|Winter Bouquet #2. Watercolor, 7" x 7"|
After exploring Zibbit and ArtFind--and thoroughly going through the art category of Etsy--I've concluded I've made a mistake. Etsy is really more suitable to crafts. When I compared art sales with craft sales and jewelry sales, crafts and jewelry came out way ahead of the artists. Prices were inexpensive. Many was artists competed with the craft people via inexpensive reproductions, albeits Glicee prints. Original art really didn't belong at Etsy. So, after a brief run on Broadway, this broad is closing the play. It needs to be thought. It needs to go out on the road.
FYI: Here's a formula I read along the way for pricing original work: T + M + S x 2. Time plus material plus shipping (consumers, who don't paint and do buy art, love free shipping) multiplied by two. When I did it. It tallied up where I was selling an acid-free matted, original watercolor painting with an acid-free backing ready for framing for less than half of what it cost me to make. I didn't care for that at all. It's wasn't acceptable in the design/build business; it's not acceptable in the art business. Thanks Chris for giving me a heads up.