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How to Sell Paintings Online Successfully?

  1. DebtFreedom profile image80
    DebtFreedomposted 6 years ago

    I am considering selling my paintings. Where I live there aren't really any galleries that do it. I was wondering how it can be done online. I've seen people selling on Ebay but they don't seem to sell much. Does creating your own website and advertising do it? or what? I'd love suggestions. Thanks.

    1. maddartist profile image91
      maddartistposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      My roommate and i put our paintings up for sale on http://www.etsy.com which is an arts and crafts selling website. You get your own "store" and you can share the link to it with anyone. I tried using ebay but i didn't like it since they are only posted for a week and people don't look to buy artwork in ebay.
      I hope that helps.

      1. DebtFreedom profile image80
        DebtFreedomposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for replying madd. Do you find you are more successful? And while you can share it with anyone, can people say google it and find your "store"?

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        arsh2anandposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Hello Madd,

        I opened a website to sell paintings. I am contacting artist from all around the world to put their painting on my website.

        So please contact me on my mail ID- arsh2anand@gmail.com


    2. G L Strout profile image83
      G L Stroutposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I know several artists who sell on their own websites and do so quite successfully. 

      One lady Iknow sells on ebay but they ar every small and inexpensive works- the kind o fthing you canturn out in a morning.

      Several people I know sell on Etsy and have really good success with it.  One girl I know is making abourt $70-80,000 a year on Etsy selling purses!

      Several painters on there have over !00-200 sales a year.

      Good Luck!

      1. DebtFreedom profile image80
        DebtFreedomposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks G L, this etsy sounds like the real deal. Maybe I will try it.

    3. waynet profile image49
      waynetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      A good website with a gallery of your best work does wonders as does a physical portfolio of work. Selling on Ebay does work, but I would consider researching Ebay a bit before you start listing your paintings and stuff willy nilly. as you have to categorize and list your listing to the best of your ability for it to sell. Not to mention ebays fees you have to pay if your art doesn't sell the second time around!

      I would do a website or blog and have your best art featured in an online gallery type portfolio where other people can find your art and then you also join other places where you can place your art for sale on them sites, such as Etsy, Cafepress, Zazzle, Deviantart and you could set up a payment option with Paypal to offer your works of art from your website or blog.

      Good luck!

    4. YU_First 1 profile image59
      YU_First 1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Most artists swear by Etsy. It must be worth a try. I am an artist myself and am planning to follow suit... using etsy.

    5. shafiqahmed profile image79
      shafiqahmedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      There are many websites that can help you with this regard. http://newslinekarachi.com/art.htm starts recently publish new and emerging artists works on its pages. This is an absolutely free service.

      1. Castlepaloma profile image26
        Castlepalomaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I will come back to this tread  for more tips also.

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      SurmritGalleryposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      We are an online art gallery which gives a platform for artists to show case their work and help them market. We do have contract signing for security reasons. If you would like to know more please email us at info(at)surmritgallery.com. Our website: www.surmritgallery.com. We are on facebook as well : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Surmrit-G … 0333387268

      1. Castlepaloma profile image26
        Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this


        In a couple of months I'll be ready to fly again

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      Toofoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hello All! Could you please share your experience regarding selling your paintings. What type of selling do you select? Do you sell oil painting with stretcher or canvas only?

  2. skyfire profile image73
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    Story Bird

    1. DebtFreedom profile image80
      DebtFreedomposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks skyfire, I'll check those out too.

  3. bojanglesk8 profile image61
    bojanglesk8posted 6 years ago

    Be lucky.

    1. DebtFreedom profile image80
      DebtFreedomposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's probably a tough one. hahah

  4. saleheensblog profile image61
    saleheensblogposted 6 years ago

    waynet has written a very informative hub on it that I read a few days ago. you can check it

  5. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 6 years ago

    I am using zazzle, but a lot of my art is digital and works well with zazzle. The cool thing there is that you can post designs on more then just posters and prints, they do a huge range of items that can be printed to. It is kinda fun to find as many items as fits a design as possible smile

  6. Jacqui Simpson profile image60
    Jacqui Simpsonposted 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness if we only all had the answer to that question!
    I am right there, right now! Working my tail off but learning a lot in the process.
    You have just given me a good idea for my very first hub! Thank you. Keep an eye on my seriously empty page and I will post it soon. I am sure that I can help to get you started. smile

  7. readytoescape profile image59
    readytoescapeposted 6 years ago

    I have a friend that is a very accomplished Artist, she has an online gallery. Her site is linked below you might get some ideas or email her.


