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Many struggle with this issue of selling. Many also struggle with the muse, running out of creative ideas at times. I deal with these two issues as one and in a different sort of way. If we find the true nature of demographic, it is way too diverse for our muse to ever abandon us. As for selling, we are cunning enough to create, are we not? We merely make marketing our canvas and we are certain to sell as well as we create.

The nature of the SPAWN series is

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Selling can be fun... If you ever actually manage to sell anything!

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Selling can be fun... If you ever actually manage to sell anything!

Maybe I can help with that as things progress. It is an area I don't have trouble with. When I blossom in the spring I do photo shoots that more or less demonstrate a concept that never fails. I will try to post some of this years coming out here.

Mind you, there are some important subset details that are very important ~ especially with the economy the way it is. I address those as well. For example, a painting is dead weight, market wise, right now. But there are many ways that a painting can be processed ~ especially in the digital age. Maybe I can

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'Sounds interesting! So what is cabochon?

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'Sounds interesting! So what is cabochon?

A cabochon is a very simple way of finishing a stone or piece of glass. All that is needed to do it from raw material is an inexpensive diamond band saw and a wet belt sander. I also do Lucite, a high grade of acrylic, into cabochon. That material can be done intirely by hand. It is basically just flat on the back (where the image will be applied) and rounded on the show side. They are most often oval or egg shaped. One can buy them ready made, but even in stone the setup and skill in making them is very doable. It is rather relaxing at that. There are tricks to doing this well of course. I will gladly get into the whole thing in detail ~ but later. I am in the process of doing an upgrade on SPAWN ARSENAL and will be doing some online courses this summer when that is complete. I will gladly link that here. I don

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There is another thing about paintings that makes it difficult for some to sell. This is a delicate subject. I tend to step on artistic toes when I bring this up. Many artists tend to think in terms of emulating dead styles and dead technology, forgetting how conscious those like Da Vinci and Dali were aware of technology and those tricks it can lend the artist to trick the eye. That is what we do. We trick the eye. We are illusionists tricking the viewer into a sense of perspective, luminance, and life.

As an example, I pioneered a method before computers made it so easy to animate a painting that was executed on multiple layers of Lucite. The layers were not only painted, but they were engraved, etched, and abraded to refract light to predefined ends as one changed position relative to the image and the ambient light. As one moves about the room what was static becomes dynamic.

We need to start painting beyond the canvas. We need to start thinking beyond painting when we paint. It was Dali who infuriated his master by lifting the paper to capture a beard as part of a sketching assignment. We all know who Dali is, because such a trickster. No one really knows who that teacher is, because too uptight to play our game.

There is so much available to us now. Not to use all available to us is the leading cause of artist failure.

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I should add also that the age of the art gallery is past ~ as is the age of the agent now that we have the internet. Galleries don't matter anymore. When they do they are like the,

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The Bordellos evolved from there to selling clothing, makeovers, massage, much more jewelry, and nineteenth century bordello antiques. We catered to only coeds and those coeds were invited to spend the day doing homework and being pampered as well as spend money. They all needed to spend that money. Most especially when heading out at the end of semesters so they could have some memento of so strange a place as The Bordello. Again, this is another example of Life Theater that sells art. It puts those hyphenations about the work ~ much like Dali's mustache.

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Interesting stuff. There's a lot to think about here...

I'm not too worried about selling any of my own art. I only do pastel paintings for my own personal fulfillment.

I did have a little exhibition once. I could have sold a couple of pieces but withdrew the whole lot from sale when a potential customer tried to haggle over prices that hardly even covered the cost of my materials:

smb's Blog > A Disastrous First Exhibition

In short, I have never ever sold a single painting - and I don't expect to, either. (Mind you, if I could sell just the one, then at least I could be in the "same boat" as Van Gogh!!) Haha!! :rofl:

Interesting what you said about physical art galleries, though. On and off, over the last few years, I have been slowly building-up a small collection paintings by Filipino artists who's works I like. The intention was to have enough to be able to open a small art gallery when I retire... Well never mind, I can always make it more of a free coffee shop for socialites and other time-wasters!

There, is however a lot of scope for improving the online Store here at ArtFreaks.com. (You wouldn't even know there was one here unless you were looking for it. The current set-up is in a stand-alone part of the site and it is not integrated with the Forums...) The new set-up will be fully integrated with the Forums and, hopefully, it will allow all Full Members of the Forums to sell their art here.

That's a project for a later date though. Just watch this space!

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That is the point. Physical galleries are not as needed as they were, nor are agents, because we have the web. The web is actually becoming a far more effective place to show and will continue to improve. We also have coffee shops in this region that have shows that do very well, while there is a gallery directly across the street that is not doing well at all. We also have many events in this area that are very successful. People come from around the world to visit our Renaissance Fair in Kansas City. Here in this tiny little river town we have a fall art show that brings people in from all across the country. Events and websites are very effective ways to sell, but still require some theme. People just don't buy unknown art for investing like they once did. They buy it to have a token of some place they visited or something they were part of.

It really isn't about the selling. It is more about making a difference with me ~ to do some good. I do art to have an impact. If I get paid ~ that is good only in that it provides funds to do more art.

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Thanks for that. You have given me an idea...

My ArtWanted.com premium account was due for renewal and, with money being a bit tight at the moment, I was seriously thinking of letting it lapse. But your articles got me to thinking...

There is at least one artist member of these Forums who uses his account here to promote prints of his work that are for sale on various other websites. And that is absolutely fine by me! ArtFreaks.com aims to please, wherever it can be of use to any artist - professional or purely amateur. So I got to thinking, maybe I ought to start using this site for my own benefit too! And why not?!!!

ArtWanted.com have a print program for their premium members. Images can be printed on many different kinds of things - not just high quality paper. Artists and photographers can upload high resolution images of their work and these can be reproduced on all kinds of things that people can buy:

Buttons, Coasters, Playing Cards, Desk Organizers, Mugs - just to name a few! AW handle the billing, printing and shipping of the items. All the artists has to do is to upload their images, select the print program - and wait for the money to start coming in.

Well let's see if that one works for me!

Even better... Artists can sell their originals through AW too!

Thanks again for giving me the idea... :D

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