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Amy Black
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • United States
  • acrylic artwork
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Tracy Reid commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Amy- A piece of advice I received when I was first starting out was "No original should be priced at less than $200", but, Amy that was  FIFTY YEARS AGO !!   And , granted , I did sell  one my very first pieces for $35…"
Dec 6
Larry Sohn commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Add up how many hours you have into the sale: How long to shop, pickup and acquire all materials for painting? How long to acquire all materials for booth and shows? How long to travel to the location to obtain the view you are painting? How long to…"
Dec 6
Laurie Carlson commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Lawrence, that's good advice. One can have inventory at various price points kept at home, then select from that for the venue. There's the retail standard of having a couple of high priced items to draw attention, then many more…"
Dec 6
Lawrence M. Sawyer commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Ignoring all other factors, no one, and I mean no one, expects to be able to buy an original painting of that size for $35. So use price to create status. If you think the shows you'll be at will have people resistant to spending more than…"
Dec 6
Laurie Carlson commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Thank you, Jeff Owen, that system makes a lot of sense. Pushing that further, can one come up with a price point based on the cost of the booth? Better shows charge more for space, but yield more shoppers, more advertising, and generally a higher…"
Dec 5
Sonja Jones commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"I'm also a relative beginning painter, and have only done about three shows, all local and not requiring overnight travel or high show fees. I haven't sold many originals at the shows, and I thought maybe I was pricing them too high.…"
Dec 5
Larry Sohn commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Thank you Cindy. I do the art as a labor of love. I would do it for free. But the work put into shows is hard work. I do that as a business. Many people do not account for what it really costs to be in this busuness. A simple spreadsheet would…"
Dec 4
Cindy Welch commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Larry, I love how you break things down, as in your example above.  It really helps see how much one has to do at an event with a given price point. For this reason I have started looking for bigger pieces to paint, distress, etc. because they…"
Dec 4
Britt Hallowell commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Bare minimum for that particular piece and suze, I woukd tell you to charge at least $75-100"
Dec 4
Amy Black commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"I've been sticking to local festivals, and ones that cost under $100 to be in. Most recent I paid $35. It was one day."
Dec 4
Larry Sohn commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"At the price your charging - $30, you cannot do Art shows. Lets do an example of a 3 day show. Assume a minimum of: Jury fee $40 Booth fee $500 Lodging (with set up the day before) 3 nights at $100 per = $300 Travel costs to get to and from show…"
Dec 4
Amy Black commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Thank you!"
Dec 4
Jeff Owen commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Here's my thoughts... (NOTE: I am offering this as one solution. There are others, but stick to one solution with your pricing to see if it works out. Change as needed) ((Height + Width) / 12 ) * X = Price If you are a beginner, X = 50 ( 24 x…"
Dec 4
Amy Black commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"It isn't so much how I think it is worth, I just don't know how others feel. I posted this same question in a fb art group and got varying prices from $60 to $150 to $500. I don't have confidence in myself."
Dec 4
Barrie Lynn Bryant commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Bottom line is you're not pricing realistically since $30 will not even recover your cost of making a 24x30. And if you don't feel your 24x30 art is worth more than $30, study art and its principles more (and never stop doing this) and…"
Dec 4
Amy Black commented on Amy Black's blog post second art fair
"Oh, 30X24"
Dec 4

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acrylic artwork
Years in the Art Fair Business
.5
First show ever
Fall 2017
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Posted on December 2, 2017 at 9:40pm 25 Comments

I've been painting for over two years but still consider myself a beginner. I did my first art fair in September and my second (and most recent) today (December 2). The first time I sold several paintings, today I only sold one. I never know what to price my artwork at. I am posting a close-up of one of my favorite paintings. What are your thoughts?…

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At 9:29am on November 29, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Amy,

Welcome!  We're so pleased to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope that you'll take a look around and make yourself at home. Thanks and best of luck as you proceed.

At 10:53pm on December 1, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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