Thursday, 30 May 2013

In the frame...

'Moody Cow' - Watercolour & Indian Ink - 5x7 Inches

I was absent from Blogland last week as I had the first of the art exhibitions last weekend and didn't have any new completed pieces to share with you. We went along to the preview on Friday evening with Angela and her husband and after oohing, ahhing (and eh-ing?) over the various paintings and photographs on display I felt slightly more confident about my pieces although not necessarily about my pricing (the part I loath with a passion).

There was a great variety in both style of art and price range from £25-£500 so while my stuff wasn't the cheapest, it also wasn't the most expensive. The work on show covered all levels of competence and artistic ability but as it's such a subjective thing one man's child-like landscape is another man's perfect painting to hang on their wall. 

'Party Line' - Watercolour & Indian Ink - 5x5 Inches

Anyway, the confidence was short-lived. I'd love to be able to tell you that I sold all 4 of my paintings or that I even sold 1 of them but, alas and alack, I didn't sell any (sad face). I don't know if no one liked my work or if they deemed it too expensive compared to other art on show there. It's that old pricing conundrum again - too low and you undervalue your own worth, too high and it seems that the local folk from Latheron aren't willing to part with their £££s. I did feel a little gutted and rejected but I'm trying to tell myself that it's only my first exhibition and these things happen.  Pick my artistic ego up, dust it down and prepare for the next show. After all, Georges Seurat wasn't recognised as the ground-breaking artist he was until after his death (although I do hope I don't have to wait that long!)

Anyway, I was off in the big smoke of Inverness for a 2 day induction for my new part-time job on Monday and Tuesday so S kindly went to Latheron to bring back all 4 of my paintings saving me from the artist's version of the walk of shame. 


Whilst in Inverness, daydreaming a little during the induction presentations, I had a flash of inspiration. I decided perhaps the way forward for these local shows is to do small watercolour and ink illustrations which I can frame rather than large canvasses which take me so much time, not to mention blood, sweat and tears. So I popped into TK Maxx before my bus home on Tuesday evening and bought some frames with mounting card.


'Tilting at Wind Farms' - Watercolour & Indian Ink -5x7 Inches
I can price these much lower because they are small, didn't take nearly so much time and are more quirky illustrations than fine art. Perhaps this is what folk at these small local shows want and won't mind parting with £35-£40 for a small piece of framed original art if they won't part with £350 for a larger and more detailed piece. 

Anyway, I'm going to try my luck again with the Pheasant and the Puffin canvasses along with these three framed watercolours.  I'm dropping them off tonight and the exhibition will be on Saturday and Sunday this weekend so fingers crossed with a better variety of prices, I might have a better chance of selling something.

I missed Paint Party Friday last week so I'm back and linking up again this weekend and will endeavour to visit as many participants as I can over the weekend. 

43 comments:

  1. From what I've seen of it, your work is quite priceless and I wish I wasn't a poor artist or I'd try to finagle a canvas or two from way over here in Portland Oregon. I'm sure you'll get buyers soon and will have fantastic prices on your work eventually. The works here are amazing and I love your styles.

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  2. It is always hard to know what will sell and what won't... some shows everything sells and others nothing... it is the way of it,,, but your work is too great to not sell and I you can't undervalue it... mind you little works are a fab idea to add to the Nic arsenal of awesomeness... have a great weekend
    T xx

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  3. You are braver than me I, belong to a art society but when they have shows I so far have not put anything in, the ones I like I don't want to part with and the ones I don't like I think no one else would like them. As for pricing I wouldn't have a clue.The shaggy bull is so friendly looking.
    Merle.......

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  4. oh my, your work is beautiful! I have no doubt that your talent was not an issue at all. Keep on your awesomeness!

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  5. Wow, what a work of art Tilting is! So creative! And I love the beautiful little birdies sitting on the wire.

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  6. oh I love all your pieces this week, so glad I stopped by!

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  7. Congratulations on your first show. I have no idea how to price artwork either. Good luck in the next show! Your artwork is so nice, I'm sure it's going to sell in the right market.

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  8. Quick story, I was lucky and had my art in a coffee shop and made a bunch of money first thing. BUT BUT BUT for the last two years I've been in other little shops and not one painting has sold. SO...don't be discouraged. I know how you feel but keep the focus on loving to do it and being brave to put it out there no matter the outcome. OH but it's hard. Your work is worthy and wonderful!!

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  9. Great to hear others stoies too about art selling or not - yep there is no rhyme or reason... and I think in hard times its just a matter of people being money conscious maybe? Anyway enjoyed your post - happy PPF!

