What determine the value of your artwork? Part 3 “Medium”

Factor 2: “Medium”

The second factor that has a huge impact to the value of your art work is Medium or Media.

medium refers to the substance the artist uses  to create an artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble.

The plural of medium is media. Some of the most common media are oil paints (paints that use oil to hold pigments together), tempera (pigments held together with egg yolk), marble (soft, white stone), and bronze (a metal used to cast sculptures). Most artwork has notations following the titles of paintings that read along the lines of:

  • “Gouache on paper”,
  • “Tempera on board”
  • “Oil on canvas” “Ink on canson paper”.

All of those items listed above and more are media. 

Some comtempory artists uses other physical material  such as  polyethylene foam, chewing gum to even animals or human   hair  and all theses material are classified  as an artistic medium. Sometimes artists can become awesomely creative about this whole media, and you may run across things in The Art World that defy belief.

So create the art, that you love and that will make you proud. Create art that will provide the income to give you the lifestyle that you really want.


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I am a Business LifeStyle coach who specialises in working with artists, designers, crafters and all creative professionals. Myself and my partner Stuart Horrex are here to help you to achieve your Life & business goal and dreams. We have had over 20 years experience in finance, retail,furniture,food,wine fashion,crafts and hospitality.