Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Recap

Well, 2019 is now at an end. It was a rough year for me but I have made progress in several areas. There is still lots of room for improvement. I aim to make 2020 much better. After all, tomorrow is another year.

So I left off in 2017 telling you all about entering art at the fair. We did and we won! We entered in 2018 too. My students scored some ribbons in 2019 also. Watch this space for details.

2019 had some workshops. More about those right here soon.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Knife Workshop

The Knife workshop was a lot of fun. Here are two of the paintings. I will show you the others as they become available. Mine had a couple of accidents on the way home. I will share it with you when I have finished repairs. Here is Rhonda's picture.

This is Nancy's painting. Soon I hope to show you the other 4 paintings from this class. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New Pricing

Tuition for regular art lessons has changed as of March 1st, 2019. Classes are now $25 per 2 hour session + supplies. Special workshop prices will be announced as they are scheduled. That said, there will be a knife painting workshop at the Clinton Hwy. Hobby Lobby on March 12th at 12 noon. Tuition for the special workshop will be $30. This is a 4 hour class. Call me at (856) 236-4959 with questions or to sign up. See you in class!

Friday, February 22, 2019

2018: The Lost Year

Now that 2018 is over and gone, I will try to catch you up on what has been going on with me. I am sure you noticed my rather long hiatus from the blog. I checked in and made corrections and a few improvements but haven't posted since the summer of 2017. I have been dealing with some health issues and other problems and general busyness. My eye troubles began In August of 2017. I moved from my apartment to a house in October. By February of 2018 I was hemorrhaging in my left eye. This left me essentially blind in what was previously my dominant eye. I began having problems with mu feet also.

Both these medical issues were due to diabetes. I have been getting injections in my eyes every month since to prevent more bleeding. My eye is improving and the outlook is good. I had to learn how to do a great many things differently because of my limited vision. Even so I managed to continue teaching and even painted some last year. I had to move two of my classes to another location because one of the Hobby Lobby stores was remodeling. I decided to keep the new location in my schedule after we were able to go back in November.

My right big toe became infected in the summer of 2018. A similar problem on my other foot had improved but not yet healed. At the same time I had a sinus infection I couldn't seem to get rid of. Then my house mate moved to Alaska. I had not lived alone in nearly 20 years. What an adjustment.

I was so tired all the time from the infections I would come home and fall asleep in my chair nearly every day. In December my foot was getting worse which meant another trip to the emergency room. I was admitted to the hospital on December 23rd and spent 11 days there. They immediately put me on insulin and IV antibiotics. My toe was amputated right after Christmas. That was a breeze. I had little pain but was weakened by the worst respiratory infection I have ever had. I literally fought for every breath. I won't go into details about my hospital stay but it was awful and I am so grateful it is over. My blood sugar is under control and I am back at class. I still get tired but I am getting better every day. I can breathe and walk. Life is good.

One of my goals this year is to post to the web site more often. That should be easy since I did not post at all last year. Here's to the end of a long dry spell. I will let you know some of the things my students have been up to soon. We have some great news to share.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tennessee Valley Fair

It's that time again! The Tennessee Valley Fair starts this Friday. I and several of my students have entered artwork this year. We've done well in previous years. Last year one of my students won three blue ribbons and best of show. I got two blues and best of show the year before. Other students brought in ribbons the last four years. Good luck to everyone this year  I hope those of you who didn't enter this years contests will attend the fair to see all the wonderful arts and crafts displayed. I will post pictures here soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How To Price Your Artwork

I am often asked how I price my paintings. First I will tell you how you should price a 2 dimensional piece of art. The usual (ideal) formula is to set a price per square inch. Add your cost for materials and the hourly compensation you feel you deserve for the actual hours spent creating your art. This should be your basic rate. Now do a reality check. Can you really command your price? You may find the price you determined is far above or below the average for similar work in your market. In that case you must scale up or down to compete with other artists in your area. Don't vastly under price your work. If the price is too low, some buyers under value your work. It's strange I know but that can hurt your sales. Understand if you are virtually unknown you probably won't get as much money as a better established artist. Even if your work is just as good you should expect to sell your work for less. Make a name for yourself and then you'll get the big bucks. This takes some time and marketing.

Now, lets complicate things a bit. Do you really want to sell the work? If not, feel free to inflate the price of those paintings you can't bear to part with, at least until you feel better about letting them go. Someone once asked me how much I wanted for a small picture of geraniums in terracotta pots. It was an 11 inch X 14 inch oil painting. I just loved it and really didn't want to sell so I hadn't set a price for it. I told the lady a price off the top of my head of $450. That seemed a little high for a little painting so I fully expected her to say it was too much. Instead, with no hesitation whatsoever she asked “Will you take a check?” Must have under priced that one. The money was a nice consolation and I went on to paint a larger painting that was similar. They eventually became a series so I don't miss the first one so much.

Some of my artworks have much more time and effort in their making. Of course, I charge more for those. I finish knife paintings much faster than the pictures that I paint with transparent glazes. I price them lower even though they are lovely and painted with skill. When pricing your work, consider all these factors and do your homework. Check out other artists in your area. Are they similar to yours? What sort of prices do your competitors ask for work of a similar skill. Get the opinions of artist's you trust. Consider your venue. Gallery or art show? A gallery will take a percentage of your sale. Don't undercut your gallery when you sell from your studio or at an art or craft show.

I hope this clears up at least some of the confusion. The bottom line however, is this. Charge what the buyer will pay and a price you are comfortable with. A little experience and these guidelines should help. Happy painting!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Still reading!

I just can't seem to get any painting or writing done lately. Too many books, too little time. My students however are doing wonderful work. When I get the photos edited I will post them in the "Student Art" section of this blog. In other news I hope to schedule a workshop in July. I will let you know when in the next few days. Then we will all get some work done.