I’ve been getting commissions from people all over the country for art they can’t find elsewhere or art that would cost too much—“my budget is slim, so I thought I’d see if you can do this for less”—and, after figuring things like canvas and ink, printing and labor and shipping to assemble, etc., I’m finding win/win in the art department. Before I go full guns on creating ads and really focusing on ONE thing (I have to wonder if that’s possible), I’m going to tell one story.
I got a call from a man in Bloomington, Indiana who had purchased a Mid-Century Modern home and decided to restore it to original. Because the innards of the house like plumbing and electrical needed replacement, he decided to go room by room with furnishing it. He found a complete bedroom set of Haywood-Wakefield furniture that included a long dresser and wanted to find some art to go over it.
I suggested, in our initial conversation, that he try art.com or One King’s Lane, searching both for “Mid-Century.” Within a week or so, he wrote back with a link to a piece of "found art" he had come across on One King’s Lane.
He said, “This would be perfect, but at only 13" x 20" it’s too small. I need something closer to 26” x 42.” Plus, this one is sold. Would you be able to duplicate it in the size I need? Please let me know if so and how much.” I told him I could do it for $500.00 with shipping, and we had a deal. I can’t afford to take a risk that a customer will leave me hanging, so I ask for the money up front.
A week later, I took delivery of the canvas, and three days later, I shipped this! Which placement do you like better?
What’s great about my product is that a customer knows—up front—what he will get and can pretty much choose the subject matter and size. My medium is collage, so I work with segments of paper or torn paper or pre-printed murals or entire collage walls (if you live close enough). Because I gallery wrap my canvas art, you don’t need a frame . . . and most of the time matting and frames cost more than the art (at least in my world). If a person chooses art that isn’t in the public domain (FREE) and the artist is still living, I track the person down and offer to pay a royalty for the use of their art. A lot of the art I use in things I create comes from new, young artists, so I love offering them some money to use art they have already created, for which they have to just give permission (they love it, too)!
So . . . I think I have a pretty cool way to transform rooms with large-scale art for a very affordable price. Let me know what you think, and please let me quote any job you might have.