Saturday, March 10, 2007

pick me pick me

I need some feedback. I have been swapping emails with Alan of Digital Art Reproductions in Victoria as it came to my attention after writing this post that anything over $20 coming into Canada from the USA is subject to hefty duties. As you can tell, I'm not a big online shopper myself so have yet to be honoured by Canada Customs in this loving way. So far, everything I've heard from Alan leads me to believe I will have a wider choice and pay lower fees by using his service, and I've heard through the grapevine (from a friend who works at another Victoria printing house) that he's pretty obsessive about quality.

Now -- what do I start with? I made a discovery this week -- one of those glaringly obvious principles that seem to pass by my notice on a regular basis. I discovered that what people say they like and what they actually buy are two vastly different things. For example, a friend gave me excellent feedback on a mini drawing I did and, since I priced it at only $18 and framing is a snap I thought he might take the next step, but was wrong. I seem to be wrong a lot these days which is what makes sorting this out such fun/a challenge/annoying/mind-blowingly frustrating. So here's my question to you:

Of the following paintings, which is the one you'd be most likely to buy if offered as a limited edition art print? (Don't worry -- this is an academic question so I promise not to send my thugs over with the thumbscrews if I never hear from you again.) Think in terms of appropriateness for needs, longevity, etc., etc. And thanks in advance -- without this forum I'd be up that proverbial creek, paddle free. (And I promise to pay the ransom and get the real Andrea back soon.)
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29 Comments:

Blogger CSL said...

Honestly, I like them all. But if you pinned me to the wall, I'd go with #1 (with the crane-type bird) and #3 (with the peace dove). I think. Because I sure do like the second-to-the-last one, too.

10/3/07 10:13 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Me too, I like all of them but if I were to choose one it would be something that is typically you and that would be the peace dove.

10/3/07 10:27 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh I love the "here is the ancient floor" and I'll actually order my copy now please!

10/3/07 11:17 AM  
Blogger catboxartstudio said...

Instead of just reading your blog, I'm finally going to comment - I just have to! This decision is very tough, I like them all. If I had to pick, my first choice would be, "Here is the Ancient Floor" followed by a very close second, "Dance". I'm a color freak!

10/3/07 11:50 AM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

I like them all.
Which one to choose?
One from the first four, I guess.
The trees are beautiful ...
can't decide.

You've changed your banner, I see.
I was thinking the other day that I liked the one with the Picassa saying a lot, and wondered what it would cost (my daughter would love to have it).

10/3/07 12:09 PM  
Anonymous B-man said...

November Mist

why?

COLOUR

why colour?

... I like this particular range of bluetopurply colours the most!!

..........

If you go to the Etsy homepage you will see what they consider to be the "Hierarchy of Buyers Desires"

#1 Colors
(an AMAZING colour search tool!!!!! TRY IT!)

#2 Treasury
(customers self proclaimed preferences)

#3 Showcase
(sellers self-proclaimed "Best")

#3 Geolocator
(where are ya anyways).

The subtext here is that buyers, in this particular marketplace, seem to care not about art as symbolism, emotion or message... but rather seek art as decor (colour wins first place!) or art as a follower of popular culture and trends (treasury)

What the artist thinks is third place, and where you are a distant fourth (hee hee ;)

In the car business there is an expression "New for show... Used for Dough". Perhaps for the modern artist there is a similar reality.

"My Soul for show... Pretty Colours for Dough".

Would living such a paradox be selling out.. or simply adapting to the realities of a marketplace in order to afford your passions... and groceries?


B-man

10/3/07 1:26 PM  
Blogger Aaron Paquette said...

Horses, trees and fish.

I'm a sucker for the big strong image.

10/3/07 2:35 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

The horses and the fishes. gimme! they are all gorgeous but those are the two I would buy.

10/3/07 3:22 PM  
Blogger nadine said...

Yikes. So hard to choose. I think the peace dove and the trees beside it are my winners. Your paintings appear to have such beautiful texture, I hope to buy an original one day... Am keeping my eye open for "the one".
Thank you for the comment on my little bird painting :-) I am such a fan of yours - it has made my day! The painting is 12"x12" on gessoed mdf. The pre-bird version is actually on my blog in a photo of my office area posted on June 1st. I had it hanging as just a blue square for ages!

10/3/07 7:26 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

I love them all!

But, I would probably be most likely to buy: dance, o pear 2, stations, and november mist

10/3/07 9:40 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

CSL: A good start -- thanks.

Cream: Peace dove x2.

Caroline: Gotcha. Now I'm up to 4! Eek!

Catbox: Ancient Floor x2.

Merisi: OK that means peace dove and Ancient Floor each have 3. And would your daughter want a custom banner? The old one was so busy I wanted to simplify a bit.

B-man: Interestingly, according to the pundits warm tones outsell cool ones something like two to one. Who knew? And are you sure this is a hieracrchy? It looks simply like a list of ways to conduct searches to me.

Aaron & Jaimie: the horses pull into the lead! (how appropriate)

Nadine: Angela: Interesting. As your comments give the peace dove (Stations) more votes, we're back at sqaure one with Staions and Here Is the Ancient Floor pulling up front. This is fascinating!

