Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jackson MS Landmarks

This is a trio of 10 x 20" paintings that feature three landmark buldings in the Jackson downtown area. One evening I was downtown and was lucky enough to catch a beautiful light on these icons. I have done one large painting of a scene in which you can see all three in one shot (really cool vantage point) Somehow I let it get away without photoing it! It sold very quickly after reaching the gallery and I had always intended on doing more of this subject matter, but you know how it goes. Better late than never, huh?

On another note to my artist cleaning out my studio I came across a funny little comic strip that I have adapted from its original form(pertaining to a freelance project) and applied it to the struggling artist. This is not for widespread publication, because I'm sure there are copyright issues with the producers of the "Cathy" comic strip...

Pricing my Painting

Do I charge for how long it really took long it should have taken me...or how long I think someone else will think it should have taken me???

Do I charge for the five hours I sat there staring at the canvas in an unproductive stupor...or charge for the hour it took to actually get most of it on there?

Do I charge for the three versions I wiped off or the one that actually remains?

Do I count the tweaking time?

The staring at it wondering what needs tweaking time?

Do I add in the thinking about it when I should have been sleeping time?

What about the two hours I spent admiring the finished product during which time I made six crucial changes that took one second each to implement?

Do I charge just for the cost of the canvas and paint... or the time it took to comparison shop, order, uncrate, stack, organize, and prime it?

Oh, let's don't forget about the time it took to obtain the photo that I painted it from as I stood on the street corner waiting for the lighting to be right and then when it finally was glowing in the late afternoon sun four cars parked in front of it.

You know...There's a reason artists are starving.


Vicki Shuck said...

Nice work, Lorrie! I especially like the first two landmarks--great feeling of light on them and interesting color, too. And your take on the comic strip is perfect!

FCP said...

You are hilarious! And when you have answers to those burning questions, could you enlighten the rest of us?
Keep up the great work!