It took me a while, but it is finally here.
Below is a list of things I do to promote my paintings and get my customers to return for more.
I learned that the most important thing to do, is to have your own webpage, as I call it – an Official Website. This website is your portfolio online. Consequently, no matter where you are, you will be able to show your work to any potential customer, gallery or interested parties. Besides, it is a great presentation tool.
I have my page at Big Black Bag. I like their setting and it is easy to navigate. Plus, you have many option for promotion and e-commerce. They offer a 14 day free trial and if you like it, you can choose from their many monthly of yearly fees.
I also have many other social media site where I post new paintings and events. If you haven’t set up a page on Facebook, I recommended. It is easy and another amazing tool. Through my Facebook Page, people have contacted me to do commission paintings, invite me to galleries, take part in fairs and even bought some pieces. Besides, it is free to create a page.
I don’t use Twitter too much, but it has also bring me some sales. I try not to bombard people with my paintings. I also share articles about art and other useful information. Besides, it is free to create an account.
I also have an Etsy Shop. If you haven’t heard of Etsy, you need to check it out. It is growing incredibly fast. I had many sales through Etsy. In addition, the director of RAW found me through this site. And that was not the first time people have contacted me to inform me of other venues. Etsy is where I have had the most commissioned paintings requested, sales and contacts. It is free to create a shop. However, it cost .20 cents to post your item and a % when you sell it, but it is worth it.
Another recently found site is Daily Paintworks. I was surprised to sell a piece the second day I uploaded my work. I am still trying to get familiarized with the ins and outs, price range and best sellers, but I had and average of one per month. You do however need to be aware that this is like Ebay, but they only sell art and they do charge $12 a month to be a member. Most sales are of small pieces, but I think it is worth it and another tool to promote your work.
The other site that I love, but haven’t had much time to log in lately, is Fine Art America. My experience has been all positive and had many sales. This site offers prints of your work, which is a great way to earn royalties. In other words, it is like Art.com, but the royalties are better. Each print you sell here, you choose how much money you would like to receive for them. They also have great tools for promotion, like coupons, blogs, event posts, announcements and much more. It is also a great community of artists helping each other. The fee is $30 yearly, to be able to sell prints of your art. By the way, this site is also great for fotographers.
The latest page I found to promote and get information on the latest events, venues and awards is See.me. I cannot tell you much about it, even though I signed up a few months ago. I became interested because a friend recommended the site. In fact, I am so new to this one that I only have 7 supporters … heehee. It seems that when people click the “SUPPORT ME” bottom (no money required, just a post on Facebook) I get a chance to win awards and promotions. This is how it goes: with 9 SUPPORTS (or clicks), one will be eligible for the life changing Grand Prize / with 19 SUPPORTS, be featured in a See.Me Facebook gallery seen by hundreds of thousands / with 99 SUPPORTS, be featured in a digital group show at SCOPE Miami 2013 during Miami Art Week. If you like to help me on this quest, just click on SUPPORT ME. It will post on your Facebook or Twitter.
I also have profiles on the following sites, which I don’t log in much, but it gets my name and work out there:LinkedIn Behance Saatchi Online RAW artsits
Let’s not forget your blog. This is an amazing way to get connected with artists around the world. To get inspired, to share your work and give each other support. I don’t rely on this site for customers, I love the friendly atmosphere, great articles, fellow artists and bloggers.
I hope this post helps you promote your art and hopefully, get some sales. 😀
Have a Fantastic Day! Thanks for stopping by.
17 thoughts on “How to Promote your Paintings, Art and Photography”
Great marketing post Patricia, a lot of good advice from your experience. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you so much!! Great info!
Thanks for sharing it, it is a really useful post!! 🙂
You are welcome Maria! 😀
Fantastic info Pati! Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks Kim! Glad you liked it! 😀
Thanks for this great post. I had thought of some of these venues already, but your post confirmed that I should indeed check them out. I am working on my Etsy shop today. Once I took the time to figure it out, it wasn’t that scary–just time consuming. I really appreciate all of the positive advice you are so willing to share.
You are welcome! I Am glad it helps. I am sure you will do great on Etsy! Much success! 😀
Great advice! It takes a lot of work to market, doesn’t it. I’ve been working on a website and it’s taking me forever…I can tell you’ve really put a lot into this. Thanks for sharing! I don’t have facebook or twitter, either. And I totally agree with you on the blog…I’ve learned so much from everyone…and I love the encouragement and love that goes around. 🙂
Yes, it does take a chunk of my time and that does not include taking pictures and editing them for upload… heehehe… but it is all good. I am super excited being able to paint. 😀
I know…what a gift in so many ways… 🙂
Thank you for sharing this extremely helpful and informative post. I had a wander through all the links and liked and supported as I went –
[It was either me or Orlando, you can generally tell by the photo 🙂 ] You’re welcome 🙂
I am considering an Etsy shop – for some cards initially – but may leave it until next year. In the meantime I may set up a facebook page….notice all the ‘mights’ and ‘mays’ I’m really just thinking out loud 🙂
Anyway I really appreciate your posts where you share information like this – I wish I could save them somewhere – now there’s something WordPress could look into!
Thank you Pauline and Orlando…! 😀 and your welcome as well. Etsy will be fantastic for your card and other beautiful creations.
Oh! by the way, there are two ways to save post. One is by clicking Press it, on your blog. I included a video link, in case you are interested.
The other way, which is the one I use, is an application called Pocket
here is the link to the video : http://getpocket.com/#prettyPhoto/0/
It works on your phone or desktop.
Sorry that I do not do Facebook.
Oh no! You don’t need to be sorry! I do appreciate your visit 😀
Hope that you get the support you deed. Enjoyed the post.
Thanks Sally! 😀 I appreciate the good wishes!