Recently Sold On Fine Art America

Another look at which photographs and artwork are hot in February from the portfolio of Edward M. Fielding – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Old VW Bus Hand Towel
Old VW Bus Hand Towel

Sold a Hand Towel of Vw Bus Pop Art 5 to a buyer from Ny, NY.

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A 6.625″ x 10.000″ print of Vince Lombardi On Perfection shipping to a buyer from Strongsville, OH.

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A greeting card of What Would Jimmy Buffett Do to a buyer from Tampa, FL.

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Recent sale of a box of greeting cards of Pug Dog Black And White to a buyer from Burlington, MA.

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A 30.000″ x 24.125″ print of After Pollock Black And White to a buyer from Glenwood Springs, CO.

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A greeting card of The Knack Of Flying to a buyer from Bellevue, WA.

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A greeting card of Wild Lady Slippers to a buyer from Columbia City, OR.

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Recent sale of a IPhone 6s Plus Case of Santa Dog Is Coming To Town to a buyer from Muncie, IN.

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A 24.000″ x 36.000″ print of Gates Of Brown University Providence Rhode Island to a buyer from Morton Grove, IL.

 

 

 

Monopoly Tee
Sold a Men’s T-Shirt (Regular Fit) – Black – Medium of Monopoly Original Patent Art Drawing T-shirt to a buyer from Hounslow, State/County – United Kingdom.  link

Recently sold a 36.000″ x 23.750″ metal print of Blue Ridge Mountians to a buyer from Mooresville, NC.

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Can I make a living at this?

Can I make a living selling my photographs online?

In danger of sounding like the overgrown fifth grader, PeeWee Herman, my response has to be “I don’t know, can you?”

I can’t predict people’s future or have any idea of someone drive to succeed.  When someone asks “can you make a living licensing stock photographs from microstock sites” or “can you make a living selling artwork or photographs from PODs or Print On Demand sites” the answer has to be – “maybe”.

Some people do very well on stock photography sites and fine art sites like Fine Art America, Pixels, Red Bubble and Society6.  Some sell  enough to make a living at it even if its a modest one.  Then again some sellers live in third world counties where the cost of living is low.  Or they have a very spartan existence and eat ramen noodle three times a day.

The idea of living off of one’s artwork or photography buy simply uploading a few images and then kicking back on the beach is a fantasy.  Any photographer I’ve seen that has been successful has had to really hustle to make a living – they shoot weddings, they shoot events, they teach workshops, they shoot non-stop.

Alamy recently had an interview with a photographer that reached $250,000 in sales but that was after 15 years and uploading 27,000 images into his portfolio.  27,000!  Imagine finding, creating, processing and uploading that many images.  Imagine the time and effort involved.  Its not easy!  It takes dedication and working at it every single day to find worthy subjects.

From what I’ve seen, most photographers starting out in the game thinking they are going to make some money with their camera tap out the depths of their imaginations with garden flower photographs.  If garden flowers are the best you can come up with, you are going to be sorely disappointed.

Then there are the landscape photographers who dust off their cameras a few times a year when they are off on a holiday.  They stand in the National Parks next to hundreds of other vacationers getting the stale Kodak moment shot and then expecting to retire on the results.  Hate to break the news to you but very few people make a living as a landscape photographer.  Unless you have a sales force and chain of galleries in vacation spots like Peter Lik or magazine assignments from National Geographic and Outside Magazine, you probably will not be making a living as a landscape photographer.

To make any real money with your camera, you have to shoot people.  Learn to make people look good and you’ll make money with your camera doing portraits, senior portraits, weddings, fashion, etc.

Then there are the gadget hounds.  The guys with the latest and greatest cameras and lenses.  You know the guys who spend more time on the camera forums arguing about which lens is the sharpest than they spend actually taking pictures.  These guys spend all of their disposable income so they can have bragging rights the next time they are on vacation.  They are busier looking at people’s camera straps then the vistas before them. They are the ones who wander up to you while you are trying to compose a show with “I see you have the Canon X123” and try to get you to talk about camera gear.  The working photographer has no time for this, they are busy working!

If you decide to go professional with your photography, every purchase counts.  When you are in business for yourself every lens has to pay for itself.  The hobbist can buy a macro lens and play around shooting insects in the garden but the professional has to ask – what is the market for ugly bugs?  When will I make back the hundreds of dollars I just spent on this lens?

