It's no wonder artists are starving. People want their art for free. This morning I received yet another plea from a charitable agency, offering us the opportunity to support their ongoing mission by promoting Steve Henderson's oil paintings.
|Kittens, auctions, and flowers—harbingers of spring.
Garden Gatherings by Steve Henderson, available
as a signed limited edition print and note card
through the Steve Henderson Fine Art website.
Translation: "Please give us one of your oil paintings to sell, and we will keep all the proceeds."
It's along the lines of free kittens: if you ever make the mistake of letting people know that you're looking for a cat, you will be inundated with "offers." In the same way, if you drop by the grocery with a dab of paint by your right ear, you'll have a message on the answering machine waiting for you when you get back, requesting a donation for a worthy charitable cause, and we all love worthy charitable causes, don't we?
Of course we do. That's why we, along with many individuals and businesses, support them—generally ones of our own choosing. For those who unsolicitedly solicit a contribution, we have come up with a win/win situation:
We provide an oil painting for charitable fundraisers when one of the two following conditions are met:
1) Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale go to the oil painting artist or
2) The charitable organization purchases the oil painting from us at a wholesale value.
Generally, we have found that this ends the conversation.
You will never win by saying no, but this is not saying no; it's counter-offering in an effort to educate people that art is not free, producing it is not done in a vacuum, and artists need-and deserve-compensation for what they do.
If we all join together in promoting this message, some of it just may get through. Where do you stand on the issue? Leave a comment and let me know.–Carolyn