For the second part of my review looking at a decade of selling my work online I thought I would take a look at a few favourites that are currently available.
To begin with let’s look at two of the first five scarves I painted for my online boutique. I painted the same design in five different colours. One sold within the first month of my shop going live. That was the yellow version. Then during the next six months the green one sold. And, at some point, and I can’t remember when, the pale honey coloured version went, but the pink and lilac versions are still on the shop some ten years later.
As is the case with the early pink and lilac long scarves above, you can’t tell what’s going to be popular and what isn’t. Below, in this selection of five 90 x90 cm squares, the three on the left are recent pieces, but the two on the right are a couple of my personal all time favourites and they too have been on the shop for nearly nine years.
It has surprised me how many of the sold scarves along the way that I have entirely forgotten, but I do remember those that were favourites as I painted them.
When I think about the body of my work and what has sold quickly and what hasn’t I have come to the conclusion that it is probably the photographs that make the difference, especially if they are interesting good pictures and particularly if they feature a model.
7 thoughts on “Highlights of a Decade – Part II”
There’s no figuring out what will sell and what will not, I guess. I find it the same. All you can do is enjoy the process, I think, and let the viewers decide. I enjoy seeing how your styles evolve over time and your comments about your work.
Yes, I think you are right about enjoying the process. I believe in the end that it is a bonus for creative people if they can find customers that appreciate our work.
Yes, photographs make all the difference, and it’s lovely that your daughter – beautiful herself – shows them off to such advantage.
Thank you. I’ve possibly mentioned before at some point that every time we do a photoshoot we end up having a heated non-English style discussion about what’s required – that’s code for a row! Not great, but usually blows over as quickly as it erupted. 🙄
Even though she’s your daughter, she doesn’t have to come back for more if at bottom she’s not happy to do it. I reckon you’re a good team.
It is a difficult situation as obviously she does it as a favour for me and doesn’t get paid. I don’t feel I can direct her or tell her how to look as I would if I had hired a model for the shoot, but that is the world of one-man band creatives. I very much appreciate the favour even if it results in testing times.
I can see the difficulties. Good on her for coming back for more!