|In you I trust. (Acrylic on wood hardboard 15 x 21.5 inches)|
So, in honour of having finished my horse's eye painting which I've called 'In you I trust', I was going to tell you about the time a few weeks ago when a horse ate our caravan. A true story. But I've got something else on my mind and, as we're still trying to convince the owner of the horse that humans are responsible for the animals in their care, I'll leave off on telling you about that till another day.
What I really want to talk about today is how to price your art work. In the last week I've had two requests for possible commissioned pieces, one from a girl I follow on Twitter and one from an old work colleague via Facebook. Both seemed really keen when they initially found out I was an artist and had seen samples of my work and queried how much it would cost for what they wanted. I emailed them back with the details and haven't heard from either of them since! Awkward!
|Close ups - the devil's in the detail.|
I've never really known how to price my commissioned work. Years ago when I was asked to do caricatures of couples for wedding presents, I based it on an hourly rate as each one takes a different length of time to complete depending on size, medium and the amount of detail in the piece. I've stuck with that way of pricing ever since. So, in fact, my hourly rate (£10 in case you wondered) hasn't increased since 2003!!
As the pointy portraits I do can take between 15-20 hours to complete, a finished piece is going to be between £150 - £200 (which includes both materials and time). I suppose I don't have enough faith in myself because I'm not a 'professional' artist and end up wondering if it's too much. Then I think about how my hourly art rate is less than I earn per hour for typing and filing in my day job, it's significantly less than any tradesman or lawyer would charge per hour and at the end of the day, as S says, my art is a skill, like any other that people are willing to pay for, and one that I shouldn't sell myself short on. Of course, it's all well and good sticking to my guns but if it means that people don't want to commission me because they think it's too expensive, I'm not going to get very far as an artist, professional or otherwise!
|Finished apart from the coat of glaze.|
So, I'm throwing it out there to my fellow artists - how do you price your art? Is there a secret to how to work it out and have you found a way that works for you?
I'm linking as always to the only Paint Party to be seen at on a Friday and thanks as always to Kristin and Eva for continuing to be the hostesses with the mostesses!