The Open Show

18 07 2010

Hi All! is proud to announce The Open Show!  Check it out!


“Houston, We Have a Problem!”

17 06 2010

Hi All-

We’re working hard to make the site better, and in the mean time having some um.. well how do we say it?  Technical difficulties!  No worries, we’ll be up and running shortly! 

Now, to get that hammer removed from the keyboard…

Thank you to all who applied for “The Open Show”!

10 06 2010

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter “The Open Show”.  We really appreciate it.  There is a tremendous amount of outstanding work, and we the jurors have our work cut out for us!

Thank you again!  Great job!

Last day to submit to “The Open Show”

6 06 2010

Hi All!  Today is the last day to submit your work to “The Open Show”.  It’s just $9 to enter. Click here to get started

Price your art like a business man!

3 06 2010

How much money would it take for you to part with your pinky toe?  That might be one way to price your artwork.  We as artists have various ways of pricing work, many of which include a top hat and magic wand!  Let’s delve deeper into this process and look at ways a business person would price artwork, in very a systematic way; 

Get a pen and paper ready!

  1. Think about how much money you want to be paid per hour.  So we are not pulling a number out of thin air, how much per hour do you make at your current job?  Artwork alone usually does not pay the bills, especially at first.  Write this number down.
  2. Calculate the number of hours it took to complete the piece of artwork.
  3. Multiply Number 1 by Number 2.  This is your total labor cost.  Write this number down too.
  4. Add up the total cost of your materials.  Canvas, paint, and wear and tear to your brushes. 
  5. Add Number 3 and Number 4 together.  This total becomes your cost.
  6. In a practice known as keystoning, multiply cost (number 5) by 2.   
  7.  This new total would be considered your wholesale cost.  The extra money is built in to help cover expenses such as studio rent, utilities, subscriptions, promotional material, and entry fees.  It should also have a buffer to help create a little bit more profit for you to keep. 
  8. If you are just starting out, or plan on selling directly to customers yourself wholesale cost might become the price of your artwork.  However, if your goals are to sell with the help of a gallery, you can’t stop here.
  9. A gallery becomes a distributor to customers.  Most galleries take somewhere  between 40% to 60% in commission. 

Use this chart to determine markup-

  • 30% Commission = .7
  • 40% Commission = .6
  • 50% Commission = .5
  • 60% Commission = .4
  • 70% Commission = .3

Let’s assume that the gallery working with you takes 60% commission.  You will need to take Number 7, wholesale cost, and DIVIDE it by 0.4.  This total becomes your retail selling price.

Here’s an example of how this works: 

  1. Samantha’s rate per hour is $15.
  2. She spends 10 hours creating a piece of artwork
  3. Her labor total is $150
  4. Her canvas cost $30, she uses $9 worth of paint, and there’s about $5 worth of wear and tear to her brushes ($44 total)
  5. Samantha’s labor and material cost is $194.  We’ll round this number to $200
  6. $200 x2 is $400, or wholesale cost

      9.  Samantha’s gallery takes 60% commission, so using the chart, we will divide $400 by 0.4 for a total of $1000

     10.   Samantha makes her retail selling price $1000.  When she sells her work she will walk away with $400 in her pocket

Still following?  We hope so!

There are tons of factors that go into pricing your work that this formula does not consider.  However, it gives a great baseline, and hopefully gets the juices flowing into how you price your own artwork.

Enter “The Open Show” for just $9!

22 05 2010

Hi All!  We’ve lowered the artist submission fee to just $9 bucks for “The Open Show”!  Get started now!

Here’s all the details:

Take part in “The Open Show”, a curated online exhibition at  All subject matter and media is “open”.  We’re looking for the best five works you have, no matter who you are or what defines you as an artist.  The deadline to submit work is June 6th, and the cost to enter is $9.

 Visit for more information.

 Guidelines for submissions:

  • All images should be formatted as a .jpg
  • Format file name as LastName.FirstName.ArtworkTitle.jpg
  • Please make images at least 400 pixels by 400 pixels
  • File size cannot be larger than 600kb
  • All artists must submit a website where buyers can contact you directly.  This website can be in any format such as a blog page to a professionally designed site.  Please note a link will be placed on our site to yours, so make a great impression!

Even if your work is not accepted into the final show, we’ll place a link on our site to yours.

 Hit us with your best shot!

Bravo TV to Premier “The Next Great Artist”

15 05 2010


Get the popcorn buckets ready!  Bravo TV has a new series “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”. It appears to be following in the footsteps of “Project Runway” and “Top Chef“.  The series is produced by the uber-fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker and her production company, Pretty Matches among others.  Bravo has released a teaser video found here;

The series debuts June 9th.  Can’t wait!