Tips for Pricing Your Art

There are a lot of factors for pricing your art to consider. But at the end of the day the best advice I received from an old painting professor in university was “you need to price your art at a price you are happy to let it go with”

This statement from my professor completely changed how I see pricing my art.

I think in the age of the internet it is so easy for artists or any entrepreneurs to look and compare other people’s prices – but it shouldn’t and doesn’t matter!

Although it is easy to compare it shouldn’t be justified.

You need to think about your factors:

  • What is the cost for materials to make the art?
  • Do you include shipping, taxes, a free gift, custom wrapping, tracking id (all of these extras cost more $$$)
  • How much time did you spend on making the art?
  • Is it framed or not?
  • Do you have a history of sales- if you have a proven record of sales, a large fan base or are known in your region -you might be in demand and are able to charge more

Other things to consider 

  • Additional fees -like website fees, studio rental, equipment fees like a camera, Photoshop, Lightroom etc.
  • Is this your full time job or a side hustle (if it is your full time job you consider paying yourself an hourly wage – not minimum- don’t short change your experience, skills, education and value you bring!)

 

At the end of the day it is your art you need to price it with what you are comfortable with. If you think it is priced too low then raise it! You have the ability to change your prices at any time!

Remember people don’t need to buy art so the price of it varies hugely – do not compare your prices to the prices of others. Remember what makes your art different is you, your style, your effort, your decisions, your story and the experience that you serve your customers.

You don’t want to undersell yourself – you can always lower your prices and discount or provide a sale but it is harder to drastically raise prices when you started to low in the first place.

In this post I share my tips/considerations for pricing my artwork

 

 

Let me know how you price your art or what changes you want to make to your pricing?

 

 

Interested in Having a Piece of Art Commissioned? Check These Tips!

As an artist I have been doing art commissions for friends, family and even people I don’t know that well for several years.

 

Creating a successful art commission can be a lengthy process but I have come up with a list of tips to create a faster and more positive process for both the artist and the client.

 

As a client  getting a piece of art commissioned you need to:

  • communicate what you want – be clear and specific if you have a vision in mind
  • trust your gut-if you don’t feel comfortable with anything -then don’t go ahead with it
  • ask for a price estimate if it is not provided to you
  • figure out the size of the work you want
  • figure out where you will put that piece of art -this can help determine the dimensions and also the style or colours you like – It is helpful for the artist to see a photograph of your space and know what you like (everyone has their own unique design style)
  • send inspiration  -whether it’s a photograph, colour swatches or a sample of fabric for the curtains that will hang next to the artwork – anything is helpful
  • make sure you have done your research- Do you like the artist’s work?

 

As an artist commissioning a piece of art you should:

  • Give a price estimate that is a range from low-high end (this estimate should include your price of materials and YOUR TIME based off the size of the work)
  • Give an estimated deadline of when the piece will be finished-make sure this is manageable
  •  Update the client if you expect to be late, more money etc.
  • communicate clearly and ask questions if unsure
  • create a sketch or mock up during the consultation process
  • ask for photos of the work hanging in the client’s space for your portfolio

 

I am an artist based out of Waterloo Region, ON Canada- if you are interested in getting a piece of original art made and you are from the area feel free to reach out to me jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com and I will forward you a survey to fill out your thoughts on your artwork that you would like commissioned. I can work with you and your budget!

 

Interested in Getting Artwork Commissioned? Try Artist’s Jackie Partridge’s Tips!

Again if you would like an artwork commissioned by me and you are from the  Waterloo Region, ON Canada- feel free to reach out to me jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com

I hope to create a piece of art for you one day!

 

See my Patched Exhibition Preview!

I invite you to join me in celebrating my opening reception at the Kitchener Public Library for my solo exhibition Patched. 

I have added some photos here as a sneak peek of some of the work you can expect to see in the exhibition.

The opening reception will be from 7-8:30pm on Thursday May 7, 2020.

There will be sparkling water and refreshments!

Patched is an ongoing series of photographs where map paper (made from maps of places I have been to) is embedded into trees where the bark naturally peels away as an act of offering or mending.

