Hi everyone, I’d like to tell you about a new feature I added to my website store to make buying original art more affordable and accessible. The past couple years, I’ve been looking for a method to divide the cost of an original artwork into smaller payments so anyone on a budget can get the artwork they want. This is pretty common practice in the art gallery world, where the cost of a pricey piece of art is split into payments with a paper contract and cheques. I’m offering this automated digitally because my ultimate goal is to have more art in your homes. I’m writing this post as an explanation and for transparency, but a more concise FAQ is here.
There are many third-party companies offering this as a solution, but they take a big percentage of the sale as well as basically being loan sharks. You may see them in other ecommerce stores (Klarna, Afterpay, Sezzle being a few), and they appear very forgiving…until you miss a payment and they go after you with credit collectors and try destroy you credit score. I don’t want anyone who collects my art to take out a sketchy loan with a little-known company, so I kept looking for another way.
I finally found a simple software solution that integrates with my website and is directly connected to me, no third-party companies.
How It Works
Let’s do an example. Here are 2 artworks that costs $235 USD. I may have forgotten to even say anything about these even though I really enjoyed painting them. The first is a plein air painting from the Verdun waterfront of a gorgeous willow and a red house tucked away in the background. The second is based on a photo I quickly snapped on the bus to Toronto – the center of a intersection offers the best perspectives.
Watercolor Painting Original Art – Downtown Toronto Art / Cityscape Painting / Ink Drawing / Urban Art$ 235.00 — available on subscription from $ 9.78 / month for 24 months
Watercolor Painting Original Art – Red House Painting / Weeping Willow Painting / Verdun Neighbourhood Painting$ 235.00 — available on subscription from $ 9.78 / month for 24 months
You can either pay $235 upfront.
Or get it in time for spring redecoration at $40 a month (6 months, based on Canadian winter…*cough*). There are faster plans, check it out.
Or you can spread out the cost of these paintings over a year for $20 a month.
This may seem like a long time, but when’s the last time you thought about your Netflix subscription or phone bill? I’m certain the end would sneak up quite fast and suddenly, you’d have an original painting on your wall!
I’ve gone through and added this feature to all my original art.
So what do you think?