Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Websites for Artists
There seems to be a growing number of websites dedicated to the display of art not all for sale. There are those that seem to have no limits to the numbers that they permit to show on the site others that have a strict number and they adhere to that. Some websites allow you to post you work for sale others it is merely a way of getting your work seen. Some are very easy to use others have very complicated means to get you art on display. The numer of such site seems to grow by the day if not by the hour. How successful are they?
First a personal website. I have had two such websites the first going down the cheaper route of signing up witha company and having to do the build myself with alittle help from them. A lot of work but the cost was bearable and was paid for by one of the very few sales I had from there. The second site I have is my present one. Built for me at a greater cost, able to take paypal buttons and maintained for me. This site is fairly easy to put work onto and keep up to date. This site gets me more exposure than the other but to date has not really paind for itself.
Now to some of those other sites. There is one I think all artists know about, going by the numbers that subscribe to it. Has anyone ever sold from it? I suppose there may have been but I have never ever met any of them. Some of the stuff posted on such sites is questionable in terms of art, I saw on the best known of those sites a picture of a young girls arm with the word know tattooed on it. I as the question honestly is this art? If it is whose art is it? Then there are those who know how to work the system on such sites they comment on almost every post always in glowing terms and so frequently they themselves have, "Pic of the Day". This site now adds featured artist on "Twitter". How I wonder, out of all those artists do they make a choice? And the question should they when all are paying a fee.
I subscribe to two art magazines and both have sites where it is possible to post art. I have no complaints at all about these sites, they do what they say they do, they allow you exposure. My only one concern with them is that they do so in pages the latest uploads getting the front page. How often I have put an painting on there and within a very short time it is no longer on the front page because someone else has posted six paintings in one day. When this does not happen and you do indeed get exposure the comments and feedback are frequently helpful honest and constructive.
I post also on a commercial site that has a limited number of artists. It is operated by a very helpful person. This site tries very very hard to give all artist the same opporuinity to have front page exposure. This site has led to two sales for me and a number of visits to my own site that have resulted in either a sale or a commission.
Recently I have found, or did they find me, a site operated by Cathy Savels a very very helpful lady. I found this one through Facebook. It is very easy to upload paintings and artwork onto. At present it does not have too many artists but I have a slight worry it may go down that road purely because of the generousity of Cathy. It also features slected artists and this is done by Cathy on the basis of those artists who are using the site most frequently, this sounds like a very fair way and nobody is paying a fee. As I have already said Cathy is a very helpful person and I am sure she has the well being of artists at heart.I wish this site well. I have already had a couple of feedback comments from this but it is very early days and as I say and I wish them well.
I have you will notice not named any of the sites I have mentioned but I am sure if you are in the world of art you will have your own knowledge of some of the above. The routes to finding them well I have hinted. I would love to hear from others with similar of other experiences in trying to get your art out there.