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What are your 2014 Art Goals

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Illustrations and "Eyeballs"

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Artist Website

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Design Deposits?

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Comment by Vonna Beam on May 23, 2011 at 5:33pm
Hi everyone,
I've been reading the posts between everyone and can tell that this is a very supportive group. I am an aspirting artist and am teaching myself via books and youtube. Not the best way but I'm short on time and money to go to school or take any classes anywhere. My profile pic is just a quick drawing I did of my son. I don't know that I will ever be able to make a living with my art but would cool if it could be a blessing to some.

I have a question. Does anyone know anything about photographs by Miriam K. Weinstein? My husband bought a signed photo from goodwill for $5.

Comment by Tamara Brown on May 23, 2011 at 3:46pm

Thanks everyone for such encouragement -Something to think about...when we push towards our passion and what it is we feel God calling us to do, it feels like it is something we "have" to do, - someone once told me it is like sneezing, you have to do it! :)


Mary, I agree with Deborah, I think $15 is giving away your work. When I first started trying to sell my work I would price myself too low and then started realizing that I wasn't making any money for all the time I was putting into working plus I was under cutting the value of my work. There is such a thing as paying for what you get and the attraction of something being "worth" a value. I know I find myself splurging on the things that I think are really special, meaningful and that I can get a lot of use of and enjoy over time. Just be sure you are making it worth your time because your time and your talent are valuable and that value that you place on your work will actually attract customers.

Deby, thanks for the post on my FB wall, you are so sweet!


Comment by Eddie Hudson on May 23, 2011 at 3:29pm

"We" all get a nudge...sometimes, seems like the rough spot we're sitting in is the worst place to be; except we're 'sitting there.' We aint movin'. And then someone comes along, looks like they're feeling the same thing we are. Except they're moving and somehow, along the way, they're smiling. And before you know it, we wonder how they did it. A nudge.

That is definitely this group. I've heard it said creative types are sensitive types, prone to introverted action and life and yet in this setting, we're given an opportunity to encourage, receive it, and to help one another grow along the way. Thanks so much for the honest sharing and relationship of this group.


Tamara, Kenneth and Mary, in my eyes you all are pushing past where I am and the magnetic energy of your momentum gives me additional hope that I won't stay 'here' much longer. Thanks!

Comment by Kenneth R. Massey on May 23, 2011 at 10:42am

Mary...Congratulations!  I think you experienced a small taste of the price sensitivity I talked about earlier!  The trick will be to find that price point that keeps people ordering and where you make a decent profit and not too low or too high.  Keep your focus on profit instead of the sales volume and you will do very well.  I will check out your kickstarter later this week and will follow your blog. 


Regarding selling your items framed, I would do that with caution.  I say that with significant experience operating a custom picture framing shop.  Quality framing is not cheap...and cheap frames do nothing to enhance your work.  In fact, it can have the opposite impact and make your work less desirable.  I cannot tell you how many times we have reframed pieces of art that people buy b/c they hate the framing or the color is not right.  As a framer I love that b/c it keeps me in business, but from the perspective of an artist, I question if that is the best thing starting out with limited budget.  Unless you are well established and have pieces that demand a high price, you will virtually be unable to mark up your piece enough to cover a quality framing job.  You might be able to get a break even for the frame or a small profit, but likely not enough margin to make it worth while when you consider the fact that some folks will not buy b/c they don't like the frame.  Keeping your prints to a standard frame size will help you.  Again, others may disagree and be correct in their assessment, but I can only speak from my own experience.  I have seen it both ways, and from a profit margin perspective, 95% of the time (figuratively speaking) numbers will show a better result for the bottom-line if you don't frame the prints.  This is even more so if you will be shipping your prints...perhaps less so if you are displaying and selling in an established gallery.  Again...I could be totally wrong for what will work for you.  Either way...continued blessings and success! 

Comment by Deborah Eaton on May 23, 2011 at 9:36am

Hey Mary,

Awesome for you! So glad things are going so well. I would just say, since you are having such success already to NOT price your works too low. I think the price for the prints is too low. How much is a print going to cost you? If you offered them framed you could ask even more. Also, I think the $15 is just too low. Just my opinion. You go girl!

Comment by Mary Moore on May 23, 2011 at 9:28am

Thank you again everyone for your continued support!!! I have my first 'backer' who had pledged to donate $100 towards helping me fund my project of painting a painting per day for a year!


Last week I was asked to do 4 (three for one person, one for another) paintings, this morning I was asked to do 4 more by someone else! I'm starting to understand how people say it's so easy when you're doing what fits you. What a struggle it has been to create income in other fields that don't exactly fit me. I'm pretty wowed at 1 week's worth of success in this sudden change.


I've decided to do prints at $19.99 (16 X 20) and if anyone wants the original, they can contact me and make an offer. This makes it affordable.


Also, I'm running a "special" as of last night, where I'm doing my first 15 custom paintings (client picks the colors and word) for $15 each to build up clientele. Of course that's when someone said, I want four! Haha.


Feel free to follow my blog and check out my new paintings each day, and let me know if you have any requests or suggestions. www.wordpaints.webs.com


I'm so glad to be a part of this group!

Comment by Eddie Hudson on May 23, 2011 at 9:13am
Good morning everyone! Wow, lot going on since last I took a look! I'm running errands and will check in later. Take a look at today's blog from me: http://eddiehudson.blogspot.com/2011/05/ive-signed-it.html Let me know what you think. Continue to let the light flow through you!

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 22, 2011 at 10:37pm
Hey Chris, I'm anxious to see some o' them drawings. I love this time of year, when classics and hot rods start showing up on the highways and byways.

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Comment by Jason Garey on May 22, 2011 at 10:36pm

Congratulations Mary! Way to go!

Tamara, ditto to what Deby said. What a blessing to see how you have progressed over these past months. Anxious to see what comes next. I can imagine seeing your work in the greeting card section of our local stores in the foreseeable future. Hope you can too :)

Thanks for the kind words about Gabe. He's certainly a special boy...anyway, I'm very fond of him! :)

Comment by Jeremiah Spoon on May 22, 2011 at 9:29pm
Good job ladies!! Glad to hear about the successes!

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