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Sunday, July 25, 2010

New design to an older painting -- "My Patriotic Heart"

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one of a kind painting
" My Patriotic Heart "
by
C. Wright
7-25-10




I painted over the original one I did 11-29--09 -- a thought came to mind so I just added and painted over the background --call me crazy but this is the final product !!

16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas .

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I really like this one better than the other !
A patriotic heart for the American , heart and/or patriotic  collector .
Red , blue heart with white stars and stripes.
The American patriot will love this in their room or Americana decor .
Celebrate Independence Day or hang to show you are a patriot !
Maybe you have a loved one overseas ? You may want to send a  patriotic heart to them -- good idea !!
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A gift of original art is one of the most special gifts you could offer someone .
My art is not perfect -- I don't think anything or anyone is perfect -- so my paintings will never be an exact painting -- you will see as you follow my art .
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some of the colors -- red , white and blue
You will see some of the older background color -- where I didn't cover exactly.
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!
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I seem to be having too much fun with this painting hobby of mine !!
You never know what I will paint next !!    
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** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 16x20 inch painting on stretched canvas .
** signed on front and back
** I will include a certificate of authenticity .
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" Red White Flowers in Vase " 8x10 original painting



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one of a kind painting
" Red White Flowers in Vase "
by
C. Wright
7-24-10

8x10 inch acrylic painting on mixed media paper.
I like the small paintings -- so easy to frame -- just use a matte to keep the paint away from the glass.
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This one was interesting to paint !
A nice way to decorate for those liking red and white decor!!
Background is white and the rest is red -- vase and foliage -- with some white flowers and filler .
Sometimes we need a little simplicity and I think this painting is interesting and simple at the same time -- don't you ?
Vase is sitting on a table cloth and some of the leaves and stems have fallen on that cloth. 

This is interesting and will  be great for red and white decor and  any flower lovers !!
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some of the colors -- red and white
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!
this particular painting doesn't have much texture in it -- maybe just a tiny bit.
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** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 8x10 inch painting on mixed media paper for acrylic paint .
** signed on front and back
** I will include a certificate of authenticity .
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I seem to be having too much fun with this painting hobby of mine !!
You never know what I will paint next !!    
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Setting and Raising Your Prices

How to Sell Paintings, Sculptures, Photographs, Digital Prints - Setting and Raising Your Prices
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Q: My goal is to work full-time as an artist selling my paintings. Currently, I work at an unrelated job during the day and paint during the evenings and weekends. Please give me some strategies for increasing my income, particularly methods that I can use to periodically raise my selling prices.
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A: The most important point to keep in mind when pricing and selling your paintings, photographs, giclees, watercolors, sculpture, or whatever kind of art you make is that you are one of many, many, many artists out there. No matter what kind of art you make, other artists make it too. Even though in theory you have complete control over how much you charge for your art and when to give yourself a raise, you must always consider the competition. Artists who ignore the big picture either price themselves out of the market to begin with or raise their prices so often and without adequate justification that they lose credibility with dealers and collectors.
Best procedure is to let the marketplace determine your selling prices and the intervals at which they increase. For starters, figure out how much artists with similar credentials and exhibition experience to yours charge for their work. For example, if you've been painting for three years and have had four shows, see what artists with similar experience and resumes sell their paintings for. Other variables to consider are the length of time you take to paint a painting, costs of materials, and other incidental expenses like framing and transportation. Using those values as a base point, experiment with offering your work at varying price levels and evaluate the results.
Basic marketing strategies may help you sell more art. If you underprice the competition, for instance, your art becomes more attractive to collectors. How much you decide to underprice depends on factors like overhead, the rate at which you make art, and the rate at which you sell. The less your work costs, the faster it sells; the more it costs, the slower it sells. Somewhere along that continuum are price levels at which you maximize your gross annual income and minimize turnover time (the time interval between completing and selling a piece of work). You decide through experimentation what those levels are.
As an aside, if you take inordinate amounts of time to create your art or find that it's costly to produce, you might explore ways to reduce those liabilities. I occasionally speak with artists who report taking weeks to complete works of art that only sell for several thousand dollars each. For these people, making decent livings is difficult if not impossible. Add to this the additional problems they have producing large enough bodies of work to interest galleries in giving them shows. One option here is to reduce production of the time-consuming expensive art and add selections of smaller, easier to create, more modestly priced work.
Once you settle on a comfortable price structure, a good point at which to raise prices is when at least half of what you produce sells within a relatively short period of time after completion, say six months or less. Another good time to think about charging more is after you have a show where at least half of your work sells. A ten percent increase would be reasonable under such circumstances, twenty-five percent would probably pushing things a little. (Reasonable price increases keep your biggest fans in the game-- those who've been buying you art the longest-- an important long term objective being to steadily increase the numbers of people who buy your art.)
If you raise prices too much too fast, you risk scaring off your most serious dedicated collectors, pricing them out of your market. Instead of continuing to support you, they stick with what they've got, get all giddy about how much it's gone up in value, and search out new and more affordable artists in hopes of duplicating the good fortune they experienced with you. Remember that these collectors are the ones who are most responsible for whatever level of success you enjoy today-- they kept you in the game-- so don't forget to return the favor and to keep them coming back for more. You might even think about offering your longest standing supporters special price breaks or buying opportunities from time to time.
Some artists raise their prices a fixed amount per year, say ten to twenty percent. Arguments in favor of this practice center around offsetting increased costs of living or receiving annual raises like other working people. These are not necessarily good reasons. For one thing, employees whose job performance does not improve over time do not get regular raises. In fact, they may even lose their jobs. If you don't visibly improve your work, your exhibition record, and your sales volume to the point where the art community takes notice, raising your prices becomes arbitrary and unjustifiable, and could jeopardize your chances for success. When you up your prices, you'd better be able to demonstrate that those increases are justified. Experienced dealers and collectors expect tangible proof that your art is actually worth more.
Through all this, remember to provide different but consistent price structures for wholesale and retail buyers. In order for dealers or galleries to represent you in any way, you have to offer them discounts they can work with. If a gallery shows your art, for example, then collectors who buy directly from you, with the gallery's permission of course, should pay the same prices that the gallery sells your art for. No dealer will show your art if you sell privately at prices below what they ask at their galleries.
As for quitting your day job, that's a luxury few artists can afford. Hopefully you understood the level of difficulty involved in establishing a successful art career before you got involved and did not overfocus on that small percentage of artists who are fortunate enough to sell their paintings, sculptures, photographs, giclees or whatever types of art they make full-time without supplementing their incomes. The most important thing for you is to hang in there and keep painting. Sooner or later, perseverance, sensible pricing, public exposure, and consistent sales translate into recognition and profits in the art business.

