My wife and I have been looking for some art to put in the new house. We went to a couple places here in Nashville and the wife had some sticker shock at the prices.
We were looking for something big 48" x 60", and I saw something that I liked and my wife was like: "$800 for that? We could paint that!"
I inform her that a 4' x 5' foot canvas is $100 +, paint can be in the $150-400 range, and easel can be anywhere from $200 to $1,500, and then you have brushes $50-$200, supplies (drop cloths/mineral spirits/turpentine/apron/palettes/cans/jars/primer), a large room to paint that fucking 4 x 5 foot painting in that you don't mind trashing with splatter/mess, and at maybe 3-20hrs of time to paint that large of a picture (even if its just a sloppy abstract thing).
She's thinks I'm lying..... we end up going home annoyed at each other.
Then today there's a delivery van pulling into the driveway, and she's like: "you weren't lying! And you're estimates were almost exactly correct!"
She ended up spending around $1,500 on art supplies at the local Jerry's Artarama and now wants to paint all the art to hang in the house.
The delivery van was needed because 4 x 5ft canvases didn't fit into the car.