Here in the USA you frequently see advertised "Starving Artist Sale, Original Oil Paintings, Nothing over $29.95.
This truly is enough to discourage you from pursuing or taking a chance at art for a career to make your living. Most often the paintings sell for $10 to $20. For God's sake, the materials of; oil paints, canvas, brushes, lacquers, thinners, and frames, cost more than what they are selling them for. Are these sellers taking advantage of artists down on their luck and selling out of desperation at any price, even a significant loss? Even if these people have a speed painting style and technique of whipping these out in less than an 15 minutes time, consider the cost of materials. The cost of materials from all catalogs I have seen far exceed $10 or $20 dollars.
It is bad enough here in the USA they are out sourcing far too many good paying jobs that provided people a good living. If we are left to our own wits and talents to create our own income, how in the world are artists to make a sustainable income if their works are selling so cheaply.
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