by Carolyn Edlund
Online art sales are mainstream now. Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?
When surfing channels recently, I clicked on HGTV. I settled back, waiting to go into a coma watching people deciding whether to renovate their house or move, when a commercial was aired for Pixels.com, selling art online.
You know online art sales have gone totally mainstream when millions of people are being exposed to national advertisements that make shopping for artwork seem this appealing, easy and fun.
Have you jumped into this exploding marketplace?
Pixels.com is part of Fine Art America, a powerhouse on the internet for art sales. There are tons of other places to sell art, craft and handmade goods online, too. The biggest directory on the web is right here on Artsy Shark!
Bookmark this directory link and come back often as the list is continually updated to bring new opportunities for selling to artists of all types.
There are many different ways for artists to do commerce online. Quite a few artists are selling right from their own websites, using shopping cart plug-ins or linking to storefronts like SquareMarket that seamlessly integrate into an easy experience for the buyer.
Third-party sites offer further options, from selling original work and reproductions to working with print-on-demand providers, having artwork printed on clothing, phone cases, mugs, as well as canvas and other substrates. There are websites that encourage buyers to commission artwork, and sites that offer unique tools that help you sell your art on platforms such as Instagram. Many of them are free to join, at least at a basic level.
Internet art sales are a growing trend that won’t be slowing any time soon. Buyers of all ages have indicated that they are willing to make an art purchase after seeing an image online. Apps make picturing art right on your own wall easier than ever, so the comfort level is high for buying art in the comfort of your own home.
Do you sell your art online? What is your favorite e-commerce site? If not, what’s stopping you?
Art Credit, left to right: AlyZen Moonshadow, Dawna Ellis, Donna McCullough, Eric Hudgins, Janet Vanderhoof