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  10. I all depends on who's there on the night! Exhibitions are great exposure for your work whether it's sold or not:) I love the three watercolours and Phil and the Puffin are beautiful paintings. Good luck with the exhibition this weekend:)

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  11. Selling art is such an haphazard thing there seems to be no rhyme or reason. But I know one thing do not be tempted to undervalue yourself, your work is awesome. Good idea to do smaller stuff, that awesome as well, you never know someone who buys a smaller one will maybe buy a bigger one when they can afford it.

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  12. Am sure your paintings will sell soon, but I guess you have to know your market when you are out to sell locally. Loving the new paintings, especially the birds on the wire. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  13. Sorry you didn't sell any of your paintings, I think they are good. Valerie

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  14. Feel the rush of seeing your art hanging! KNOW it IS GOOD, be pleased it is there for others to see. Selling is a crap shoot, as is winning prizes or getting into a juried show. I've done all three, and I've had rejections too. Just know its part of the game. You have to take a risk to win/sell. In the meantime enjoy the sharing!! And be PROUD of your VERY GOOD ART LARGE AND SMALL,

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  15. I have known a few extremely talented artists who don't sell a thing, and others (i.e. on Etsy for example) whose work sells and sells, and it's rubbish quite frankly. I just don't get it. I understand art is a very personal thing and I truly believe that you sometimes have to be in the "right" location. I don't have a hope in hell in selling any of my art here in Lincolnshire, especially beach themed art, but in say Brighton I would. I love your work and always have and you are good enough believe me! x

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  16. You mustn't beat yourself up - your work is brilliant and very distinctive. Paint because you want to paint, not because you want to sell. When it sells, see it as a bonus ! You have got your work on show, that's great (more than I have managed so far!). I think doing some little ones is a good idea, but I also feel you should try for some huge ones too - maximum impact. Paint something big for your own walls, then exhibit it aswell. Go for it girl!

    Love the new avatar by the way, I'll show Henry!
    xx

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  17. meant to say - I really like those patchwork style paintings you have done too - any good at representing colourful tarten and tweed?!

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  18. Selling art seems to be pretty tricky and random business, so much a matter of taste and fad ... Less expensive watercolors are probably a great idea! Love your new paintings, so fresh! <3

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  19. Wow! I am loving your latest paintings. I am sorry you didnt sell any paintings, its always slightly depressing, buut maybe something huge will come from it. (On a side not, Inverness was my city escape whenwe lived in scotland and I could spend hours in tk maxx. I wish there was something like it here in australia.) anyway congrats on your first exhibition and being brave enough to actually show your work.

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  20. Ah too bad your work did not sell, it is quite brilliant in my opinion and if I had the big bucks to buy and original I would. Good idea to make some smaller pieces. Hope they fly out the door. Good luck on your new job. Happy PPF

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  21. Beautiful work!
    Congratulations on your exhibition!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  22. In my experience, the right paintings at the right show are what make the sales...some are a tough crowd, some just aren't buying that day...but get the right place/right time and you will sell everything! LOVE your little bird painting! HPPF!

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  23. the dot paintings are absolutely remarkable and don't pay any mind to the art show outcome! those events are crapshoots -- you might have had the perfect buyer one row away, but they just went a different direction and missed your booth! take heart -- your work is beautiful!!

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  24. oh my gosh this is awesome! And the birdies are so adorable!

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  25. Pricing!..tell me about it. I get exactly the same conundrum as you, it is so difficult. Doing the actual paintings is the easy part! Sometimes frames can get pricey though, but going to TK Maxx obviously sorts that issue out.

    Don't forget to 'still enjoy the painting process' and don't get trapped into a 'conveyor belt of painting' Just because they sell! This all comes down to the blasted Pricing thing again...grrr.

    I tend to think that if I Enjoy doing a small canvas or watercolour then I'll price it in a region where I reckon people will have some cash in their wallets and you get the Impulse buyer :) Small paintings fit in suitcases/bags so are easy to take home and also those people could give them as gifts to family or friends (you know.... the neighbour who has fed the fish!). It's a matter of plugging on with Exhibitions and Shows - just when you think you are getting nowhere, somebody will buy one. Everyone, even the Professionals, get this! I am SURE your paintings will sell, you do such lovely work.


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  26. Hi Nic, Thank you for stopping by today and for your wonderful comment. I am always happy if something I say makes a difference even for a second in someone's life.

    I will never forget the night I went to an art show with my husband. His friend, an engineer who didn't paint, entered a painted clock (which won) and the friend's wife won nothing. She was an extremely talented and very well known artist. To this day, I cannot understand what the judges saw that I didn't. I was shocked and wondered how she felt but all she did was smile. It taught me that in the creative world you just never know what will happen.

    As you continue on your creative journey you will have lots of inspiring ideas as you did this week while you were at your meeting. It's that creative spirit that will keep you moving forward. I guess you know that even though we have never met I am a big fan. Your work is awesome. Have a great week.

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  27. Your work is truly wonderful!

