Selling Art Online

I’ve been experimenting with selling art to people online, but not through Etsy or any of the other forums.  I felt I could do better with direct contact here on my blog and on Facebook.  I decided to try a facebook page dedicated to art sales because I want to help my friends Frankd Robinson and TheOuterCircle sell their art, too.  I wanted to see if it got more traffic than my personal page.

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I WISH I LIVED IN A BETTER WORLD by Frankd Robinson, mixed media, 11×23″ $300.

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THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING AT, by TheOuterCircle, Acrylic on Board, 10×13″ Framed $100
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It did not.  The page seems cluttered and not any easier to navigate than the one I already use.  They want me to pay for boosts and are always bugging me to put money into advertising.  They told me there were messages I couldn’t find.  I may not be smart enough to do the page.  It doesn’t seem to lead to sales anyway.

In fact, since the safe at home protocols have been in place, I’ve sold three pieces, one from my regular Facebook page.  And two from the blog.  So that less assertive way of sales seems to be the way to go.

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IT’S COMPLICATED by Joy Murray

 

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YOUR SOUL GROWS WITH YOU by Joy Murray
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YOUR SACRED LIGHT by Joy Murray

So I’m going to take the art page down and let you know about art for sale through this blog and my personal Facebook page.  I’ll be posting things from the March show that had poor turnout because of the corona virus.  Contact me by email or on facebeook if you’re interested in the pieces by Frankd and TheOuterCircle posted here.

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Frankd Robinson, TheOuterCircle, Joy Murray  Friends Through Art

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Something About Your Light

Beloved Memphis artist Frankd Robison posts pictures of himself on social media as well as his friends and his healing process as he works to deal with serious health problems.  It’s lucky for me because I can practice sketching various facial expressions from his pictures.  He posts his paintings and his philosophy of hope, and the belief that love never fails, without ignoring the sorrow and brutality of the world.

Earlier this year he posted this photograph:

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Photo by Frankd Robinson

I look at it frequently — something about the light and his expression and his clothes strike me as sacred.  The sacred struggle of life as we try to survive diseases in addition to all the chaos and pain life throws our way.   There is pain, but there is light, there is grace.

I didn’t know if I had the skill to paint this light, but it kept nagging at me.  I wanted to commune with the image in a way that I can only do with paint.  So I plunged forward and painted it the best I could.

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Something About Your Light, by Joy Murray, Acrylic on stretched canvas, 9×12

My goal wasn’t to exactly reproduce the photograph, but to do an homage, like I did with my last painting of Frankd.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? 

And here are a few of Frankd Robinson’s remarkable works:

 

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This blog is brought to you by the generosity of people who support me on Patreon , buy my art, and who support me in so many different ways

Cards and prints on some of my art is available on Redbubble.  

If you find a typo, let me know, and I’ll send you a postcard.

An Homage to Frankd Robinson

I’ve loved Frankd Robinson’s art for probably 2 decades now.  He is a Memphis artist who uses paint, collage, found objects and his own unique style to create vibrant art.  His work honors the reality of urban life, the struggles of Black people and Black women in particular.   He has a way of taking mundane items and the things we discard and turning them into works of art.

I remember when I first saw his work thinking it’s like he’s taken all the trash I see at the bus stop and turned into something dynamic and glorious.  His work made me see how you can create with whatever is at hand, how to integrate words into vivid color.

Here’s a video of him from about 9 years ago, talking about his art:

 

Lately, Robinson has had to deal with diabetes and difficult health transitions.  Although I don’t know him that well, I follow him on Facebook and Instagram.  He posts pictures of his everyday life, of his dialysis, of his physical therapy after amputations, of his friends and family, his barber, his fraternity brothers.   Still telling a story, still knowing his life has value.

He’s made these cool, dramatic necklaces/amulets:

 

 

When I saw this photo:

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I was so taken by the tree tattoo, that I decided I had to do a sort of portrait based on him.

I looked at a lot of pictures of him, a lot of his art.  I read his encouragements to everyone, the way he posts positive things about life, while remaining very real about our struggles.

I worked on it for a over a month, and finished a few days ago.  I call it “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

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How Does Your Garden Grow? for Frankd Robinson by Joy Murray

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Despair accompanies illness and disability, but so does learning and resilience.  And love.  You learn to love yourself enough to survive.  You learn who really loves you, who helps you when you are thrown a curve and your whole life changes; who loves you when they know you’ll never be the same physically.  You learn your limits, but also your strengths.

When I am low, I remember it’s my job to love my damned self.  And when I do that, all these other bits of beauty bloom in my life.

I’m so fortunate to have art in my life, and to have found the art of Frankd Robinson.

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