How exciting it was to sell the new art above before it was finished. First time that has ever happened to me. I was showing the work in progress on facebook when I was contacted by a new collector. I'm feeling very blessed and thankful for the gift God has given me and thankful for all the patrons who purchased my art this year. Thank you, thank you!
Sometimes I feel it is a hit or miss when it comes to marketing art work. It can get mind boggling at times. So many avenues to choose from that sometimes I feel lost in the mix. I know this might not seem like a very creative post but I would love and value your opinion on art marketing both from an artist view and the potential buyer view. There was a time I used to show works in progress on my blog, this was pre-facebook. But over the past couple of years I have been showing works in progress (WIP) on facebook then once the piece is complete I will post it on my blog here and show WIP images. Are art blogs outdated?
Facebook verses Facebook Pages...When I first set up my facebook page for my art I thought great one central place to show the art work. But it seems facebook has made so many changes that at times not many people see what you are posting so I find myself then sharing on my personal timeline. I know that a lot of the pages I like I don't always see and miss things.
Twitter... I do see several artists utilize twitter. But I still have not figured out how anyone can follow and keep up on twitter. Is it the use of hashtags? And if you follow someone and they don't follow you back do they still see your tweets? Perhaps that is where a good hashtag comes in. And how many art collectors actually find and buy art on twitter.
I sure hope you don't mind my rambling here. All of this has been on my mind lately as I try to sort out the best options with out getting overwhelmed.
Then we have Instagram and Pinterest... Hashtags don't work on Pinterest but they do on Instagram. Actually of all the social marketing I see that hashtags work the best on Instagram.
Email newsletters... the good thing about the newsletters is I know how many people open them. How often do you want to see a newsletter? Every month, every three months. What about for special events.
Ok enough rambling here. If you do find your way to the end of this post I would love to here from you. As an artist, as a buyer and even as someone who loves to see art. Where do you get most of your social information.
As you mull over all this take a look at the WIP of the Blanket Flower piece below.
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