The truth about those starving artists sales...
It's always been a sad joke amongst the art community when your local 'highway motel' hosts a 'starving artist' sale.
I set out to write an article but, first went online to see what was available for documentation.
What I found was this wonderful article that said it all...
well, almost all...
Being that these "original" art sales 'with nothing held back' occured frequently in my hometown in Utica in New York State, a fellow artist and I were head out for some plein air painting one morning and ran across one. WELLLLLL... we couldn't resist-
We walked in, looking around rather quickly, like we would be making a fast exit, which got the immediate attention of a fast talking salesman.
'Do you see something you like?' he asked. We replied yes but, how much would the painting be without the frame ?
They were selling 8x10 'paintings' framed for $10.00 !
He explained that he would have to charge us $7.00 for the painting, so we might as well just take the frame for the extra $3.00..
We replied "oh, we don't want the painting, we want the frame". And the look on his face had us cracking up all the way to the car !