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When the Painting is Finished

by Ginny Butcher on 5/17/2017 10:20:55 AM

This post is by guest author Ginny Butcher, This article has been edited and published with the author's permission. We've promoted this post to feature status because it provides great value to the FineArtViews community. If you want your blog posts listed in the FineArtViews newsletter with the possibility of being republished to our 48,000 subscribers, consider blogging with FASO Artist Websites. This author's views are entirely her own and may not always reflect the views of BoldBrush, Inc.




Wyoming Gold, 24x30, oil on canvas


Do you have a method or process you follow once you've finished a painting? I developed one years ago when I spent a year and a half selling on eBay. It was a time when I was consistently painting 4 or 5 paintings a week and selling each one. I had never done anything like that before and I wanted to be very organized about it. I didn't want to send the wrong painting to the wrong person! So I developed a work-flow.


It served me pretty well for a few years, even after I ended my eBay selling. Then, last year when I sought a consultation with Leslie Saeta, she helped my develop a new - and better - work-flow. It was similar, but had a few very important changes. 


This coming year, I will be changing that work-flow a little bit. I thought I'd share my steps with you, in case you're looking for a method you can follow consistently. Here it is in a short list:


1) Photograph the painting


2) Save the photo in my 2017 Original Folder on my desktop


3) Edit the photo and save in my 2017 WebReady Folder on my desktop


4) Enter the photo and all pertinent info in Artwork Archive


5) List the painting on my website


6) Share the painting on Facebook/Instagram


7) Share in any pertinent groups on Facebook


8) Include in my next newsletter


9) Possibly include in a blog post


When I was selling on eBay I had a storage rack for the paintings. It was a board with slots cut into it. Each slot held a painting and I put them there to dry in the order I painted them and listed them. I'm not doing that now, because I'm not painting so many, but it was handy at the time.


The new adjustment to this process is the addition of Artwork Archive.



You can view Ginny's original post here.



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Jim Springett
Hi Ginny thx for your step wise process and I too sell on eBay and since 2008 I have modified my work flow. I sell 3 per 7day start on Monday and 2nd 3 on Wednesday in this way with two day ship they receive their painting on Wednesday and Saturday.That seems to work. Thx. Jim Springett wildlife painter

Rose Mary Perner
I smiled when I read your blog. . .a smile of appreciation. I am working with e-bay, painting a few paintings a week and searching for marketing over and above what I did thirty years ago. It's nice to see a fellow artist working with the same focus I'm developing. It's also nice to see that reinventing ourselves is an ongoing process.
And it's especially nice to share all of this with you.

Wishing you the best on your continued journey,

Rose Mary in Prescott

Sharon Sieben
Great information! I have a similar routine, except that I hotograph my artwork in RAW format and open in Photoshop Elements to edit, then save images TIFF format in Photoshop Organizer. I just export from there in desired format and size for sharing with social media and online galleries.

I also just started using Artwork Archive. Really like it!

Thanks for Sharing

Sharon Sieben in Mesa

Hi Ginny,
This article is very useful. Appreciate it!

Wow! I'm impressed. Now I feel very unproductive!
Do you enjoy painting 4+ paintings a week?

After you paint the paintings, do they have time to
oxidize enough to varnish them? Do you include a
frame or mail them without a frame?

That's great that you are so productive!

Tanis Bula
Very interesting you were selling on eBay but decided to go another direction. Can you tell us why and is selling on your web site and Facebook more promising, easier, etc? I am also on Artwork Archive and think very highly of the website.

like Hello Ginny,
I just went to your website to see your paintings.
I love all of your paintings! I especially like the
paintings of your cows. I love cows. They are so
cute. I love the way they are looking into your
window to see what's going on. They are so
curious! I love the painting of the Mama cow and
her baby. So sweet!

Tania, I stopped selling on eBay because it was too grueling for me. I was painting 4-5 paintings a week, starting bid was 99 cents. While I did sell everything I found it to be disheartening after awhile. I got burned out. I moved to DailyPaintworks afterwards and enjoyed the very friendly and atmosphere there. Now I just sell through my website. And a few galleries and shows.

Cathy, I do not paint that many paintings now. I aim for 2 medium sized a week but don't always manage it. At the time I was doing eBay I had a few week's worth already done when I began posting them so they were dry enough when I mailed them. I live in Wyoming and the paint dries quickly!

I'm glad you like my cows! I agree-so darn cute!

Ernie Kleven
Thanks Ginny! I too sell on Ebay and try to keep everything organized, particularly since I live in an RV, but your system is better than mine. Thanks again.

Thanks for the article. I am most interested in how you made your board with slots in it. A picture would be helpful.

Wanda, your FB friend.

Ruth Hurd
I also save a photo of each painting, at 600 dpi. Then a 72 dpi for the web. Are my resolutions different than yours?

I'm not using Artwork Archive. What is the benefit to you?

Sharon Sieben
required resolutions for upload to website seem to vary depending on the site so I just keep the biggest one I have and adjust as needed.

Artwork Archive is a wonderful inventory/sales record keeping tool. You can also create PDF Portfolios, Consignment forms and download records to cvs files.

Ruth, I think Sharon answered your questions pretty well! Artwork Archive also lets me put all show and gallery info in, and keep a schedule of what I need to be doing when. I get an email every Monday morning with things I need to do that week. Of course, if I don't enter anything it doesn't help, but all the show deadlines etc. come up in the email. It's great!

Sharon Sieben
I never even knew the "keeping track of what I needed to do. Sounds like a good tool....I'll check it out:-)

Sharon Sieben
P.S. I like your cows too!


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