The Business Side of Selling Art


The Business Side of Selling Art

This group is for anyone interested in sharing ideas about selling the work they create. Our goal is to offer reliable advice on how to price art, how to package and present art for sale, as well as how to sell in a range of markets.

Members: 400
Latest Activity: Aug 29


Hello and Welcome to the Business of Selling Art Group!

Just a few simple guidelines:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to selling your works of art, which can include topics such as pricing, packing and shipping, promo ideas, building a website, sales venues, handling commissions, exhibit advice, etc.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Discussion Forum

Having Prints Made

Started by Sue O'Sullivan. Last reply by karen knapp Aug 22. 5 Replies

Hello, I have just had my first request for a print of a piece of my artwork but am finding it difficult to decide on choice of paper, sizing, who to use (am UK based). Any advice would be much appreiated.SueREAD MORE

Does anyone bought morden oil paintings from ?

Started by yupoome. Last reply by David B Oct 8, 2018. 2 Replies

just like the title's question .If someone bought from there .Then maybe will get a giveaway from them,Please contact to get detailREAD MORE

Tags: Multi-color, Hand-painted, Scenery


Started by Kink Jarfold. Last reply by yupoome Sep 30, 2018. 12 Replies

Has anyone looked into or used any of these on line art exhibitors? MORE

How much money to Ask for prior to Completion of picture

Started by Nick Nicholson. Last reply by Nick Nicholson Apr 21, 2018. 2 Replies

Hi alljust wondering when doing a commissioned pictures how much does anyone charge in advance prior to completion. Regards NickREAD MORE

Selling your Art

Started by Dallas Nyberg. Last reply by D'Ann Douglas Mar 3, 2016. 49 Replies

I was asked a little while back by anotherartist about how I sell my art... you know... how much do I charge?... who do I sell it to? and so I thought I might share my answers to her with all of you...I hope you might find it…READ MORE

Sales advice

Started by Donna. Last reply by Pris Hardy Nov 15, 2015. 3 Replies

Hi.  I'd like some advice.  A nearby community holds an annual holiday 'open house' where a 4 block strip of businesses do special window displays, give samples, host musical performances etc. for 3 hours.  How should I approach these businesses for…READ MORE

Fantasy Artist

Started by Julia Ruane-Smith Nov 5, 2015. 0 Replies

I am a fantasy artist, medium is colored pencil with some ink. Years ago I printed out my art as greeting cards and sold them in stores and online. Didn't make a lot of money. I know a lot of fantasy artists and they have encouraged me to liscence…READ MORE

Tags: liscencing, business, rep, art

carrying paintings to art shows

Started by Judy Lynn. Last reply by Judie Martinez Aug 30, 2015. 9 Replies

I have 30 acrylic paintings to carry to a local show on 9/18. I've never had to transport that many paintings. The smallest is 11x14 and largest 16x20. There's an art festival 9/12 too, so I'd like a reusable (inexpensive) solution. Any advice?

selling downloadable coloring books

Started by Judy Lynn. Last reply by Carol Mayer Aug 18, 2015. 7 Replies

Hi - I'm new to the site and haven't figured out how to forgive me if you've covered this before. I'm in a weekly art group and we all try to convince our resident pen-ink artist to sell coloring books. He's open to it but doesn't want…READ MORE

Taking Risks in the art business

Started by Elmarie Smit. Last reply by Elmarie Smit Apr 30, 2015. 4 Replies

Hi everybody. I am currently starting a completely new series of works that is absolutely out of my comfort zone. I am also not sure how I will be able to market it or if I will be able to find sales points for the work I will be producing.Has…READ MORE

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Comment by Elizabeth Carter (Letourneau) on March 22, 2012 at 1:53am


Comment by Elizabeth Carter (Letourneau) on March 21, 2012 at 8:58pm

Well I have my very first show and I am really excited. I took some of my stuff to the local gallery and they want me to have a day of the dead inspired art show in April. weeeeee so excited! back to work I go Lots of stuff to do.

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on February 27, 2012 at 5:58pm

This is music to my heart! I have learned from my experience working a job that took all of my time that I really only need moments to actually make art. It's having the pace to make it so I do have to continually spend time setting up and putting away supplies. 

One successful session of creating at a time Catherine! This is how to sustain our selves through any time challenge. I even find that taking the time to ponder between creative sessions actually helps my creative process! I hope that the same is true for you, ; >

Comment by Catherine Marie Chiara Duran on February 27, 2012 at 5:11pm

Thank you...last night my son was hanging on me when I was trying to put away the groceries and clean the kitchen..this happens often...but my husband was home so I went into my paitning room and turned on my music and painted for about an hour and a half. It was a great break.  :)

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on February 24, 2012 at 5:35pm

I am so happy to know you have a room to call your own for painting Catherine. This is HUGE! You can pop in there when you feel like you can't wash another dish or pick up another toy. I find that even 10 minutes spent creating helps. I hope you get 10 minutes to paint today!

Comment by Catherine Marie Chiara Duran on February 24, 2012 at 5:22pm

Thankyou Suzanne....we have moved to a home where we have an extra I can paint..without having to clean up after every I am painting again. I'm so thankful for that. I know I should not get fusterated with all the dialy things I need to do..the house work that is never done no matter how hard I try to finish it. ..and all I really feel like doing is painting, honestly and I find very little time for that.  But my family, I love and they are worth everything else I must do.

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on February 22, 2012 at 8:08pm

A-Marie, i am so excited to know that you are getting the support and information you are looking for! Yes it's true, this little community of artists ROCKS!

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on February 22, 2012 at 8:06pm

Catherine I love that you are painting, and I am hoping that the fact that you are painting sustains you through this time when so much of your energy must go in to other needs. To keep you art alive and growing is the main thing, your skills grow and you get to be in the act of creating!

I also believe that caring for the people we love is art. Making meals and cleaning and doing laundry...all of those little daily things that make up our lives is the art of our making. The more I understand this the less stress I feel about how I am creating. How does this sit with you?!

Comment by A-Marie Walter on February 22, 2012 at 7:20pm

Suzanne thank you for that  information. Actually, thank you everyone for your informative post. I have learned a lot since joining. The support is awesome!

Comment by Catherine Marie Chiara Duran on February 22, 2012 at 7:17pm

I know for now I should just keep painting..I have people asking me to do portriats and I am doing one right now....but it isnt really what i want to do. I want to paint for myself and my family, what I feel inspired to paint, then agian we all need money to survive in this world. I have little time to paint, as I spend most of my time taking care of my boys, cooking and cleaning. I have to stay up after they are asleep to paint sometimes. But when I paint I feel I'm doing what I was mean to do.


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