Updated: Nov 7, 2020
Artists, sometimes we focus on the idea that one day we will become famous. There is nothing wrong with that desire, I think. Many famous people would not be famous if not for that very reason.
But not everyone can be famous doing what we do. The idea of fame alienates us, sometimes from being successful in managing our mental well-being. We have many examples of that; I will give you one, dear, and beloved Mr. Robert Williams.
Dr. Mario Alonso Puig is a surgeon who studies the impact of mental and psychological processes on developing talents and abilities. In one of his interviews, he answered this question: "When you hear the word success, what person comes to mind? His reassuring answer was:" I think of anyone, whatever their position, who is happy to be alive."
I love my art, and I love what I do, and of course, I want to be successful in selling my art, but I don't want that desire to consume all my energy. The day I read Dr. Puig's answer about success, something calmed my soul; I am happy to be alive! Now, this makes me feel successful every day. Thank you, Doctor Puig!
I used to price my mural artwork per square foot at $ 45.00 if it was very detailed, $ 35.00, if it was simpler. In large paintings, I used the same method. Just more expensive because it was a canvas painting.
Not that my art had less emotional value on a mural painting. Is that my canvas painting was made in my studio, in my home, where I was surrounded by my own energy, where my art was not someone's ideas, where I was projecting in that canvas 100% of my soul.
This painting of mine was sold for $1,200.00 and some others for about the same price. This was the first painting I sold; an art collector bought it at an art show about 17 years ago. Unfortunately, it was burned along with the gorgeous collector's home and all the rest of his art collection in one of the big fires in Julian, California. As an artist, I can tell the stories of my life through my art. Do you think the same thing happens to you?
Now, let's talk about pricing art and let that stressful task find a practical solution.
Next, I show you a method to price your art on a small canvas. I personally would not price my original small paintings less than $3.00 U.S dollars per square inch and certainly not less than $ 2.00 beginner or not. Look for similar methods to price your art the right amount. Pricing your art in a more professional way it will make you feel great!
Lorena Sliffe Preciado Creator of Hue Digital Art Bipolar Bright-Bipolar y Brillante
Price Your Artwork with this Formula 1. Multiply the painting’s width by its length to arrive at the total size, in square inches. Then multiply that number by a set dollar amount that’s appropriate for your reputation. I currently use $ 6 per square inch for oil paintings. Then calculate your cost of canvas and framing, and then double that number. For example: A 16 ”-x-20” oil-on-linen landscape painting: 16 ”x 20” = 320 square inches. I price my oil paintings at $ 6 per square inch. 320 x 6 = $ 1,920.00, and I round this down to $ 1,900. BY LORI WOODWARD