Saturday, 16 February 2013



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This painting is SOLD but I'm happy to take a commission for a similar work. Contact me to inquire about prints and Art cards.

Since the advent of cell phone texting there seems to be a short form for anything. OXO is no longer a type of food flavouring, it means hugs and kisses and TTYL means talk to you later. The Art world is not immune to these sometime annoying short forms, ACEO, which I have covered in an earlier post, means Art Card Edition or Original and OOAK stands for "One of a kind"! To a discerning buyer this is an important tag for an art work.

"Original art (and why it costs so much). Original work includes any art that is one of a kind: original paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. Why the high price? To draw a parallel to the literary world, imagine if J.K. Rowling could sell only one copy of the Harry Potter series — how much do you think that would be worth?

An artist can profit only once from the sale of an original work, such as a painting on canvas; then it's gone. Even if the work grows in value over time, it is the collector who profits. If you understand that, it makes sense for original pieces to have a higher price than prints." Excerpt from Houzz article - See complete article here

As a published author I find it somewhat shocking that once you have sold your Orignal Art work there is no ongoing royalty from further sales of that piece. Imagine if you were a struggling Artist who couldn't afford to eat and you sold a painting to someone for a pittance because you were desperate. The buyer turned out to be an Art dealer who took your painting to client and sold it for $50,000. You, the Artist would have absolutely no recourse and probably wouldn't even get a thank you. Sad isn't it?

There is a belief amongst Artists, that making prints or licensing online use of their work devalues their name, but I disagree. You only have to look at highly successful, largely self taught, Artist Jack Vettriano to refute that belief. Vettriano's "The Singing Butler" is currently on exhibit in Scotland side by side with works by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. Mr Vettriano became famous and made a fortune with prints of this one painting alone, which is one of the most popular prints of all time. He has produced many more paintings, also widely popular, but nothing can compare to "The Singing Butler" which keeps clocking up sales. I remember the first time I saw the painting, I was awestruck and saved for months to buy a small copy. I proudly displayed the print for many years in my home, so I wasn't immune to it's charms.

Most Artists undergo daily struggles with their Art. Although a rewarding career in many ways, it is also very challenging. Sales of original works are unlikely to bring in a large income especially when you are first starting out, so you need to find more ways to profit from your talent. One way is to sell prints. When you sell an original piece of art, the copyright stays with you and this is one way you can continue to earn income from your original effort. After all, the buyer would have no qualms selling the original for a massive profit if the opportunity arose, would they?.

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