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My apologies for the poor grammar to follow.
I'm thinking of seeking commissions. I have only just begun painting. I'm thinking of billing my time like an auto shop mechanic. if a competent mechanic can fix a gear box in an hour, and it takes me three, I don't get to charge you 3 times the labour costs.
I've done three works since September. The first (grandmothers) took me Three months, as I was so slow at mixing colour and had no clue. My second Painting (dog) took four weeks. The painting I am now working on will be done inside two weeks. In my opinion all three should have taken a week each, 40 hours probably less.
The works I have done were for family, gifts for special occasions in their lives. If I Had done them as commissions I would have to charge a minimum of a 1000 dollars Canadian or 7oo USD. They are all 18 by 24.
Because only the commissioner would ever want these types of daily life and portrait type paintings, I mean I would not pay 700 USD unless that was my dog, or my grandparents I feel that I should be able to ask at least that.
I may be deluded as hell. I do not know. Anyway would like to hear some opinions.