You know...I've been doing this full-time for a long time. It's amazing the amount of questions that I get every week from others all around the world. So I decided to post a few of the questions and answers this week. If you like it, maybe I'll make it a weekly post. Let me know. :)
SusieB asks: How long did it take you to make it as an artist?
I've been working at it for over 10 years. I started selling on Ebay in 1998. I'm still "making it" every day...it's just part of the process.
JenInTX asks: Is it hard to sell artwork on the Internet? Don't people need to see it in person?
I find it easier to sell on the Internet because there is a much larger audience. I also think that with some work that strikes a more emotional cord with people...it's easier for them to make a decision about something when they are comfortable in their own home.
AmyG asks: How many paintings have you sold?
I'm not sure. I lost count.
FelixKat asks: What advice to you have for artists just starting out?
Archive all your work. You can later use it for prints and promotional materials. Keep a record of all your customers (with their permission). Brush up on your marketing skills...you'll need to spend almost as much time marketing as you do creating.
C.B.T. asks: Which is better Etsy or Ebay?
They are both great arenas with a large viewing audience. I think artists do better on Ebay when they have a following. Etsy is very good, but you have to work at it almost every day to keep your items displaying at the top of searches.
KristinaS asks: Your work is very recognizable. How do you develop your own style when you don't have one at all?
Follow your heart. Practice, practice, practice. and then practice some more. Don't try to be like another artist because "they are successful". Be true to yourself, be unique, find things that you can do easily, find things that are fun...put them all together and mix well. Oh...and did I say...practice....
Well, that's all for now. If you have questions, email me. I'll post the answers here next week.