I've recently been toying with the idea of starting an Etsy shop to sell some of my artwork. For most of my life, I have been drawing and painting with no outlet to showcase or sell my paintings, but it's always been a desire of mine to find some way to do that.
Of course, probably the main reason I have avoided doing it is a fear of rejection. I'm afraid of putting in hours of work, pouring my heart into my art and then having no one even give it a second glance or fail sell a single painting!
But I know that God has given me talents and joy in painting for a reason and even if I completely fail to sell a single painting, that doesn't mean that I'm an unskilled artist.
My insecurities are holding me back, but I'm also still working on logistics. So, I have some questions for you. A poll, if you will. I'd love to hear your feedback, even if this is the first time you've stumbled upon Aisle to Aloha or if you've never left a comment here before.
I have been doing some sketching and thinking about what I enjoy painting the most. Two of my favorite paintings (by me) in our home are these:
Chris calls them my wrapping paper designs. :)
So, I'd probably plan on doing several different designs in these styles on canvases that are about 16 x20. That's the size of one of the palm paintings above. I could go smaller, but that doesn't make as much of an impact.
Here are my questions:
First of all, would you personally buy a painting in one of these styles for your home or if they're not your style, would you purchase one as a gift for someone else?
If you were to buy one, how much would you be willing to shell out for large canvas painting with a protective varnish coating and no need for a frame?
If you have an Etsy shop, I'd love to hear your experience with selling on the site. I've researched how it's done but I'm interested to hear some opinions from Etsy sellers themselves.
Also, I'm a bit concerned with the hassle of shipping large canvases. Does anyone have experience with this and have any advice? I'd love to be able to use the Flat Rate boxes from USPS, but they wouldn't be large enough for my needs.
Any other constructive feedback is welcome. Thanks guys!