Right before I went on vacation I setup an Etsy shop with only two items. I had been familiar with the website and knew it was another way to showcase and sell online but I had never thought to use it because I have always scheduled shows where selling my work in person has been my preference. I am not scheduled to participate in any weekend art shows unless I decide to accept my invitation to participate in the Paradise City fall shows, (first one is not until October) and I will decide at the end of the month. In the meantime, I am going to give Etsy a chance and today I added additional items to my shop. I am wondering if any of my blog followers have used or shopped on Etsy? any thoughts or suggestions?
My Etsy Shop
The costs involved when using Etsy start with a minimal fee to post each item, then another fee goes to Etsy when an item is sold. Accepting payments via paypal also involves a paypal fee, and the end result is very similar to how it feels when a gallery sells work and takes their percentage. I will try and keep an open mind and re-evaluate end of summer.
In general, it feels like the art world has become even more competitive, plus galleries continue feeling the economic downswing of the current state of the union. Finding appropriate opportunities to show and sell my work seem few and far between. I thought going on vacation would refresh my outlook but I still have not felt the spark to "go get 'em"!
Recently my friend Mark posted about show competitions and jurors and I agreed with his conclusion - paint for yourself, and paint what you love.
Today I did a bit of gardening, something for myself, something I love. This was my "painting" of the day.