Published by Annie Collyer

Annie is a mom of four, a business owner and blogger. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where they are both active volunteers in their community school district. She writes about designing our lives with proven design thinking principles. Join her in creating the life we each want.

  • jeffrey16201 says:

    Very good topic for an article which will help many people experiencing problems selling their art, as a freelance photographer in the past I do understand how many people don’t see our worth in our art as we do.

    Great tips for artists starting out and not sure how to price their artwork, the supplies in the art field are extremely high causing an artist to have to charge more than some people might feel it is worth?

    • Hi Jeffrey, thank you for your comments.  It is true that a buyer has to see the value of anything in order to reach a sale.  Otherwise, pricing is just theoretical.  Once an artist sells some work on a fairly steady basis, value is established and the artist can look at increasing the prices somewhat.  Those people who do not see the value will not be your buyers!  Thanks for visiting!

  • Mat A. says:

    Hi Annie,
    I really like your post on how to price your artwork to sell. It can seem very subjective and I like what you call the empty nest syndrome. It is difficult getting rid of a piece unless you don’t really care for it in my opinion. Over the last several years I have created 10 different collage pieces. I have given one to my parents as a Christmas gift and thought about selling a few of the others but have struggled with what to sell them for.
    You give me some direction in this – thanks so much for the helpful insight! Cheers, Mat A.

    • Hi Mat,

      I would take a look online, perhaps at Etsy, and see what others may be selling comparably-sized pieces with similar types of materials.  Also go to some local art displays and see what things sell for in your area.  

  • Ivan says:

    I’m a Musician but I like painting too, I’ve been told I should sell my paintings, something that I’ve considering but honestly I paint for pleasure and to make people I love happy, for example If a friend’s birthday is coming I’d like to create something for this friend, I consider it a very personal way of saying “thanks for being my friend”. For those that are committed to paint to make a living, here we are an advice that worked for me in matter of saving money and for others to make more profit. As this article is mentioning just a frame could be really expensive, the chances of selling your art would be extremely low if you add more expenses on materials, not counting the time an effort, so in my case I decided to make MY OWN FRAMES, at the beginning the investment was high but at the end worth it. I remember I ran to Home Depot and Menards, now you can find anything online way cheaper, by then I got an electric saw for less than $50, some wood for $12, glue for $18, white base for wall painting $45 and I also got sheets from a thrift store for $2 each, took a bit of time and effort but the money I saved worth the effort. I saw others artists doing something similar at street festivals but they didn’t go to complicated, they just got pieces of wood and they just paint over it, selling each piece depends the size between $20-$45, not bad income for an hungry artist.

    • What wonderful information, Ivan.  Good for you doing your own frames.  This is certain to help some folks who do want to sell some of their creations, to fund continuing to make more.  Thank you for visiting and for your make-your-own frame ideas and details.

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