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Making money by selling my art to rich people

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by callo, May 5, 2017.

  1. callo

    callo Newbie

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    I live in an area with very wealthy people and I wonder if I can sell them my art. I love painting as a hobby and I think my work looks good.

    My plan is to make a website including the name of the area I live in, so people know it's local and trustworthy. Then I upload photos of some of my paintings with a description and the (high) price. Next I put flyers everywhere I can around my area. The flyer would be one of my paintings with a small website link on the bottom or so. Nothing like "visit my website now and buy paintings!".

    I just hope for people with lots of money who would like to have one of my paintings on their wall or so.
    One more idea I have is to mark some of the paintings on my website as "sold out" or "reserved" to make the impression that many are interested in buying. I just don't know if that is scammy or even illegal to do.

    Do you think that could work out? Any advices?
     
  2. shawondas0

    shawondas0 Junior Member

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    Good Plan, Not only for one area, as you are planning to make your website, Make it worldwide. Make a plan with the site for SEO and SEM, Also social signal.
    There are huge offices, people search for unique and good paintings on their background.
    Good Luck.
     
  3. Inception_AC

    Inception_AC Jr. Executive VIP

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    Don't use the sold out or reserved thing, it doesnt fool people and will affect sales
     
  4. pressrelease

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    Rich people has crazy habbit, but unless you are not famous they will not give a shoot to you.
     
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    Hello,

    You may want to consider contacting them directly and asking if they would be interested in a getting a painting made specifically for them!
    Then you can provide samples of your work and they may like one of them or order something special!

    Good luck!
     
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  6. fd55

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    Depends on the price point of your art and the style of art. If you're selling pieces that are inexpensive - something you'd see on etsy or something, then yes, all of that can help. If you're selling original artwork and actually want to make something of a career out of it at some point, then you'll have to get serious about it.

    As far as targeting "wealthy" people; they are buying from established artists, galleries, consultants/curators. They usually aren't the types to buy from a flier posted in the neighborhood. I work with a lot of visual artists, as well as art buyers, and most of the latter, even if buying a piece for a few hundred, are looking at the artist's career, CV, and bio. I myself don't buy any art without looking at their recent gallery/exhibition history, and bio/statement. It's extremely rare for an emerging artist to get out there and sell a piece for several hundred (more so in the thousands) unless you are extremely talented or doing something so unique and desired (and they all say they do something unique and desired).

    Extremely rare for me (or most people I know who buy art) to spend serious cash on a piece / on an artist who doesn't practice their craft in some serious manner, nonetheless exhibiting their work anywhere.

    If you have no desire to pursue this as a dedicated profession, it will be extremely difficult to sell your pieces for anything worthwhile. Part time artists isn't really good income... it just becomes an expensive hobby at that point. If you're doing this just to do, then have at it. If you're hoping to make a few bucks for beers, possibly. Pay your mortgage? Maybe better off playing the lottery.

    Just my thoughts....
     
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  8. dan7899

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    Sent you PM ;)
     
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    Sounds like art is your passion so go for it! you won't get bored because it's your hobby either. If it doesn't work, so what? at-least you will know and learn from the experience.
     
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    That sounds as a plan. But they like to get stuff made by famous people. That can be a problem. Can you promote yourself or show that you're in some exhibitions? Anyway, good luck!
     
  11. KTiwari

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    Selling anything to wealthy people require you to be famous. Luckily, being 'famous' is not that expensive with BHW and other platforms. But it still require you to shell out somewhere close to 10K to start looking famous. If you don't have that kind of money, you should start selling to cheap people and take it from there.
     
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    hustleeeee hard! find the power players and get noticed. $$$
     
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    Create a story behind the work. People buy art because it is intriguing and has a story behind it. That is why rich collectors want to be the only one to own a piece.
     
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    My wife started painting 2 years ago. the first year she sold her paintings for $50 - $80. Now she sells her paintings from $500 - $1200. There is alot of money in art
     
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    etsy is a good hand made products platform
     
  16. callo

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    Thank you very much for all the replies and advices. I keep them all in mind!
    Once started I will definitelly post my bad or good progress in this thread.
     
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    Hope Marketing will lead you nowhere . Start doing research about others doing the same , you may also try to distribute Surveys to your audiences to see if they are interested in buying arts .. etc
    If your arts are good, plz pm me some pics, I Know peoples there who may interested in arts outside our country .
     
  18. K.H.R

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    That's True but take a shot on your ground.


    Best of Luck...
     
  19. BHPartagas

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    Hey I'm also working on selling my art. It doesnt look like I can send PMs yet but I'd like to talk with any of you who can help me out. I have a decent Instagram following and have been selling a few pieces through there
     
  20. Rosca

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    Get involved with your art scene man.

    If you really want people to take your art seriously, you have to tell them what's up with your art. Rich people might like your art, but unless you're out there no one is going to want to buy it. Create a good artist persona and just run wild with the marketing.