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How to Sell Your First Art Painting

Make the leap from amateur dabbler to professional artist with these ideas to help you sell your first painting.


  • Step 1: Market your painting online through your own website, social networking sites, a blog, or at an auction website. You'll attract a much wider audience than you ever could locally.
  • FACT: Famed primitive artist Grandma Moses, who began painting when she was in her 70s, sold her first paintings that hung in a drugstore for between $3 and $5.
  • TIP: Have your friends display your art in their homes. Their friends and relatives are your potential customers.
  • Step 2: Display your painting in places where people spend a lot of time, like a coffee house or hair salon. Just ask the owner or manager's permission.
  • Step 3: Go to a local art gallery if you have several pieces you can show and ask to display them for sale.
  • Step 4: Get a schedule of upcoming arts and crafts fairs in your area and go to the respective city hall to get information about renting a booth. Normally, the cost is $30 or less.
  • Step 5: Set a fair price for your painting. Take into consideration the materials you used, framing cost, the time you spent creating it, and competitor's prices. Since it's your first painting and you haven't built up your reputation or following, you may not get as much as you'd like right away.

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