You're so lucky to have ppl actually pay what your art is worth. I'm getting more and more upset with the way my auctions end. I donno whats wrong and I can't help but think its me. It's so devistating to your self-esteem. I have to fight to keep putting work up because I just feel like everyone is taking advantage of it. I've made a goal to try to stick with it, at least at a minimal level, because I can't stand being a quitter, but I donno. It's just hard sometimes. Blah. Sorry, I don't mean to get you down or anything. Just be happy with and thankful for your wonderful fans, and let that over-ride whatever other rough spots are happing in your life, ok? =) Thats always a good reminder.
thank you for the encouragement =)
i'm not sure why you're not getting the bids you should. your work is great - i've seen TONS of art not nearly as good as yours go for many times as much. your positive feedback is building, which ought to help.
you might want to play around with different aspects of your auctions. it doesn't look to me like you're doing anything wrong, but people are weird. you might want to utilize the ebsq message boards - lots of people give advice, hints, lots of stuff. i've actually gotten bids from other ebsq members.
maybe you should experiment with setting reserves, or changing the opening bid price. foolish as it may be, sometimes folks will judge the worth of a piece by its pricetag. some people may be wary of a piece of art that is started at a penny, and might think that it is an indication of poor quality. it works for me, but i'm one of the few sellers who regularly risks it.
you might want to try listing a piece or two at http://www.gothicauctions.com
- for one thing, it has NO FEES, and you can list an auction for 0-21 days duration. they don't give a fuck if you link to your website, or your other auctions on eBay - it's like free advertising! jennifer jagger (in*the*mist on GA and eBay) is the only artist i've noticed who really utilizes gothicauctions. i put an auction there once for a 16"x20" custom painting, and it sold for $300 (and spawned several other commissions). i need to start selling stuff on GA again, i had almost forgotten about them. similarly, http://www.gothauctions.com
is another FREE auction site. i haven't used them, but it seems to be growing in popularity.
whatever you do, you shouldn't give up - and you definitely shouldn't take it personally (although it's hard not to!). whenever i had something sell poorly, or when i'd get hate mail (which i get tons of for some reason) i always would repeat to myself "This is everyone else's fault but mine!" which is uncompromisingly rude and selfish, but hey - it cheered me up.
Hehe =) Thats cool, I like that, everyone elses fault but mine =) I don't care if its selfish, it would work - sometimes we need to be selfish to be nice to ourselves. Too often we are the opposite, and blame everything on ourselves anyway. And I'll give the gothic auctions a try =)
Hate mail??? See, thats what pisses me off, that people would actually spend time and energy trying to ruin someone elses day and put them down because their artwork is different. GRR that makes me mad. What loosers. Don't listen to them. Not all art has to be little pink flowers and such.
i know - some people have waaaaay too much time on their hands.
i get at least one or two "hate emails" a week. mostly they are from defunct hotmail addresses or other anonymous cowardly types. usually they are in all caps, with terrrible grammar, and mention jesus once or twice.
often i get "you are the worst artist in the world - if you came to (insert city, school, or country name here), you would be laughed at." or "why do you show photos of yourself in your auctions/on your website? i would buy your work if you weren't so ugly". i got that one three times in one day - i'm assuming it was the same person hiding behind different email addresses (otherwise, wow - what a coincidence!).
sometimes people will just email "your art sucks" but sometimes they will go into detail and critique all sorts of things that have nothing to do with my artwork, like the clothes i happened to be wearing in a photo, the flowers on my porch where a photo was taken (geez, how long did they look at my picture?), my weight, hair colour - you name it. wtf? i used to write back with long, scathing and exceedingly witty retorts, or sometimes use their email addresses and sign up for embarrassing mailing lists, but more often than not the emails were bounced back at me or it would just inspire more hate mail. now i just delete them, or send very "form response" letter such as "Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for your interest in my work. Your suggestion and/or comments are appreciated. etc. etc."
then i get weird and scary emails expressing the opposite sentiments. some guy offered to move in and turn over his income to me. i didn't respond to that one (although i briefly entertained the notion of asking him to just send his income through paypal, lol). some guy i did a nude custom painting for (big mistake on my part) kept bothering me for a long time wanting to pose for me in person and got all uppity when i told him i was uncomfortable with that. i've received a couple of death threats, a couple of marriage proposals (who knows - probably from the same people). all sorts of creepy bastards. i really should think about getting a PO Box for my business stuff, my real address is all over the place online.
sigh, there must be something about me or my art that inspires the worst in people. but for each piece of hate mail there is 20 pieces of fan mail =)
2002-10-11 04:49 am (UTC)
Re: hate mail
Wow, how wierd. At least you get the fan mail too =P Man there are some psycho people out there. I bet you know how Tori Amos must feel with the way people respond to her music, too. I'm sure she gets crap like that all the time, obsessed people and jesus-freaks and long drawn out "you suck" letters.