11/3/07 8:19 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I would buy the bottom left one for me, the top right one for my daughter, and the first tree image for my mother.

11/3/07 9:46 AM  
Anonymous b-man said...

list yes
hierarchy yes yes
hierarchical list yes yes yes

colour rules - i believe that if they were to have only ONE way to search the site it would be by colour. you can bet they spent a ton of dough and considerable energy to determine exactly what to place on that welcome page and precisely what order.

b-man

11/3/07 11:16 AM  
Blogger beadbabe49 said...

the dance and ancient floor...

11/3/07 12:29 PM  
Anonymous ziggi (L) said...

summer romance
november mist
I love your trees
(I once tried to but your aspen by the roadside but failed to get etsy to work (yes it's me!)- it is certainly a miracle that I own any of your art but I do and I love it!)
I do really like all of them and I would probably also go for the ancient floor because the colours would compliment my living room very well.

11/3/07 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Zig said...

BUY not BUT

11/3/07 1:11 PM  
Blogger daisies said...

well, since i have bought a print and love love love it by the way, if i were to buy more (which i likely will at some point this summer)~ easy top two are summer romance and november mist :) though i really like o pear 2 as well ...

11/3/07 7:58 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Barbara: Perfect answer because it gives me a bit of an idea of demographics. I'd choose the same as you -- not so surprising since we fit the same demographic, is it?

B-man: Sorry, dear Brian, you've overanalysed it. Skeptic that I am I just had to ask and the marketing admin responded "They're not in any special order."

Beadbabe: The Ancient Floor pulls into the lead...

Ziggi, across the pond, is that you in there??

Daisies: Yes! I figured you'd like O Pear! :)

11/3/07 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your art Andrea, i really do. However, me, my style, my clothing and my home decor are all very pastel...thats who i am. Do you ever, or should i ask can you or would you ever be comfortable painting a pale colored picture?

11/3/07 9:42 PM  
Anonymous b-boy said...

far out

you are the master now!!!

november mist

why

'cause i likes it

enjoy the rains

:*)

b-boy

11/3/07 9:46 PM  
Anonymous kyknoord said...

Must. Learn. To. Pay. Attention. I've just left the comment that was intended for here on someone else's blog. Oddly enough, it seems to work, so I'm going to leave it as is. Anyhoo, back to the business at hand: I'd go for November Mist in a flash.

11/3/07 10:47 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh, it's so hard to pick, but I think my favourites are the two with pears on them, and the one just below them with the trees and grass and hint of light in the back.

12/3/07 6:20 AM  
Anonymous albina said...

Hi! Blasted blogger is not letting me post under my own name, but here I am. Just in time for shopping!!! Here is the Ancient Floor is the one that I would love to pounce on -- I suppose I will have to get in line... and rest assured, if I will be sending any parcels over $20.00 to you, I will make sure to clearly mark them as GIFT! ha!

12/3/07 7:51 AM  
Blogger ziggi said...

O look I can be me today!
Yes over the pond in rainy Wiltshire!(Linda)

12/3/07 9:10 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Anonymous: Funny you should point that out. I never really noticed -- but you're right! I do have a couple (bottom left on this page: http://andreapratt.com/planesofbeing.html) but the subject matter is hardly 'pastel friendly' if you see what I mean.

B-boy: (I laughed out loud at that) As Adam would say, "Owned!"

Kyk: Hmm -- that's an interesting observation. Mix and match comments. On a bad day: Platitudes for free.

Heather: *&*^$#@! You're monkeying with my stats now! :) I was thinking I wanted to use the image of your penguin painting for something else so I'll let you know if I do prints. There's something about that one little painting that really seems to work for me.

Albina: OK, you sealed the deal. That one gets prints.

Ziggi: Hee hee -- I love it when I solve a mystery!

12/3/07 12:54 PM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Top Left & Bottom Left.
They both have that Aboriginal Acid Trip Vibe..

the top one has the whole water cycle thing going on (from the rain down to the decomposing fish that the crustaceans are marching down to consume) and the subtle message of how delicate it is and susceptible to our abuses...

the bottom piece adds music and a vanquished pleiseisaur outside of the cave and highlights our hubris by showing all of the people cheering despite the fact that they are depleting the fishery while believing that it is inexhaustable.

Bloody Marvelous!
LOVE the colours!!!

12/3/07 10:12 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

HE: Aboriginal acid trip vibe -- perfect! Can I use that in my artist's statement? :)

13/3/07 8:10 AM  
Blogger susan said...

top right, bottom right.
can we have some fish this summer?
i love all your work andrea, but these two are strongest for me.
xo
susan

13/3/07 6:46 PM  
Blogger HMBT said...

I love the trees, and the fish the best. I know you are probably over this now, as I found your blog just a moment ago...but Oh Loardy do those paintings make me want to run to my easel and create! I would like to know the pricing on your prints when they happen as I would love to buy one of these. (If they make it into the to be printed pile) I'll be back soon!

14/3/07 7:00 AM  

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