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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Selling Art on the Web

What's the best way to sell art on the Internet? That's a question I've been pondering for some time. I've had a Web site for several years and find it's a good place to send people inquiring about my paintings.

Occasionally people approach me about joining a Web site where I can post work for sale. I wonder about the potential there. Is this a good way to promote and sell art, or is it a good way for the Web site provider to make money on the space you are renting?

I wonder about the experiences of other artists. Have any of you had good experiences or bad with this process? Can you recommend a good Web site to join?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dream Your Own Dreams

In my elementary school art classroom, I have written on the white board this statement: "Dream Your Own Dreams." I think that's what art is all about. You use your creative imagination and see there unique things that are your own. I want the children I teach--young as they are--to use their imaginations and to see in their minds things no one else has seen. I want them to put those things on paper or canvas, and I want them to feel good about their creations.
We as artists live a different life than others who have more concrete professions or hobbies. We create, then worry if our work will be accepted or wanted should we choose to sell it. As a writer, as well as an artist, I put myself "out there," vulnerable in so many ways.
How do you dream your own dreams? Do you feel secure in those dreams? I would love to hear the thoughts of other artists and writers.

Mary Montague Sikes, author Secrets by the Sea, Eagle Rising, Hearts Across Forever, available now on Amazon