Since my posing the original questions, I have changed a few things. I raised the prices on all of my 6x6 work on DPW to $100. I had a happenstance conversation with a gallerist who lectured me on the importance of raising my prices, valuing my work and myself, yada yada. I’m sure the number he had in mind had more zeros on the end but…baby steps. I wrestled with it thinking if sales are slowing down how does it make sense to raise prices? Then came to the conclusion that if things aren’t selling anyway, does it matter much? At least I’ll have some self respect! Lol. I wish everybody would set that as a minimum.
I also followed through on several people’s suggestions that I show in ‘the real world’. I entered three juried shows and got in two. The first set all prices in their Small Works show themselves. $300 with a 50% commission. I didn’t know what to do about my pricing on here, which then was at $85, so I quickly painted 3 new 8x8s for it (daily painters are quick!) and haven’t posted them online. Only six works sold out of fifty something but one was mine!
The next show entered two small works for jury and got in. Same deal, made new works and didn’t post. I also had the opportunity to donate a work to their silent auction and to provide a portfolio of work also available for sale. For these I did use 20 existing DPW paintings. I didn’t hide those works in my gallery, my prices were consistent, but placed them on hold. Tonight I went to pick up my work and made 15 available again and mark 5 as Sold!
It is more work to do enter the physical world and I wouldn’t if it was still working for me to just sell online. Maybe it will work again but this experiment told me a few things. I agree that some people (how many?) simply have to see art in person for various reasons. The prices on the works in this show were all over the place up to $6000 and my framed juried in works were still the lowest at $265 and those two didn’t sell. They were juried in, I think good, raved over by the artist volunteers taking them in…maybe the price was too low? Or maybe they just didn’t match up with any of the buyers.