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Moving Art Inventory Around

September 7, 2010

Haiku Series Grouping – Acrylic and Mixed Media on Cradled Panels
Each Panel 8 x 8 x 2″

These are some of my Haiku Series that have come back from the gallery in Key West. Unfortunately the gallery has closed. That always makes me sad, but I’m a little bit happy too, because that means I get to see my paintings again for the first time in a while.

The box that they came in is under my studio table . I’ve looked through some of the paintings, but really haven’t done a formal inventory yet. That’s a job that needs to get done soon.

My gallery in Tampa doesn’t need more work right now, so I have the freedom to decide what I want to do with these. My current plan is to put them up on my gallery page at  This is a new site, and I like the look of it. I’m going to give it a chance. The thing with lots of similar online sites is that if you put original work up on the site for sale you have to make sure it’s available. So I’m going to give it a try for a while. If nothing happens I’ll go on to the next thing.

Just a note:  I am seeking additional gallery representation. My work is easy to ship anywhere in the world.

Another note:  Your results may vary, but I have experienced a big slowdown on Etsy. I don’t promote heavily offsite anyway, but I used to not have to do that in order to have pretty respectable sales. I think it has to do with the expansion of sheer numbers of artists and crafters on the site, and also the economy. What has been your experience on Etsy over the past six months or a year?

My Etsy shops are colorpoetry and brushwithimagination. One shop is for small abstract paintings and the other shop is for collage and digital downloads.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2010 12:18 am

    My paintings are being picked up tomorrow by UPS (from the Key West gallery). Also sad that they closed, but like you, I am kind of happy to be reunited with the work (at least for a little while).

    I have found that most of my Etsy sales have come about from my own promotion of the shop. I’ve landed a few Treasuries but no bites off those.

    I will keep the shop there up (I think it’s good to remain linked, and believe things will pick up again, eventually ) but will start putting a good amount of my new work on my own online shop

    • September 8, 2010 1:20 pm

      Great success to you with your site, John! It’s the best way to go.

      PS – I knew Barb would do her best to get everything back to all the artists, and she did.

  2. September 8, 2010 6:37 am

    My experience with Etsy — slow motion/no motion.

  3. Nancy permalink
    September 9, 2010 2:06 am

    these are beautiful Martha… the textures and the colours are rich and intriguing. enjoy them.

    slow sales here too

  4. September 9, 2010 5:41 am

    I can’t quite bear to close m Etsy shop yet, but suspect I will end up doing so. I feel lost in the myriad of people there.
    Don’t the Haiku look amazing grouped like that. If they were on my walls I would want to keep rearranging them to see what happens each time…

  5. September 9, 2010 7:47 am

    Cath, want to know a secret? I don’t have any of these up on the wall in my studio — or anywhere else in my house for that matter! That’s been because every time I’d finish a series of them, off they’d go to the gallery. Well now I can! And yes, they are meant to be rearranged.

    I probably won’t close my Etsy shops for the foreseeable future, but have slowed down the renewing at 20 cents a pop!

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