Etsy has always intrigued me. I love the idea of handmade and independent, which is what Etsy represents to me.
I found this posted on the website: "Etsy is more than a marketplace: we're a community of artisans and artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers." I like the way that sounds.
I am still adding to and promoting my Fine Art America site and my "store" on the ImageKind website, but I have lost a little of the enthusiasm I had just a couple of months ago.
One of the benefits of both of these sites is, once you set up your "shop", (which is quite a bit of work by the way,) your job is done. (Actually, you still have to market it, but that's another post.)
If someone purchases one of your images, all printing, matting, framing and shipping is done through the website. Nothing else is required of the artist. Yes - this is a benefit, and I am thrilled if I make a sale, but I also like the idea of something to balance out the automated nature of that business model.
The first few pieces I have added to my Etsy shop are all original photographs, printed in the darkroom and hand colored with Marshall photo oil paints. These older images are priced very reasonably for original art. Newer original images, as well as prints will be added soon, but for now, I like the idea of using this site as a place to show the few remaining traditional hand colored photographs I have left.
I have come to the conclusion that experimenting and discovery is crucial when it comes to our art, but is also part of the process of figuring out our own authentic way to present and market it as well. Try a little of this and a little of that......A friend once told me "it's like throwing cooked pasta to the wall. Some of it will stick and some won't, but you won't know unless you throw it." So, I am doing a lot of "throwing" these days. You may want to duck..............