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  28. Well I think your work is priceless!! It's just a matter of the right person getting it for the right space.... your paintings have yet to meet their rightful homes!!Very interesting subject though the few of my paintings that I love I couldn't part with. Good idea to try the small ones, but don't be discouraged...you are worth every second of your time!! One day someone could come along and scoop up the whole series!! Life is like that!! Please don't be discouraged!! You are very very good at what you do!!

    Hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. Awesome work as always. Love it. Good luck in your new job. Looks like all is going well in your new surroundings. Yay!

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  30. I absolutely love your work - I know it feels good to sell your art at an exhibition - but you are right. Get back up, dust off the artist ego and keep on keeping on. Selling art (if you are not kind of famous) is really an iffy proposition. But your art is beautiful and very unique - smaller pieces is a good idea and I am praying that they all sell this weekend. HPPF

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  31. First of all, your Tilting is beautiful. I love all the art I have seen here from you. Yay for you for moving onward-don't ever let something like this experience stop you from doing what you love and what you are so talented at! And what's to say thes pieces don't sell somewhere else :)

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  32. Oh I feel your pricing pain! I abhor that aspect of "arting." A very tricky business. But one of these days, when you are famous, you can get an agent to do all that blab for you so you can just create and enjoy! Now wouldn't that be nice...:-)

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  33. I am sitting here nodding at every line I read. Yes, the pricing is so hard- I went to Spitalfields last weekend and my art was unframed and none sold- was it the prices? Was it because they were unframed? Was it that they like spending as little as possible at a market? My small prints sold and my greeting cards too, so I just covered my costs. I am also at a fork in the road- to continue with gallery shows-which are so expensive- or to cut everything down in size and price. Grrr. email me and we'll chat, I think we have a lot in common. [email protected]

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  34. I have never sold my art, I'll say that first, so you're comfortable knowing I am not an expert. I would suggest removing your emotion from the piece, asking yourself what you would be willing to pay for that piece of art in a store? There is a buyer for every piece of art.

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  35. Congratulations on the exhibition and for putting your art work out there. Even though it didn't sell, it was worth the time and energy to do the show. I suspect that each time you do an exhibition you will learn something from the experience. Keep entering and exhibiting, don't be discouraged because your art is worthy and wonderful. HPPF!

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  36. Your small paintings are great, I'd snap any one of them up at a show. I would rather take a beating than do another art show, so you are braver than me. If it weren't for a friend who has a home decor shop, nothing of mine would ever see the light of day!

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  37. it is sad you didn't sell any of your work. I think is marvellous. I had a piece in an exhibition and it finishes today 1st of June I haven't been back to see if it sold But if it hasn't then that's fine I enjoyed making it and I have plans to take part in a craft show.

    I hope you have better luck in the future but keep plugging along you will find your audience soon and then you will be really busy Dxx

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  38. I see your talent shining through your work and you reminded me of the first show I ever did, and did not sell a thing. I was sad and had started to doubt myself, but the other exhibitors were so kind, explaining to me the show wasn't very good for any of them. It enabled me to pick myself up and carry on. I suppose it is part of the process we artists must learn, to be brave enough to put our art out there, and to learn to dust ourselves off and do it again when a show turns out to not be a good one.

    And pricing, ack! It is a fine line to walk. Your smarts is showing in deciding to do some lesser priced work. I learned to be able to offer a little of both, that way someone who might love my work but can't afford something expensive, can be happy to take a small piece home. And a larger more expensive piece is ready for the perfect buyer when he or she appears. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comment.
    Gail

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  39. I know your work is amazing, so I wouldn't worry about not selling any pieces this time. Like my wife says, sometimes exposure is as important. I love you yak, and especially those sweet little birds.

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  40. Your work is amazing and your style is unique - don't let the sales discourage you! Keep doing great work and the sales will come :)

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  41. Your work is gorgeous, I love it. Don't worry about the sales, I entered art shows and didn't sell a thing for the first two times then sold one and then sold all three. Having said that, last year I didn't sell one. I think that you just have to have the right person there at the time, never give up and keep your prices as you would want them. I think your work is excellent and I love the birds, they are so cute.
    Von.

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  42. I understand exactly how you felt but I must admit I laughed loudly when I read this: "saving me from the artist's version of the walk of shame."

    YOur work is gorgeous and I think you may just have to figure out the kind of stuff that sells and the price point. Party time is wonderful.

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  43. I am right with you on the pricing thing... I never know what to charge and at the end of the day, art is worth what someone is willing to pay - It's sussing out what that figure is that's the hard part! Maybe you could put a price up a little above what you want - but also put an envelope next to it inviting people to make an offer... That way, even if you don't get an offer you are willing to accept, at least you will get some idea of what people have in mind...
    Anyway - I wish you buckets of luck - you deserve it! My favorite is the birds on the wire - It's so cute :0)

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