Profit and Losses of Peonies and Poppies Still Life in the Art Studio

Notes from my artist’s journal:

Saturday’s flowers for $12.00 from the Hardscrabble Farm stall at the Farmers Market resulted in “Peonies and Poppies Still Life” 12 x 16 inch acrylic painting sketch shown here just as itwas completed in the studio. Thegessobord was $5.20 and the paints used maybe $2.80 bringing the total investment for materials to around $20.00 dollars. Then there is my hard-earned skills, creative genius and of course my time.

Peonies and Poppies Still Life 12 x 16 acrylic painting sketch just completed  in the studio by Terrill Welch 2015_06_07 305

I took it off easel and set it next to the flowers for a moment.

A June Sunday morning in the studio by Terrill Welch 2015_06_07 379

This was my June Sunday morning in the studio and a good morning it was!

I usually do not sell these sketches as they remain in my private collection for reference. But I felt for now I had done all that I wanted to do with this subject. I was quite pleased with the sketch and decided it could stand on its own as a finished work.

On Monday morning I posted the quick acrylic sketch on social media for the purchase price of $400 including shipping.

Late Monday evening the painting sketch SOLD!

Peonies and Poppies still life 12 x 16 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2015_06_07 477

Prints of this work are still available and can be purchased by clicking the image or HERE.

On Wednesday morning the e-transfer of funds was deposited and I had finished packaging and shipping the painting sketch to the new collector. I went to the small town of Sidney B.C. and purchased ink for my big printer, canvases and paints. The total was $368 dollars. I heaved a bit of a frustrated sigh as all of my profits from the sale, after supplies, taxes and shipping, were immediately reinvested back into the studio. Then I chided myself with the reminder that at least I had profits to reinvest.

Now it is Thursday morning. The flowers have faded. The peonies remind me of soiled pink toilet paper and poppy petals lay scattered onto the table.

Maybe, I will feel inspired to paint peonies and poppies again next year.

Don’t get me wrong I am THRILLED to have this work with a collector who I KNOW will treasure this painting sketch! I am always thankful and humbly grateful to ALL the art collectors who purchase my work. It is just that, well…. It’s all good right?

So goes the profits and losses of painting a peonies and poppies still life sketch in my art studio.


What are you adding up today?


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9 thoughts on “Profit and Losses of Peonies and Poppies Still Life in the Art Studio

  1. I think the painting is lovely, Terrill. And the gifts of your art, to me, are endless. In your painting the flowers will never wilt — for one.
    What am I adding? You ask.
    Words. It is a writer’s continuous concern. : )

    • And that it is Leanne 🙂 Thank you for dropping in and offer some kind words and your support. All the best of today to you as you wrangle though words into substantive prose.

  2. Congratulations on the sale, and the reinvestment in your art. Isn’t that they way it is suppose to work? We don’t always have the upfront awareness of the profits and loss, or at least I don’t!
    Hey Van Goghs sketches sell for millions today, imagine !

    Truthfully I have yet to really see a profit from my art not in a financial way at least. I do profit from the fact that the photographs get sold and get attention. I am grateful for the opportunity to share art with the world.

  3. Terrill — Congratulations on the sale of the painting, and oh-so-quick it was! It was fun to read about the ups and downs of “high finance.”

    We just returned from a 3-day road trip to see Len’s mom in Montana. It took us 10 hours to drive there. We spent a full day with her. And it took another 10 hours to drive back. When you factor in the cost of gasoline, two nights in a pet-friendly hotel, and the price of restaurant food, it came to $500 for an 8-hour visit.

    Worth it? Yes! Just like your Peonies and Poppies still life painting.

    • It sure was Laurie and you made giggle at the “high finance” reference. Ah but it is another grand day here I the island and I shall be back at it in the studio by tomorrow!

  4. Congratulations!!! The lucky owner will receive many dividends from this kind of magnificence! Some of your work is practically worth attempting a bank robbery to obtain! 🙂

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