Thursday, April 05, 2007
Prints (reproductions that is)
All this combined with seeing all these other artists selling cheap reproduction prints in their shops has me tempted to start carrying them. The thing is that I have always been pretty against these prints. While I think it is great that artists are able to make a living with there art by selling them and bucking the gallery system, personally I would never buy one. But I have a nice photo printer that goes pretty much unused other than to printout PayPal shipping labels sitting in my studio next to my computer and every once in awhile I think to myself; "why can't I do it to?". I earned a decent amount from my art last year, but it could be better and I think offering cheaper work would help. Plus, if they sold I could then raise the prices of my originals, something I have been wanting to do for awhile now. But other people tell me that they would be disappointed in me if I went this route! Is that really fair to me? These same people don't have a problem with other people doing reproduction prints, just me. How come when others do it they are finding a way to earn money from their talent, but if I did it I would be selling out to earn a quick buck? It hurts when friends say those kind of things to me. I don't know what to do. I don't want to lose the respect of others or my own self respect. And I don't want to devalue my work either by selling reproductions.
Oh well, back to paper tearing.