Sorry.<br />
Manufacturing has destroyed people's perception of the time and effort really involved in any work done by hand, and the cost of materials that cannot be bought in bulk.<br />
Your choices <br />
produce something with popular appeal that can be reproduced<br />
produce classic pieces of high level craftsmanship for the upper middle classes<br />
or become very fashionable and highly promoted by galleries to wealthy collectors.<br />
There is quite simply no easy path for artists; <br />
earning enough for a modest living is possible for about one in 5,000.<br />
A wage per hour just doesn't apply to piece work.

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Even when i did sell a painting for a 5 figure sum,.it was innovative ,high quality materials and construction ,which is not cheap ,very appealing to all the sponsors and the public at large ,quite unique in its style and technique ,part of a series ,never before exhibitted ,Quite big scale (1600 x 2100mm) ,culturally significant ,will only get better with age ,from known artist etc etc..Yes it took me 3 months of 100% effort thru day and night and against all odds,.delivered to a gallery more than 140 kilometres away etc...With all the inherent risks and background work that goes into it ..such as poverty suffered just to afford the paint/canvas,sealers,strainer etc...With ALL the work done by me and no-one else..<br />
So the hourly rate was still probably about $5 per hour....<br />
After i'm dead the price will probably be at least 100 times the original purchase price within say 20 years.<br />
A plumber i know charges $82 an hour ,even for easy jobs ,and within 20 years ,whether dead or not ,their work will probably be worth nothing much aside from the price of scrap copper, which most of the fittings these days are plastic.<br />
Being an "artist" can be a good hobby for the rich ,.whereas if you are born a 'true' artist ,.then it can be a curse which will torment you for many years.

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