The best advice I can give is to do your research.  Here are a few books to get you started.


I’ve Sold 500+ Artworks and Photographs on Fine Art America!

Over 500 sales on Fine Art America!

Success on Fine Art America – I’ve been a member of Fine Art America and Pixels since 2011 and have 700+ followers and my work has been seen by 1,500,000+ visitors.


To date I’ve sold 500 of the 4,500+ images in my portfolio. Some have sold numerous times so the actual total number of sales is over 800. I keep track of the images that have sold in this gallery – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/recently+sold+on+faa+pixels

Now are these my best work?  I don’t know,  I have my own favorites but these are the photographs and art images that my collectors have chosen to purchase as prints, framed art, phone cases, tote bags, throw pillows, metal prints, greeting cards etc.

I might pick different images to show at a gallery or put in a book….

Make your own photobook – https://share.picaboo.com/x/4CsqWA

…but as far as selling via my online gallery with Fine Art America and Pixels, these are the images the buyers have liked enough to spend money on.

Some of the images in my recently sold gallery have only sold once so far, other sell over and over. Some of my top sellers include the following images:

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Now I’ll be the first one to tell you that selling artwork in a crowded marketplace is not easy. Sellers out number buyers by thousands to one. The odds are against you that you will be able to break through the pack, get noticed and find buyers for your work.

It took me about three years of uploading quality, intriguing, unique, niche focused artwork and marketing it on a consistent basis before I started to see steady sales. A few more years of building up my portfolio and brand to the point that I could say I make a living off of my photography and art.

Most people give up before they see any benefits. They end up blaming the system for their lack of success. But the true is that they didn’t put in the time and effort required to succeed in a market with more suppliers than buyers. You have to create stunning work and get people to see it among the millions of other people who are trying to do the same. Dreams are nice but actually hard work is what is required to make dreams come true.

Keywording 101 for Art Sellers

Selling Online Requires Keywording

What if you had a great product to sell but it was invisible?  How would you describe it to potential buyers?  How about you get them to see how the wonderful qualities of the product?  How would you attract potential buyers to said invisible product?

Selling products like artwork and fine art photographs online is much like selling an invisible product, because people search the Internet by using text based search engines.  Sure there are image search features on search engines like Google but for the most part buyers search using text.

Even within an online gallery like Fine Art America, text searches are used to bring up a selection of artwork and fine art photographs from the massive database.

If a buyer can’t find your art, they can’t buy it.  It’s as simple as that.

Keywords are the key to buyers finding your work

One of the most basic ways for your artwork and fine art photography to be found is via keywords.  Keywords are descriptive words used to describe the image.

In essence  you are trying to guess what word or words a potential buyer would use to find your artwork.

Another word for it:  Index term, a term used as a keyword to retrieve documents in an information system such as a catalog or a search engine

Usually online art galleries or databases require anywhere from 10 to 50 keywords.  You should start off with the first words that come to mind when looking at an image.  What words would you used to classify the image on your computer to find it again in the future?

This quick, top of mind words are going to be the most valuable.  For example, this photograph of a dog taking a photograph in the studios.

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Right off the top of my head I’m going to think: dog, camera

Then I’m going to start getting more detailed and try to describe the image further with more detailed description words like:

studio, Westie, press camera, vintage

Then I’ll start to think about the mood of the image – funny, humor, photographer

And I’ll use descriptive words about the medium: photograph, black and white

I might add framed, print, fine art, poster and other more generic descriptors.

Basically you want to cover the who, what, where, when, why and how of the image.

Pho Dog Grapher Coffee Mug
Pho Dog Grapher Coffee Mug

If the product was a coffee mug I might include: ceramic, coffee, java, mug, tea, beverage, gift, household.

Keywording is an essential component of selling online so be sure to take the time and effort to do so!

 

Recent Print Sales Jan. 2017

Recent Artwork Sales from EdwardFielding.com

Print sales – Here is what has been selling in the new year.

Vince Lombardi Football Framed Print
Vince Lombardi Football Framed Print

Five of these framed and matted Vince Lombardi quotes with a photograph of a vintage leather football were purchased for a coaches award dinner in Missouri.  Four smaller framed prints of the photograph with the Vince Lombardi quote were going to assistant coaches and a larger framed print with gold trim were being handed out to the head coach.

