Daisy and Mike, the Boer goat and her friend the tomcat, are finally finished. I put the last coat of varnish on Mike yesterday afternoon. No video about painting Mike, I’m afraid – I changed the colors on him so often that the video just didn’t make any sense. I’ll try to be more organized next time.
And about selling art online…
As I mention in the video, I’m starting to do some research about the business of selling art online. It’s been a long time since I’ve sold physical artwork, and I’ve never sold art online. That means taht I don’t even know enough about the market to feel comfortable about putting a price on this sculpture.
And I do need a price, because the proceeds of the sculpture will go to the Heifer Foundation, a group that gives goats (and chickens and bees and sheep – and may be even some water buffaloes) to subsistence farmers here in the US and overseas.
For months now, I’ve been fending off suggestions from friends and family, who have been urging me to start selling my sculptures – and not just for this one fund-raising venture, but as a real business. I’ve been hesitant, because I know how hard it can be to make a living selling art. And the one time when I had a product that sold like crazy, even getting a write-up in a national magazine, I discovered that I hate making the same thing over and over again. (I did enjoy making the dolls one more time, when I wrote a book that shows you how make your own.)
So – can I learn how to build a viable business that doesn’t take all the fun out of sculpting? Can I find a market that will pay me enough so I don’t mind letting my babies go? (I do get really fond of them, you know. I’m going to miss Daisy and Mike something terrible when they finally go to their new home).
I also think this is an especially challenging time to start a business like this, because I have a sneaking suspicion that a recession is on its way. When will it hit? Who knows – but selling luxury items during a recession is super-hard.
Still – I think it’s going to be a very exciting project, and I do hope you’ll help me with some of my research. As I mentioned in the video, I’d really love to see your favorite artists’ sites, just so I can see what other people are doing to sell their own work. If you sell art online and you’d like to share your website, I’d love to see it. And if you have experiences in the business, either good or bad, I’d love to hear about it.
Are you thinking about selling art yourself? Already doing it? Thought about it, but decided not to? Let us know. Let’s get a conversation going.
Also – I set up a small space in my studio where I can take better photos of my work. I’m still a major dimwit when it comes to cameras, so if you see anything that you think I could do to improve them, let me know.
Artist Sites Shared by Readers:
Thanks to Dream Up Art for sharing these links to her favorite artists:
Thanks to Nance Brown for sharing a link to her Etsy shop:
Thanks to Claire for sharing a link to her website:
Thanks to Harry Keaton for sharing a link to his website:
Thanks to Jill Taylor for sharing a link to her Etsy page:
Thanks to Donna for sharing a link to one of her favorite paper mache artists: