Plein Air Pricing

There’s a lot that goes into free range/outdoor/plein air painting. Awhile back I thought it would be fun to come up with a scale for adjusting the price of paintings based on the realities of the conditions one must deal with to haul one’s studio miles from home and sometimes miles from the nearest road. The outdoors bring a whole different set of occupational hazards that just aren’t present in the studio. If you were browsing my available original paintings you might have noticed some unusual pricing, well, this is how arrive at the cost of each free range/outdoor/plein air painting posted on this site. It’s all meant in fun and hopefully helps give an idea of what artists deal with to bring their visions back from the field for you to enjoy… and I hope that you do. Thanks!

 

Base Price:
• $1.25 per square inch

Travel Costs:
• Distance From Eureka, CA- $0 per mile
• Overnight Travel Required- $50
• Sleeping in Van Required- $25
• Tricky Urban Van Camping Required- $25

On the Ground Logistics Costs:
• Paid Parking- Cost of parking
• Parking: Absolutley Questionable ($15) / Definitely Illegal ($25)
• Parking Ticket Issued- Cost of ticket
• Painted from Roof Platform on Van- $25
• Private Land: With Permission ($25) / Without Permission ($50)
• Posted: No Trespassing- $75
• Harassed by Authorities/Told to Leave- $75
• Citation Issued- Cost of Citation
• Fence/Gate Hopping- $25
• Barbed Wire- $25
• Blood- $25
• Hauling Gear on Foot- $30 per mile
• Off Trail Wilderness Tromping- $15
• Climbing/Vertical Scrambling: Some($25) / LOTS, and SKETCHY! ($75)
• Full On Bushwhacking: A Little ($25) / LOTS! ($75)
• Poison Oak Observed: Some ($15) / LOTS! ($50)
• Ticks Observed on Skin/Clothing: One or Two ($25) / LOTS OF EM!? ($25)
• TICK BITES!- $125 EACH!
• Bee/Wasp/Insect Stings/Bites- $15 each
• Mosquitoes: Just Annoying ($15) / LOTS, and HUNGRY! ($35)
• Approximate Wind Speed- $2 per mph
• Lack of Shade: Partial/Mixed ($10) / Cooking in the Hot Sun! ($50)
• Temperature, Heat/Cold- $1.50 per degree (f) over/under 65
• Public Distractions ($25) / Strangers Openly Questioning My Livelihood ($50)

Discounts:
• Painted in Cool and Relaxing Shade: -$25
• Sustenance Delivered: Snacks(-$25) / Cold Beer (-$50) / Snacks AND Cold Beer (-$75)
• Surf Session Before or After Painting: Fun (-$25) / REALLY Fun (-$50)
• Room and Board for 1 Week During Paint Tour of Your Area: Your painting is FREE!