Friday, February 3, 2012
A Heavy Handed Hannah Explores Etsy's
Watercolor is justnot my medium. I am a heavy handed Hannah with this paint. For me, watercolor is for travel, is for sketching. In the studio, acrylics is my choice for painting. Pencil is my strongest suit. You've got to realize at some point what you can and cannot do.
In between painting my new bouquet of flowers,(what a friend of mine calls my default subject, and she'sright), and working on my infant, I explored Etsy's.
I've started to register for a "shop" on Etsy's" three times over the last couple of years. Each time I couldn't carry through and give them my credit card number. I'm not ready. I don't do uniform sized, small paintings that would fit in a standard frame. I don't know what a Giclee print is--but it appears to be what is sold when the shop owner doesn't want to sell the more involved original piece. The one artist's shop I spent a lot of time in sold very nice original watercolors on Arches 140 for $35.00 and the Giclee prints on premium paper for twenty four. Shipping was extra. All of his works were 8" x 10".
Katsu Aoki's online shop expenses are peanuts. Etsy's gets a (hanging/display/rental) fee of twenty cents per piece--and when the piece sells, Etsy's gets three point five percent of the price--peanuts. The artist had forty six pieces on display, costing a whopping $9.20. He sells a thirty five dollar watercolor, He keeps $33.75. The artist also has a shop on eBay and a web site. Now, I'm very curious about his online turnover. From what I could tell, Aoki is a freelance illustrator--though his online portfolio looked limited to motorcycles, which he does quite well. His work looks good enough to be in a gallery, but I didn't see one mentioned.
Conclusion: You want to sell your art? You have to cover all the bases.
NOTE: Giclee is a sophisticate inkjet printing method. You can read all about it here.