Selling your artwork on online galleries

My ‘Daughter of Woman’ series is for sale on Saatchi Art. Saatchi Art is an online gallery where artists can sell their work globally. The gallery commission in 35%, which isn’t bad, some galleries take 50% +.

Creating an account.

Creating an account and uploading my work was simple and the website was easy to navigate. Be ready with all the details of your work, including descriptions and your artist bio. Ensure the photos of your work are high res 300dpi and at least 1500 pixels on the long edge. Photos are extremely important, make sure they are evenly lit, high quality and sharp.

Keywords are important

Think of keywords which buyers might search for and attach them to each artwork listing. You can use up to 12, try and use them all – the more links to your profile the better!

The cons

There are a thousands of artists on the site and hundreds of thousands of artworks.

The only way I could find my work was by searching my name. Keyword searches brought more than 50 pages of artworks (I stopped scrolling at page 50!)

Getting noticed by buyers seems to be very challenging, unless you get featured. Saatchi feature artists regularly, but with the thousands of artists to choose from, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd.

Other galleries

Other galleries require you to apply and be selected. I have applied to two other online galleries: Drool and Artfinder.

For bot, I had to fill in an application form, with links to my work and reasons I think I would be a good fit for their gallery. A reply could take weeks or months – Artfinder said 6-8 weeks.

Multiple revenue streams.

What this process has taught me so far, is that I won’t earn my living from one gallery or even a few. Being able to see your art across multiple revenue streams, multiple places is a must.

I don’t know what they all are yet – but I learning new stuff each day!!

If you have any tips or advice for selling your art, please leave them in the comments!

Take care,

Michelle

Child of Woman

Child of Woman

The latest and penultimate image in my #daughterofwoman series – Child of Woman! 

Yes, he is my baby, minus his head 🤪, and he was a bit of a wriggler to photograph! 

I wanted to keep the colours more harmonious in this image and less chaotic to represent the lack of cognitive dissonance in babies and young children compared with adults. 

Image details

I love the calmer feeling  in this one and the beautiful butterflies in the background. The background image is part of a scrapbooking paper booklet I found titled ‘Natural History Museum – From the Archives’.

All the papers in it are beautiful works of art and like old wallpaper or fabric designs. I had originally wanted to photograph vintage wallpapers to use as the backgrounds for this series. Unfortunately, Covid-19 meant I couldn’t go to the national heritage sites and stately homes to take the photos. It was such a stroke of luck to come across this book!

Lightbulb or not?

I toyed with the idea of not having a lightbulb for this image. I don’t believe babies are aware of cultural / societal expectations and pressures like older children and adults are, so perhaps the lightbulb was not needed.

But I loved the shape of the lightbulb and knew I wanted use it. I thought the shape was more child-like. This is the original lightbulb, no warp of distort!

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments. Are there any scrap bookers out there? 🙂

Take care,

Michelle

Wife of Woman

Here it is, the second piece in my series ‘Daughter of Woman’!

Titled ‘Wife of Woman’, my aim is to create a ‘family’ in this series. The title concept links the pieces through them all being ‘of woman’, aka ‘born’ from a woman.

However, the main concept linking all the pieces is ‘the duality of the ego.’ The parts of us we show the world and the parts we keep hidden. I believe the parts we hide can often be our most beautiful parts (hence the flowers), which we feel too vulnerable to show.

We could debate why we hide our vulnerabilities in our society, but I might save that for a different post!

Head over to my Instagram stories to see the editing process.

Take care, Michelle 🙂

Magazine love

Time Thighs and Self Lit in Pink have been published in ‘Artist Portfolio Magazine’!

Venturing into something new and unknown is daunting. I love creating art, but I still get pulled down by the nagging voice telling me I’m not good enough and I’ll never get anywhere with it.

So thank you Artist Portfolio Magazine for the nudge in the right direction.

Artist Portfolio Magazine is a bimonthly independent art magazine that features emerging and established artists from around the world. It has an open art submission process, which is free (kudos), and considers all mediums.

I am honoured and grateful to be featured, and pretty happy too 🙂

Leg Lamp

I’m beginning to feel the limitations of my 50mm lens, old D700 and house in my art. My house is dark and I struggle with low light. I have ideas on larger scales, but no idea how to create them. I want to venture outside my four walls to create photographs, but I’m afraid.

So for now, I’m experimenting with surrealism, an up cycled set of drawers and various parts of my body.

I seem to have developed a bit of an obsession with lampshades also…