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Old 03-19-2019, 02:34 PM
Harold Roth Harold Roth is offline
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When you are selling almost everything you paint, it will be time to raise prices. When you raise prices, you lose the bottom tier of your collectors. The middle tier becomes the bottom and the top tier becomes the middle. Then you must find the top tier of collectors again.
Good point. I will leave it as is for now and see what happens.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:43 AM
Michael Lion Michael Lion is offline
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Re: Looking for selling advice

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I don't know about people not wanting dark and moody. Look at the enormous popularity of Day of the Dead, everything skulls, and Halloween. There are a lot of gothy people out there who are not depressed or cynical about the future; they just like the style.

I meant dark and moody in a pretentious artsy way, not a kitsch way. And I presume the other poster who introduced that phrase meant that as well.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:39 PM
Lauresa Lauresa is offline
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Re: Looking for selling advice

Hey, wait a minute, my pretentiously dark and moody landscapes are selling pretty well!

But I do keep in mind that ultimately people are buying something to put on the wall—to decorate their homes.

Laura
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Old 03-23-2019, 05:13 AM
Harold Roth Harold Roth is offline
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Re: Looking for selling advice

I like your work, Laura, and I'm glad it's selling.

Personally, I prefer dark and moody landscapes to bright and chipper ones, especially those that focus on autumn or winter. Some people can pull off the bright summer landscapes, but I think it's hard to keep them from looking like a greeting card. I did one recently and IMO it is on the sappy side.

I also like painting storms and just yesterday printed out a bunch of reference photos of storm clouds so I could work on that more. Also have an image of a night street knocking around in my head.
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:37 PM
IanBertram IanBertram is offline
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Re: Looking for selling advice

I think the point is that there are a myriad of 'niche' markets and if you can find your niche you can make a good living without ever going near the gallery circuit. I haven't found mine, but I make art primarily because I want to. I have a side business on Etsy which almost runs itself with no great outlay needed and which allows me to indulge myself as an artist.

I still however try to operate the art side in a business like manner, financially and artistically. Just because I don't want to sell mugs and t-shirts based on my work doesn't mean I'm not serious about what I do. I just prefer to sell the original work. If I wanted to sell mugs I would open a china shop...
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