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Art Inspiration; Art Paintings And Selling Your Art-Finding Inspiration Near Home

Updated on May 25, 2012


Need some inspiration? As artist, there will eventually come a day that your thoughts are restless as you try to find inspiration for your next masterpiece. I have found it very helpful to view other paintings and forms of art when I am clueless for ideas. Sometimes it only takes a quick view at a painting to find the inspiration that you need. Whether you paint landscapes, people, animals, or cities, it can be very beneficial to view the work of others. Take a moment to unwind and settle down, clear your thoughts. Any artist can appreciate the work of others. They share the same dedication and passion as you do. Grab your inspiration.



When it comes to selling your art, there are several different approaches to take. One of the best ways to see your art is on Ebay. You can join Ebay for free, but it will cost you a little bit of money. The good thing is that it is not much at all. Think about it for a moment, you can reach the entire world from your living room computer. Millions of people are online daily and the searches for art are in the millions as well. You can go on Ebay and sell your paintings at auctions or you can list a set price on your work.

Another possible place to sell your paintings or art is in a local art gallery. Results will depend on where you live, but it is well worth trying. The advantage will go to those who live in big cities, such as New York, Chicago, Paris, or London. In high populated cities, chances are, you will have access to a variety of different tattoo galleries. Tattoo galleries often have auctions, perhaps you can enter one. I am sure you will have to pay a set free, but your paintings will probably sell higher at auction.

For those of you that live in smaller cities or towns, there are still plenty of options. Even small cities and towns usually have a art store or thrift store. Take the time to talk to the owner and see if they might be interested in your art. If not, it is possible that they might hang your work up in their store and sell it. You will never know if you don't try. Your art won't sell itself.



It is very easy to get frustrated when your trying to sell your art. In order to be successful, you have to be able to reach the right people. Ebay gives you the perfect platform to reach those people. If you haven't signed up yet, make sure you do. Many people are turned away due to the fact that there is a cost, but all the benefits outweigh the small fees that you will endure on Ebay.

Remember, everyone is different when it comes to art. This is exactly why art is unique. You can take several different people looking at the same art and they all will see something differently. What one sees as trash, another will see as gold. Remember, everyone has a different taste when it comes to art.

One of the best ways to make a steady income is finding steady customers. If you are fortunate enough to find someone that adores your work, make sure you take care of them. This is simply common sense. For one, they are likely to come back. Secondly, anyone who buys your art is free advertisement. More then likely, your art will be viewed by others when you begin selling your paintings or art. The more art you sell, the more potential for new customers.



Sometimes, we can find inspiration just by doing the simple things in life. I have come to find that a simple walk can be all the inspiration I need for my next painting. If you haven't tried this, at the least, give it a chance. Take a walk and take in mother nature. Take a good look around and find something to paint. It can be a house, bird, tree, mountains, or a store front. I am sure you will find something.

Being a local painter does have advantages. If your still having trouble selling your art, go to a local business and paint their shop. Personally, I would paint first and then see if I can spark their interest. If they see a great painting of their shop, they are very likely to buy it, especially if you are local. You would be surprised how good this works. I live in a small town and I have been fortunate enough to sell many paintings this way. Whether it is a local shop or historic monument, you can find inspiration near home. Thanks for your visit.


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Tillsontitan, thanks again for taking the time to drop by. You make a good point, for writers also. I am glad you see it as a helpful article.

      *Haikutwinkle, thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. Glad you enjoyed the art.

    • haikutwinkle profile image


      6 years ago

      beautiful paintings ;)

      and thanks for your comment!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It would be nice to see some of your artwork!

