Time and money

Time and money

The time that goes into a painting is equal to the cost of that work. That price also takes into account  the talent,  art education and how popular the artist is.  Art is perceived value, in  that if someone sees a painting that is deemed too cheap they think the artist isn’t any good. I know of an artist who was asked a few years ago to do a painting by a VERY famous departmental store for one of their clients, and when he gave his price of £700 he was told by the store it was too cheap and put a zero on the end.  I’ve heard of an artist recently who put their prices up THREE times in a very short space of time when taken on by a well known gallery. The art isn’t any different, its just the price that changes, and the percentage cut the middle-men get.

Someone asked me this week if I would do a painting for them, a commission, but said that they didn’t want to insult me as a ten minute portraits high chairprofessional artist by only wanting to pay half the price I have quoted on my website price list. I explained firstly that I wasn’t insulted at all, and can do a painting to suit the budget (unless someone wants an extremely complex painting done for £50 in which case, I won’t!), so give me your budget, and tell me what you want, and the size you want it in, and I can do something for you. There will be ten times less hours put in it if its a tenth of the original price, but it will still be a picture you will love  and cherish and be happy with.

Tell me the picture in your head, and the price you want to pay me to do it. Individuality and a professional piece of art, what could be better on your wall?

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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