Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shopping for Art Online

"Do or do not, there is no try" - Yoda

I like that...although I think its good to try some things too! I believe there is much to learn in the 'try' too!

The new set up in the West Wind Creations Studio

These two pieces are being worked on simultaneously. I have started with a layer of tinted plaster. Now slowly building up layers of color and solidifying the lines, along with the light and dark highlights.

I did have a long blog with Part 2 of my shopping for art online...but there was a glitch,it disappeared and now I have to make sorry, not my problem. So, stand by for next post...I promise I will talk about buying art online! ; ) That is, if the computer cooperates!

Monday, January 23, 2012

White Stallion

Hot off the easel!

White Stallion I - 10" x 21" x 1" Acrylic on wood. Comes signed, ready to hang. Sides painted gold so you don't need to frame it! Available through Etsy  $420.00 S&H included. we go! I have a big goal to accomplish in the next few weeks. I am feeling better...pain from surgery is finally getting better. Still not sleeping well (could be all the caffeine in the pills), but feeling driven, now that I have something to work towards. I have been invited to participate in a big horse expo coming up in March! I also want to get started on my farm landscape series and hope to submit some pieces in an upcoming juried art show, also in March! Then just a couple days ago, I was invited to participate in a smaller, local horse related event!

My sales on Ebay have picked up a bit and I am averaging 1 - 2 sales per week of some of my smaller LE Prints. Could things be looking up for the art market???

'White Stallion' had been drawn up for a couple months now and I finally got around to painting it! I am happy about how it turned out. This is just the beginning of a series of equine-related pieces I will be preparing for upcoming events, so stay tuned!

I also wanted to share a bit about buying art online. I am thinking that some potential collectors might be holding back due to some 'bad press' the Internet gets in the media and social circles. If your one of those people or know someone who might be interested in the process of buying art online, maybe pass this on to them. I have divided the topic up into several parts;


The benefits of purchasing art online far outweigh the negatives in my opinion. Firstly, you have an unending supply of artists selling their art online. There is a huge variety of work being offered for sale on the world wide web! You can contact the artist directly! This is a huge bonus! You can easily access the artist, learn about them through their web pages etc, email and even phone them if you wish! This far exceeds the possibilities of contacting the artist by purchasing art through a gallery. (Unless you happen to meet the artist face to face at a show opening, but even then, the chances are, you won't be able to converse with them much as they will be very busy with the show)!

In order to help you wade through the plethora of art online, there are many online galleries such as; Daily Paint Works, Etsy, Ebay, Fine Art America, just to name a few. Look for websites that have a good track record such as Ebay and Etsy. They have been around for a long time. Ebay offers both originals and prints direct from the artist (you can refine your search to specify this). BUT... beware; there are people (I won't call them artists) always trying to sell something that is not what it says it is. This is where the feedback system on Ebay is really great! You can check to see if there are any issues with ANY specific seller on Ebay.

Still, one must be careful. I have spotted a few frauds and reported them immediately to their security. The seller will stop for a while, but eventually they sometimes come back and try again. Just do your homework, check the feedback scores, read the actual negative comments if there are any. My rule of thumb is that I would not trust anyone with a feedback score of 80% or lower. Some of the feedback negative comments are simply slow mail problems/customs delays and then there are those who cannot be happy about anything!

Etsy is another great site. It offers a search engine that allows you to search for specific subject matter etc. They only allow 'hand made'  items for sale on their site. hey do allow 'artist prints' now, which I don't know how they can do that, as they are not hand made by the artist (machine made), but I do sell some of my prints there now, but only the smaller ones I print off my printer at home. Etsy also have a feedback system which allows you to check on past transactions/sales by any seller. On both Ebay and Etsy you can contact the seller directly.

If you are going to possibly shop online, get a Pay Pal account. They do offer some security on purchases in the case of fraudulent merchandise. I have had to use this process only once in regards to buying an item off of Ebay. The seller never sent the item, so I was refunded in full! If I had just purchased it with my credit card, without pay pal, I would be out $50! There is a small fee associated with pay pal, but as I see it, its an insurance plan well worth it. You can have it connected to your bank account or your credit card or both. I ONLY use Pay Pal for the selling of my artwork online. It protects me, the seller, too.

Also look for 'money back guaruntee' from the artist. I have not come across many who do not offer this, but it is very important to me that if my client is not happy with their painting, that they are not 'stuck' with it! I only wish for my collectors to receive years of enjoyment out of viewing my artwork!.

Walk in galleries have their benefits too...but they have their limits.

Would you like to support your favourite artist? Its easier to do online. There is no middle man. The artist is able to offer lower prices because they do not have to factor in the costs of shipping their work to and from galleries around the country and they don't have to pay the commission fees, which can be as high as 50%!

In my next part of this series, I will talk about international shipping. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend". Robertson Davies (Canadian author)