      Your suggestions are invaluable for any artist. Many of your suggestions, such as those for inspiration could apply to writing as well. I'm sure this hub will be helpful to many in many ways.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all for your comments, advice, and thoughts. This will be a great guide, with your comments, for others wanting to sell their art. This is great sound advice. Amy, very good points and I am glad you are planning to go there now. Worst case scenario, it only cost you time. Wynnestudios, thanks. Your right, others will follow. It may take time but that is business. Penofone, absolutely. So many people go by artist rather then a specific painting. It does show loyalty and why someone is interested in one artist. Peg, I truly think that is a great idea for local artist. Locals stay locals. The guy comes in next door, sees the painting, then he wants one too. The word of your art can get out there, but you have to put in the effort to promote it. MM, Learner, Alocsin, Max, Kash, Angel, thank you all for your kind comments. Peace be with you all.

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      Anish Patel 

      6 years ago

      I think it is wise not said to the ones in the know that paintings appreciate based on the artist statement as to why they think hear and see what is true in their art... It is easy to say why the world loves a painting but it is not true to say that apostles of art don't have any disciples to reckon their own faith in art WORLD! It could be that love is the faith of artists around the world and could function as a disarray of attitudes as to why the work of one individual is to carry the hope of masses... It is not true to say the work of a professional artist is not the same as the work of a aspiring student... It could mean that art is the life blood of the economic sanity of individuals like Warren Buffet! Many artists are teetering on the edge of an individual reality that teeths the story of "hope on a water's edge", or using the palette to tell the story of a last final stroke of genius!

      Hope all is well with the finality in the vestitude of desiring the best for the fashions of art..

      Love the work you have presented has it got the value of a picasso? NO, but at least it is the work of a good student.



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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, you have chosen a wonderful selection of pictures here - you can't help but be inspired by such beautiful work!

      An excellent hub with great suggestions, thank you and voted up!

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      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Great Hub and very nice suggestions for finding the inspirations concerning our art work.You are very right in saying that sometimes the inspiration can come by doing the simple things in life. It is indeed our observations around that how we perceive things and then give our ideas a solid form through our paintings.Everyone of us has our own tastes and concepts.

      Loved the photos you have added as well.Voted up useful,interesting and awesome.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have been fortunate in my art selling itself. The office I worked in appreciated my work and asked me to lend it to the lunchroom after it was renovated. One day I had brought in one of my oil paintings when a vendor, who had a meeting with the president of the company, saw the painting and said "he had to have it". He asked me to name my price, which was the most difficult part of selling the art, as I hadn't really planned on selling it. The vendor left, as he wanted to consult with his wife, but when he couldn't reach her, he turned around, came back into the office and bought it, saying he couldn't leave without it. Although in retrospect, I undervalued the cost, I gained so much more in the self-confidence he left me with and have had another incident where I sold a painting without promotion. I have been remiss in being pro-active in selling, as art is difficult to put a time-frame on. I would dread meeting a deadline. Somedays I want to paint and others I don't pick up a brush. The freedom is part of the joy and a component in the process of creating art, I feel. Thank you for a great piece that clarifies the options of selling art. You have inspired me and I will come back to this piece when I seriously feel ready to pursue marketing my work.

      Thank you also for the idea of viewing other's paintings and the power of inspiration. I live near the St. Louis Art Museum and I am going to finally make time to put your excellent suggestion to good use!

    • Angelme566 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love paintings for it speaks a volume , but i was just not given that talent..

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      All great information for finding inspiration and selling of one's art work well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like visiting local art fairs and festivals because the work is heartfelt and original. Granted, a lot of the work is terrible but you occasionally find some true gems at excellent prices. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      First of all, it's an awesome inspirational and educational hub (Etsy is good for that kind of stuff too) =) Ahem, if I may ask... where can we take a peek at your creations? I love abstract art, it just the door to the endless Universe of deep meanings and everlasting wonder! Captivating read!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Good ideas for inspiration and for marketing your artwork. I love the one about painting a picture of the store to get the help of the local shops. That would have worked for me! Who can resist a good picture of their own place? Nice one here. Peg

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I love to paint and actually sold one online for $189. I was shocked to say the least. The hardest part is getting down on yourself thinking your art isn't good enough. You touched on this in your article about people having different tastes when it comes to art. That's a really good point and in fact, very true. Paint what you enjoy and others will follow.


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