After a quiet start to last week, I had a bit of a 'bug', the end and weekend have been full on. I finished the beautiful Wedding bouquet from and for Yarra Street Blooms, Warrandyte. I can't wait for her to dry, be signed and varnished, so she can go home to Yarra Street Blooms. Sometimes it feels like my dreams are coming true. When I set out on this journey only a couple of months back, I sat down with my gorgeous Son and Daughter in law, Jack and Janelle from Oneheart Studios (check them out they do the most amazing Wedding Videos you will ever see - no Im not biased) to talk through my idea of painting Wedding Bouquets. They suggested I connect with local florists and wedding photographers, and so far the 'love' from the florists and photographers has been exceptional. It is one thing to have an idea but another to have a body of work that supports and encourages the idea to blossom and grow.
While I was attending Shani Alexander's life changing Painting Mentor Program 'Revive your spirit with colour', I fell in love with Australian Natives and Proteas from South Africa; so I went looking. I first found Yarra Street Blooms and loved everything they had; when I mentioned my idea to Lisa she was so encouraging, Soon after I also found Peninsula Wildflowers and feel instantly in love with their Wedding bouquets too. It was Jessica Rose Photography who graciously allowed me to paint her amazing photo that enabled me to paint my first 'Wildflowers' bouquet, and when I touched base with Dawn before going Public, she also embraced the idea. Dawn and all the lovely ladies from Peninsula Wildflowers, have been so encouraging.
Thank you all so much, (plus a shout out to Wendy and Tom who commissioned my very first Wedding Bouquet as a gift to their niece), without you, painting Wedding Bouquets would still just be an idea.
Before I go just another quick thank you. I attended Clair Bremner's 'Painting Money' workshop on Saturday. Thanks heaps Clair, it was very informative and encouraging. Having covered much of the information during Shani's mentor program, it was encouraging to know that I am on the right track. I also learned some new tips and ideas that will be invaluable.
I am not Fine Art trained, and although I have been painting for over 20 years for friends and family in Pastels, I am relatively new to the Acrylic medium. This poses an interesting challenge when it comes to pricing my work. I remember clearly when I studied the business component of an Electronic Publishing course I attended, it was hammered home to us that unless a business idea can cover costs and pay a comparable wage, including all the benefits a PAYG income would include, then it should remain an idea. At the time I had created a beautiful illustrated photo album I wanted to pitch to Preschools, my tutors couldn't wait for me to produce it, but when I did my sums it just wasn't viable.
All this to say since Saturday I have needed to tweak a few things, including my pricing structure. I understand it is a marketplace, and that the marketplace will decide whether this is viable or not, but I need to start somewhere. As in everything it will depend which lens you view the prices from, as to your reaction. For some it may seem expensive, for others it will be considered way too cheap. It is probably too cheap to sell from anywhere other than my own website, (due to commissions others would take), but I am ok to start here. My pricing for general commissions and sale of paintings, (as I build a body of work for direct sale), will be consistent with my Wedding Bouquets; they are equally a labour of love.
I'm glad blogging is a good thing to be doing, because although I am naturally quite shy I love to chat and share. Hope you are enjoying my art. Now to work out how to link this all to my Instagram account lol.