As some of you know, I am both an advocate of art for art's sake and of making money off of your art. I think we all can agree that the possibility of any of us becoming rich and/or famous here are somewhere between slim and none. But if we can make a few extra dollars ... pounds ... marks ... lira ... francs ... krona, or whatever, why not??? I've been doing this for a year now and selling for around eight months. I've managed to sell eight prints to date. Trust me, I'm not getting rich. But I have made more money than I've had to spend in the attempt. In my case, on Etsy.com, but there are other ways to get your art out there. Join your local Art Guild; establish a relationship with your local frame shop; do flea markets (probably a different term outside the states); make/print a portfolio and take it to local restaurants and see if they would be interested in letting you hang a print or two with a business card.
I'll use Jacktar51 as an example: Can you imagine a restaurant or bar/pub with a nautical theme and his works festooning the walls? Seems like a natural fit to me. Or an avant-garde club with some of Peter Pinckney's "doodles"?
I know we all do this because we love the creative process. But the process is not cheapened if we just happen to make a little money on the side is it?
I see so many amazing works being displayed here and can't help but think that it's just a shame that almost none of them ever have an audience outside of here. I'm reminded of a parable about hiding your light under a basket.