Selling Artwork: So you thought it would be easy…

Find it hard to sell your artwork?

So you’ve recently retired and are looking for something to occupy your time.  Perhaps you’ve taken up painting at the local arts center and feel ready to start moving those canvases out of the garage.  Or you’ve always liked to take pictures on vacation, bought yourself a fancy camera, booked some exotic vacations to the national parks, visited a Peter Lik gallery and thought,  if he can do it why not me?

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Did you think it would be easy?  Selling artwork or photography in a global market against college trained artists with decades of practicing their craft?  Did you research the market and see with the total sales of landscape photography is and how many landscape photographers are chasing the same dream?  Well at least as a retiree you have several advantages over the full time artist community:

  • You are in it for fun, no need to make a living at this after all you are retired
  • You probably have a roof over your head.  No need to pay thousands a month for a shoe box apartment in Brooklyn.
  • You have savings.  No living from pay check to pay check from your bartending job.
  • You can afford the newest, latest and greatest equipment.  No saving up for a daily camera rental for you.
  • You didn’t spend $150,000+ getting an arts degree. So you start $150K of the game.

But what made you think it would be easy to sell your artwork among the zillions of other people trying to sell their artwork?

It is not like the chances are great anyone makes it in the arts business and the art world is not a lucrative industry.  What ever career you retired from was a lucrative career – the arts are not.

The median income of those with art degrees who made their living as artists in New York City in 2012: $25,000

The median income for an artist in Canada in 2012: $21,603

80/20 Rule 

Did you think you could just make it and the sales would appear?  By any measure artists of all levels of success spend most of their time promoting and marketing their work.  Twenty percent of the time they are spending on actually making art.   The rest of the time they are trying to keep from getting kicked out of their apartment studio or trying to sell their work.

The 80/20 rule also applies to who gets all of the financial rewards.  80% of the rewards go to the top 20%.  The bottom 80% have to fight it out for the $20 left over.  Who is going to fight harder?  The retiree looking to make a few extra bucks for greens fees or the recent art school grad trying to make it to avoid moving back into their parent’s basement?

This blog post was inspired by this excellent article by Alexis Clements 

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/chances-success-arts-21st-century/#!

Decorate with art – select large artwork for the most impact

Large artwork prints for big impact

Decorate with a large artwork in a great room, a master bedroom or the end of a large hallway presents the perfect opportunity to make a statement. Scale up to create that eye-catching focal point. You can make an impact with a single large piece or by hanging art in groups.

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Contemporary home office in black and white
Contemporary home office in black and white
Large artwork prints for big impact
Pick oversized artwork for maximum impact.
The Grid method of art display
Going for the Grid
When hanging a collage of themed photography, rely on the style standby of matte black picture frames. They don’t compete with the artwork and provide an elegant boundary. In this display, the repetition of black and white photography is what provides the excitement. The punctuation pop of the red lampshade doesn’t hurt, either.
Tractor art in the living room
Tractor art in the living room – Modern Farm House Style Decor

 

Something for railfans! Train Photography on Fleece Blankets

Train themed fleece blankets!

 

Shown above – Vintage Steam Train Fleece Blanket

Great gift idea this holiday season!  These train photography fleece blankets are hot!

Our luxuriously soft blankets are available in two different sizes and feature your incredible artwork on the top surface. The bottom surface is white. The blankets are 100% polyester and available in two different styles: plush fleece and sherpa fleece. Plush fleece blankets are soft and fluffy on both sides, whereas sherpa blankets are smooth like a soft sweater on the artwork side (i.e. shorter threads) which provides for a sharper image.

Choose from hundreds of train, locomotive, railroad, tracks and bridges images in the collection of train related photography.

https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/train

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Over 5,000 images to choose from at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

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When you purchase my artwork you are buying a piece of my life

A body of work is the result of a life lived – No one’s life experience is the same.  One’s life  journey is as individual as one’s fingerprints.  If you were reborn and lived your life over, it would not be the same path.  Your life is ultimately your art.  When you buy my artwork, you are buying a piece of my life.

