New career as artist
March 4, 2012 1:39 PM Subscribe
Advice needed on making a living as an artist.
posted by Kiwi to Work & Money (9 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
As I am becoming redundant in a month, I have decided have a go at making a living through paintings. (I'm in Oxford, UK.) I have painted in watercolours and oils on and off as a hobby, but never tried to sell anything.
I am really looking for advice on how best to sell - I am anticipating at this stage setting up on one of the various websites dedicated to allowing artists to sell online - any suggestions as to the best one? (Is eBay even worth considering?) Once I have a few examples of work, is it worth approaching a gallery?
I generally paint from photos; this is a process that has always interested me. This means a realist effect with the photographic source made clear, for example see:
(Not that I'll ever be able to paint like Richter)
I am putting together some source photos, what do people suggest subject-wise that will sell?
It would be great to hear from anyone who's gone down this route and made a success of it, whether in the UK or not.
Thanks in advance.