Well . . .

Recently a friend who knows more than me about the business of art told me I would sell more paintings if I raised my prices. He meant, I think, that collectors like to be proud of paying a lot of money for a painting, think its value is related to the price. Maybe. I don’t know. But it does make me wonder, once again, for whom am I painting.

Saying raising my prices makes my work more appealing is almost, but not quite, like telling me I would sell more if I painted landscapes. Or still-lives. Even though I have good drawing skills, I would probably be pretty bad at either as I have no desire to do that. And second, my paintings have been abstract since I first left art school many many years ago. Because that is where my passion is: it’s what I want to do. I also want people to see my work.  And not just the wealthy. Selling more would be nice as long as it didn’t compromise my integrity. 

Of course I would like a broader audience for my work. I’ve always had a fantasy that some important curator will notice my work and promote it so that it can be shown in museums everywhere and be in prestigious art magazines and galleries. All this would happen just because I keep painting. I’m good at dreaming. Unfortunately not so good at the self promotion.

As I’ve said many times, I need to sell to buy more art supplies. I do go through supplies very quickly as I paint a lot.  But the thrill of knowing someone is enjoying a painting of mine is definitely indescribable. Then again, if I sold more paintings because I raised my prices, I would have more money to paint more and then could also give my paintings away more often as I wouldn’t need to sell so many. Sound good to me.

About leyaevelyn

About thirty years ago, I moved from New York City to rural Nova Scotia. For an artist, it is a good place to live. Spacious and quiet. Despite the beautiful scenery and frequently grey skies, my abstract paintings focus on color, its expressive qualities and how it creates form and space.
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1 Response to Well . . .

  1. I can relate to your words so much, not only in terms of painting but in terms of my pottery. i’ve been told so many times i should raise my prices ….. and i actually have done so over the past few years, but not everyone can afford to pay $40-50 for a mug, presently my mugs are $30, which seems like a lot to pay for a mug! so i get it when you say you don’t want only wealthy folks to enjoy your fabulous paintings… and i realise comparing a mug to a painting is kinda crazy, but i think you get my drift! i want people to be able to afford a bowl, or a mug so that they have the joy of using it a lot. it still absolutely warms my heart when someone tells me that a bowl or a mug they bought from me many years ago is the one they use every day…as you say, it is an indescribable joy. I join you in your fantasy that museums, magazines etc., show off your amazing work…..i’ll be first in line to see your work in a big museum that’s for sure!!! love Linda

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