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: Regret Selling


TerryCurley
09-17-2016, 09:38 AM
Have you ever regretted that you sold a certain painting? From 2014 through 2015 I was producing at least two paintings a week and because of the volume of paintings I had around I sold them dirt cheap and more often just gave them away. Even my good ones. I always figured I could redo a good one. Well I found out it doesn't work like that. I have never been able to reproduce a painting that I was fond of just like the original. Now I'm producing one every two or three months because of health issues so I'm not selling any at all (by choice), and only giving away to close family.

Of all the paintings I've done there were two that I was very fond of that I wish I had kept. Not masterpieces by any means but ones that I really liked.

Kostya Naddubov
09-17-2016, 02:12 PM
Interesting. Can you suggest to those who never sold their art, but would like to (like me), how to do it. Online selling like Amazon, Ebay or maybe through art sites\shops?

Thanks.

Susan Mulno
09-17-2016, 02:44 PM
I have heard of "buyer's remorse" but never sellers. :biggrin:I can understand you could regret it if you can't reproduce it.

I promise I am not picking on you here, have your abilities really degenerated that much since last year? Can you not paint as before already? If so, I am sorry to hear it.

Liz
09-17-2016, 09:35 PM
I don't like parting with my paintings but I don't want to turn down a sale either since they are so hard to get. I sold my squirrel acrylic today that I posted on the forum a few months back. I really liked that one and was disappointed the lady chose it over another one that she initially was going to buy.

My Mom says I can do another one, but like you found out Terry it doesn't always turn out the same. (my Mom's cheering me on saying maybe doing another one would turn out better). Oh well, I do have a watercolor version of it that I keep stashed away, lol.

abt2k15
09-18-2016, 03:28 AM
well if you think it will be worth more buy them back ;) what i dont understand is why you grind yourself up so much about things set in stone. why look back if there is so much more to discover in front of you :)

you had more practise obviously before so naturally your confidence was stronger. i believe when you dont practis that much your skill doesnt vanish but confidence fades quite fast hence self doubts, not feeling good enough etc. but your paintings now have much more value since they are rare now and eventually you put in more thought since it takes more time between the two. my advice is dont think so much about "what if i did" but rather "what can i do" :)

TerryCurley
09-18-2016, 08:31 AM
Interesting. Can you suggest to those who never sold their art, but would like to (like me), how to do it. Online selling like Amazon, Ebay or maybe through art sites\shops?

Thanks.

First off you need to know I'm am not such a great artist and my paintings are not worth very much. I've sold on Etsy (only one there) and Ebay and friends on Facebook but mostly I've sold through a second hand store and don't even know the buyers. If you have valuable your work this is not the way to go.

TerryCurley
09-18-2016, 08:38 AM
I have heard of "buyer's remorse" but never sellers. :biggrin:I can understand you could regret it if you can't reproduce it.

I promise I am not picking on you here, have your abilities really degenerated that much since last year? Can you not paint as before already? If so, I am sorry to hear it.

Not really, I guess I was having a little pity party when I wrote this. I plan to reproduce my two favorites. Since on the meds my hands are much steadier...in fact more steady than they were during 2014-2015, my problem is I get exhausted after just about an hour of work so it takes a lot longer. Use to be I work all day on my paintings.

TerryCurley
09-18-2016, 08:43 AM
I don't like parting with my paintings but I don't want to turn down a sale either since they are so hard to get. I sold my squirrel acrylic today that I posted on the forum a few months back. I really liked that one and was disappointed the lady chose it over another one that she initially was going to buy.

My Mom says I can do another one, but like you found out Terry it doesn't always turn out the same. (my Mom's cheering me on saying maybe doing another one would turn out better). Oh well, I do have a watercolor version of it that I keep stashed away, lol.

Yes Liz...you understand completely! :smile:

Leem2209
01-06-2017, 10:44 AM
I have taken to selling art on behalf for artists so they can get on with doing what they do best - Art. Many years ago I found myself struggling to sell my photography and really not enjoying it at all. I started to try to create photo's that were more sellable and ended up losing interest in photography hugely. I tried to understand marketing and networking, not an easy thing to learn.


Then I met my better half... she does business development and marketing. Since then we have set up our company and offer to take on the "chores" of trying to sell artwork. A website can be easily created but getting noticed and managing it is a full time task. This can KILL your passion! For us, we enjoy taking on this task. We get to see new artwork come in and be sold to happy customers.


One of our main products is to sell re-produced prints of original art. This is not only more affordable for customers but also the artists is able to earn more from a single piece.


If you do not know or wish to take on the task of trying to run a business to sell your art, seek out a good art sales company. You may earn less per piece doing it that way but are likely to sell more work. In my opinion, it's well worth the cost of outsourcing.


Terry, an option is that you could keep the original piece and just sell reproduction prints.