January 17, 2012

testing the water

Recently my local art supply institution, Opus, a pretty great organization who has cornered the British Columbia market, started offering high-quality digital prints on a variety of substrates. Last week I spent at least half an hour working with them in order to produce just five prints. Granted, I was test driving the system/product as I don't usually offer fine art prints and wanted to try a variety of images, sizes and papers, but already I was sold by the attention to detail. Today I picked up the results and was blown away by the quality.



I haven't yet decided how I want to proceed. Etsy shop? Big Cartel? A page on my website? All? None? I am committed to producing original art, but am also curious about the market for reproductions. Also, I wanted to try selling my photos, particularly my urban photos. I have offered two of them in my long-dormant-but-now-resucitated Etsy shop.


I may decide that I only want to offer photos, but in the meantime I have these three beautifully-reproduced art prints staring me in the face. What to do?




9 comments:

dinahmow said...

Looking good. I'm also researching papers/printers/inks.

kj said...

you know, andrea, i look at your paining every day. do you remember which one i have here at # 9?

i know nothing about quality printing but i always like to hear about the kind of exciting discovery you are describing. souuns like they'll be some new fun ahead for you. and i hope you sell a zillion. these three are quite lovely. serene.

love
kj

paula said...

fabulous andrea!!!

andrea said...

I have been puzzling and puzzling ('til my puzzler was sore) since I made the original post and have done the Blogger no-no of rewriting this -- or at least adjusting it. Will post again. And Karen: yes! I well remember that little seaside grid painting! I'm so glad you still like it.

SamArtDog said...

This is easy. #3 -- how much? Okay, I'll be "adult" about this and ask for the details, like -- what's the process, what's the paper, what's the edition? Once you answer those ?s, I'll go back to the beginning. #3 -- how much?

There's such a thing as a Blogger no-no?
Who wrote those rules?

andrea said...

Sam: I don't know who wrote the rules but whatever the rules are I intend to break them! :) And for more on the above prints, go here: http://andreapratt.bigcartel.com/

Quiet Paths said...

Just seeing from what you have here on your blog it would seem to me that Etsy would be the perfect testing waters for your print business. I have some experience with marketing. If you can do it yourself... well yeah. That's about it. :) Your yellow canoe on the shore truly struck a chord in me! Love it.

andrea said...

QP: Thanks and the canoe was one of those serendipitous moments (OK, three hours' worth) of inspiration: http://andreapratt.blogspot.com/2011/08/channelling-pratt.html

Robyn said...

Beautiful!