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My life’s path lead me to be on the porch of a 100 year old farmhouse on Prince Edward Island, camera on hand when this scary storm cloud came thundering across the farm fields and over a lighthouse.

 

HEARTWORK

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.”
― Suzy Kassem

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I happened to be at this particular location in Clinton, Connecticut experiencing a beautiful summer sunset because after a long day of helping my parents pack up their belongs for a permanent move to Florida, I decided we all needed to get out of the house for a break.

As a fine art photographer, I’ve chosen to share my particular life journey.  When you buy one of my fine art photographs you are buying my unique life experience, my unique perspective on the world and my unique vision of what to share.

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Chasing trains around the Connecticut River Valley lead me to this intriguing, tortured, boat launch in Pratt Cove, Deep River.

Photographs taken in the field are a result of my travels in a particular year, on a particular day, captured in my particular style, edited in my particular way.  You are buying the expense, effort and drive required to reach that particular vantage point and the experience which brings about a certain lens, focal point, aperture selection, composition and view.

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My vintage tractor series could only exist at this time of my life as I’ve landed in the rural Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire after living in places as far flung as Hawaii, Kansas, Germany, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

My studio work brings forth my personal artistic vision to the arrangement  of elements in the frame – be it a dog, person or objects, as well as the physical control of the lighting, lens choice, focal point, composition etc.

Photography Prints

My series of dog photographs would not have existed without the request for a dog by my wife and son followed by dog models provided by my son’s friends.

You are buying the time and effort behind an image created without any guarantee of reward.  As such that is fine art photography.  Images created for no other client than the artist.

Each image is the result of the artist’s life experiences,  travels, influences, training and background.  Imagery forge by the places traveled, books read, course taken, trials and experiments, successes and failure and a life time observation.

 

Vermont – fine art photographs from the state of Vermont

In this new video, fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding (http://www.edwardfieldng.com) showcases some of his photographs from around the beautiful state of Vermont.

Prints, canvas prints, museum quality framed and matted artwork, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints and gift items with this Vermont photographs are available here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont

The music is “Waterfall” by Aakash Gandhi

POD Report: Redbubble – Funny name for a site selling art right?

Let’s face it.  Red Bubble is a weird name for a site that sells artwork.  It’s one of those names born in the era when all the good names are taken.  You know like a name that actually give you a clue of what the heck the site is all about.

Apple, Amazon – names chosen just to be listed first on alphabetical lists.

Redbubble is a global online marketplace for print on demand products based on user submitted artwork. The company was founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, and also maintains offices in San Francisco. The company was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in May 2016 (RBL.AX).

Redbubble (formerly stylized as “RedBubble”) operates primarily on the Internet and allows its members to sell their art work as decoration on a variety of products. Products include prints, T-shirts, hoodies, cushions, duvet covers, leggings, skirts and scarves.  An executive described the company as “a community of artists who upload their artwork in digital form.” The company offers free membership to artists who maintain the copyrights to their work, regulate their own prices, and decide which products may display their images.

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How to change your art with every season – rent art

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Find It.

Browse thousands of pieces to find art for any occasion, and every taste. Each piece is printed on fine-art quality material, which means all the vibrant colors and rich details you love will shine.

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What is your value proposition?

As an Artist Your Value Proposition Separates Your Work from the Crowd

What is it about your work that makes it deserve a sale? Think about the last time you purchased or supported another artist’s work. Why did you do it? How did it make you feel?  What was the value of the purchase to you?

Consider that buying artwork is not like buying a commodity product like salt or gas.  Art is not purchased because it’s the lowest price or you had a coupon.

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Out of the zillions of available art works and photographs on the market that you could purchase, for some reason this particular piece of artwork compelled you to love it and purchase it.

