Monthly Archives: March 2014

To Price or Not?

I have been struggling with a common artist dilemma for a long while now.  When I had my website converted from Microsoft Office Live to WordPress, I did not indicate the prices of my paintings.  People would contact me through email if they were interested in a piece.

More than a year ago, I received advice from an artist who successfully sells her art through her website to do the same.  I carefully considered it and decided to have a “store” created within my website where one can buy my art and pay through PayPal.  Unfortunately, not one has purchased anything from my site except my husband who was just testing if the process actually works.  It does!  But so far, my sales, though slow and few, have been made through my studio – not the website.

I started wondering.  Does indicating the price cheapen my art?  I thought it would save a prospective buyer time to know how much a piece costs.  My prices are lower than most in the Washington, DC area; so does this give the buyer the message that my art is not good enough?  Was it a mistake to indicate the prices in my website?  Should I get rid of them? Any suggestions?  Thoughts?

What a trip!

We just came back from a long trip (Honolulu, Kiritimati or Christmas Island, Manila, Bangkok, Siem Reap, UK) which took almost two months.  There were lots of mishaps in the beginning including (for me) a 2-hour flight delay from DC to Honolulu, (for us) an18-hour flight delay from Honolulu to Christmas Island, (for me) a dog attack/bite on the beach there, a missed art class in Honolulu I was hoping to attend, and my husband cutting his fishing trip short due to a skin infection.  From Manila, he flew to England to see his parents and was welcomed by rainy, cold, and windy weather.  I was luckier.  It was hot in Manila but not that unbearable.  The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok was nowhere near the scene of anti-government riots and demonstrations and the street food around there was just delicious.  Siem Reap was a wonderful experience.  The temples were magnificent, the people friendly and gentle.  I stayed at the Golden Temple Hotel and the staff could not do enough for its guests.  I will never forget the traditional Khmer massage I had there.  It was the best massage I’ve ever had.