I spent the whole day Saturday creating my first power point presentation. It didn't take very long to put together, but I lingered looking at the various ways I could make things flash and zoom. The fonts! The clip art! I'm giving a presentation to the Greater St. Louis Art Association later this month. I'll be talking about my colored pencil process and how I sell art online. I have an hour to fill, so I thought I'd talk for 30 minutes about colored pencil technique and use the rest of my time for art marketing.
When I think about all the internet sites I've shown my paintings this past year, I'm amazed. A year ago I didn't even know what Pinterest was (was Pinterest around a year ago?). I'm going to encourage the audience to consider, if they haven't, the importance of having a website. I have a terrific website created lovingly by my computer savvy daughter. It has the main ingredients: home page, bio, artist statement, contact and link information. She added a page for me about commissions. We tweak it from time to time.
I thought about calling my presentation, "Twelve Ways To Sell Art In 2012." I have an Etsy Shop where I sell original paintings, prints and note cards. I also have a shop on DailyPaintWorks where I can set up affordable auctions. It's sort of like Ebay except it's all original art. I'll tell them all I know (listen to me, now I'm a know-it-all) about social media, since I have a Facebook page, Twitter account, Flickr page, StumbleUpon page and - oh yeah - a Pinterest account! If anyone wants to know about my newsletter, I'll tell them I use Mad Mimi. (if you'd like to sign up for my free monthly newsletter, you can do it from this blog - upper right hand corner, just takes a minute). I'll tell them about my blog and all the nice people I've met. I think that's only nine ways I'm selling my art online, but it's still a lot.
Original mini canvas painting, 3" x 3" colored pencil by Susie Tenzer Buy it on Etsy $25