Winter, Come [self portrait]
I woke up this morning, checked my email and almost fell over. I sold an extra large canvas print (60×38) for a whopping $1,139. Gasp! My royalty is $405. I can’t wait until I can cut out the middle man and outsource the prints myself and keep 100% of the profits. It’s my work- I should reap the benefits rather than a company which prints and ships the art. Still, I’m incredibly grateful! The new printer I want is $550- refurbished it’s $350, so from this one print sale, I’ll be able to purchase the wide format printer so that I’ll be able to ship the large prints from my house, myself. It makes me both proud and happy that I’m able to put my money from my art work back into my art work.
I have only two weeks left of school. A few lingering assignments this week and then my finals next week. I still have a shot at making the Dean’s List. We’ll see!
I’m off to make Thanksgiving dinner # 2 (because 1 just isn’t enough)- complete with homemade apple pie and whipped cream. I’m absolutely beside myself with the canvas sale. 🙂
Happy birthday, Y! I love you, GF. x
I love this one! Congrats on the sale!!! Almost done with school – you go girl!!!
December 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm
Thanks Arlene. :0) (The sale was different from this- this is just something to throw up on the site). And yes, almost done with school! I’m stapled, glued,and taped but I hung in there. Whew! :0)
December 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm
Oh LOVE that shot of you you gorgeous creature!!! haunted and other worldly!!! I cant wait til you are out too!! hahaha. I am so ready to be done today!!!! I am thrilled for you ad having seen the shot of the piece, I gotta say, it’s damn nice work and you should be proud and over the moon!! Okay later gater!!!! xoxox
December 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Hey, fancy meeting you here! Hehe… Thanks and thanks. ;0)
Now you get yourself in the shower, and all dressed up. You should be out at the best restaurant tonight. 😉
December 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm
Well done you, this is lovely
December 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm
Thanks. :0) I almost had a heart attack when I read that email…heheh. x
December 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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December 3, 2014 at 1:52 am
Beautiful work. I am just starting my journey in photography. You truly are an inspiration!
December 3, 2014 at 6:46 am
Well good luck to you! And thank you, by the way. :0)
December 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm
Whoa! BIG congrats on the BIG print! Dinner’s on Birg!!! :-p
December 3, 2014 at 9:13 am
December 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Congratulations!! Ah yes, the middleman…still the sale would not have occurred…etc… By the way, which of your many fine images was selected? Food for thought, was an additional reason this piece sold because it was on canvas and probably did not need additional framing? From experience, works on paper can be a little harder to sell because people are shocked by how expensive framing can be. Love your self-portrait and best of luck with the remainder of school!
December 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm
Thanks, Al. I really needed that large format printer! heheh…that one sale just bought it for me. I think you’re right- it’s ready to hang (and again, a canvas) but also- it’s 5 feet long! Framing alone for a 5 foot print is over $600, but also- I marked my royalty up too. There was a period not so long ago where I was frustrated as an artist a while back and ended up jacking my royalty up thinking nobody would buy. But, it actually attracted a buyer. Eventually, what I want to do is offer 8×10’s for $30 (going rate) at Etsy so the average person can afford a print, but I also want to cater to “the Elite” who actually WANT to pay thousands for their work. They’re out there! My job is to find them. ;0) So, I’ll be working on a dual-directed course simultaneously for the “masses” as well as the collectors. Sure beats writing essays! Heheh…
December 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm
I hear you! The whole psychology behind selling stuff is a weird science unto itself. I have other artist friends who believe that pricing work high helps confer value. I’m sure seeing your images on such a large scale is inspiring!
December 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm
I’ll upload a pic in a few minutes for you Al, so you can see it. ;0) (Smaller scaled samples, of course. )
December 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm
By the way, I forgot to mention that the selling print was one that was originally taken at the Museum of Modern Art in new York City from one of my photo trips- I took a pic of museum goers admiring Monet’s Water Lillies. I neded up digitally rendering that pic into a Fauvist oil painting on Washi paper. So, it was an interesting concept of an “oil painting” or people admiring an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art.
December 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm
I like the subtle comment you are making here using art history!
December 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm
I thought it was a neat spin too. :0) I just posted the process and canvas print (final result) so if you want to take a look you can.
December 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm