pricing your art & music to my ears

Happy Friday!
My roses are blooming :)

I'm done with work for the day and the weather is beautiful so I'm going to keep this short and sweet....

I found this email from Artsy Shark in my inbox this morning and I cannot wait to share it... I've been struggling with pricing and I think a lot of artists do. I try to base prices for my paintings off cost of supplies and estimate of time spent and size of the canvas. But at the Festival of the Arts I went to last week I paid close attention to prices... and walked around with my jaw dragging on the ground. I saw small paintings that were 3 times the cost of my larger pieces. I personally would like to make a small profit on my paintings rather than breaking even, but I don't see the point in painting to share with others if a large portion of your audience cannot afford to purchase your work. I know the disappointment I feel when I fall in love with a painting, yet cannot enjoy it in my own home because of price and I don't want people to feel that way about me.... I want to paint pretty yet affordable art. Pricing is a fine balance that I haven't mastered yet, so hopefully this article will help me... here it is if you are interested.

So I survived my first week of my new job. All I do is file so I listen to music the whole time and it's given me a chance to enjoy the wide variety of hundreds of songs I have on my phone... this is a new one I discovered but I cannot stop listening to it! I looove his voice, plus he's cute, which is even better... so here is a little ear candy for you :)


  1. Glad you survived the first week, I always thought that was the hardest! I'll have to check out that article. I feel like I've found a price that makes me happy for most of my products, but it took awhile to get there. I figured out what they cost me to make (down to how much per drop of essential oil!) and although the profit isn't much, I'm content. :) I think the price on the painting that I bought from you was perfect. Definitely worth it, and also not so high that it turned away a gal like me who's never purchased art before! ;)

  2. What a beautiful rose! I can't seem to grow flowers.

  3. You go girl :) Im glad your doing good at work! Im sure it'll get easier as time goes <3

    Thanks for the awesome ear candy :) love it

  4. The rose is so beautiful! I agree with the pricing problem too. It is hard to me to charge much for my jewelry because a- I want people to be able to afford it, and b- I have a hard time thinking it measures up to other work I have seen (which I know is a horrible attitude). I have a hard time with my photo pricing as well, but for different reason. But in the end it's all worth it!

  5. Lovely rose! I hope you can figure out a good price without too much trouble. :) Selling my photography is mostly just a hobby for me, so I don't worry much about pricing, but I know most people struggle over choosing the best price... so I hope you can figure it out easily!

  6. That was a good article, thanks for posting! Pricing, ugh, hate pricing. I always thought it was better to lower your prices than to raise them, but according to the article, that's not correct. Start low, and raise them from there as demand increases, but always cover your expenses and pay yourself a good hourly wage. If I charged $25/hour for my labor, I'd have to sell some of my work for thousands!!


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