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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Selling Your Art

Last month I sold a few images on ETSY.

They were all copies or reproductions of originals that I created in the past. One was a copy of a picture from a book I illustrated that I retained the rights to. One was a watercolor reproduction that I recently added to my site.


Reproduction sold last week.
Although I do not think I will ever get rich selling off these sites, I do think they are important. Agents, publishers, and others look for our work. They need patterns, illustrations for children's books, pix for stationary, umbrellas, cloth, and plenty of other art.

I use Etsy, Facebook, and I just discovered Society6. People use eBay, Art Fire, Craigslist, and many others. HERE is a list of 18 places you can use to get your art out there.

If you are looking to start your art career or just make a few extra dollars, there are plenty of places for you to start. 

xo

53 comments:

  1. Congrats Dea! Your painting is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the info!

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    1. Thanks Mona! Also thanks for the Photoshop tip about the watermarks--I added it to the blog post. Much appreciated. xo

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  2. Wonderful painting, your art should sell well. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie! Happy PPF to you too! xo

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  3. Lovely piece! Congratulations on your sales!

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  4. Even if it's never going to make us super rich, it's nice knowing that someone else appreciates your work enough to pay $$ for it and lovingly hang it in their home! :) Happy PPF!

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    1. So true BPBunny! I do love the thought of that...although the money is not bad either. Happy PPF! xo

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  5. Beautiful, make sure you have instagram too...they scout that for artist constantly! The more you have out there the more your style becomes recognized! All the best!

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    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Yes Giggles! I love Instagram--it is my online portfolio. I remember in the old days when I was a makeup artist I used to hike around with my big black leather portfolio--and of course it got heavier with each photo shoot. Life is easier now--at least in that way. xo

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  6. Beautiful Painting and Thank you for the tips. I bookmarked that info.

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    1. Oh good Heather! So glad that the info may come in handy. And thank you--have a great week! xo

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  7. It's great to hear that your paintings sell well. This is gorgeous painting again. Happy PPF ♥

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    1. Thank you very much Sirkka. They sell funny--sometimes like crazy and then it's crickets for a while.(I wish that people would write reviews with their purchases--it helps.) Have a great week! xo

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  8. Lovely painting. I'm drawn to the colors used and the feel of being in the shadow on a warm sunny day.

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    1. Thank you Laila! I tried to convey they warmth. (As I sit here staring at the snow falling--enough already!) Have a great week. xo

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  9. Your watercolor house is a home of happiness, so much light.

    Great that you are selling, keep on!

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    1. Thank you thank you Susu! I love the beach and would do anything if we could just have the warm sun all year! Yes I know I could move--but I think I would miss too many people! xo

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  10. I really like the way the shadows hit the building in this gorgeous painting, Dea.

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    1. Thank you Faye--I am trying to get used to watercolors. xo

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  11. a lovely painting-congrats, and thanks for the list!

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    1. Thank you Linda, and you are welcome. Have a great week. xo

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  12. I can see why this lovely piece sold! Thanks for the art selling tips, will have a closer look at these sites!

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    1. Thank you Christine! It was a reproduction so happily I can sell it again and again. xo

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    1. Thank you William! I love anything beachy. xo

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  14. Your style is charming and very nice!! Thanks for the tips on selling! It is a goal of mine to try selling on Etsy....and see what happens. :) I'm happy for you!

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    1. Julene I hope you do it. It is relatively easy--a bit time consuming--BUT once you have a few up there you can use the COPY button and just change the picture and a few words. I would be happy to help if you need it. xo

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  15. It has been ages since I sold anything. Most were sold in 2006 in a Missouri art community and the ones that went were all nudes. I haven't done any of those since my husband died. He was my biggest fan. LOL Thanks for the sites and for showing your wonderful art work.

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    1. I was thinking I have to get out there and into more galleries! I got lazy. Thanks for coming by. Happy PPF! xo

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    1. Thank you thank you Maarit! I stopped by your site too.xo

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  17. thank you..perhaps one day i will try and sell again but I often just print them out on cards for a local autism charity to sell

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    1. Aww such a nice thing to do. Good luck with Etsy. xo

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  18. no wonder it's sold, it's a beautiful painting. I just recently decided to close down my Etsyshop. It's getting too big and I didn't get any views anymore compared to a few years ago. I love Society6 though. Thanks for the link, have to check it out!

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    1. Yes it's getting like Facebook--they want you to advertise for views. 😔 That is why I am branching out. Yes I'll have to get to know Society6 more. Have a great week! xo

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  19. This is lovely and thanks so much for sharing the list... I use instagram and have had a huge amount of sales and work come my way... it is such a great platform... there are so many now!

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    1. Yes Instagram is wonderful, and paired up with a vehicle of sorts for actual sales it can't be beat. Have a great week. xo

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  20. Your painting is beautiful, full of light.
    Interesting that you sell through Instagram.

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    1. Thank you Sheila! Instagram is a good vehicle. I list my website and have had many visitors--my Etsy shops are listed on my website. Have a great week! xo

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  21. Beautiful painting! Reminds me of Greece in the summer. :) Happy PPF! :)

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    1. Cozy you are not the first to say that! I have to go...
      Have a great week! xo

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  22. thanks for the list! i love your painting...happy PPF

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    1. Thanks alarmcat! Have a great week and happy PPF! xo

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  23. That's so great Dea and your painting is beautiful, filled with light and sun, thanks for all you've shared!

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    1. Thank you so much Kat! I wish it was summery and warm NOW! xo

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  24. Thank you for your link! I am looking for a publisher other than Amazon, to put out a coloring book. Thank you for sharing that link! Your painting, by the way, is exquisite.

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    1. Thank you so much Beth! Are you looking to self-pub?

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  25. Fantastic shading. . love the house. Thanks for the links. Blessings, Janet PPF

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    1. Thank you so much Janet! Hope the links come in handy! xo

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  26. Thank you for posting these for us all, what a great way to motivate us to take this step forward. You are a great illustrator, and so open to sharing your knowledge as well. What a fun place to brighten our days.

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