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« on: May 27, 2005 10:18:23 PM »

I have been very fortunate to sell a lot of my paintings.  But I am confused because my 2 fav. which are more surrealist and different from my usual folk art style have attracted no buyers even though I have listed them a few tmes on Ebay.  Someone please give me your honest opinion if you can think of a reason why?  I can take criticism lol...np
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005 10:24:47 PM »

I think they are beautiful.
Don't sell them on eBay. Go to an art show or some public sale. EBay is a site full of people looking for deals, not necessarily great art. You'll get more for your art from someone who can really appreciate it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2005 06:36:12 AM »

I agree - people on ebay aren't usually looking for art unless its from well-known artists. That second one is really great- I love the colours!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2005 06:45:12 AM »

I'll give you an example of a similar situation I was in-- my place of employment during the week (a gym) was having an auction, so I donated a little flower pin that I made. All week long, these people would walk by and comment about how it was soooo ugly, and who on earth would ever bid on an ugly old thing like that. They didn't know I made it so they werent trying to be rude *to me*, but I was still feeling really down about it.

But then I took some of them to the yarn store where I work on weekends and now people are buying them faster than I can make them. They cost about $.25 to make and I'm selling them for $7.50. The moral of my story is that the right forum is key.

In my experience, Ebay is strictly for things you want to get rid of but aren't really concerned how much you get for them, like a garage sale. No one on Ebay will pay what you think your art is worth because they go there looking for a bargain. I had a woman bid $5 on a 50 year old vintage purse that I had once bought for $30, then she asked for her money back because it was a little beat up. I told her where to stick it, and I started donating my stuff to Goodwill instead.

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2005 06:47:04 AM »

Wow, those are beautiful. I think if you continue to try to sell them on ebay, you'll eventually get a nibble... but it'll be for far less than they are worth.  I agree... go to an art show.  Those paintings deserve to be bought by someone who will actually appreciate them.

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2005 07:49:37 AM »

I agree with you about Ebay I guess (and I know how you feel Natasha, been through that too) but the thing is there are a lot of artists I know on there that sell really well.  I admit I've given up on Ebay but being in a secluded area it was my only outlet for now.  People where I live don't consider you an 'artist' unless you're a doctors or lawyers wife (no offense meant anyone).  I guess I will hang on to them until I move down south to the city in the fall.  Anyone here ever buy art and have any idea about pricing.  I think I let my other work go for far too little.  Here is an example, this one I sold for $50 and now the guy owns 5 of my paintings from that series.  The rest I have donated to various charities for auctioning.  This maybe isn't the place to ask these questions but I'm really stuck and sure could use some help.  Here is one that went for $50.  Thanks for any help! Trish

« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2005 04:23:57 PM »

The two in your first post are less cute (and more interesting) than the last one. If you find the right place to sell them, you'll do awesomely.
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2005 11:16:34 AM »

i think the first one is really great. in my mind, there is no reason that it shouldn't sell. the second one is a little tougher. the bottom third is very dynamic and interesting, but the middle and top (middle especially) have a much less dynamic composition. the whole thing is an interesting concept and well-done, but my eye is not compelled to go anywhere. this is mostly because the tree is in the dead center of the painting. the focal point is weak--i am drawn to the top center face and then directly down the trunk to the flowery bits. my mind and eye want more motion.
 so basically, the composition is much too balanced. i don't know (and kind of doubt) that this is what's keeping it from being sold. but it probably has something to do with it--most people don't realize what makes them feel moved by a painting, but the composition and focal point are very important.
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