The photographs displayed in the exhibition were all from my book Patched that was published with the support of the Waterloo Arts Fund in 2018. There will also be some new and recent work from this series too! (The featured photos are all recent from this past summer)

Mark my opening reception on your calendars!

Fields Exhibition at The O Gallery

I am excited to announce that I am a part of a group of two other artists showing exhibitions at the O Gallery on 44 Gaukel St. in Kitchener, ON, Canada.

I will be showing work I have curated for a theme of Fields. This work includes past work of my hand dyed, hand embroidered dish cloths that are beautifully framed and work of my sewn thread line drawings embedded in abaca sheets of handmade paper.

Fields is an abstract representation of aerial views of farmlands. I have grown up close to farming and fields and have visually seen the landscape change over time and become more developed.

The exhibition is on view from January 15-March 6, 2020!

Let me know what you think of the show if you are local and able to see it in the comments!

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Friends and Lovers Exhibition Opening at Button Factory Arts

I am a part of a group exhibition at Button Factory Arts in Waterloo on Friday January 17th from 5-7pm.

This group exhibition with the theme of Friends and Lovers is curated by Tee Kundu.

I will have two works shown in the exhibition and I would love for you to come and see all of the other great art in the show!

Button Factory Arts is located at 25 Regina St. S Waterloo, ON, Canada

More information can be found on Facebook or Instagram @buttonfactoryarts

I hope to see you at the opening Friday January 17th from 5-7pm!

 

Here is a sneak peek at a work of mine titled ‘Broken’ that I have in the exhibition:

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Happy New Year! Here are my 10 Art Goals!

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it is a new year! 2020 feels so weird to write!

I know this is going to be the best year yet!

I love writing goals and do so not just around New Years.

Here are some of my art related goals for 2020!

  1. Make more art (new and current projects)
  2. Have more exhibitions and apply to more (I want to apply to 7 art calls per month)
  3. Post more consistently on social media – blog 2x a month, Instagram every other day!
  4. Sell more art and do more commissions for people (I would like to do one commission per month)
  5. Walk in nature at least once a month to stay inspired
  6. Keep website updated- check and update biweekly
  7. Exercise and sleep well to stay motivated and inspired
  8. Keep studio clean and organized to want to work more
  9. Read 1-2 books a month to stay inspired
  10. Designate a time once a week to sketch ideas and brainstorm

 

What are some goals you have for 2020?

Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you!  By sharing our goals we can hold each other accountable and encourage and support each other through the year to make it a wonderful one!

New Years Goals let me guess you want to lose weight? Well if you’re an artist have you thought about goals for your art business. Check out my list of 10 art goals if you need some ideas!

Birds Adapted for Flight or Fancy Exhibition

From August 14-October 26th I will have my work shown in the Birds Adapted for Flight or Fancy -group exhibition at the Seaton Studio and Gallery in Burlington, ON.

There will be an Artist Reception and Awards given on Saturday September 7 from 1-4 pm.

Hope to see you there!

Shop Update!

Be sure to check out my website I have updated my stock and added new photos. Feel free to contact me if you are planning on buying more and I will send you a discount!

click here to access my shop

I have been working on a series of handmade paper using recycled blue jeans and vintage doilies. I sell the work unframed so you have the choice to pick your own frame to match your style?

Let me know what you think  in the comments? Where would you hang yours?

 

 

Women’s Studio Workshop Residency

Last month I attended the Women’s Studio Workshop Residency in Rosendale New York. I was working in the papermaking studio while I was there. I really enjoyed hiking in the area especially on the Rail Trail. While I was there I made a lot of paper working with maps and blue jeans. I got to try the vacuum table for the first time which was very exciting for my practice. I would highly recommend this residency to all the artists out there!

Trace and Retrace -MFA Exhibiton

I would love to invite you to the closing reception of my MFA graduating exhibition on Friday, February 2, 6-8pm.

Visual Arts Building | VA-102
Sir George Williams Campus
1395 Boul. René Levesque W.

***The gallery will also be open Wednesday January 31 (12-6pm), Thursday February 1 (12-6pm) and Saturday February 3 (12pm-6pm).

click here for more info