So this morning my wife and I took part in a community yard sale in Robesonia, PA. Her best friend owns a restaurant and let us set up and sell in front of it along with her selling food items.
We had flea market items, original knitted crafts and a couple of my paintings.
My wife and I equally sold a few flea market items, she had a friend pop by and purchase $30 worth of her crafts, and me…well I got a lot of art admirers but zero interest in making a purchase. It’s the second time now I’ve been unsuccessful no matter a high or a low price on my work. It just seems that no one is into stylized cat paintings. Or animal paintings period.
I did have one interesting bite. A gentleman admired my work and then asked if I do custom work. What artist doesn’t ? He said he once answered a Craigslist ad from a woman who said she’d paint anything for $50. He stated what he wanted and she never got back to him.
So, I took his email and asked what exactly he wanted and he said A giant 3 foot by 5 foot Marvin the Martian. I said I don’t usually work big, so I couldn’t quote a price.
After doing some research, a canvas that size runs about $450, now if I want to make profit I would have to seriously upsell, because supplies, and shipping wouldn’t be cheap. Not to mention I don’t paint enormous paintings. Also what he asked for was a licensed Warner Brothers character. The only possible feasible way I could paint and sell this character was with slight tweaks and my interpretation. Because I am pretty sure the Warner Bros fee would be quite high as well.
All said and done I emailed this guy and said I would do it for $5000. No surprise that I haven’t heard back from him yet.