Paint Basket Art Forum

Selling your Paintings => Selling your Paintings => Topic started by: MaryAnne Long on April 22, 2015, 07:15:24 AM

Title: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 22, 2015, 07:15:24 AM
My neighbor has several lovely waterfront vacation rentals on my street.  She asked if I'd be interested in painting some local scenes to display for sale in the houses.  She is quite an art lover and has had my husband make a number of lamps for her out of exotic Hawaiian woods.

She says her guests love to take home small, easily packable locally made souvenirs of their stay. 

I'll make a few samples and see how it goes!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Bellarina on April 22, 2015, 09:34:51 AM
Awesome opportunity Mea!!!
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Val on April 22, 2015, 12:38:03 PM
This is brilliant Mea! Your palmtrees, sunsets, beaches, and local landmarks will be a big hit.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Annie. on April 22, 2015, 01:25:11 PM
Here is an additional idea... in addition to the few paintings on the wall, you could leave a coffeetable book (or a cheaper binder) with photos of your other paintings.  As they sold you can add little stickers 'sold'.  Who knows, someone may like something else (the French guy may want a rooster!) and you could get a commission. When you are comfortable, you can leave an advertisement on the last page of the book: 'bring your favorite scene/vacation photo for an estimate'.

Could you PM me the name of her rental company?
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: jennylynn on April 22, 2015, 02:18:28 PM
what a great opportunity mea  O0  you are a fine artist and this is a good opening to showcase your work  :yippee:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 22, 2015, 02:54:02 PM
Jennylynn - thanks, don't know why I did not think of it.  Plus I have several other friends who manage vacation rentals in my area. 

Annie - Thanks.  Great ideas.  Actually my neighbor is her own rental company.  She owns all the houses.  Let's talk.

Val and Robin - Thanks.  I am excited. I just read an old book (1990) by Steward Biehl called, "How to Succeed as an Artist in Your Home Town" and it has lots of ideas now that I am being offered a home base to test the waters. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: ncwren on April 22, 2015, 04:10:56 PM
You could also print up some post cards. Great opportunity- best of luck.  O0
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 23, 2015, 08:20:34 PM
I'm so proud of you, Mea!! What a great opportunity and what a testament to your artistic talent that your friend has requested your art in her homes. She could even offer a "meet the artist" event!!! Be sure to show us which paintings you display. Can't wait to read about that first sale!!!

A friend of mine wants to introduce me to a stager friend of hers about using my paintings/prints in homes for sale. Now you've got me excited to pursue that!!
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 23, 2015, 08:26:10 PM
Thanks, Sharon.  Great opportunity for you, too, with a house stager. 

So many opportunities around us if we just get out there and look.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: nolan on April 23, 2015, 08:52:06 PM
awesome :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :gl:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Bellarina on April 24, 2015, 11:37:39 AM
 :gl2: girls
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Sherri on April 25, 2015, 03:57:26 AM
Way to go Mea - your paintings of the local sunsets and palm trees are beautiful.   Anyone would be proud to have one of them!!!!

Sherri
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: jillh on April 25, 2015, 04:58:31 AM
Mea, what a great opportunity.  I'm certain you will do well.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 25, 2015, 05:43:26 AM
Thanks, Nolan, Jill , and Robin. 

My problem is having the time to do the paintings to sell.  One of my friends suggested making packs of postcards of my paintings of local scenes to start until I get time to paint some new original scenes.  Very little profit in postcards, though.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Bellarina on April 25, 2015, 09:15:40 AM
Beautiful postcard I recieve today from you Mea.  :clap:
You are such a thoughtful and caring friend.
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 25, 2015, 04:51:51 PM
Likewise, Robin.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 24, 2015, 02:03:34 AM
Today I delivered three of the little 4 x 6" watercolor paintings of the Ghost Palms to my neighbor who owns the vacation rentals.  They will be displayed on little easels with my brochure.  Visitors love to take home local art that is small and lighty to pack.


I plan on making large framed "Ghost Palms" to hang in each house so that the little ones will be more likely to be bought by the renters.  The owner really likes them and says if her renters meet me, they will surely buy the paintings. 

It's a start.

Oh, I have three commissions to do - two 8 x 10 watercolors of scenes on Cape Cod and one drawing of a "mystical place" like one would see in Lord of the Rings.  My friend saw my drawing on Nolan's Misty Forest and asked me to do something similar for her Christmas cards.  She also asked if she could keep the Misty Forest drawing because it's the kind of art work she likes.

I'm excited.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: sally13 on May 24, 2015, 02:48:47 AM
These are terrific Mea, I am sure you will sell well. You are a very busy girl now, producing great work.  :gl:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: jillh on May 24, 2015, 04:14:35 AM
How exciting Mea!  All your practice and hard work is paying off.  So thrilled for you!
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 24, 2015, 04:25:00 AM
Thanks, Jill and Sally.  I'm out there!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: liz on May 24, 2015, 04:17:05 PM
 :flowers: So happy and proud of your fine work, MAL!!!   :flowers:
-Liz
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 24, 2015, 04:36:53 PM
Thanks, Liz.  You are always such a great supporter!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Sherri on May 25, 2015, 03:26:44 AM
Way to go Mea. I think your ghost palms will be a hit! 
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 25, 2015, 03:30:45 AM
Thanks, Sherri.  Sure hope so!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Bellarina on May 25, 2015, 10:38:46 AM
Congratulation on the commission.  How exciting.
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: Val on May 25, 2015, 01:11:44 PM
 :clap: Brilliant Mea, these can't help but be a success!  :yippee:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: ncwren on May 25, 2015, 01:20:32 PM
Congratulations  :clap:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 25, 2015, 03:43:46 PM
Thanks, Robin, Val, and Natalie.  I'll have things to keep me busy.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: BeaSue on May 25, 2015, 06:56:31 PM
Heartiest congratulations, Mea!  :yippee:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: nolan on May 25, 2015, 08:43:50 PM
Awesome  :heeha: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Venue for Sales
Post by: MaryAnne Long on May 25, 2015, 09:21:41 PM
Thanks, Nolan and Susan.  Hope I have as much success being an entrepreneur as I have had learning to paint.

aloha

mea