Well…it is Friday and I am looking for some excitement. So, I realised that you might like to see some sexy artwork….from the little taster I provided a few weeks ago!
I have been trying something new this weekend…I have been playing with my new Powertex medium and have created some decorative bottles. I wonder if there would be a market for them and if an Etsy shop is the way to go…or Ebay or Amazon?
All the items I make are upcycled. This one below is washable and therefore suitable for spirits. You can fill it yourself, or go to one of those Il Gusto franchise stores.
I’ve made a few more things!
I sold two pieces of work via Artfinder last month and am finding that I am getting quite a bit on interest through this platform. It is working for me. I have tried a couple of others but there has been no interest so far.
As of last month, Artfinder has changed its terms and conditions. In order to keep the rather high commission rate of 33%, you now have to subscribe to one of their monthly payment packages. I would imagine that a person who is an excellent Mathematician would be able to tell you what your paintings should be on sale for in order to work out which plan is best.
I am certainly pleased that lots of existing artists managed to convince Artfinder to maintain unlimited listings, and a number of other important functions, for existing artists who are on the starter plan. The situation is not so rosy for new artists joining. If you go for the starter plan, you will not pay a monthly fee, but lose 40% of your price. The next plan up costs £4 per month and keeps commission at 33%.
So for me, with my recent drawing that sold for £30 , if I sold it now, I would lose £12 on the starter plan, but £9.90 on the first monthly payment plan option. However, it would have cost me £4 for that month so I actually lose £13.90. Oh, and they then add on their 20% VAT …another £1.98 out of Lilith’s purse. So, starter plan, I lose £12 commission and £2.40 VAT = £14.40 which is £15.60 “profit” (I won’t go into my personal expenses, materials costs, time etc). On the starter plan, I lose £9.90 commission and £1.98 VAT and £4 monthly fee = £15.88 which is £14.12 profit.
If I sold nothing all year, I would be £48 down on the first payment plan. I don’t really see a great benefit to any of the payment plans for any level of artist.
I have been playing around with a new idea…I have quite enjoyed doing some pen and wash drawings of PVC and fishnet garments and thought that they might look good in a glossy frame with a glossy mount. This one is a home made effort and just put together for a test. What do you think?
Let’s face it, it is hard to make money as an artist and, unless we are funded through family money, a wealthy spouse or winning the lottery, we need to find a way to make some money to survive and pay the bills. Most artists therefore, have a number of streams of income that are not connected to their art.
So, selling your art to fund your life is clearly a goal for most artists as it allows them to do more of what they love and get paid for it.
But it is not the only reason. There is something most delightful about someone seeing a piece of your work and buying it because they have made a connection with you. It takes time (at least 12 hours for me) to produce one painting. When you have finished it, you have a relationship with that piece. Hopefully, you are pleased with it and want to show it off. Sometimes you hate it…I have put pieces in the bin because it did not turn out as I wanted, and I cannot bear to look at the failure. So, when someone you don’t know sees a piece of your work and likes it enough to part with cash for it, it is a special moment. Like meeting kindred. You may feel a twang of sadness in having to part with it. You might be glad to see the back of it!
If I am honest…that’s how I price my work. The more I love it, the more expensive it is!
Here is one in progress in the studio…watch this space for the finished article,
Also, a quick ink and wash fetish inspired one. That is just a bit of light relief for me!