How do you respond when people say they can’t afford your artwork?

Kelly Borsheim wrote months ago with a terrific question. I still don’t have a good answer for it, so I thought I’d throw it out for anyone who can help.

What do you way when someone loves your work, praises it, and then, basically says, “I sure hope I win the lottery someday so I can afford it”?

In my business, I’m able to offer more affordable classes and e-books for those who can’t afford individual assistance.

But, what do you do?

To yourself, you might realize that they’re not your best customers, but what do you say out loud to respond to their comments?

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1 comment to How do you respond when people say they can’t afford your artwork?

  • Susan

    The best way to avoid this issue is to have smaller pieces available where you have used a similar technique/colours/scaling …yadayada, so that they CAN afford an art piece of yours… just maybe not the big one they’d like. (A kind of bait and switch if you like…). It affords them a way to become a collector of your works, so that some day they MAY be able to afford the ‘big one’. It also makes your works more flexible for gallery showings. As artists, we deserve to earn a fair wage for our work. You don’t have to work harder, just work smarter!