August 3rd, 2007
|08:49 pm - expansion|
on why i would consider selling my car:
i don't really want to, per se, it's damn handy to have. i just feel like it sucks a lot of money and effort out of me for upkeep, registration, etc. i could sell it for a pile of money. and i know plenty of people who do fine without cars. i could learn to ride a bike, take more buses and trains, etc. plus all the hippie environmental reasons. and it's not like i live or plan to live in nowheretown that you need a car to get anywhere. i like cities. ideally i'd be going to nyc someday. you certainly don't need a car there. and even when i did want to get somewhere out of the way, buses and cabs can do it, and will likely be cheaper than the total cost of having the car all that time would have been.
on why i couldn't be a fulltime artist:
i was at this awesome show at this awesome artspace. they had all sorts of weird art on display, most of it for sale. but it was fuckin pricey! at the moment i ain't rich enough to drop 25 bucks on something to hang on my wall, but that seems reasonable. i'd go higher, even, if it was awesome. but a thousand bucks? you're not fuckin rembrandt, and you're not dead yet. painting a face on some records is neat-looking, but not a thousand bucks neat. i don't care what kind of cool shit i make, i could never justify that kind of markup to myself
i finally got ahold of kevin (via the clever method of him unexpectedly coming to watermyn with kristen) after trying to reach him for like 2 weeks, and he called his old boss who i guess is looking to hire a paralegal for fancy fun. so maybe i'll have to go back to work soon :(
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well actually. its not that much of a mark up if you think about it. did the artist make the canvas (make the frame, stretch it etc) themselves? because thats higher quality than some cheap canvas you're going to get from a junk store for 5 bucks (apparently they start to warp after a few years). what kind of paint did they use? even medium quality paints are pretty expensive. 10 to 15 dollars a tube. and that might only be a small tube too. and then when you get into the really good paints, well the prices are ridiculous. go have a look in an art store sometime. and the good paints give a much better result. so its not really that pricey when you take all of those things into account. plus you've got to pay for the artists time, just like anything else.
people are so used to getting cheap knockoff stuff, that they dont' realise how much work and money goes into making something that they don't want to pay the full price. its the same with clothes. its cheaper for me to go to the store and buy a skirt than actually make one. however the skirt i make will be a better fit and made out of better fabric, but people are so used to convenience.
agreed with the whole art pricing thing. i remember hearing that when you sell handmade items/art that you should take the cost of making the item and multiple it by 3 and that's roughly how you come up with the price.
i do think that people have a tendency to mark up their work though because it's theirs and they think that their work/time is more valuable than other people's, but maybe that's just my cynicism for seeing too many paintings/art pieces that are hugely out of my price range.
the 1000 buck painting wasn't on a canvas actually. it was on a bunch of records attached to a big board. and i know good paints are expensive, i'm sure there was more than 20 bucks worth on there or whatever, but not 1000. under it there was a plaque with the artist's statement of what it was supposed to mean or whatever, and it was very pretensious, which tells me they were probably charging more for their time than i would want to pay.
sell the car and join a carshare. :)