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Eddie: Don't ever sell yourself cheap, paintings and art in general are costly things. People will always try to swindle down the prices. And saying that it is too expensive is utter bull! The reality of the matter is that most people will spend thousands of dollars on useless things, where as something that will grow in value over time they will try to get dirt cheap.
Rather, work on your sales pitch, it is essential to guide the buyer into accepting the value of the art piece. How do we do this? The first thing one must realize with art is that the moment it is done, the value begins to increase. The More the artist sells his or her works, the painting increases in value. So let's say that the person bought the painting at $2000 dollars. The more exposure you have over the next let's say 1 year, the value of that painting might have gone up to $2500 dollars. Let's say that you then did something like paint a mural in the city that was comissioned by the mayor. That same painting now will be worth $3500 dollars. And so on.
The point is you must make the clients understand that value in paintings go up always, when you eventually exit this world, how much do you think your paintings will be worth?
I suggest that all you artists out there get your hands on some good NLP books. Something like "From Frogs to Princes" or "The Structure of Magic" are brilliant resources to train your sales language. We are all artists naturally, effortlessly...the problem is becoming that annoying little salesperson on the sideline. And what we need to do is make selling an art as well...
Either way, at the moment I'm working on all the details on how we can all benefit together. As Don said that a Colab is necessary, and I think if we all stand together we will be able to have more value as an entity rather than an individual. Either way I am working on the final details on how we can do this which will all come in the TAG Manifesto. I'm trying to make it one big document that will give the blueprints to a revolution...
Hey everyone! Just jumping in to say I agree with Jeandre; this is like a second church home for me, but one where everyone is of a like mind, in the sense we're all creatives, sharing and encouraging.
I plan to do some networking today, if all it is 1 call - I know I can do more, but allow me to start there. Jureda gave me a good "kick in the pants" with her enthusiasm and drive. I've been at this for too long (well, I've only been painting for two years now, but in the grand scheme of things, that's too long!) to only have two paintings sold out of 20+! I've heard it said that my prices are too high, my work isn't good, or that the economy is too bad to ask what I do. I'm not sure the negative is true when others have said the love my work and others wanted to buy - though no one else has.:( My call today is to an artist, whose wife I met a few weeks ago. She told me her husband has been painting since he was a child and he's in his 70's. My goal is to glean a bit of wisdom. Also, they're related to a gallery owner in the area and one day I want my work to appear in galleries. For now, let's target the internet and earning money from this creative venture. Thanks for all the LOVE!!!
The Group: Thank you for liking the story, I know that writing is a gift that has been granted to me by the Most High. The only thing I can do is till the ground and prepare my heart for more creative rain.
Like it or not, this is sort of my church. You guys are my fellowship group of like minded creative warriors. I thank you for your presence here, and I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group.
OH MY Tamara!! Your work has definitely taken a giant leap forward!
Your creativity certainly has been given divine inspiration! It challenges me! Thank you for sharing this.
OK guys . . . we all need a divine creative infusion to become all we can be.
Hi Tamara, I love your designs. They are really awesome. I can see you going the way of Abbey Ryan who was featured by Seth Godin over a year ago. And got featured in O Magazine in Feb. She also has a blogspot blog. Your designs are beautiful!
Deby, I really appreciate your newsletter - it's a great reminder to build a list.
Hey guys! It has been a while but just wanted to take the time to say hello to everyone as well as all the newcomers!! the dialogue here has been so amazing and i love how everyone is "for" each other. So awesome!! As a lot of you know, that stationary show in NYC I've been preparing to exhibit in is 5 weeks away, wowzers! It has come so fast and I think I've planned more for this than I did my own wedding! (not even kidding) ;) Anyways, I wanted to just share something that has been pretty incredible to see how God has been working through my art and through my life. Sometime around the end of last year, I started to realize that I hadn't completely and fully given God every little aspect of Tamagrams. When I realized this I told God that HE knows what is best for ME so do with me what you will and let this venture bring you the ultimate glory in whatever that means and let none of it be about me. It has been truly incredible to see what has happened. Since January there has been such a flood of new found inspiration and I truly know it was not me. Ideas and concepts have been flowing out in abundance and I can't take credit for it, because it is just the Lord. I feel like even typing this doesn't give him enough credit for what a cool experience it has been just wholeheartedly giving it over. Again, this is a process I think for many of us. It is so easy to "think" that you are giving Him the glory through your gifts but how fast it can become out ourselves. I loved the comment Jeandre said about the anchor, "God can only work when you let go fo all of your anchors. You cannot fly if you are anchored to solid ground." It is so true! Also a mentor once told me, "Creativity is the closest thing to divinity...it comes from above."
Here is a link to my blog if you want to check out the latest as well as some work. www.tamagrams.blogspot.com
I love how Brad has a new found joy through the idea of his comics and how Billie has taken on a new concept of creating T-shirts.
Jeandre, I agree with Deby, your writing is powerful and THAT too is such a gift to be able to express oneself in such an eloquent way.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day - thankful for this group as it is such a blessing of encouragement!
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