Daily Paint Works – For Selling Artwork Online

Sun On Spring Trees Oil Painting by Jessie Rasche
Sun On Spring Trees Oil Painting by Jessie Rasche

Jessie just signed up for a new site that specializes in helping 2-D artists sell their work online. Naturally, I asked her to tell me about it. The site doesn’t handle sculptures, but I know many of you sell paintings and prints, so you might be interested.

Jessie is trying out  Daily Paintworks, which is sort of the artists’ new alternative to selling on Ebay. There is a monthly fee of $9.95 which gets you a personal page and free listings (unlike Ebay where you can post without a member fee – or pay a member fee, depending on your preference). The DPW interface is very easy to use and even has an option to auto-load from your blog! And the postings are attractive. So far Jessie gives it a thumbs up.

Here is an example listing (Jessie’s). (And if you happen to like her work, she always appreciates comments on her blog.)

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/9291

If you’ve tried this site for selling artwork, or any other site, please let us know how it worked out for you. Who wouldn’t like to make more money selling their artwork?

5 thoughts on “Daily Paint Works – For Selling Artwork Online

  1. Regardless of where an artist sells his or her art online; it is always the artist’s personal website that becomes the most important gallery to truly represent the art. Business cards with a sample of the artist’s works on it is also a great marketing tool with little work involved. A small five page site is all you will ever need. They are very affordable and very easy to build from a template. I started my first site this way by using GoDaddy. Your domain costs is about $10 a year and $5 a month to host your site with all of the support you need. Don’t hold me to the price though. That was two years ago. They were very helpful and most patient with me. Having a site or page is as important to an artist’s success today as the business card use to be.

    Have you ever considered how the customer/buyer would know where to start shopping for good art online with so many galleries pages listed that goes on and on. Do a search, there are literally thousands. I visited quit a few when I first considered the possibility of selling through an online only gallery. It took me days to go through just a few pages and to visit them. I can’t imagine what I missed. Although there were some professional looking galleries; which only means that the web designer was good, but most had a lot of basic level art for sell. It appeared that most of these galleries accepted any art just to make the buck. I don’t have an issue with anyone at any level selling art. I think that’s great. I sold my first impressionistic oil painting when I was 12 years old. I can’t imagine what it would look like to me today if I were to see it. They may have thought it was an abstract. However when you have to pay a membership and a fee or percentage if sold, then I believe that the site should be selective of what quality of art is allowed. The buyer sees this just as well and leaves with the impression that the online galleries and the art are not as reputable as the selective brick and mortar galleries. Sure there are the snobs in the brick buildings and who needs them, but if your art is good enough then most smaller galleries that have nice art loving people will accept a few pieces. They may charge more percent than most online galleries but the chance of selling is greater, especially with the more expensive pieces. It appears that prints do well online and at gallery shows, and they can be sold on your site as well.

    I did one major show that totally wore me out. I felt psychologically exhausted. I won’t even go into what that entailed. I didn’t really start to paint again for about six months. Maybe it just isn’t for me but I am glad to have had the experience. I’ve learned the hard way that in the end, a few pieces in several galleries work best for me. I think most buyers would prefer to see the piece, especially when it may be costly. This is just my opinion and from experience. I hope I don’t sound negative or discouraging. The market has also changed much over the past few years, making it even more difficult for us artists regardless of where or how we sell our art.

    I am the type of character that is always exploring for new possibilities. Two of the major things I’ve learned is: while people may not be willing to buy art at certain times; we creative being are always willing to learn something new. If your art isn’t selling as you had reasonably planned, then look for other creative ways to promote you and your art. For example, video or photograph the steps taken as you paint. Now you can sell prints of your finished work, or resize them accordingly to sell as ACEOs, or even altered prints, or how about writing and selling it as a tutorial in PDF or ebook format. Sell it on your site, network with other artist, start a YouTube art channel, and even open an Etsy shop or on Ebay. These are just a few of the options available that can earn you extra money and experience.
    Lets face it, we all could use the extra experience. Artists have to be entrepreneurs in order to be successful in today’s market. The best we can do is to nurture ourselves, create what our spirits sing, and refuse to fear the games that life sometimes plays on us. If your art sells then great, and if it doesn’t… then you will have another masterpiece in your collection.

    Please don’t give up and what ever you do, never never take it personally. Use any downtime to grow and develop as an artist, and always create for yourself above all others, except for your higher being if you feel you have one.

    I am enjoying myself between building my new site, teaching classes and workshops, and writing my series of ebooks, and squeezing in a painting when I can grant myself the time.

    I just released the first book on Amazon two days ago. It feels wonderful, in fact it feel so wonderful that I am giving it away for free on Amazon on Feb 4 only. That is this Saturday. All I ask is that if you have some time to please rate the book and leave a review on Amazon. If not then still enjoy the project. It will be time well spent. The title is “Acrylic & Mixed Media Painting: Exploring The Possibilities Series” Book 1 “A Bas Relief Painting“. You can still read it even if you don’t own a handheld Kindle or reading device. Just visit my website and download Amazon’s Kindle for PC free. Go the “Resources & Links” page or the “Business Of Art” page.
    AcrylicAndMixedMediaPainting.com

    Explore! Experiment! Create!
    C F Jernigan
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    • Thanks for the tips. And congratulations on the publishing of your book – it looks interesting. I think a lot of paper mache artists are also “Mixed Media” artists, without knowing the term. Learning more about it is on my to-do list — which seems to get longer every day!

  2. Hello!

    This is David, the creator of Daily Paintworks.

    I came across this post and very much appreciated reading the positive review. I was also grateful to be able to read Judy’s comment and see the opportunity to improve the site by adding media to the quick search bar on the left.

    Jessie – thanks for helping Judy out! We are very happy to have you as a member and have your beautiful art on the site.

    Take care,
    – David

  3. The daily paintworks site is attractively put together, but why wouldn’t they have their art searchable by medium? Seems like a pretty basic concept but unless I overlooked it, I couldn’t see any way to zone in on a particular medium, just searching by artist name or by genre.

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