Advice for artists: Interview with Dorit Fuhg

How did you get started selling your art online?

I started uploading my work to Imagekind in 2008. Mainly to see if it was any good. Until then only friends and family have seen my photos and naturally, they liked them. But to get an unbiased opinion, I thought I’d combine the art sharing and commenting option with the option to sell.

Back in 2008 Imagekind was a wonderful community and one of the best print on demand sites. I was quite stunned when I sold my first two large prints in one go shortly after uploading them. It made me truly happy to know that someone appreciated my work.

Later that year I also joined RedBubble. It had a different feel, a different community and offered different products. I sold some images there too. That encouraged me to publish new artwork on a regular basis.

In 2012 I joined Society6 and found it a wonderful and inspiring site. It took a while to sell artwork there but once it started, it didn’t stop. Since last year my work is being featured on interior blogs, Twitter, Pinterest and I receive emails from people who want to purchase from me directly. Society6 is obviously the right print on demand site to be on right now.

I must say that I’m totally grateful that this all happened the way it happened. Just to know that my images are on displayed on walls, makes me very happy. When I started with photography I could only dream of this.

How do you find inspiration for your art?

I get inspired by nature, conversations, dreams (day dreams too) music and books. I’m quite an emotional photographer and take pictures of anything that touches me. I enjoy bringing out the personality and uniqueness of what I see.

When shooting outdoors I’m attracted to the calmness of scenes and I try to capture and convey that. I’m interested in anything naturally beautiful, recording moments and documenting our surroundings. It satisfies me to get a picture that is just the way I’ve seen it in real and through the viewfinder.

I also find it helpful to just let go and see an exhibition or have a chat with friends. Sometimes you get new ideas out of that or you just had a good time J

What's one piece of advice for people just getting started selling their art?

1. Less is more. Keep your portfolio clean. Publish only your very best... Only the work you believe in yourself and your totally happy with at the time. It helps to clean up your portfolio occasionally. What you liked a year ago, might not be to your standards today, as you evolve or might not fit into your portfolio anymore. A wonderful sentence I read and that sticks with me is: “Your portfolio is only as good as your weakest image.”

2. Quite important are image titles, whether funny, descriptive or poetic and a good description of the image. So if there is a back story or a bit of info about the process or inspiration, tell people about it in a brief statement.

3. Write an Artist Statement. People buy from people and if they like you as a person, they might be more inclined to buy.

4. Get to know fellow artists and keep in touch. Their work might inspire and encourage you to keep going. You can also exchange your experience in selling online.

5. Don’t expect instant sales and don’t take it personal if your artwork doesn’t sell. The internet is full of awesome images. In order to get noticed you can promote your work on social media too, offer interesting background info about the creation of your work. This is something I don’t do often because I don’t like writing about my stuff. But other artists are quite successful using this method. 

What are your 3 favorite books?

My favorite books right now are Scandinavian crime novels; Berättelse om herr Roos by Håkan Nesser, and all books by Henning Mankell and Arne Dahl.

Who are your 3 favorite artists right now?

I cannot just name 3 favorite artists. I admire great classical photographers, which, just to name a few, are Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sibylle Bergemann, Harald Hauswald, Max Juhasz, Eamonn Doyle, Sid Grossman and Eikoh Hosoe.

Classic current artists, which work I admire are: Iris Lehnhardt, Wayne Edson Bryan and Erin Ashley.

5 Questions for Artist Jennifer Cambell

How did you get started selling your art online? 

I began an Etsy shop in 2011 selling jewelry and one day had the thought to list some of the photos I had taken on a trip to California. I began slowly selling a few prints there and then when I discovered Society6 I knew I wanted to try it since they do all of the printing work, all I had to do was upload my photos. The more I traveled, the more eager I was to share my photos and turn them into art prints. 

What mental barriers did you have to overcome to start selling online? 

I had to overcome thinking my work wasn't good enough, that it wouldn't sell. I'm glad I stuck with it though because over the years my skills and the quality of my work has definitely improved, experience is the best teacher and everyone has to start somewhere! 

 What's your favorite site to sell your art? Why? 

My favorite place to sell my jewelry and housewares would be etsy because they have a really great handmade community and they make it easy to take care of all the necessities like printing shipping labels, keeping track of your income and shop statistics and they allow you to sell wholesale right from your shop...and my favorite place to sell my photos is Society6 because as I mentioned earlier, it really couldn't be easier. I don't have to worry about printing or shipping myself. 

What are your 3 favorite websites for advice or inspiration? 

For advice I love YouTube, I have learned so much there. It seems like there is a tutorial for anything I could possibly need. For inspiration I love A Beautiful Mess blog and

Who are your 3 favorite artists right now? 

My 3 favorite artists right now are Alex Strohl (photographer)

Emily Winfield Martin (illustrator)  

Elle Moss (photographer) 

You can find Jen's work on Society6 here and her Etsy shop here.

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How to stay organized as an artist

Artists are often regarded to be notoriously messy (I have to admit I fall into that category). We often excuse our "messiness" as part of our creative personality and packed schedules. But disorganization can be one of the reasons you aren't finding enough time to create more art. If you are one of those artists who have to deal with clutter and busy schedules most of the time, here 6 tips to help you stay organized.

The Ultimate Daily Pinterest Routine to Get More Followers and Likes

When looking at traffic to my sites a couple months ago, I realized that Pinterest is now driving the most traffic to my work.  With that in mind, I needed to develop a plan to continue to build up my following on Pinterest.  My goal is to increase my followers on Pinterest by 100 people a week.  I've hit that goal most weeks, when I have time to actually do my daily plan.

Selling Your Work is Not Get Rich Quick

Every week I see a lot of talented artist and creatives set up website and shops. They are ready to sell hundreds if not thousands of pieces of their work.  

They post their work on their Facebook and their Twitter. They encourage other friends and family to buy piece. They post all the work up at once.

Then you never hear from them again.  They give up.  They are done.

Selling your work online is a long game.  You won't see success for a long time.  But once you do, it can be life changing.  Here are my sales on Society6 over the last 3 years.

As you can see, after 3 months of next to nothing sales, I wanted to give up.  But I stuck it out and it's paying off now.

When your sorry work online, you won't get rich quick.  You have to stay patient and keep working.  You have to build a plan and stay with it.  If you do, in the long run you'll be able to make extra money on

Stay encouraged.  Keep posted.  Don't give up

3 Things We Can Learn from Artist Lorraine Loots

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Artist Lorraine Loots is getting a lot of coverage about her amazing work of quarter-sized art following her recent "Ants in New York" show.  Here are 3 things we all can learn from her work and promotion.

1. Art gets more promotion when the creation process is part of the story

Not only is Lorraine's work beautiful but it's unique. She's able tell a story along with it. The market for great art is so big.  You have to be unique to stand out.  Her's has several unique stories within each piece.

1.She tried to paint each one within an hour.
2. She did one piece each day.
3. Each piece reflected something from her day.

2. Just being on social media sites isn't enough

Lorraine was able to use Instagram to not only post her art, but also to engage with her audience.  She posted her art daily on Instagram and let her fans bid on each piece by commenting.

3. People want to buy from people

People buying art now of days really want to "know the artist." Social media has allowed the line from artist to buyer to be blurred.  Often people will friend me on Facebook or follow me on instagram after buy my art.  Allow that to happen and promote yourself and the process as much as the art.

We all can learn a lot of things from Lorraine Loots work. She should be an inspiration to us all when we think about creating and promoting our own art.  

Which of these key learnings could you add to your work?