Marketing my art calls for confidence that there are folks out there who would enjoy the way I express myself, and would buy watercolor paintings and cards from me. Of those who have seen my work, some have purchased it. I'm seeking practical ways to make my images available to more people. Friends have urged me to use Etsy. I'm looking into that. Choosing the focus of my possible shop page, then thinking up a name for it that interests buyers, even deciding on a username, will influence the initial attractiveness of such a shop. Daymond John, an investor familiar from The Shark Tank, gave some advice on a recent talk show where he was plugging his book, The Power of Broke. When starting a business: START SMALL. Take affordable steps. HAVE A MENTOR. Learn from local business owners. LEARN FROM WHAT DOESN'T WORK. The business may change from your ideas now. BE OPEN.
Moving from away from viewing my art as a hobby does not mean I lose the joy of doing very personal art and surprising myself as I explore media and subjects.
It does mean that I tend the garden of my shop page to start with. Technical computer work often triggers frustration. I remember from using eBay years ago how much time went into writing descriptions and entering information on the site.
I'm seeking mutual support with artists to realize our intentions to be rewarded for our creative labor, with the means of survival.