Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hmm, I Guess I'm a Bargain

So I thought this was too funny not to share. A friend of mine, Emily Turner from Creature-Care, gave me a piece of mail that she had received from the American Kennel Club. Apparently the AKC is now offering pet portraits. What they do is take your photo and print it on canvas, and then "enhance" the canvas photo with paint. Basically, it's a glorified paint-by-numbers. Anyway, that's not what I think is funny. What I think is funny is this obviously pain-stakingly researched statement included in the pamphlet. And I quote:

"While a typical commissioned work could cost you from $5,000 to $30,000 or more..."

Really?!?! A TYPICAL commissioned portrait would cost from $5,000 to $30,000?? Typical?? Well, I guess I've been offering my services at a severely discounted rate. I'd like to take this opportunity to announce that I am raising my prices...

Admittedly, that would be great to charge $5,000 for a portrait, but I don't think that would fly this early in my career. I just can't get over their use of the word "typical." That is NOT typical pricing; that's misinformation. Here's what I charge for original oil paint pet portraits on gallery-wrapped canvas. This is pricing for a one-subject portrait with a non-detailed background:

  • 8x10 - $100
  • 11x14 - $200
  • 16x20 - $400
  • 18x24 - $500
Those are the most popular sizes, however, I can do pretty much any size you want.

Anyway, I will be raising my prices after the new year rolls around, but it won't be $5,000. How's $4,999? Have a wonderful day! :)


kim* said...

i guess they know painting is an art and its worth more than what they have. :)

you are an awesome painter.

RagsNehali said...

you are so talented..awesome paintings!