Taxguy–thanks for your kind words about my artwork! No, alkyds are not that common, but last I checked, the major art manufacterer Windsor-Newton made an affordable line of alkyd paints, so they are really accessable. I love 'em.
To answer your question, yes, in my experience, 50/50 is not uncommon. I usually sell pottery (“fine art pottery”) though, so perhaps the rules are different for other kinds of art, but I don’t see why. (It also may be a regional thing–I have sold a lot of my stuff in the L.A. area,)
beanbows, I know what you mean. Some people are just cheap SOBs.
I especially cannot understand the occasional outrage at my prices. What is this? Am I selling the cure for cancer? Baby’s milk for their starving child? No. I am selling artwork, something they will not die if they don’t get at a deal. If they don’t like my work enough to pay a decent price for it, they will surely survive. No need to get so outraged as if I have a lot of nerve pricing my work for what I consider to be a decent price. (And I always price it on the low side.)
One funny story (while I’m on a roll). I once took one of my plates to a gallery, and we were haggling over the price it should go for. I wanted something like $50. Surely not an outrageous price–not by a long shot for the work I put into it. That would mean the price would be $100 after the gallery added their cut.
The gallery lady balked. She said, “I could understand if you were an established name, but you are not. I don’t think we’ll be able to sell it for this price.”
But I wouldn’t budge. I just wouldn’t. $50 was not that much. I knew the gallery lady was just being pragmatic (she wouldn’t get any money until it sold) but I just couldn’t see selling it for any lower. I fully expected for her to say, “Sorry we can’t do business.” and leave it at that.
But she shrugged her shoulders and said she’d give it a chance. And so I left the plate with her.
I got call a few hours later (or maybe it was the next day…I can’t remember). The gallery had sold that damned plate, that quickly! The gallery lady was very pleased that she gave the plate a chance!