Selling art online is something we see more and more often, but there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding the practice. In this article, we’ll sort through some of these myths to give you a better understanding of how online art sales can work for you.
Myth: You Have To Be Eccentric To Be An Effective Artist
This is definitely a myth. Being eccentric doesn’t mean you have to paint what is popular at the time or that you have to follow the styles of other artists. Instead, it simply means that you are unique and have your own style. You don’t have to worry about what is popular or what sells, because your own personal style will become popular and sell well. People will want your paintings because they love your work and find it unique and exciting.
Myth: You Have To Have Been Successful In The Past To Be Able To Make Money From Art Sales
This one is also very misleading. It implies that if you haven’t been successful in the past, you have no chance of being successful in the future. Just because you haven’t sold many paintings or sculptures in the past doesn’t mean that you’ll never be able to make a decent living from your art. The truth is that you may never find a way to make money from art sales if you don’t try now, while there are still opportunities. And the best thing you can do for yourself is to try new things and explore the possibilities.
Myth: Only Nerf Hippies And Yippies Will Buy Art Works Onlin
This is another one that puts a smile on my face. People who buy art usually aren’t interested in popular culture references or cartoons, and they certainly don’t like to admit it, but this myth prevents them from owning artwork of their favorite TV shows or movies. These people want to discover new things and have their own culture references. So if you’re an artist who constantly references popular culture, don’t be surprised if your audience isn’t quite as hip as you are. It’s not always about following the herd and going with the flow. Sometimes it just means finding your own voice and being unique.
Myth: Art Is A Luxury That People Can’t Afford
Another popular misconception surrounding the practice of selling artwork online is that people simply don’t have the money to spend on luxuries like art. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are numerous ways to make money online (more on that in a bit), and many of them don’t require a lot of money. All they require is a bit of talent and the willingness to try new things.
Myth: All Your Friends Will Laugh At You If You Tell Them You’re An Artist
This one makes me laugh because it’s just not true. Most of my friends know I’m an artist, and they always have encouraged me to follow my dreams and do what I love. They know how hard it can be to find a job in today’s world, so they want to help in any way they can. Some of them even went so far as to buy pieces of art that I’ve done as a gift. Not everyone will understand or appreciate your art, but that’s a really great thing about having friendships with different people. You will never find a group of people more supportive of your art than your friends.
Myth: You Can’t Use PayPal To Pay For Art Purchases
PayPal is one of the most popular ways of making online payments, and it can be used for just about any type of purchase. You can use it to pay for online art stores, or you can use it to donate to causes you support. There is no rule that says you have to use PayPal to pay for artworks. However, if you do want to use PayPal, it can be a little tricky. You have to create a new account with a different email address. Then, when you make the payment, you will have to confirm your email address. You can’t use the same email address for both your PayPal and your Art account, or else the two won’t match up. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s another thing to keep in mind if you want to use PayPal to make a purchase. Aside from that, you can’t use PayPal for donations.
Myth: You Have To Be Creative To Be An Artiste
To be completely honest, there is no specific skill or artistic ability required to be effective as an artist. You don’t need to have any talent to begin with to find success as an artist. You just need to be passionate about what you do and willing to learn new things (this relates to my previous point about being unique). If you can continue to develop your talent, you will find success. People who think they can’t be successful because they don’t have artistic ability are kidding themselves. Everyone can be an artist, and anyone can be successful.
So, if you’re serious about being an artist, there are numerous opportunities out there for you. You just have to be willing to explore and find them. And above all else, you need to be unique.