Today was a busy day at work since I was catching up after being off for ARTrepreneur yesterday. Tonight I’m going to touch base with the people I met yesterday either by email or Twitter. (If you want to connect with me I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BLStonehouse)
I have been thinking about the presentations from the workshop and the concept of “production work”. This is the work that pays the bills. The presenter who used the term is a potter and he described it as the ‘no brain’ work that he could pump out that supported the one of kind pieces he really wanted to do.
I’m not sure how I feel about this or how it relates to my artwork. My oil paintings take quite a bit of time. Of course you know this…you’ve been following along as I’ve been working on the Muskoka Chair painting. I’m sure you’ve said, “isn’t that thing done yet???????”
I’ve been tracking my time (for the first time ever) and I’ve put in over 25 hours on the Muskoka Chairs so far. I estimate I’ve got another 10 hours to go before I’d consider it done. It’s a 24′ x 24″ painting and I generally sell that size for $560, so I’m not making a fortune on it.
I’ve been thinking perhaps I should be doing some smaller paintings. I can produce them more quickly and they would be more affordable. I’d be interested in your feedback – if you purchase art, is price a big factor? Or size? Or do you just buy what appeals to you?
The other option I’d like to explore is making prints of my artwork. I would have the one original painting and limited edition prints would be made of the image. I have no idea how this works so I’ll have to add that investigation to my to-do list!
As for today’s drawing, I did some work on the Trilliums. This one is taking a while but that’s because I only seem to work on it when I’m tired! It’s another big canvas – 24″ x 36″.
Here’s the photo I’m working from.