I don’t know why, but it has taken me over three years to organize myself to offer paintings for sale through an online presence. There are lots of ‘painting a day’ artists who do this and a myriad of virtual stores where anyone can set up an account for a price.
Etsy is the largest art and craft online store in the world and includes over 200,000 crafts people with storefronts. With that many choices, overwhelming is a word that comes to mind. At best Etsy is a testament to the high degree of originality and creativity in the world. A buyer can search by color of item, by location or by object. It also includes a wide array of supplies for crafters. There are also ‘stores’ with vintage items…things like the old Simplicity sewing patterns that some of use used to own (pre-decluttering!)
|Working out flower placement on an oil painting of daffodills.|
Our daughter Emily has been selling her original, handsewn stuffies, paintings and custom painted vinyls on Etsy for over five years. When I tell her that the setup seems very complicated she looks at me with a mixture of incredulity and skepticism and says softly “mom, I know you can do it”. I suppose that broken record of hers has worn me down over the years and here I am!
|Follow the White Rabbit aka our daughter Emily on Etsy.|
I am still ‘building the store’ and I am almost ready to make it live! As I post items I’ll be writing about them here; giving you the back story, as it were! I enjoy sharing my painting processes and discoveries with you in hopes that it will encourage you to explore your own creativity. And forget about your doubts about whether you can create. “I know you can do it”.