How to Sell Paintings Online Successfully?

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  1. DebtFreedom profile image75
    DebtFreedomposted 13 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 image68
      maddartistposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      My roommate and i put our paintings up for sale on 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 image75
        DebtFreedomposted 13 years agoin 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"?

      2. profile image54
        arsh2anandposted 10 years agoin 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-


    2. G L Strout profile image71
      G L Stroutposted 13 years agoin 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 image75
        DebtFreedomposted 13 years agoin reply to this

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

    3. waynet profile image69
      waynetposted 13 years agoin 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 image60
      YU_First 1posted 13 years agoin 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 image42
      shafiqahmedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

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

      1. Castlepaloma profile image77
        Castlepalomaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

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

    6. profile image53
      SurmritGalleryposted 12 years agoin 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) Our website: We are on facebook as well : … 0333387268

      1. Castlepaloma profile image77
        Castlepalomaposted 12 years agoin reply to this


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

    7. profile image53
      Toofoposted 11 years agoin 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?

    8. profile image53
      khalidthakurposted 7 years agoin reply to this


      1. Castlepaloma profile image77
        Castlepalomaposted 7 years agoin reply to this


    9. skyfire profile image80
      skyfireposted 13 years ago

      Story Bird

      1. DebtFreedom profile image75
        DebtFreedomposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks skyfire, I'll check those out too.

    10. bojanglesk8 profile image61
      bojanglesk8posted 13 years ago

      Be lucky.

      1. DebtFreedom profile image75
        DebtFreedomposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That's probably a tough one. hahah

    11. saleheensblog profile image60
      saleheensblogposted 13 years ago

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

    12. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 13 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

    13. Jacqui Simpson profile image59
      Jacqui Simpsonposted 13 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

    14. readytoescape profile image60
      readytoescapeposted 13 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.

    15. MyInfo411 profile image79
      MyInfo411posted 13 years ago

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

    16. Dolores Monet profile image94
      Dolores Monetposted 13 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.

    17. Mikeydoes profile image43
      Mikeydoesposted 13 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.

    18. Stacie L profile image88
      Stacie Lposted 13 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...

    19. asian art profile image60
      asian artposted 13 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 . 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

    20. Artsfuse profile image61
      Artsfuseposted 11 years ago

      this site has just come to my attention        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

    21. jacharless profile image77
      jacharlessposted 11 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.


    22. SmartAndFun profile image93
      SmartAndFunposted 11 years ago

      Has anyone ever tried Saatchi online?

    23. profile image53
      MarioArtposted 11 years ago

      you can also try it's a good place to start it.

    24. ootytour profile image60
      ootytourposted 11 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 image82
        thoughtfulgirl2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I would suggest  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.

    25. xceedcarrentals profile image60
      xceedcarrentalsposted 11 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.

    26. thecatgallery profile image59
      thecatgalleryposted 11 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.

    27. jerry121 profile image58
      jerry121posted 7 years ago

      If you want to sell paintings online successfully, Showflipper is the best place for you. Here you can submit your paintings online and Showflipper will do the rest. Thet do promotions for you on different social media platforms and help you reach millions of buyers online. To start selling your paintings online, visit Showflipper sell page.


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