We have dreams of making a lot of money with our work, most of us. Those are easy fantasies. Harder is to look in the opposite direction.

What your work is worth is, really, a balance between the most anyone would pay and the least. Which, let’s face it, is nothing, even assuming both ends of the scale are occupied by people who want your thing. But just as art is a gift to you, it’s also one you can decide to make.

Consider that, rather than lowball a piece or store it away, you could give it to someone—a person—who will value it as a precious gift, rather than squeezing the thing for pennies because you have a hard time getting the dollars.

Sometimes gifting is a choice of high value, not lowest possible profit.