Sell Your Art | How To Sell Your Art In A Recession
If you've been struggling to sell your art and feel as though you're about to throw in the towel then reading this article could be one of the most important things you will ever do as an artist.
A little over a year ago, I was a depressed, disillusioned and demoralised part-time art teacher, struggling to bring my children up the way I wanted to (with me around!) and wondering if I would ever be able to do the things I wanted to do with my life; travel, spend my time with like-minded people and spend my days doing what I loved the most...
But not just painting; painting for profit. Selling my art to people who adore it and finding a customer base to allow me to leave my day job behind and turn my hobby into a living. Making money from my art work was a dream that occupied my every wakening hour and I would lay awake into the small hours feeling frustrated at my lack of success only to fall into a deep and uncomfortable sleep, wondering when my luck might change and my fortunes with it.
Today, less than twelve months later, I'm what many would consider a successful artist. My work is sold across the world, commissioned to hang on the walls of musicians and media celebrities and I have a full-time agent working on my behalf doing all the things I don't like to do; paperwork, business planning, customer relations and small print; all this from someone who hadn't sold a painting for almost two years, prior to January 2009.
In fact, even back in the day (when I was selling my art work) I was offloading it so cheaply that I was actually running my art business (if you could call it that) at a loss.
If this sounds familiar then I hope that you will find comfort from the fact that I was able to turn things around in a relatively short time without changing who I am, what I create and without breaking the bank.
How did this happen? What turned me into a successful artist? What was the secret to my success?
One thing and one thing alone; I learned to market and sell my art work the right way. And before we go any further, I don’t mean by offloading it through eBay at some bargain basement price just to be able to say that I’d made a sale; I mean selling my art for it’s true value, to people who were actually willing to pay the price and a lot more.
If you're reading this article, I'd guess that you are somewhere where I was a couple of years back, wondering if you will ever have that lucky break or if you'll start to get your artwork into the right galleries to turn your passion to profit. If this is you then I will let you into a secret; your luck will change when your actions do.
I have to tell you right out front that selling your art is not what you think it is. It isn't about what you paint or how you paint it either; so if you've been dabbling with a few different styles and are wondering where to turn next then stop what you are doing right now, go grab a coffee and read through my cluster of articles on selling art from start to finish and when you've read them once, pick them up again and read them for the second time.
Ready to get started? Good. Then, let's begin...
Go take a look at the links below to learn how to sell your art or sign up for my FREE guide to selling your art at Sell My Art.
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