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Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Anne Graham Feb 25. 5 Replies

I've started moving my canvas prices up from below dirt cheap ($40 to $125) to bargain prices ($125-300)... and believe me getting $300 recently for an original made me feel both great and nervous...…Continue

Another crazy idea....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Wallace Sep 21, 2020. 16 Replies

I've gotten great advice here (got talked out of the walk-in art trailer, but I did buy a trailer for transporting art)... but I like to keep things moving and try to think differently. I recently…Continue

How can I move to more upscale images?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Aug 9, 2020. 12 Replies

When I post my canvas art online to sell I usually just take a 18mp (Canon T3i) image, correct the perspective/distort to the get the edges straight and remove all the background (see sample)... what…Continue

anyone else have a non de plume (alias)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Wallace Jul 13, 2020. 12 Replies

In the last 2 weeks I've sold 34 pieces with 3 more pending. I'm averaging $96.50 each (which is of course cheap for a 36x48 original on canvas) but I'm self employed and need the income. I buy all…Continue

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Mary Anne Graham replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?
"The cat get thrown on your paint! How cruel!"
Feb 25
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?
"You and are probably twins, I have been accused many times of charging too little (even on this site and in person at shows). I buy all of my canvases used and 70% are 1.5" gallery wrapped, people do like those, but if the canvases are over…"
Feb 25
Sonja Jones replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?
"You don't mention it above, but are you using 1.5" edge gallery wrapped canvas?  People expect to pay more when the canvas is more professional looking.  And I agree with Larry about painting the edges a signature color.…"
Feb 25
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?
"I had the same thing happen recently, lady came back with a diptych I did and had me sign them. The naming issue has popped up when someone emails and says "hey I bought "Myriad" from you and I want one similar to it" and I…"
Feb 25
Larry Schneider replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?
"Seems like some good things to do but #5 might be a bit gaudy. I personally don't like naming my canvases. Customers might like the work and not the name. A negative. I have had customers drive 100 miles to a show and had me sign a previous…"
Feb 25
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Starting to move prices up... what "things" can help support that?

I've started moving my canvas prices up from below dirt cheap ($40 to $125) to bargain prices ($125-300)... and believe me getting $300 recently for an original made me feel both great and nervous... so now in order to keep the slow price increase going I want to improve the presentation of each piece. I generally only sign pieces very small in the lower right hand corner, and sometimes its just my initials (smaller pieces). Below is a list of things I think I should either start doing or do…See More
Feb 24
Sayeed Syed replied to Rick Wallace's discussion New website critiques needed
"Thanks for your advise."
Dec 27, 2020
Franklin Piuck replied to Rick Wallace's discussion New website critiques needed
"Sayeed, there are lots of platforms you can use.  Every one or them has quirks and flaws.  My personal favorite so far is Weebly, if you don't mind having large gaps between sections.  Squarespace and Shopify are excellent. …"
Dec 22, 2020
Sayeed Syed replied to Rick Wallace's discussion New website critiques needed
"Hello, Try to get some advise. I am artist lives in New Jersey, USA. I have done paintings on convas, metal, and murals using oil, and acrylics. Try to find best web site design builders, if you advise me with ur past experience, which will be…"
Dec 21, 2020
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"After all the feedback here I decided to try a small test and left one piece bungeed to a pole at a light. Within 10 minutes a truck with an older couple pulled into turn around area, woman got out and went up and looked at he piece carefully and…"
Sep 21, 2020
Al Scovern replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"Rick, I’ve read your post and the responses to it and I’d say if your heart is in this project, just do it. Just do it. The country is gripped by utter madness right now, with blubbery good ole boys carrying semi automatic weapons in the…"
Sep 19, 2020
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"wouldn't the same be true for yard sale signs, houses for sale signs, credit repair, etc? I did think about this though. I've picked out 8 spots that are on straightaways and three lanes each side. My son thinks its better at stoplights, I…"
Sep 17, 2020
Steve Sawusch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"Same here. On the street could be a really bad idea. If there is a crash because of a distracted driver, you might be liable in some way."
Sep 17, 2020
Judy Christian replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"No,  I do not equate selling with respect. I wanted to let you know that asap because I don't mean to offend you. I like when people who see/purchase my work appreciate it. The selling, the money part, comes from need, as that is my…"
Sep 8, 2020
Franklin Piuck replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"Rick, I am not sure that putting your art in unconventional places is a mitzvah.  Very likely it is an extra burden on your community's sanitation workers who will be hauling it to a dump.  Our appreciation of art is significantly…"
Sep 8, 2020
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Another crazy idea....
"Offhand it sounds like you equate selling as respecting. Sometimes doing for the sake of doing it, then letting it go can have it's own benefits. If you become attached to your art you might be thinking about it as some sort of…"
Sep 8, 2020

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took a 30 break from handdrawn artwork, what a waste

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At 9:41am on May 22, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

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At 8:54am on May 9, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Rick,

Welcome!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll take advantage of everything the site has to offer.  Thank you so much for subscribing to our newsletter and best of luck as you move forward.

 
 
 

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