Well, as expected, I sold no paintings at the exhibition at the weekend. And don’t think I’m being depressingly negative, and I’m certainly not defeatist, and never a pessimist….. You see, the majority of the paintings sold were at the lower end of the market, price wise, since it was a “village hall” exhibition. And I know my paintings aren’t cheap, but they are quality, and I rarely sell at that exhibition. Its the way it is! I’ve had endless conversations over the years as to the whys and wherefores of why people don’t buy a lot at little exhibitions, and there is no set reason for it. But there is a pattern, in a way. People who go to those sort of exhibitions are looking for “cheap art” – something pink and floral for the hall, something with a boat in it for the living room, some watercolour of a garden, or of cute children, or a still life, they aren’t looking for anything “specific” and they aren’t looking for a specific artist, they’re looking for a nice day out, a walk in the countryside, a quick look at the art exhibition, a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and to be entertained on a bank holiday weekend. They are not serious art buyers, they are just………………people. Nothing wrong with any of that, nothing at all. But I never seem to fill that category, somehow. I never have. I do fill part of that criteria, I can paint pretty pictures of still lifes (the shell painting I did last weekend, being a case in point!). But my prices are too expensive for village hall buyers, I think. I know if I put a price of below Â£60 on my art, I’d probably sell it, easily.
But I don’t want to.
I value my art too much for that.
And listening to other people, who comment on my art, they do too.
Because cheap art, in a way, demeans the other art that that artist does. And I don’t do cheap art. I don’t do very expensive art, either! 🙂 I think my prices are right for the place I am in, as an artist. For the commissions I do. And I would far rather paint a commission. And that is what makes me unusual for a lot of artists, as I LIKE painting commissions. I like people to ask me to paint a favourite subject in a certain way. Because they get just what they want, and I don’t paint “best guess” paintings for little exhibitions, put a lot of hours in in creating the work, setting up the exhibition, spend time stewarding it, and helping taking it down afterwards, for no sales.
But, I also know that that isn’t the main reason for exhibiting. It is, to state the bleeding obvious, an “exhibition” of paintings. It is a place to show other people what I can do. What I’m capable of. And that’s why, it looks like I might be getting a commission from it, for a dog portrait. If the chap contacts me, as per the received message from a third party. It sounded quite hopeful though! LOL
So, the exhibition wasn’t a waste of time. And it follows the pattern, as much as I’ve found, from previous exhibitions! 🙂