It costs how much?

explaining the cost of art

One of the things I truly dislike about being an artist is telling potential buyers how much my art costs.  I am often glad that I am hidden behind my computer screen.  This being said I wanted to explain why art directly from an artist costs more.

  1. We are not mass producing our art.  Yes, you can go to Kohl’s, target or an online store and buy art much cheaper.  But when you do this you are purchasing something mass produced.  Something that is not unique.  Something that millions of other people have in their home.  Stores can sell their art so cheap because they buy in bulk.
  2. Art supplies are not cheap.  Big box stores get discounts on their ink and other materials.  I watch for sales on canvases at my local art store, and purchase my paint online.  I try to offer options other than framing, to help with cost, but overall my supplies are very costly.
  3. Shipping isn’t really free.  I put in a reasonable amount in the price, but if I sell across the country, I lose money.  Yes, I could make shipping a line item, but how many purchases do you make when you have to pay for shipping?  I skip items that charge for shipping too!
  4. Time…. I don’t even calculate this.  Some times a painting flies off my brush, and then there are times that I am pulling my hair out.

How do I come up with my prices?

I use a formula given to me years ago.  Then I tweak it to make it more reasonable.  I try to keep the same prices for each size, as how would you feel if you hear that others got your same painting for much less?

I do sell some older paintings at a reduced rate…..sometimes its about it getting the right home.  Usually if they don’t sell, I paint over them.  But some paintings I just can’t bring myself to paint over, so I wait patiently for its owner to claim it. I do also offer other options, such as prints for those that really love a piece but just can’t afford it.

So the next time you see a painting for more than you expected, I hope you will remember the reasons behind it.  And if you decide to purchase the painting, you will be making an artist very happy.  It takes a lot to create, and continue trying to create.

And think of how you would feel if someone came to your job and offered you less for your work. Or scoffed at you.  This is my job.  I am trying to pay for my supplies, and make a living.  Not get rich, but make a living doing something I love.

Thank you to those that understand and purchase art for their home.

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The art of brush strokes

Brush strokes within a painting create art

Have you ever studied a painting?  I am sure you have looked at a painting…. but have you ever looked close at the brush strokes that created the painting?  Probably not.  I am not finding fault, I did not look myself, before I started painting.  But now I certainly do.  Because from afar you are just enjoying the painting, and maybe don’t realize the work that went into creating that painting.

Let’s think about how that painting was created.  An artist picked up a brush, dipped it in paint, and swirled it onto a canvas.  Sometimes they used a large brush to cover more of the canvas, and sometimes they used a smaller brush for detail.  No matter what the size of the brush, it was an implement to get the paint on the canvas.

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a closeup of some flowers.

While the artist used that brush, she also stepped back from the canvas, to see what it looked like overall.  To see how the brush strokes blended.  If they were creating what the artist intended. Because up close the strokes don’t always look like much.

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a closeup of some shrubs

So hopefully you now realize that it is a little harder than it looks.  Sometimes it works well, and sometimes we have to start over.  Either way, its a wonderful thing to create, and I am so thankful that I get to work these brushstrokes to create art.

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Overall painting with areas shown above, available in my etsy  shoppe

 

 

Day 30 of 30 in 30- Finis!

Day 30-  I finished one day early.   Its not that easy having a painting to post daily, and I ran out! I always start these paintings with tons of ideas, and some just don’t work out.  Or I just am not ready to share them yet as I am still working on some.  My favorite paintings were the view from the Poly, because it reminded me of a wonderful trip I took home, and the dress shoppe.  And there were some more favorites, as I paint what I love, so why wouldn’t most be my favorites?

I hope you enjoyed following me through another challenge!  Next one is in the fall.  Until then, I will be painting as often as I can, as I believe in the old saying “practice makes perfect!

 

If you have a minute, please let me know what painting you liked the most.  Thanks to anyone that takes the time to do so!

