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So, how much is a fair price to pay for a painting?

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So, how much is a fair price to pay for a painting?

Well, a guy offered to do a painting of my car for $120 matted. is it worth it? Here are some of his other works:





















here's the thread it came from:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2359568&page=1
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Well, what's it worth to you?

I say yes. Though for that price I would want something a little bigger than an 8x10.

If you pursued it you could find someone to do it cheaper, but how much time you want to spend looking?
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From the samples, I'd say you could probably just offer him a six-pack.
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Perhaps offer him a nice spitoon and a couple tins of mint Skoal. You can never have enough chew.
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For me - no. They're OK, but they don't really do much for me and I'd consider them too expensive. But that's just me. To other people, $120 is probably pretty good.
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I'd say that's fair.
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Someone obviously does not have a female in his life....
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Mrs Danger says that it's a very good price. It's a low price for a good watercolor.

She might be here later to tee-off on the sort of person who tries to chisel down artists.
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
Mrs Danger says that it's a very good price. It's a low price for a good watercolor.

She might be here later to tee-off on the sort of person who tries to chisel down artists.
Hear, hear.
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Nick, it's not watercolor. Another person (in the linked thread) thought it was too but here's what the artist said:

"its actually not watercolor, its acrylic. for the lotus i just really thinned it out. I have many medium of choice, but for the car drawings i stick to graphite, ink, and acrylic"
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Maybe he can add your image into the painting for a few bucks more. That would be cool.

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"Earl Scheib will paint any car for $49.95!"
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Asking if the price of a painting is "Fair" is ridiculous. What the artist asks for something is what it is worth. You decide if you want it enough to pay that. That's all.

As far as current market prices on things go, $120 for a custom painting, matted, is on the low end. For comparison, I charge $500 for a custom color pencil drawing, 11x17, matted.

Don't argue with an artist on his prices. Either buy the art or don't. Offering trade is okay, since sometimes, what you have to trade (goods or services) is worth more to the artist.

And especially, if there is not an "unframed" price posted, don't ask, "How much is it without the frame?" This is how that conversation goes:

"How much is that drawing?"

"$500"

"How much is it without the frame?"

"$600. I hate the hassle of unframing something."
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I'd say it's worth it. I've never seen someone whose medium was Fresca, Skoal, Guinness, and Yuengling before..
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I don't want to get into how much i've paid for some paintings

Art is art and the value is in the eye of the purchaser. If you see a painting that you like, and you can afford it, get it.
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I agree with Mrs. Danger on all points but one. My wife and I buy a lot of art, primarily etchings, aquatints and mezzotints. When you look to buy a piece of art, I think you simply have to take into account whether the art is worth the price being offered. Haggling down simply dimishes the value of the artist's talent and time. That price is completely fair for an original, commissioned piece.

The one thing, however, that tends to irk me is the framing issue. I tend to be a firm believer that I should be the one who gets to decide how it's displayed. While I understand that many artists will frame at least one print of a run and that might be the last one available, there should be a certain measure of understanding on the artist's part if I don't want the frame itself. This may seem hypocritical given my statements above (i.e., if I like the work, I should be willing to potentially pay more for framing and accept it as offered), but if the artist genuinely feels that the frame is part of the overall design conceit, all prints would be framed as well. This probably applies more readily to prints and multi-impression works than originals, though.
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It's cheaper if you just take your photo and use the watermark filter in PS.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
Asking if the price of a painting is "Fair" is ridiculous. What the artist asks for something is what it is worth. You decide if you want it enough to pay that. That's all.

As far as current market prices on things go, $120 for a custom painting, matted, is on the low end. For comparison, I charge $500 for a custom color pencil drawing, 11x17, matted.

Don't argue with an artist on his prices. Either buy the art or don't. Offering trade is okay, since sometimes, what you have to trade (goods or services) is worth more to the artist.

And especially, if there is not an "unframed" price posted, don't ask, "How much is it without the frame?" This is how that conversation goes:

"How much is that drawing?"

"$500"

"How much is it without the frame?"

"$600. I hate the hassle of unframing something."
i'm not haggling with the price. basically, the guy IM'd me and asked if i was interested in getting a drawing done. i've just never bought a painting before and wanted to make sure that it's a fair price.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
Asking if the price of a painting is "Fair" is ridiculous. What the artist asks for something is what it is worth. You decide if you want it enough to pay that. That's all.

As far as current market prices on things go, $120 for a custom painting, matted, is on the low end. For comparison, I charge $500 for a custom color pencil drawing, 11x17, matted.
Your second paragraph somewhat negates the argument of your 1st paragraph.
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Sometimes Other is an interesting place.

This subject is something I never thought of and am pretty sure I never would have otherwise. And I thought dog painting was kind of unusual.
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You got someone to paint your dog? How did your dog like it? Did the artist sand between coats?
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Judging on the photos I have to agree with Zuf...use PS.
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Originally Posted by Flashback
Judging on the photos I have to agree with Zuf...use PS.
The quality isn't bad for $120.
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it's worth it if you like it. $120 seems pretty reasonable to me if you like the artist's style.

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