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This is a copy of a posting in 'About Me'... I think I did not post it where I could get help.   So I will try here...

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Can you provide your opinion on starting price for the sawdust painting (2 butterflies and a tulip), please? 

Similar, maybe a bit better I added some discrete shadows:

The person responsible for the auction likes it and wants to put it in.  She is asking what starting price she should put?  I think they put 50% of what they assess.

I almost said 'whatever people want to pay for, it is a charity', but I said I would check.

Material - less than $10
Skill - minimal
Creativity - some, according to Mea  :thankyou:
Artist - totally unknown
Time - cannot be taken into account, soooo slooow
Audience - unknow

1. Nolan, I listen to your lesson on pricing again, but is painting a naive style, with artist quality acrylic mixe with sawdust on a piece of spruce wood, art or craft?   This is neither flee market nor gallery, can I compare to a solo outdoor exhibit?

2.Would a certificate of authenticity help, or be silly?

3.Auction starting price? i.e. 50% of what it may be worth.

And no worry, I won't be offended even it you think it is worth nothing or $10  :thankyou:


« Last Edit: November 04, 2015, 03:46:11 PM by Annie. »
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #1 on: November 04, 2015, 04:25:46 PM
Annie,

Nolan's advice to check around your area is probably the most sound advice.

Just its uniqueness should make it command a decent price.

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Reply #2 on: November 04, 2015, 07:52:40 PM
Hi Mea,
Yes I read Nolan's reply and I have to say that I expected that answer and agree with it.  Not easy, as I have nothing to compare with.  At charity people believe in the cause, so they are not looking for big art nor deal and likely pay much more then market value.

I cannot really see this as art, but as fancy crafty work.  Saying that it took me 8 hours to complete!

I think I will say $50... any money is good for the charity and if people actually think it is good they can always upbeat the price. 

The outcome will be a lesson for me.  Do you think this is a good approach?
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #3 on: November 04, 2015, 09:05:58 PM
Annie,

It's amazing what people are pricing their art at out in the market place.  I saw one for $1895 that had only three blue bands of color on it. 

I tend to charge what to me seems a fair price as I have no real overhead and the art is really a hobby.  (Shhh... don't tell anyone I said that.)

I'm confused, were you to quote the charity the retail price or the suggested  starting bid? 

Darn, just go with your gut feeling on this one and call it a learning experience.

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Reply #4 on: November 05, 2015, 04:18:25 AM
Apparently they put for starting price for each item 50% what they hope people would be willing to pay.  I am not sure this is the same as what it is worth.

I think it is because they want to intertain people i.e. playing at betting.  100% goes to the charity.  Of course they prefer to get $200 for a painting then $50 but at the end of the night they would rather take $25 then zero.

I decide to suggest $50 but to let them do what they want.

Of course pricing Art also has a subjective component.  Nolan lessons on pricing is excellent (Business course).  I took it for my daughter, for me painting is a hobby but I like the idea of charity... it would motivate me and take away the pressure of donating from people making a living of painting.
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #5 on: November 05, 2015, 02:56:24 PM
Never fear Annie, if someone really likes your work don't disappoint them by not selling to them. There's always room for one more artist.... even if it's pocket money to buy more art stuff!!!  :yippee:     :2funny:
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