Wednesday, December 2, 2009
One of the most satisfying things to do with art is to sell it. I sold this piece (when it was nicely framed) to someone from Massachusetts who happened to be visiting the area. This piece was "for sale" and hanging in a show at a local coffee shop. I have also sold my art at craft shows and (at times) when people have asked directly if things were for sale (this tends to be for sports photography). Besides photography, my biggest sellers tend to be smaller pieces with reasonable prices. Greeting cards also tend to be big sellers. Someday I would like to sell larger pieces, and I occasionally think about opening an etsy shop or trying to find some other way to sell online, but I think that's still in my future. I'd love to hear other people's experiences selling their art.
And I want to say a word about the flip side . . . buying art. I love to buy original art and hang it about my studio. I find it inspiring, and I love supporting my fellow artists. I had a wonderful time on Sunday, Dec. 29, at an art fair, buying Christmas gifts and gifts for myself. Many of my local fellow-artists were there, and it was fantastic to see their wares. I even received a gift. My art friend Cindy had taken a couple inchies that I made for a swap, and she turned them into wonderful charms (through the magic of soldering). I love them! Thanks Cindy! Before that, the last piece of original art I bought was a small shrine by Michael Demeng called "Thicker than Water." What was the last original art you bought?
*"What do you plan for it" is a semi-regular series inspired when Gennifer asked what I planned for some of my art. It suggests ideas for what to do with all the wonderful art we create.