COVID19 didn't made me join FAA.
COVID19 make me in to a Novice artist oil painter.
Never thought I will do this.
I always thought this is a messy thing, as I don't like to get my hand dirty.
Surprisingly I am able to keep thing clean and keep going , not bad at all.
This is a Covid Production!
Making of an artist.
Bill - I wondered that too. It is always nice to see new people. Welcome Newbies!
Mary - Please don't quit. Just take a break but don't leave.
It is funny - I thought I would do more art or at least get out and do some photography since socializing with friends isn't happening - but in truth I am doing less. Thought I would do more housework too but that hasn't happened either!
It's weird - I have ad this site bookmarked for years, but forgot all about it. When I was furloughed, I was checking out and updating my bookmarks when I gave this one a second look, and I though "why not?" I had tried to do other websites on my own, but I like that this one doesn't have to outsource for printing. Kind of a one-stop shop. And the Pixel page is really cool looking and professional.
sure they have. people are home right now due to the virus. many are out of work. so they come here to make it big in this new land. and when the virus is not as bad and people can to out and do stuff again. it will be quiet again.
people have a ton of time on their hands. many figured out that doing nothing is pointless. making videos for youtube gets boring fast. doing puzzles is a waste of time. only creativity will take time away and drive away the boredom. i used it when we had no power from a hurricane. kept my mind busy.
I've been drawing and painting all my life. I've been selling my illustrations, artwork and handmade gifts through a variety of venues including online. I'd planned on completing my Oregon Master Naturalist field study course this past spring but it was cancelled due to covid. That's when I decided to take an art course instead. It helped me to reflect on where I wanted to focus my creative time and what direction I want to go moving forward which led me to list my paintings here. :) Thank you for the welcome for us newbies!
I haven't asked anybody specifically, but in my several years, previously a fairly stable group seems to have been added to in recent months by people who are relative novices in a number of ways. I seem to run across people who have been members for a month, posted 6 images and had 100 visitors more now than then.
I just signed up on FAA today. I'm actually completing my profile. Having a little difficulty with the "Find Your Friends" social media part of it. Did anyone else have an issue with that? I'm assuming I have to complete all portions of my profile before it will be viewable to others?
I imagine we (and other online selling platforms) are seeing a surge in new members as traditional venues for selling art are shut down. Artists have been hit hard as gallery space AND teaching opportunities have shut down at the same time.
Then you have more people working from home with the boss not looking over their shoulder.
Good news is online sales have seen an uptick lately. Bad news is the looming recession, which will slow sales and increase sellers even more.
In a few years when Covid fades, I'm sure most newbies will find other things to do or return to their regular venues. Especially those who think this is a quick and easy way to make a buck. Few understand it takes years to build up an online presence.
I haven't uploaded much since March but my uploads from six - ten years ago are selling.
That's the thing I get a kick out. Certainly the average member is not the case but a few that are asking what amounts to is "can upload images and get rich quick because I don't rally want to do the work"?
I mean they are not asking in those same words, but basically words that amount to the same thing.
The other one is the one where they are here less than a week or two and are already telling us what all is wrong with FAA and basically telling Sean how to run his business. I really love that one.
Hell, even I waited six months before I knew I knew more that Sean about his business... funny thing is he himself has not recognized that yet. :-)
I think all the new members are great and wonderful even the ones I am picking on. It is new blood that keeps the rest of energized and challenged.
Incidentally, as far as COVID sales go, I have just had the best three months in a row of the best sales and $$$ I have had in the 93 months I have been here. I am working on what looks like the fourth.
My eBay stores are also doing way above average for the last few years on a monthly bases. So onine sales are doing well.
oddly sales are strangely up. i can assume, masks aside because those came late. that people are finding out just how unattractive their walls actually are. and with everyone zooming, people want to seem smart. some are buying book cases and filling it with anything that looks like a book or an achievement. so you'll see novels and trophy's. or like that one doctor on CNN - his fraternity's spanking paddle.
others may be getting art.
that said, i'm getting less bulk decorator sales. and less people are either out of work than we think. or they have extra money because they can't go to the bar or restaurant's every night like they used to. because they are inside and not going out to eat, simple things like meat aren't on the shelves. i think they have the extra cash because they aren't spending it. same with getting gas every week, the morning dunkin coffee etc. all that adds up to buying more art from me.
Yes, you pretty much nailed it, Bill. I started doing art shows just a couple years back. I did original work only - mostly abstracts with resin- they don't photograph well due to the extreme shine of the resin. I thought about doing a few reproductions (prints) and/or cards, but just couldn't do it.
I decided to try FAA as an added venue when the Covid changes began. I obviously had more time on my hands working my day job from home (no commute time) and being furloughed one day a week, etc.
I thought I'd just do a different style of work for this venue but since, have added a few of my original paintings and offer the usual fare of items with those too. Then I started to play around with a few basic photos, cuz, "why not". I started the free version in early May and joined the paid version in early July.
So, here I am, along with the thousands of others, trying to do whatever I can to make a sale. My own site gets very little traffic, FB is very limited, I try to promote, but have a hard time "self-promoting". I'm getting better, but it's not easy; as we all know it takes a lot of time.
Probably a little more than you asked for but I am a newbie and that's my story :)
My feeling is that your story is very much like many newbies in these coronavirus times. You have some great images and you should do well if you keep posting equally great images and promote outside FAA.
Also there is a lot of useful info here on the forum about both techy stuff and marketing/SEO. Read and learn.
I'm thinking Bill is spot on, and the comments from some of our newbies have proven it. Welcome!!!
As stated above, the selling bit is a long road ... uphill a lot of the time. So if you're here for that, God Bless ya.
But ... if you're here because you love to create and to experiment and feel the surge of excitement and joy running through your veins as you sit in your little studio or office, all by yourself, and you get so excited that you have to blast that fabulous art out into the universe, then you're gold. And all that excitement and all that enthusiasm will NOT fizzle out ... it will grow ... and later, maybe years later, the spark will ignite in the world and the sales will start. But ... it usually takes a while!! So in the meantime, enjoy the ride that your own creativity creates!! And enjoy the creativity and beauty of your fellow artists!!! Man, such fabulous images ... such imagination all over the place here!!!!
Hi all I am new for this platform...explore myself in lockdown to restart my inner interest....infact love to do more painting , Sketcing , inspiring with nature now days ...check out my Artwork or gallery... feedback or suggestions are most welcome
@sharda - make sure your work is straight and free of background, crop it cleanly. you must have keywords. good descriptions are important. the images should be large and sharp, but not enlarged. like the image - silver lady - is small, soft and has background showing. lord shiva is crooked and unevenly sharp. its best to use a scanner for these. beyond them not printing many of these, presentation is very important. its like showing up to a photo shoot with spinach in your teeth. it should look good.
Well Im sure it has, Im new here. Its covid, we are all mostly stuck at home and there are alot of emotions and thoughts churning around and we are putting them down on canvas/paper/taking pics of stuff and we found this site because we want to connect with other humans and artists and have people see our work and portray our state of mind atm
Thanks for the welcome.
Apologies for the late response
Covid really did not have much to do with it
I had been thinking about it for some time and was a bit shy about doing it.
My computer had quite a few years worth of work just sitting around not doing anything.
It was time to drag it out of the closet
I am definitely seeing a lot of new faces, and upon further investigation they have joined in 2020. I hadn't really thought about it being covid related, since I have had zero change to my work schedule throughout the whole situation.
It does make sense that less real life venues and more time would create an uptick in new accounts.