you are just starting out and the cost of materials. For sure you'll arrive at more than $10

SherylG
03-14-2015, 08:18 PM
I read some advice from Robert Bateman many years ago. Here is what he said...when you are starting out it's important to get your work "out there". Price is irrelevant. Even if you have to give them away, flood the market with them so that your name becomes known. Then you can charge higher prices for your stuff.

SherylG
03-14-2015, 09:25 PM
Also, Terry, you need to quit saying that you are old!!! ;)

I'm not old. I'll be 60 in two years and I won't be old then either! I'm still in great shape! (Didn't you say that you are 60 in another post?)

60 is not old!!!! :D

TerryCurley
03-15-2015, 08:15 AM
Turning 67 in a couple of months. I don't mind saying I'm old, I feel it gives me privileges that I've earned from life experiences. Love your attitude!

cjm1972
03-15-2015, 08:41 AM
Also, Terry, you need to quit saying that you are old!!! ;)

I'm not old. I'll be 60 in two years and I won't be old then either! I'm still in great shape! (Didn't you say that you are 60 in another post?)

60 is not old!!!! :D

Turning 67 in a couple of months. I don't mind saying I'm old, I feel it gives me privileges that I've earned from life experiences. Love your attitude!

I remember asking my Nan, with hindsight, a very rude question.
"What's it like being old" in my defence, I was only a kid at the time.
But her response has always stuck with me.
"I'll tell you when I get there" she was 80 at the time. :)

I understand now, what she meant, your as old as you feel.
I'm 42, I'm old on a Monday morning and young on a Friday night. :)


Prices for your art?
Tough to put a price on artistic talent, guess it's the old "supply and demand" Low price with low demand, high price with high demand.
Definition of low IMO, price of materials and maybe a few bucks on top.
Higher prices are much more difficult to define, but what ever your happy to make as full time job would be a good target, I guess. :)

Liz
03-17-2015, 12:14 AM
Robert Bateman's advice seems to make sense but I wonder if he gave away his paintings before he became known.