Gift idea for football coaches
Gift idea for football coaches

Vince Lombardi On Perfection

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/vince-lombardi-on-perfection-edward-fielding.html

Airstream Pillow
Airstream Pillow

This “Home Sweet Home” throw pillow is going to an owner’s camper.

Home Sweet Home Vintage Airstream

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/home-sweet-home-vintage-airstream-edward-fielding.html

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap
Dirty Dog Laundry Soap http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/dirty-dog-laundry-soap-edward-fielding.html

This small matted and framed artwork of “Dirty Dog Laundry Soap” will be displayed in the guest bathroom of a westie dog fan.

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/dirty-dog-laundry-soap-edward-fielding.html

Happy customer
Happy customer

This pug pillow made the day of a cute young animal lover.

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http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/pug-edward-fielding.html

The Nest by Edward M. Fielding
The Nest by Edward M. Fielding

“The Nest” is off to any office in New York City.  Framed and matted for a modern look.

The Nest

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/the-nest-edward-fielding.html

Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf Framed Print
Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf Framed Print

This old 45 vinyl records soon will be displayed in a music lovers apartment in Toronto.

Take Those Old Records Off The Shelf

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/take-those-old-records-off-the-shelf-edward-fielding.html

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“Vintage Dancing Bears” was recently sold as a box of 10 greeting cards.

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This Darth Vader fan painting was sold with a customer selected yellow background as a greeting card.

Darth Vader Artwork
Darth Vader Artwork

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“The Old Green Chevy Pickup Truck” was purchases as a 5×7 inch greeting card print.

About the Artwork

All work comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you don’t love it, simply return it. NOTE: The watermark DOES NOT appear on the final print. © Copyright Edward Fielding All Rights Reserved. Edward Fielding retains all rights to these images. It is illegal to copy, scan or duplicate from the website in any form.

Cyber Monday Artwork Sales

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales patterns are still rather predicable and an interesting observation of human behavior.

Leading up to Thanksgiving people are busy traveling or preparing for the big family holiday. Then some people enjoy skipping out on the dishes and hitting the stores on Thanksgiving evening to get an early jump on holiday gift buying or perhaps reward themselves with a nice new toaster or holiday outfit.

I know from personal experience that holidays always seem to bring about some failure of an appliance – the stove goes, or the microwave or the furnace acts up. It seemed like every Christmas or Thanksgiving growing up my Dad would have to run out to the local pharmacy that was always open to get a new coffee maker. This year in our household something happened to the dryer.

On Thanksgiving the pile of sales circulars comes and I flip through them while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. By the last one I’m worn out by commercialism and decide I really don’t need anything. Then Black Friday comes a few more shopping oriented family members might brave the crowds for a few deal.

Then Saturday comes around and the Christmas Tree goes up and the Thanksgiving stuff is put away and perhaps we head out for a money. We took in “Arrival” and it was excellent. There was a big crowd at the theater, fellow holiday people looking for an excuse to get out of the house and perhaps away from those leftovers. We opted for Thai food – curry, pad tai and pho seemed about as far away from turkey, gravy and mash potatoes as we could get.

Sunday morning is for a bit of relaxing than then the online shopping starts on Sunday night and continues on Monday. These patterns seem natural and happen year after year. Here is what has been selling lately.

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Canvas print

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Wood print

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Tote bag

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Canvas print

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Printed on paper, rolled in a tube

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Throw Pillow
Greeting Cards

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Greeting Cards

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Christmas Cards

What’s hot on Fine Art America – recent sales

What’s hot on Fine Art America Nov. 2016

A few recent sales from the portfolio of Edward M. Fielding via Fine Art America.  Photographer and visual artist Edward Fielding’s portfolio on Fine Art America has nearly 5,000 photograph, artwork and images to choose from for cards, prints, framed art, canvas prints, metal prints, even prints on wood and products such as tote bags and throw pillows.  Print sizes can be ordered from small greeting card size all the way up to giant 60 x 40 inch prints.
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Vintage Kodak camera print ad as a Christmas card.

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Edward Fielding sold a 16.000″ x 24.000″ print of Vintage Electric Meter to a buyer from Tipton, IN.

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Edward Fielding sold a greeting card of Rustic Cabin On The Pond to a buyer from Pepper Pike, OH.

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Edward Fielding sold a 12.000″ x 8.000″ print of Warrens Lobster House Neon Sign Kittery Maine to a buyer from San Gabriel, CA.

