Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31164] Re: Thanks so much, and Pricing for prints (Bobbi Chukran)
  2. [Baren 31165] Re: CFL Allport (Bobbi Chukran)
  3. [Baren 31166] Re: CFL Allport (slinders #
  4. [Baren 31167] RE: Thanks so much, and Pricing for prints ("Maria Arango")
  5. [Baren 31168] Re: Thanks so much, and Pricing for prints ("Ellen Shipley")
  6. [Baren 31169] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 9
From: Bobbi Chukran
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 13:47:28 -0500
Subject: [Baren 31164] Re: Thanks so much, and Pricing for prints
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>It is always easier to raise prices than to lower them so start out
>low and if they sell well, gradually raise them. Maria Arango sold
>some of her small works for $10 at art fairs when she started out, I
>think she has raised that price, but she still has an assortment of
>small inexpensive works on ebay. It can be bread and butter money
>and a steady income, allowing you to take a bit more time with
>larger works and ask quite a bit more for them.
>Sorry this was not a real answer, like $.20 a square inch or so...I
>know some artists figure it like this. I sold my small works, about
>3x3 inches framed 6x6 for $65 two years ago. And I sold a lot of
>them at my gallery in Portland where I pay no commission but do pay
>a monthly fee. So maybe this year I will make them $75

Thanks so much, Barbara! That helps a lot. It's so refreshing to
see artists who aren't afraid to talk about pricing their work. I
like the idea of starting out a bit low, then raising them later on.
I've had way too much criticism from other artists (from painters,
mostly) who told me I was "devaluing" their art by pricing mine too
low. Since I don't do the gallery thing right now, that makes a
difference, too.

And it's nice to hear that some of you are selling on Ebay....I've
always liked Ebay because it gets me in contact with the end users of
my art....And I've sold things off Ebay because people saw me there,
too. Like it or not, there's something about Ebay that makes it seem
"safe" for art buyers--maybe because of the feedback system. Some
will buy there that might not buy directly from an artist's website.
(Same with Etsy, I'd imagine.)

Bobbi C.
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Message 10
From: Bobbi Chukran
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 13:53:38 -0500
Subject: [Baren 31165] Re: CFL Allport
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>These were lovely, I was especially interested in the one that had
>the painting and print next to each other. When you see someones
>body of life work you can see there control developing. thanks for
>sharing this with us. Some of the prints reminded me of Baumann,

Did somebody mention Baumann? I love his work. I think seeing his
work years ago was what got me interested in woodcuts. I was able to
finally see some of it in person on our last visit to Taos, NM.

I'll definitely have to look up the Allport work.

Bobbi C.
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Message 1
From: slinders #
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 14:12:32 -0500
Subject: [Baren 31166] Re: CFL Allport
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The Allport work was wonderful! Thank you for sharing her work
with us, Ray! Here's a location for the Museum works, Matt:


> Do you have the website URL for the Library?

> Matt

>> Received a card from a friend visiting Tasmania with an amazing lino
>> cut by Curzona Frances Louise Allport (1860-1949).
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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:25:05 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31167] RE: Thanks so much, and Pricing for prints
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Hi Bobbi,

We just discussed this about a month ago and I don't want to bore people on
the list. You might want to search the archives for recent posts on pricing.
Here is my current price list for unframed/unmatted works:

My art fair prices are the same. My eBay prices are usually lower, to match
the market that shops eBay, but I only sell "retired" prints or older works
not available in festivals. You don't want to cheat your faithful art fair
goers. I quit selling the cheap stuff at art festivals because my medium and
high-end stuff started going quite well. Only so much room in a 10x10'

Since I started making a living as an artist exclusively about 6 years ago,
my prices have probably tripled. I don't listen to painters or anyone else
in the "field". Most artists tend to take the overprice-and-whine route; I
have chosen the price-right-and-rejoice route. It's ink on paper, that's
all. I can make more.

By all means check out prices on eBay for woodcuts by self-representing
artists and on Etsy. Check the websites of other printmakers on this list.
Then email them and make sure they are selling consistently at those prices.
Start there with your prices. Price by size (sigh) because the general
public buys by size. Be comfortable with what you get and, most of all, sell
your art...a lot.

May you run out of inventory!

Maria Arango
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Message 3
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 18:03:16 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31168] Re: Thanks so much, and Pricing for prints
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Thanx Maria,

That was very helpful. I like your no-nonsense attitude on marketing. I
agonize too much -- I should sell more. ;-]


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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 27 Jun 2006 03:55:09 -0000
Subject: [Baren 31169] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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