It’s been a very busy few weeks again – it always seems to be these days! So I’m later than I hoped to be with an update of Etsy project.
I wanted a way to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of my move to Lochcarron, so I painted a series of small study paintings and uploaded them to my etsy shop. I’d had the etsy shop for a while, but had never sold anything from it, so I wanted a way of trying it out and something that would keep me motivated to post regularly. I was also very keen to keep the costs low. I thought that £20 per painting would be a good introductory offer. Normally a painting at approximately this size would sell for a lot more than this. But I wanted to make this celebration special, I wanted to say thank you to all the people who have supported me, both locally and online.
However, because I was selling my paintings at such a low price I couldn’t afford to offer free postage, which is what Etsy recommends. In future, I will do that, as I think it would make life a lot simpler.
Because it was a special series of paintings I also decided to do the paintings to fit a 10×12 mount. I really liked them at this size, it seems to be a good size to work with. I really like this size for a landscape study and I know there are several images that I want to work up into larger paintings.
It’s been such a postive experience. It’s helped me look more closely at some very familiar scenery, that I almost rediscovered. A number of people locally really enjoyed the project and I’ve had lots of folk come and chat with me about it. I’ve increased my followers on various social media platforms and I sold 15 paintings so far (13 online and 2 as a private commission) and I will probably have some work left at the end of the project which I can exhibit locally.
I’ve also been asked if I will sell cards of the images. I chose the 9 most popular images on my Instagram page, uploaded that image to my Facebook and asked people if they would choose their favourite images. Next Monday, I’ll count up the top six and then I’ll send a pack of cards to the first person whose selection gets closest to the final choice. Here they are below
Now that the anniversary project is over I am moving on to the next exciting arty adventure. More about that every soon.