This is where I found the article -- 

What is Outsider Art ???

I found this and thought you may want to check it out, too !!







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    It's a question that bedevils collectors and critics, who also worry about related terms such as folk art, self-taught art, vernacular art, naive art and primitive art -- words on which there is little consensus about appropriateness or even meaning.Roughly, though, a working definition of outsider art could go like this: Creative works-- paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, and idiosyncratic gardens and other outdoor constructions -- by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to the mainstream art world's recognition, marketplace or definitions. These are people who make art for themselves or their immediate community, often without recognizing themselves as artists until some collector or expert comes along to inform that what they are doing is making art. It is these collections and experts who have found "outsider art" useful as a way to organize collecting activities and as a marketing term. But the concept implies a certain elitism, since if there is outsider art, there presumably is someone inside designating these others as outside. And what are they outside of? Art schools? Museums? The gallery world? Culture altogether? (That last quality is what some see in the extremes of insane art, the original paradigm for outsider art.) And there are more questions: What is it about any particular work that makes it outsider, or makes it worthwhile at all? Is there a line between idiosyncrasy, one of the most sought-after qualities in outsider art, and simple incompetence? How outside must someone be to qualify, and what happens when they are discovered by art collectors and dealers and start being influenced by them? Finally, why not call their work just plain art? Why segregate it? These questions have been debated ad infinitum, and even its defenders admit the concept can be problematic. As a matter of convenience, though, "outsider art" remains widely used. Partly it seems to persist for commercial reasons -- demarcating a particular sector of the art market helps to create and sustain it. But it also remains a handy shorthand for work that is liable to reflect different motivations, histories and concerns than that generally produced by art school graduates. Its visionary quality, putative naivete or innocence, freedom from formal conventions, eccentric use of materials, left-field creativity, wild subject matter or some combination of these qualities are not exclusive to outsider art, of course, but they are to some extent typical of it. In addition, the conditions under which the art is produced do have a meaningful effect on its nature, even if they don't impart the almost-magical authenticity that some boosters find in outsider art.
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this is the link to the page --- http://www.interestingideas.com/out/what.htm




Outsider Art Sourcebook: International Guide to Outsider Art and Folk Art



" Red Yellow Floral " acrylic painting 8x10 bright by C. Wright 7-11-10

 


OOAK
one of a kind painting
" Red Yellow Floral "
by
C. Wright
7-11-10

8x10 inch acrylic painting on mixed media paper.
I like the small paintings -- so easy to frame -- just use a matte to keep the paint away from the glass.

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This one was fun to paint !
So bright and cheerful -- a nice piece to frame and give people something to talk about !!
I used crumpled tin foil to texture yellow and then painted red on top of that -- then used plastic wrap to texture the red.
A wonderful painting of a big flower with little ones barely able to see and a textured background -- love it  !
This is interesting and will  be great for red or yellow decor and also any flower lovers !!
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some of the colors -- red , yellow and a touch of black
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!
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** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 8x10 inch painting on mixed media paper for acrylic paint .
** signed on front and back
I will include a certificate of authenticity .
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I seem to be having too much fun with this painting hobby of mine !!
You never know what I will paint next !!    
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If there are any questions about any of my listings, please feel free to contact me.
Please keep track of cwrightartgallery !!!
Always leave feedback!!!
**************Thank You!!!**************

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Paper art -- really cool !!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

" I Find My Way Thru Falling Leaves "

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one of a kind painting


" I Find My Way Thru Falling Leaves "
by
C. Wright

7-4-10


11x14 inch acrylic painting on canvas board.




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Something for you to think about !!

I saw a fall picture and thought I would paint one , too! Well, you see what happens when I get lost in the painting !

Fall leaves falling and blowing around form a pathway to find my way -- or your way !!

Trees and shrubs all turning red , orange and yellow .

The background was brushed with light blue for sky and green for the ground area.

You see the pathway of leaves -- nature made it possible for you to find your way!

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This will be perfect for a floral theme room, garden decor , fall colors or anywhere you want it to be !!

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some of the colors -- green , blue , red , rust / orange , yellow and hint of black .

acrylic paint

I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!

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** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 11x14 inch painting on mixed canvas board .

** signed on front and back

** I will include a certificate of authenticity .

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If there are any questions about any of my listings, please feel free to contact me.

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**************Thank You!!!**************

I seem to be having too much fun with this painting hobby of mine !!

You never know what I will paint next !!

Check out my other items!

If you like my artwork but just haven't seen that one painting you are looking for , you should consider putting me on your favorites list .

Peacock Garden -- artists love peacocks for their beautiful colors !!

Check this out -- kinda cool , I think I might try this one day !