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How Much Do You Want for the Sailboat Painting?

When you do live painting in a restaurant or any other public venue, you encounter folks who like to ask questions or make comments which they view as totally original.

For instance:  “Oh, you missed painting over one of the numbers.” (Gee, you’re the first one tonight to say that!)  Or, as they see me with brush in hand: “Did you paint that?”  (No, the artist is in the rest room and I am just sitting here playing with her paints).  As if I am hard of hearing:  “Heck, I could do that” (Then why don’t you?)

My favorite, though, has to be the night we had a pretty big crowd of partiers.  I was diligently working on a new piece when a guy came up to me and asked how much I wanted for a small painting I had displayed.  I told him I was asking $220.  He scoffed and ambled away.

About an hour later, the same man appeared at my side, leaned close to me and with an alcohol-scented chuckle,  said “Do you really think that painting is worth $220?”

I thought for a moment and then replied, “Well, let’s see: considering the cost of the paints, canvases and brushes, the amount of time it takes me to do the work, the travel to and from the restaurant, years of training, and the more than 35 years of experience…You know, you are right!  Thanks for pointing out my error.  This painting is definitely UNDER priced.  I’m going to change that right now!”

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