# Question: How do artists price their paintings?

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Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost \$50, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself \$20 an hour to make it, then you price the art at \$450 (\$20 X 20 hours + \$50 cost of materials).

## How do you price acrylic paintings?

To work out your price by the square inch, multiply the length by the width of your painting. For example, an 8 by 8 inch piece = 8 x 8 = 64 square inches. If you charge \$1 per square inch, this would be \$64 + the price of materials if you are adding that as well.

## What is a fair price for an art commission?

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## How much should I charge for a commissioned painting?

On average, pricing for commissioned painting from an experienced artist starts at \$100 and can go as high as \$10,000.

## How do I find out if my art is valuable?

One good indicator of how to tell if a paint is valuable is to figure out who owned the painting beforehand. If someone who was high up or well-known in the art community owned the painting, then there might have been a reason for it. They knew that it was worth more.

## Are oil paintings more expensive than acrylic?

Cost. Oil painting supplies are more expensive than acrylics, so for students or hobbyists, its much easier on the pocketbook to stick with acrylic paints. Acrylics are much more budget-friendly for sure, especially if you pick student-grade acrylics to start out.

## How much should I charge for a drawing?

The US Department of Labor lists the average hourly wage for a fine artist as \$23.22/hour. If youve been drawing for three years or more, this is a good starting point for calculating your hourly rate.

## How do you price large paintings?

Multiply the paintings width by its length to arrive at the total size, in square inches. Then multiply that number by a set dollar amount thats appropriate for your reputation. I currently use \$6 per square inch for oil paintings. Then calculate your cost of canvas and framing, and then double that number.

## Do oil paintings last long?

Oil paint naturally becomes brittle over time, but exposure to certain chemical fumes during the curing process (which can last months, or even years) will speed up the damage, so be careful not to use harsh cleaning supplies near an exposed piece.

## Are oil paintings worth more?

Oil paintings will alway demand higher pricing because oil is a very difficult medium to become proficient with, and usually it will take the artist much longer to complete a piece. Also, the cost of paints, brushes and canvas is quite an investment. Brushes for oil can run into the hundreds of dollars.

## Can you make a living selling paintings?

Earning passive income by selling wall art Painters, illustrators, designers, graphic artists and even sculptors can earn money by selling high-quality prints or copies of their work.

## How much do I charge for my art?

Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost \$50, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself \$20 an hour to make it, then you price the art at \$450 (\$20 X 20 hours + \$50 cost of materials).

## Are oil paintings more valuable than acrylic?

Oil paint is usually more expensive than acrylic. This means that costs should be a bit higher in order to recoup the cost of the materials. Not millions of dollars higher, but something within the double digit range.

## Do oil paintings need to be varnished?

#1 is definitely the most important reason to varnish an oil painting. Dust and grime can accumulate on the surface of paintings over time, especially if a painting hangs in a smoky environment. The protective layer of varnish can be removed to restore the painting to its original look.