I've no paintings to show but wanted to give an update on ebay selling and some new directions. June is coming to a close and ending a 30 day long selling spree on ebay. A spree is defined by a whopping three sales! I can finally retire and move to the South of France!
I really did have a very fruitful month in as far as I learned a great deal about ebay, and computer things that are going to be very beneficial. I was glad to sell some paintings and cover all my ebay and paypal fees and still make a little. Baby steps -I always tell myself. The free ebay store that was set up for June I'll be closing tonight and from now on I'll just list independent auctions. I find no advantage at this point to pay the $15/month for the official "store".
What I've done instead is create a new blog site to operate as an on-line studio or gallery. I'll post the same work as on my regular blog but without all the commentary. Persons can purchase from that site directly using PayPal or a painting may be directly linked to an ebay auction. The new site is much more "customer" friendly and provides a place to view all the paintings in gallery fashion. I need to learn how to list them by categories instead of date, but changes come with my slow learning curve. I still haven't discovered how to connect my site to my PayPal account to allow sales through them. That is a must and I've failed so far. Help ! anyone.
I like the idea of having one blog for fellow artists, family and friends and another site for selling. I can direct potential customers who visit an auction on ebay to visit my on-line gallery to see more work for sale. I didn't feel that my existing blog was a site that would appeal to shoppers- thus the new site. Maybe I should have an official Web page, but that is over my head for now and I think there is cost involved. I think this will work! Just got to connect to PayPal!
I only produced 5 paintings in June due to all this business related work. I'm finding that I'm not able to work with my right brain and left brain at the same time. Business things really stifle the muse so I sure hope that July will be more artistically productive. I've got some paintings planned and am looking forward to getting back in the groove.
So check out my new "studio" by clicking on the link in the left column and please give any suggestions or comments. All is welcome.