How to Sell Art in Australia

Well my flowers, 2019 has begun with a bump and a half. I have had some personal issues that have taken my mind away from my art, and then, just as life takes from one hand, it gives to the other. I have sold a painting in Australia.

I thought I would write a few bullet points to help other artists when it comes to selling in a different continent.

  1. Do your background research on carriers. I used DHL for my export as they offered the best support. Weigh your finished artwork in the packaging you intend to use. Measure accurately too. Then get a quote . It will be quite pricey and you must add this to the price of the art you are selling or you will be losing money.
  2. You must create a commercial invoice. I had not heard of this until I had to! DHL expertly take you through the process step by step. Print three copies and hand them to your carrier once booked.
  3. You will also need to print one copy of the Waybill too.
  4. Remember that duty tax must be paid on the import. Mark your invoice as Duty Paid so that you will be charged for the tax. This means your customer will not have their package held up at customs and have to pay the import tax themselves. You can promote this on your website to encourage buyers from oversees. Build the tax cost into your price.
  5. He is now in Australia…I admit to kissing him goodbye and farewell before I wrapped up his form in bubblewrap and cardboard. http://www.artfinder.com/marketing/artwork/spring-welcome/?scheme=dark&user_id=1411808&size=large
spring relief

The Sunday Sketchpad – Why you should keep an art journal.

A week passed rather fast. I found my old art journal in a storage box recently and one can see things changing, not just time, but skills and interests. You remember what you were like as a person when you entered that material in that journal.

This journal is from 1997. From the images below, I was always interested in anatomy and structure of the human body.

Ii is for this reason that I thought I would share my thoughts on why one should keep an art journal. These books allow you to prepare small sketches of ideas for paintings. They are small enough to be portable so you can capture ideas on the run, but you can also keep small clippings from magazines etc that inspire you. Most of all, they keep a record of you are an artist…how you grow and develop and how your interests change and how your skills improve over the years.


The Sunday Sketchpad

I have been playing around with a new idea…I have quite enjoyed doing some pen and wash drawings of PVC and fishnet garments and thought that they might look good in a glossy frame with a glossy mount. This one is a home made effort and just put together for a test. What do you think?




The Sunday Sketchpad – Why You Should Sell Your Artwork

Let’s face it, it is hard to make money as an artist and, unless we are funded through family money, a wealthy spouse or winning the lottery, we need to find a way to make some money to survive and pay the bills. Most artists therefore, have a number of streams of income that are not connected to their art.


So, selling your art to fund your life is clearly a goal for most artists as it allows them to do more of what they love and get paid for it.


But it is not the only reason. There is something most delightful about someone seeing a piece of your work and buying it because they have made a connection with you. It takes time (at least 12 hours for me) to produce one painting. When you have finished it, you have a relationship with that piece. Hopefully, you are pleased with it and want to show it off. Sometimes you hate it…I have put pieces in the bin because it did not turn out as I wanted, and I cannot bear to look at the failure. So, when someone you don’t know sees a piece of your work and likes it enough to part with cash for it, it is a special moment. Like meeting kindred. You may feel a twang of sadness in having to part with it. You might be glad to see the back of it!

If I am honest…that’s how I price my work. The more I love it, the more expensive it is!

Here is one in progress in the studio…watch this space for the finished article,

Also, a quick ink and wash fetish inspired one. That is just a bit of light relief for me!