I decided to try online marketing. I have decided to open an Etsy shop. I chose Etsy because of the simplicity of the message. It is a shop and there is no pretence to anything else. My shop is not a gallery with hidden messages that you can buy. It is simply a shop. I noticed that there are few painters in the Etsy collection of artists and I hope that is not a deterrent. Here is my plan: I will sell mostly small works and I will start by selling mostly works on paper. Once I get a handle on shipping and the details of selling, I may graduate to bigger items. I will wait and see how it goes first.My first works will be inexpensive and I will gradually work my way to regular pricing. The first people to go to my site will get deals, as they say.
Starting this journey is interesting. I always hated painting small. I found that I spent as much time on a small work as I did a bigger work (almost), so I avoided ‘small’. Now, I am making myself paint small and after about 20 painting, you know, it is not so bad. I have chosen to specialize in landscape….Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC….. I have more photos than I want to own up to from our trips to the western provinces for our children’s sport activities. I have started taking them out and working with them. I discovered that I like skies; storm, sunsets, sunrises and wispy clouds. I learnt something about myself.