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.

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Latest Activity: Apr 21


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

How much money to Ask for prior to Completion of picture

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

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

Having Prints Made

Started by Sue O'Sullivan. Last reply by Pris Hardy Apr 20. 4 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

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


Started by Kink Jarfold. Last reply by Barbara McEwen Nov 23, 2015. 11 Replies

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

Sales advice

Started by Donna. Last reply by Pris Hardy Nov 14, 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

a sales website?

Started by Cliff Hutchings. Last reply by Laura Luisa Cowell Mar 3, 2015. 2 Replies

I am wondering what others think about a display and sales website of your own?Are these successful in relation to the costs involved in setting it up and the running costs?I can also add to mine sales of resin scale model parts and plants plus…READ MORE

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Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 8, 2012 at 12:14pm

Welcome Jeanie! If you have any specific topics that you are hoping to get advise on, just let us know. We will do ur best to help! ; >

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on May 11, 2012 at 8:16am

Great way to approach each day Karyn, as well as the business of art. Learning something new is its own reward! Painting what you love is so much more rewarding than painting what sells. It's wonderful when the two meet!

Comment by Meg Mackenzie on May 10, 2012 at 11:47pm

Good advice, Su, and I think you have distilled it nicely Karyn. Because most of the work I exhibit now is textile rather than paintings, I tend to only take about 5 pieces maximum to a gallery. But it is quite a different market. Even then, I make sure that I have taken a heap of photos of the item in good light - some are good to make cards from, and others are good in helping to recreate favourite aspects in future works.

Comment by Karyn Robinson on May 10, 2012 at 4:18pm

Thank you, Suzanne.  

I feel happy if I learn just a little something new each day.  Today's lesson...I need more pieces to show - and that's fine since I started painting because it's something I enjoy.  If I'm only painting to make money - then it's just another job; something I have to do instead of something I look forward to doing.

Someone once said, "Do what you love and the money will follow."  Maybe someday I'll find out if that's really true.

Again, thanks for the info!


Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on May 10, 2012 at 1:47pm

Hi Karyn, I support your sense that having a recognizable style is a good way to position yourself for selling and promoting your work. I believe this is a solid way to enter the business of art with a great foundation. In fact, I have had shops approach me because they want work in their shop that is my type of collage or story jewelry. So I know first hand that this works!

When approaching a new gallery or shop, I take both originals and prints. It is important to have a range of prices and sizes so a gallery owner knows both your high end and your more affordable pieces. Always try to give them an opportunity to tell you what they need too. I always try to find a way to offer to create something that would help them out...something they need and do not have in their current offering.

I bring a portfolio of 50 prints and a trunk full or originals. Bring in a couple of originals that are easy to carry and if they want to see more, you can always get them. 

As the originator of your original art, you own the copyright to the work. I tell my clients that I sell prints so there is no confusion over this.

Good luck!

Comment by Karyn Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 6:55pm

It's taken me about a year to find a style that really feels like me.  I've tried abstract, impressionistic, realism (although you may not recognize it as such), but what I really enjoy painting are pictures that remind me of my home in the desert southwest, in a sort of contemporary, slightly abstract style.

They say writers should "write what they know", but maybe painters should paint what they know too.

I would like to take the next step and begin to sell my work, either the original pieces or prints.

I read somewhere that gallery owners like artists who have a recognizable style.  In fact, I think one of the greatest compliments an artist can receive is to have their work recognized just by the style - so that's what I'm currently working on; creating pieces that work well together.

I'm many finished pieces do I need to approach a gallery owner? Should I take the finished, framed paintings or just prints?  If I sell an original do I still maintain the right to sell prints of that painting?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Happy painting!


Comment by Lori Vough on May 3, 2012 at 9:25pm

Thanks, happy to share.

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on May 3, 2012 at 12:11pm

What a great idea Lori! I agree with your thoughts on this 100%!

Comment by Amanda on May 3, 2012 at 11:01am

Lori- that is terrific!

Comment by Lori Vough on May 3, 2012 at 10:56am

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has thought of this or who does this, but I wanted to throw this out there.  I have passport photo size copies of my art made on heavy card stock after I run the art through photo shop or Wacom paint to type the text for a business card.  They turn out pretty cool.  People like them because they look good on the fridge, they stand out and are more likely to be left out and displayed rather than stuck in  a drawer.


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