"David, I guess you find ebay an easy way to sell your work? That's got to be so much better than going to art fairs. Has it worked out well for you in general?"
A little over 3 years ago I just did my acrylics on canvas and mostly for a gallery downtown and also some local people (commissions and such). I was looking at ebay and seeing these people doing smaller faster works (even sketches) and selling many to add up to over $1000 US per month or more for these people. At the time the Canadian/US exchange rate was like 1.55 so I made $155 CND per $100 US so it was quite a bit better than now (paypal;s current CND/USexchange rate is like 1.17) .
Anyway, I just decided to start some smaller quicker things for ebay and they started selling so I continued. Gradually I got into a niche of mostly stylized dog and cat and some scene watercolour/inks (now adding some birds too). They are always different but it's sort of like a continuous variation on a theme (I do about 20 a week ... 5 a day over 4 days so maybe 800 a year ... yikes!). Anyway for a while they sortof took over and I didn't do much canvas paintings at all (I think I needed a break anyway) but now I'm starting to do quite a bit of my acrlycs on canvas as well as these 20 smaller items a week (just the watercolour paper unframed shipped in a jifi rigi-mailer so no framing involved). The good thing about doing something that is less expensive and sells on ebay consistantly is that I can start raising my prices for my canvas paintings for the gallery downtown. Also it allows you to not worry about making money from the canvas paintings.
I could do more with how many people emailing about commissions but after 20 a week I just really need to not do any of them for several days (and would rather spend time on my canvas paintings).
Packing / emailing / photographing and fixing photos and putting them all on on ebay (also in my web editor program I have an html template I designed so I just replace the photo link and the title text and copy and paste that html in the ebay description field ... I can put an auction on in like 2 minutes or less. By this time ,I have already adjusted all my photos and uploaded them to a folder on my webspace with that week's date so I just copy the links from there) takes up some additional time but once you get a system down it's quicker.
I find it harder to sell canvas ones on ebay since I want higher prices and also ebay gets a bigger fee for a bigger starting bid (and I can get better prices in the gallery downtown). SOme people do really reallly (really!!) well on ebay with their canvas paintings. Check out this person;http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZtherawartist
I see she's doing giclee archival prints too and also sells originals for $100's of dollars.
ANyway, I'd suggest if anyone wants to try , smaller quicker items are great (mine start at $14.95 US but average around $24 with some going much higher).
Hope that all makes sense. I'm really tired as I was working on acrylics quite a while today including trying to finish this painting that has been around since 1997 LOL.