  8. MyInfo411 profile image79
    MyInfo411posted 6 years ago

    Fine Art America.com.  Check it out.  I have my art there.

  9. Dolores Monet profile image91
    Dolores Monetposted 5 years ago

    As you are already on HP, you know something about drawing traffic to a site, so Etsy might work for you. But if I wanted to buy a painting, I would want to see it in person first. Selling art ain't easy.

  10. Mikeydoes profile image80
    Mikeydoesposted 5 years ago

    If you are targeting your area or any I strongly suggest using Adwords, its what I am going to do soon.

    If you have a site where they can see all your paintings that would be great.

  11. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I've had limited sales on both etsy and zazzle..
    there is a lot of competition..
    I also highlight some of my work on blogs...

  12. asian art profile image61
    asian artposted 5 years ago

    etsy is great, but if you're in Asia, there's a beautiful and very professional site called Artyii. If you look at the site, they help artists get their paintings on hotels, restaurants and individual collectors.

    my recommendation is asian art or www.artyii.com . have some friends there as well who said they've not sold but have been picked by galleries through it.

    Of course, you have to based in Asia! =P

  13. Artsfuse profile image60
    Artsfuseposted 4 years ago

    this site has just come to my attention     http://jackartgallery.com/        free to have an online gallery.  looks okay and you can be anywhere in the world.
    Another thought is to belong to an online art community     such as Fine Art America  or daily painters where there is a website that one can upload images of paintings etc.  They do have a fee.  But work really well.

    Hope that helps

  14. jacharless profile image82
    jacharlessposted 4 years ago

    E T S Y : not only one of the coolest groups of East Coast programmers, here in NYC, but one of the coolest concepts to come out of the East Coast Art Movement. A few artist friends - from painting to original origami - have had excellent success with Etsy and have been offered consignment deals, gallery listings, shows, marketing meet-ups and more.

    My mom was a brilliant painter, so it is a close-to-home expression. Keep the passion flowing.


  15. SmartAndFun profile image90
    SmartAndFunposted 4 years ago

    Has anyone ever tried Saatchi online? http://saatchionline.com

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    MarioArtposted 4 years ago

    you can also try http://www.MyBestCanvas.com it's a good place to start it.

  17. ootytour profile image60
    ootytourposted 4 years ago

    Only the Google search can help you. Yes its only shows the way where are all you can sell (Websites).
    If your quality is good; then, do online marketing. Unless & until people aware about your skills, you can't sell even your art work is too good. So, showcase your art works everywhere.  Register in many art related web directories, Create a own website/ portfolio with your original contact info. These are all  helps the visitor to TRUST you to purchase online.

    1. thoughtfulgirl2 profile image86
      thoughtfulgirl2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I would suggest www.redbubble.com.  Joining is free. There are no monthly fees. Listing your work is free, uploading is easy and if you want to turn some of your artwork into t-shirts or I-Phone cases, you can do that here also.  Set your percentage of the price of the artwork to anything.  I set mine at 40 percent.  Some people set it as low as 15 percent, some as high as 60 percent.  Good luck. P.S. Etsy is also another very well put together venue for artists.  Also absolutely free to join and minimal charges for listing your art.

  18. xceedcarrentals profile image60
    xceedcarrentalsposted 3 years ago

    Not a big deal just share your paintings on social media sites and promote them or you can run ads on the net for online auctions.

  19. thecatgallery profile image81
    thecatgalleryposted 3 years ago

    I'd also like to recommend FAA, and I also sell prints of my art and the occasional original from my own website. FYI, my experience suggests that buyers prefer to be able to use their credit cards directly rather than go through PayPal, which means setting up a merchant account and hosting with your own website. Just what I've observed with my site.