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How to sell art online

Updated on August 31, 2015
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Katherine used to crunch numbers, analyse business performance and specialised in performance management. Now she does the same for artists.

Learn how to sell art online

Do you want to sell your art online? This is a compendium of sites providing advice and information to visual fine artists who want to know more about where and how to sell their art online.

It provides links to my websites for visual artists who want to earn more about how to get a good service and deliver a good service in relation to

- selling art online

- e-commerce for artists

- online galleries for artists

- selling art via print on demand services

- selling daily paintings

- improving communication with the client

- email and newsletter marketing for artists

- shipping art

A Compendium

Resources for Selling Art Online

This site provides a COMPENDIUM of all the other sites I've created which relate to selling art online. Most of these websites have received a purple star for excellent content. That means you can have just one bookmark to get easy access to great content

The links to other websites are interspersed with popular art books about different aspects of the art business and its economy

How to Get Started - Selling Art Online

There are rules about how to engage in e-commerce and any artist wanting to sell art online is well advised to become familiar with them

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2013 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market - Kindle Edition

It covers:

* Business Basics - How to get paid, copyright basics and promoting your work

* Social Media Marketing 102

* How to really use LinkedIn

* How to manage email lists and create newsletters

* How to sell your art

* Insurance for your studio, equipment, materials and artwork

* How to protect yourself legally when consigning artwork

* How to price your art

* How to profit from Digital Reproductions

* How to sell artwork from your studio

* Analysis of different markets for artwork - galleries, magazines, publishers, greetings cards, posters and prints; advertising and design

* Artists representatives

* Art Fairs

* Art Competitions

* Grants & Residencies

2014 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
2014 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 3124 KB

Print Length: 674 pages

Publisher: North Light Books; 37 edition (November 11, 2011)

Amazon reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars (29 customer reviews)


Creative Inc: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business - Kindle Edition

Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 715 KB

Print Length: 186 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (July 28, 2010)

Amazon reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars (29 customer reviews)


How to Protect your Artwork Online

It's essential if you are putting images of your artwork online that you understand how to protect it - and how to find out whether your copyright is being violated without your permission

How to Price Your Art

When pricing your art online you need to take account of the fact that the prices need to fit with whatever you are charging for similar work offline

Seven Days in the Art World

More an overview of the art economy as a whole and some of its crazier aspects than a book about selling art online. However it's a great read and you learn a lot about the art world.

Seven Days in the Art World
Seven Days in the Art World

Hardcover: 304 pages - also available as a paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1ST edition (November 3, 2008)

Amazon reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars (40 customer reviews) |


How to Sell Original Art Online

There are lots and lots of sites which want to help you sell your art - but are they any good? More to the point do they get any visitors?

Do you want to know more about how to sell daily paintings online - or improve your knowledge about the painting a day movement generally? Check out this site to find out about websites which aim to help daily painters to sell their art online.

You may be very surprised by you find on the sites below

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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

Where do all these crazy astronomical prices for art come from - this books explains how prices for art get asked and paid. Less relevant to the artist at the bottom of the pile - unless you're planning on going places!

How to Sell Art via Print on Demand

PLUS self-publication for artists books

Do you want to know more about self-publication?

  • how to get art prints of your art more economically and effectively
  • how to produce a printed book of your art

This resources helps provide the answers to what options are available [ currently in transit]

How to Profit from the Art Print Market - Kindle Edition

Barney Davey is an expert in the traditional market for reproduction prints. In my view, this is more a book for those contemplating going down the traditional route with printing their art. However it's also very educational if you are weighing up the alternatives between traditional reproduction and print of demand.

This book looks at

* what self-publishing involves and what it takes to become a successful artist who publishes their own prints

* reviews the types of people who deal in art prints and how to find a publisher for your prints

* digital and giclee prints

How to Profit from the Art Print Market
How to Profit from the Art Print Market

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 355 KB

Print Length: 303 pages

Publisher: Bold Star Communications; 2 edition (December 15, 2010)

Amazon reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews) | Like (1)


How to Communicate with Art Collectors

If you communicate well with customers you are much more likely to be successful at selling your art online.

Communication starts with what you tell the public about yourself and your work

  • An Artist's Statement is essential - but lots of artists dread writing a statement about their art!

Then you need to think about how you communicate on a regular basis eg by email and blogging

How to sign a painting, drawing or fine art print
What's the best way for an artist to sign a painting? Should you date as well as sign a painting? How can you identify the genuine signature of an artist?

A Guide to Email Newsletter Software
Are you confused by the different software options for generating a newsletter delivered via email? You're certainly not alone - and this site is starting to try and sort out what are the free and paid options and how they compare.

I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion - by Alyson B. Stanfield

NEW! in the 2011 edition:

- Power up your Facebook page

- Master Twitter with 9 types of tweets and 5 tweet makeovers

- Discover the secret for maintaining an active blog

- Save time on social media sites

- Boost your online presence using the social media tips throughout the book

I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion
I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion

Paperback: 279 pages

Publisher: Pentas Press; Second Edition: Updated & Expanded edition (April 22, 2011)

Amazon reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews) | Like (13)


How to Ship Artwork to the Customer

Attention to detail is what gets a package to its desitination in one piece and with the artwork undamaged. Take a look at this very popular resource for lots of information and advice about how get your art to your client

How to pack, post and ship art - Resources for Artists
How do you pack art? How do you post art? How should you send a painting by post? How do you get artwork to an exhibition - and back again? What are the best...

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      Marian Cates 21 months ago from Portland, Oregon Metro Area

      Lots of good tips!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Interesting lens. I have not thought some of the ideas in this lens.

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      mosaic-tiles 4 years ago

      These are great tips for an artist looking to start.

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Thumb up !

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      gobbleupinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting this rich resource together for us. You've covered the topics that so many of our patrons ask about at our library. Best of luck and much success...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      glad to be the first to 'thumbs up' your lens, liked the lens title too.

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