My last post wandered into some very deep areas. I had been stuck in that place for quite a long time and I hoped that by sharing my meandering thoughts someone would help me to see the situation differently. I knew I was venturing into some very personal areas, but the risk of that vulnerability seems to have paid off. Something in these two responses (from two different people) shifted things for me:
...this is a very interesting area. Your true reward is in doing the work but putting it into the world requires a price tag. I don't think there is an easy option, too cheap and people don't respect it, too expensive and people baulk at it, so you have to find a price that ultimately you feel comfortable with. The whole pricing structure of art is totally crazy anyway and I have never come to terms with it personally, my only advice is don't make it too cheap because people that are passionate about their work tend to do that.
Hm... I have a feeling you are undervaluing yourself. You're quite right about this inner battle and finding what replaces that feeling of 'wrongness.' So many people, however, have an uneasy relationship with money. It is just another form of energy and it needs to flow like any other. People are buying your artistic intention and energy. The higher value you place on this the more likely people are to see it as "something" of value (particularly people outside of your social group). It's a strange world we live in where people think money means quality but unfortunately this is the belief that a lot of people seem to have. I'd honestly be inclined to charge a bit more than the £50 to £70 you suggest. It's one thing to say you may sell more at the lower price but on the other hand you only have to sell fewer at the higher price and they'll be bought by people who really want or appreciate them.
I suddenly see what is of value here. My artistic intention and energy actually are something. I'm not sure I properly saw that before.
I'm finding it a little sticky to be getting so personal here, and yet I don't believe that this problem is confined only to me. We don't see ourselves. We don't understand our value. Our unique, human value, simply as who we are. No-one special, no-one more valuable than anyone else. Each one seriously, properly, valuable.
Perhaps this is one of the roots of blocked creativity.