Some of the factors involved might be:

  • You met the artist face to face
  • You saw a documentary about the artist
  • You read an interesting article about the artist
  • The artwork provoked a strong memory
  • The artwork was the perfect size or color for a space in your home
  • A friend recommend this artist
  • The artist reminds you of a more famous artist that you can’t afford
  • The artwork created a gut reaction
  • The art makes you happy
  • The art makes you think
  • The art sets a mood
  • The art matches your decor
  • The art matches your theme
  • You like the artist positions
  • You like what the art has to say about the world
  • The art is modern, the art is retro
  • The art gives you a positive feeling

etc, etc, etc.

One thing to remember when selling art is people buy or support art for a very different set of reasons than anything else they spend money on.  Not only are they receiving a product for their money but they like to know they are supporting an artist so they can continue to create.

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Support Artists To Support Your Set of Values

If you see work you like, you should support this work, even if you don’t end up owning it, because this artist is creating the kind of beauty you want to see in the world. By helping this artist survive and continue to make work, you’re helping someone change the world in the way you want it to change.

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Your Value Proposition

Your value proposition as an artist sets you apart from your fellow artists and photographers.

VALUE PROPOSITION – (in marketing) an innovation, service, or feature intended to make a company or product attractive to customers.

In an never ending flood of amateur snapshots uploaded daily on social media, a professional level quality and execution.  Consistently, editing, selection and subject choice can be enough to pull your work out of the masses and into the realm of quality worth spending money.

Your followers will come to expect focused images with good composition, free of dust spots, grain and poles sticking out of people’s heads.

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My value proposition as a fine art photographer would go something like this:

Using professional equipment, honed post-processing skills, years of study, effort and passion for my subjects, creativity and a unique vision, I offer a unique and compelling images suitable for display in the finest homes and offices.

Further my collectors come to appreciate my style of clean and uncluttered compositions.  They might also take comfort knowing that my work has been shown in galleries, on book covers and magazines around the world.

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The fact that professional image buyers have selected my work to grace book covers and illustrate magazine articles doesn’t make someone love it, but it does provide affirmation that their choice is a solid one.  After all, if it’s good enough for a book publisher to bet the success of a book launch on, it’s probably good enough to grace a guest room.

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See my portfolio at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

 


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What is fine art photography? What is commercial photography?

Beautiful Farmhouse Interior

Basically fine art photography is defined by photography produced for aesthetic reasons rather than for as a commercial project.

aes·thet·ic
esˈTHedik
adjective
1.
concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
“the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure”
noun
1.
a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
“the Cubist aesthetic”

com·mer·cial
kəˈmərSHəl
adjective
1.
concerned with or engaged in commerce.
“a commercial agreement”
synonyms: trade, trading, business, private enterprise, mercantile, sales
“a vessel built for commercial purposes”
2.
making or intended to make a profit.
“commercial products”
synonyms: profit-oriented, money-oriented, materialistic, mercenary
“a commercial society”

Of course there isn’t always a clear line between fine art and commercial art or photography.  Once can appreciate great photography created for commercial purposes or use art created as a fine art project in an ad campaign or on a product.

But the term “fine art” refers the the original intent of the artist.  Fine art photography’s client is the artist themselves and the viewers.  No assignment or constraints are given by a third party.

In commercial projects a client give the photographer directions and guidelines for the project.  These may be extensive or vague but the photographer clearly is bringing about the vision of the employee, not solely their own vision as it would be in fine art photography.

Is that really the only difference between fine art photography and commercial photography?  Yes, basically the intent of the photographer.  Working for themselves vs. others.

Fine art photography can be sold of course but that doesn’t change whose vision is behind the work.  Fine art photography serves to share with the world the unique vision of the artist.  Commercial photography exists to sell products.

Another element often assigned to fine art is the level of craftsmanship although when compared to the quality of commercial photography say in the world of fashion, this really is a rather mute point.  But if you were to compare an Ebay snapshot created to sell some old leather books, then the craftsmanship levels do add into the equation.  But craftsmanship alone does not determine fine art from commercial work, it is the intent and purpose of the work.