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Edward Fielding sold a greeting card of Vintage Motel Sign Square to a buyer from Ewing, NJ.

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Edward Fielding sold a 10.625″ x 16.000″ print of Dartmouth Hanover Green In Autumn to a buyer from New York, NY.

Dartmouth College in Hanvover, NH framed art.
Dartmouth College in Hanvover, NH framed art.

http://pixels.com/saleannouncement.html?id=448b0afb0b0d1a734ae800080eb30ab1

Morant's Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada

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Edward Fielding sold a 11″ x 14″ print of Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet Graphic Drawing to a buyer from Washington, DC.

Star Wars Stormtrooper drawing
Star Wars Stormtrooper drawing

Edward Fielding sold a greeting card of the Quotable Westie Poster to a buyer from Billings, MT.

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Edward Fielding’s portfolio on Fine Art America at – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/ has something for everyone from cute dogs to New England barns.  From steam trains to vintage radios.  From landscapes to still lives.  You might have seen some of these images gracing the covers of best sellers at the book store as many of them have been licensed to publishers and magazines.

 

Recent Customer Review

Product reviews and feedback on recent purchases of art by Edward M. Fielding

A great big thank you to my customers and collectors who took the time to provide reviews and feedback!

Morant's Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada
Morant’s Curve Bow Valley Banff National Park Canada

“The quality of the prints were very good. Its a great pic. Framing was good quality also. Well put together. Happy with the purchase. Fit our needs. Will consider Fine Art again in future”

Elizabeth Murphy

Buffalo, NY

November 10th, 2016

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What’s been selling lately? Selections of recent sales from August 2016

Recent Artwork Sales

I went on vacation to Prince Edward Island last week and sold more art on my website then ever.  The previous two months were very slow with the political conventions and Olympics grabbing everyone’s attention but golly gee, I should go on vacation more often.

I’m really happy to see some of my more experimental artwork sell.   Abstracts and some playful experimentation.  These usually take place in the dead of winter when the son is off at school, the wife is off at work and the snow has covered up all of the yard work.  The wood stove is filled and I have a chance to just play around with images.

The other thing that was neat, and keeps me going is the were some really large print sales as well as some beautiful framing choices made by the buyers.  I appreciate every sale I make but I certainly enjoy seeing the framing choices buyers make.

This abstract image of New York City fire escapes was created with multiple layers and abstracted into the lines created by the ladders.  Unfortunately these scenes of pre-war NYC are under constant threat of “progress” these days.  This is how a recent collector purchased this image.  A 16 x 16 inch image with a nice deep white mat and smart looking white frame.  Very modern yet classic at the same time.

New York City Fire Escapes Abstracts
New York City Fire Escapes Abstracts

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This cute pug dog image was purchased as a 14.000″ x 8.250″ canvas print with a frame surround of Last Call is going to to a buyer from Cutler Bay, FL.  Seems a bit on the small size but maybe the buyer has limited wall space or its a gift.

Last Call Pug Dog Funny Canvas Print
Last Call Pug Dog Funny Canvas Print

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This 42.875″ x 60.000″ print of Gunman T-shirt to a buyer from Skanes Fagerhult, Skane – Sweden is probably the largest canvas I’ve ever sold.  Funny thing is that I intended it to be a t-shirt design but it will certainly have a lot of impact as a huge wall canvas.  The design is based on one of my photographs.

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I won’t show the final result because its a canvas and looks pretty much the same as the above. Oh how I’d love to see it displayed! Maybe if the buyer is out there somewhere they will send me a photograph of it in place. Unfortunately we don’t get any contact information when selling through a print on demand site.

Also this month I sold a huge metal print of this image of a beach in Maui, Hawaii.  Our family trip to Hawaii from a few years ago certainly tugs at me especially in the middle of a New England winter.  This was a 48.000″ x 17.875″ metal print of Where I Want To Be going to a buyer from San Francisco, CA.

Metal Print of Maui Hawaii
Metal Print of Maui Hawaii

 

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Recent Sales

Early summer is typically a low in the sales calendar.  People are busy with vacation plans and enjoying the summer weather, but late summer typically sees a build up of sales as the upcoming Holiday season starts its slow up ramp.   Here are some popular art photography that has been selling lately.
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http://pixels.com/saleannouncement.html?id=458a4fd42c7653671df8ee2452950271

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