Ok, folks. I need to get real for a moment.
I continue to find work as a carpenter (which I do enjoy), I also have artwork. Quite a bit of it, in fact, and all of it is available to purchase. I have new work and some older pieces to choose from. On top of that I’m always, and I do mean always willing to do a commission and make a piece just for you!
Another project is my first book utilizing my Red Flag Drawings that will be coming out in the next couple months.
And of course I encourage you to stop by this blog and look for updates and essays on diverse topics and ideas I have been milling around.
Things have been tough for me and my family of late. I need to make more money. Period. Like many of you, your dream is to make a living doing something you love. It doesn’t mean it’s easy because you “love” it, in fact our dream work can be exhausting.
I have a website and a Facebook page, and I’m on Instagram and Twitter as well. I work at pushing my “business” in the art world through all the sources at my disposal. As much as I plan to continue to manage and empower my web presence, the truth is that sometimes the digital world and all it’s “requirements” get in the way of simply doing business with people.
So...you can certainly go online to my website here and click a nifty PayPal button and send me money in exchange for a beautiful work of art. That will always be available and I do hope some people will take advantage of the opportunity. But, what I can’t explain clearly in that format is how much I am willing and happy to do business the “old fashioned way.” By this I mean if you’d like to work with me on making payment arrangements over the course of 3-4 months...great! If you want to barter a bit, let’s do it! If you want to send me a check, that works. If you cannot afford a painting that is priced online at $1,000, talk to me…make an offer! I do reserve the right to say “no” if it just isn’t worth it, but please please please give it a shot. Right now I’d rather get artwork into folks' homes and offices and make some money than not at all.
Recently I sold some work to a friend from Seattle. I gave him a killer deal on three drawings framed. He paid me what I wanted originally for each drawing and I “included” the frames. I asked, however, that he pay me for the shipping. I didn’t make as much as I truly would have wanted, but again, I made enough and also wanted to bless his workspace.
What I’m trying to say is that I am on some level desperate to get some income from doing the work I love. And I want you to have some artwork. Just email me, or call me, or write me a letter and stamp it and mail it. Please just let me know. I want you to have some art and I need to make money.
Now there exists one caveat to this “doing-things-the-somewhat-old-fashioned-way” that I’m proposing: what's a reasonable price?
I will never be offended by an offer, but I do reserve the right to turn it down. Part of the value of artwork is the value of thinking thoughts and seeing visions in unique ways, another part is the “sentimental” value of a work, there’s the actual material cost, and then the time. On top of all this is my interest in making a “profit.” People who don’t “understand” art and pricing art quickly scoff at the price tag without considering anything other than their immediate reaction and pocketbook. I get that, I have not bought hundreds of works of art for that very reason, the difference in my case is that I actually do believe artwork is worth that price even if I cannot afford it. And no, just because it’s abstract or “simple” doesn’t mean you kid could do it. Take time to consider the ideas and thought behind it.
To invite you to make an offer that is “within reason” isn’t very helpful, but it is what I’m saying. If you see a price that is a bit high, do the math and take 20% off (or more depending on the piece and current price) and see if you can do that, make the offer and see what happens! I would honestly say that I will consider most offers of this sort. I might even make you a sweeter deal but ask that you pay shipping or something like that.
One other option could be a true “barter.” Maybe I need an electrician to do some work in my home, or new tires for our car. Perhaps a work of art strikes your heart in a way that you see the value in it, let me know, let’s work it out! We can create and thrive in an economy that functions in this way again. We don't have to work for "money," we can trade services.
Make an offer! I’d rather you have my work in your place and make some money than not.
A couple years ago, my wife and I really loved a painting we saw displayed in a local pub. I happened to know the artist a bit and she (the artist) is so "local" that she lived just a couple blocks away from the venue. I understood what goes into the work, and I understood that she probably labored over the price to actually post there. I’m pretty sure every young and or emerging artist goes through that...I did and still am. I also knew I didn’t have enough to pay her the full amount on the spot, so I emailed her and told her we loved the work and that we wanted to buy it. I told her I couldn’t spend the full amount all at once but could pay what turned out to be 20% of the asking price and she agreed and I payed the rest in three payments over the next month and a half. We were blessed, and I know the artist was blessed as well. Would she like to make more? Who wouldn’t. Could she price higher? I think she could have. Could I have just scoffed at the price because I couldn’t afford it at the time? You bet. But I knew it was worth a shot and it was and still is a joy to see in our home.
So give me a holler! Tell me what you like. Commission me to make a 2D or 3D work particular to your home or office, and we can work something out. Seriously!
There may come a time when I won’t be able to be quite as flexible. I hope to always be generous, to give and receive good gifts, and cultivate communities where we all function as "commoners" (if you don't know what I mean, please read this blog post).
Give me a try! Let’s talk!