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Day 15 of 30 in 30- The view from the Poly

Day 15 – This was the view from my room, many years ago when I stayed at the Polynesian. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we upgraded to the Poly, as a gift to us. We could not afford a great view, and were shocked when we got this fabulous view. Every night the fireworks would go off over the castle, and my son loved watching them from his bed. (When we were in the room, lol) If you look to the right of the hotel, you will see the castle, above the monorail.

This was one of my favorite trips, as we went with our best friends and their girls. Hope you enjoy this view as much as I did!

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Day 13 of 30 in 30- Sunset at Tea House

Day 13 – This is a painting inspired when I visited the Marble House this winter. The Marble house is a “cottage” in Newport, Rhode Island. In reality, its actually an incredibly large mansion, on Bellevue Avenue, and this tea house is in its backyard. This tea house was built by Alva Vanderbilt, who hosted tea parties for women’s suffrage, or the right to vote. Newport has quite a history of wealthy families, their homes, and rich heiresses that made matches with Englishmen with titles. A lot of English families lived on their large estates, and needed a surge of wealth to maintain their homes and staff depending on them. A match with these wealthy heiresses filled the coffers and saved them from ruin, but sadly most matches were of convenience and not love. If you are local to New England, it is definitely worth a trip to see these “cottages” and the beautiful Ocean Drive area.  If I sound like an add for Newport’s tourism, its because I have been going there for years and love to visit!

This was the tea house one late afternoon, touched by a pinkish, orange sunset.  I started this painting with a palette knife, but gave up and finished it with brushes.  I did keep some of the palette knife strokes, but its mostly brush strokes.  I hope to try the palette knife again sometime, as I do enjoy a challenge!

 

 

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30 in 30 Painting Challenge, rules

First off I need to explain that there are no rules!!!  This is just a challenge to get artists to paint more.  I hardly need this encouragement, as you see I am at my easel almost daily!  I still do the painting challenge, as I enjoy the exposure and seeing the art that other artists are creating.  Its very inspiring, and there is a nice comradery amongst the artists.

This is Leslie’s 9th painting challenge, and my seventh time joining her.  I usually try to have a few paintings completed, as it is not easy for me to have a painting every day.  Although there are many daily painters, I sadly, am not one.  I am getting close however!  I now can sometimes finish one in a day, and then touch it up the next day.  This is when I need to one rule that I try to adhere to:

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Does that sound easy?  It’s truly not.  You see, sometimes you are in a wonderful painting moment, a blissful moment, when every stroke is magical.  This is usually a sign you are done, but you are having so much fun you just cannot stop.  And this is when you can ruin your painting.  So I am learning patience, and when to stop, as I have ruined a painting enough times that I now am heading the warning signs!

That being said, I have a lot of paintings planned for the next 30 days.  You can also request something, as I love hearing ideas from you!

So please follow me the next 30 days, as I post and paint daily.  I hope you enjoy seeing the art I create as much as I enjoy creating it!

 

Mini Challenge- Day 5

Today is day 5, and I decided to paint a Café in France that I think is stunning.  I am crazy about Paris.  My love is well known in my family, as my cousin Christine, and my hubby have both given me pretty Eiffel Tower necklaces.  I wear one every day, and have done so for the last few years.  I don’t plan on taking it off until I see it in person.  So I have a love affair with the city, and enjoy seeing pics of it.  I went online last night and used Google Street view, to get some pics of pretty places, and found an old favorite, Café De Flore.  This is a beautiful building, that takes it to another level by having live plantings above its awning.  Its truly stunning.  This is my 20 minute version of my pic.  While painting I listened to Mary’s video about the challenge, and one of the questions was what are we to do with these paintings?  One of the suggestions is to use them as studies, and make a larger one.  And that’s what I am doing.  Its too pretty not to paint it again, with its ornate stonework, iron work on balconies, umbrellas, and of course floral plantings.

Hope you enjoy it too!  This will be available once it dries.  This is just a quick pic, the colors are nicer in real life.  I can see myself sitting at one of the tables people watching… how about you?

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