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Bob Holland
01-03-2004, 04:13 AM
Hi folks,

I rarely venture out of Animal & Wildlife forum but, as an amateur artist, I'm now wanting to start selling my work - but I'm clueless in the commercial aspects.

I'm working on a website which I should have up and running by the end of this month but I've also been hearing about other strategies such as eBay.

Here is one of my recent works, simply called 'Lioness' its 24" x 15" on masonite board and is in oils.


Is it saleable?
If so, for how much?
How do I sell it?

I really would greatly appreciate any help.



Thanks for being patient and for looking :)

01-03-2004, 07:48 AM
Hi Bob. WOW your work is great.....should be no problem selling it on e-bay......

01-03-2004, 09:10 AM
WOW, you painted that?

I have no idea on the price but others will help you. Eliza, Rita or Nina have a better idea :)

01-03-2004, 09:16 AM

Your work is wonderful!... actually, too good for eBay. You probably cannot get the price you deserve for such a magnificent work. Not saying it is impossible, but eBay customers are usually looking for a bargain, not such an incredible artwork as yours.

However, such a piece is an excellent one to show on your website, which you can link into your eBay auctions on the "About Me" page. Many people sell from their website this way (with no "commission" for eBay). Or, you could use your eBay store to advertise it for sale... at a higher price than you can get in auction.

Ebay is alot of fun, and can be quite profitable. I suggest that you read everything you can in these internet forums before you take the plunge... and ask questions. Alot to learn to create, list, and manage auctions. Consider just the tools and hints you need to have your work found among thousands of other artworks! Also, so some searches on eBay for "wildlife," "animal," and similar in the art catagory... to check out what (similar to yours) is selling and for what prices. You may find there is a market for a work as accomplished as your example, or you may find smaller pieces do better. This is the best way to judge auction prices for your own work.

Wishing you great success... you already have the talent and skills!


01-03-2004, 11:37 AM
I'm amazed by this piece also. Wonderful work! :clap::clap::clap:

Did you go through the "STICKY: Threads Worth Reading" post at the top of the forum? There are some great articles about selling on eBay.

My advice about selling on ebay is to buy first. Just a couple small things. It gives you a feedback rating and experience going through the process from a buyer's perspective.

As far as the "ebay price", you might want to search for similar subjects and see what other artists are getting.


Ali the Cat
01-03-2004, 01:10 PM
Hi Bob,

I think your work is definately saleable and I agree with Nance that you probably won't get the price it's worth on ebay.

Generally you can command higher prices for oil paintings as well.

How about selling prints of your work on ebay but selling the originals for a lot higher price on your website. Also you could do a surf of galleries that specialise in wildlife animal art etc. and send them copies of your work and ask if they would like to exhibit some of your pieces.

to get a price maybe have a look at what other wildlife artist are charging in your area.

It's a great painting


Bob Holland
01-03-2004, 01:23 PM
Hey - this is a nice friendly forum :)

Tigre255: Thank you, I hope so.

TeAnne: Yes, I painted that :) thank you.

Nance: Thank you so much for taking the time to comment so fully. Your information and suggestions have been valuable - looks like I've got a lot of studying to do. :)

Laura: Thank you for your kind comment. I'm starting to work my way through the appropriate articles in the Sticky right now.

Ali: Thanks, your help is very useful. I shall have to look into the "hows and whys" of getting prints done.

Thank you all again...


01-03-2004, 05:06 PM
I agree that you wouldn't get the price it deserves on eBay.

But prints might work, espeically if all your work is that good.

eBay works well if you can work quickly, detailed and realistic paintings do sell for some - but they have a large following and I'm not sure how lot it took them to get to where they are now.

Have you ever made prints? There are some threads here about prints. Check them out.