'Painting With Light' Limited Edition Prints

Seven years later, whilst we were living in Marbella, my sister Rayner contacted me to say she was excited by my photography and thought I should market my pictures as limited-edition prints, because having looked at them again she felt they still looked great after all these years. 

I had found a particularly good printer nearby and I then decided to see how big and how well he could print one of my photographs.  I was pleasantly surprised how good the results were.  We also soon learnt that there was going to be an international art festival in the centre of Marbella and people were asked to make contact if they wished to exhibit.  So, I decided to take the plunge and booked a tent for myself.

Not knowing how well my pictures would sell, I decided to offer a limited edition of 250 of each picture and offer three sizes of each, signed, and numbered.  As the printer was able to print to order and deliver really quickly.  I offered three assorted sizes priced at between 140 euros, and 450 euros for the largest size. 

But expecting that if I did sell, during the weekend the buyers would probably want their print immediately (as so many would be tourists and might be leaving the next day) so I ordered quite a few prints of different sizes of each picture that I had chosen to show and had one of each framed to display hanging in the tent. 

Marbella's first International Festival of Art

Marbella's first International Festival of Art

The fair was on for a long weekend from 11:00am till 11:00pm every day and for safety, we had to take everything home overnight and set it up again the next morning. 

It was quite hard for us to cover the hours involved, but we met our neighbours, who were very friendly, and we also had many visitors which helped the time pass quickly.  Sadly, it was a dead loss - not one sale!  But I got to meet the owner of a well-established gallery, in the golden mile, that invited me to have a chat later. 

The outcome was that I was told they would be interested in my pictures, but only if I scrap my marketing basis and instead make much larger prints at least 120cm and limit the edition to a maximum of 8, then to price them at about 5,000 euros each! 

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