Thursday, February 18, 2010

Love And Credit


My latest painting, and the first of 2010 that is dry enough to scan! It was a small picture designed for a circular frame that I found cheaply. I didn't go to the lengths of making any models for this one. The butterfly uses iridescent white, a mica based pigment which makes any transparent colour "metallic". Here I used ultramarine violet. I also used cobalt blue for the sky, over an ultramarine acrylic wash, which was applied very evenly with a roller.

Two other new paintings are complete and waiting to be dry enough to scan. Now I'm drawing out many. Today I've done some work on a wax phoenix which is about mortality.

The main business of today though was planning my forthcoming exhibition. I've been typing up a catalogue and am wondering whether to print some out and charge £1 for visitors on the night, or have small single sheet price lists, or both. Opinions would be welcome.

I've also decided to offer paintings on interest free credit. It's relatively easy to spontaneously buy a picture that costs under £100, but anything over £200 is a major purchase and requiring all of the payment in one go would limit sales to people who would otherwise love to own one of my paintings. I've drawn up a simple agreement that makes the process clear and simple. The basic terms are that the buyer pays an initial deposit (which must cover the venue commission) and then regular monthly payments. The artist holds on to the picture until full payment is complete. If the buyer changes their mind later the monthly money is returned but the deposit retained. In the rare event of the picture becoming damaged or something, all of the money would be returned. Without the enforcement of a Direct Debit I think it represents the simplest way for anyone to buy a painting in instalments.

6 comments :

hwfarber said...

This is a beautiful painting. I would be hesitant to charge visitors for a catalog. I think the idea of interest-free credit (with a clear and simple agreement)is a good one.

Sheila said...

You have such a unique style. I love the light, bright and very optimistic feel to this painting.

I think if the catalog is of decent quality and has many photos of your paintings, visitors who cannot afford your paintings would love to spend a small investment on a keepsake. Besides, when you're very famous, this catalog a great collector's item. Have a few printed out so it is not so much of a cost for you and the limited amount, [letting the visitors know there are only 50 copies or so] will make them seem even more valuable and collectible. So have both.

Always good to have a lay away plan for an investment in great art.

Kay said...

I like this round painting. It's got a very dreamy feel. I would produce a free listing of works with maybe a single small image of a favourite piece to remind visitors of your style. I'd add a website address - you could maybe link to an on-line programme or version of the exhibition. If you could afford to produce postcards of a couple of your favourite pieces, you could sell these at the show, again with web address on the back. Good luck.

Kathy said...

Another great painting, Mark!! I think your business plan is a good one, and it seems reasonable to charge for the catalogue. Will you share with us pictures of the exhibition? It would be terrific to see your work in that environment.

Mark Sheeky said...

Thanks for the comments. I think I'll go for a simple price list. A catalogue would be nice if it was high quality but I don't think I could get one printed in small numbers cheaply enough. Good suggestion about the photo's Kathy. I must remember my camera!

-Don said...

I love the lens distortion you created in this painting. Very cool! Good luck with your exhibition. It sounds to me that you are making the right decisions. I'm looking forward to the photos...

-Don