So I will tell you a little story about myself. At one time not long ago I had an online gallery on Ebay. When most people think of Ebay art sales, they think of cheesy, poor quality, downright gross art for sale at cheap prices. I however took upon myself to sell gallery works, of mine and other artists, at gallery pricing. That means there were no $30 pieces or auctions starting at 99 cents. After a few years the said gallery was producing, and producing well. I was selling art all the time, and was quite happy about it to boot. But Ebay made a site change and my little built up lucrative gallery basically tanked. At first I was confused, then I was pissed which eventually gave way to mournful. I mean my business died! It took me months to figure out what I was going to do. I had to get back in the show circuit, I had been out for a long time because I didn’t need to do it. Selling from my house was easier than schlepping works out of town for shows. Finding myself having little control over my art and sales left me questioning. It was tricky to get back into galleries after I had been out for a while. I was constantly having to send my work in for review. It left me wondering, how could I have sold tons of works online, and then have a problem promoting my vision with galleries. Depressing ughh! Another part of selling online that I missed was that I could be really experimental. I basically lived out my fantasy of creating whatever I wanted as an artist– then selling it. I didn’t have to explain bodies of work or impetus– I just created. With all of that said I am just getting to a point where I am motivated to get works done again. The quote “art for art sake is for the well fed” rings so true. The point of sharing my story with you is to let you know that their are cycles of going up, and indeed what goes up can come down. If this had not happened to me I would have never started this blog for artists. I am here and vested in providing a space that is inclusive of all artists. A place to bounce ideas, a resource for finding work. I hope you all have a great weekend and as always I wish you excellence in your artistic endeavors.
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