Selling is something I am still learning about. I do make artwork to share. I make a lot of artwork and I am willing to sell it. I'm also willing to let people enjoy it without buying it through shows, on this website, and other select ways. Since I do not have representation (Geo Gallery is the lobby of an office building, there are no salespeople) it is up to me to do the selling. I am still working to determine what people are willing to buy and pay. I know what I would like to earn for my work, and I know what I need to cover some of the costs. I am learning the art of negotiation.
At this moment in time I am exceedingly curious about what attracts people. Which of my pieces do they like? I am eager for feedback; to hear and see if there is an element that I can build on. I didn't put prices on the title cards so I could have some flexibility with it, and so that it did not detract from the work. I don't want the price to be a factor in the likeability or value for the viewer.
My Artist Statement is on the wall under what one might say is the start of my paintings, and at the bottom it states in bold letters that all work is for sale with a price range listed. People interested in owning a painting are encouraged to contact me to make that happen.
Sometimes artist's want to know what prices other artists are asking so that they can compare their own prices. Okay, I completely understand that, I do the same thing. Some people want to know so that they have some way to determine its value to them. So that they can say "well it's not worth that" or "that's fair" or "that's all?" By not having prices listed, I hope to encourage people to determine if it has value to them in ways that don't involve money.
Some people want to know because they like it and wonder if they can afford it. I especially want to talk with them! I want to know which one has caught their eye and why? Does it speak to them in some way? What do they see? Does it evoke a feeling or a memory? Would they like to own it? Can they imagine living with it? Where they might put it? Considering my price range, how much would they be willing to pay? Is that a price they can afford? Let's work it out. I'm overjoyed to nurture and accommodate collectors and potential collectors!
After my experience with Antonio, I wondered if a page with thumbnail images, a description of the work, the price range, and contact information might be appropriate to have available. So that folks could have something to walk around with and take home if they like. A little something to use to consider and remind them about the artwork.
As someone who is interested in art, likes art, and is reading this blog, what are your comments and opinions about viewing art, buying art, pricing, and having prices posted or not, or anything that this blog has brought to mind? I am eager for your input. Thank you.