This week we’re talking to Paul from Folksy shop Paul Bailey’s Original watercolour landscapes
Could you describe your shop?
Dynamic, expressive, intensely colourful, moody and sometimes abstract, original watercolour landscapes loosely based on vistas, ancient ruins, boats and buildings from around the United Kingdom.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
I would imagine it’s people who share my passion for this country’s vast and varied landscape and ancient history. People who get excited looking at a serrated, mountainous ridge they’re about to transverse, or someone who would trek several miles over desolate moorland searching for ancient, mysterious monuments. Or perhaps, someone who loves to find a quiet vantage spot, and watch the changing skies or the sun setting over distant hills. Probably quite a few people. Oh… and someone who fancies owning an striking original painting at a reasonable price too!
Is this your day job?
I wish it was my full-time job, and it’s my intention to make it so, someday. My main employment is within the desktop-publishing/design/printing industry.
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
I’ve only been painting seriously for just over a year, and a couple of years non-seriously prior to that. I have always dabbled in something creative, be it art or music, since I left school ‘many moons ago’.
Where do you promote your shop?
I think promotion for me, or any artist, is simple exposure and it mustn’t be too zealous. Its not in my character to be over-pushy anyway, so I’ll leave that for others. I tend to mainly use Facebook and Twitter to provide commentary on what I am doing, or thinking. I also let my followers know if I’ve listed a new item, as some of them have bought from me previously. I have made sales via Flickr, which seems to be a largely ignored resource by other sellers (ie. I don’t see it mentioned much on the forums). Yes… the forums can raise awareness of your presence too!
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
Potentially, I would like to try my hand at printing – I’m quite inspired by some of the printers I’ve seen here on folksy! Something like lino or etching perhaps, but that would require space for the equipment… thus a successful invasion of the garage would have to be undertaken – highly unlikely! In the meantime, I’m hoping to raise my profile locally, and perhaps nationally, by entering art trails and exhibiting. I’m also thinking of a compilation book of my works form over the past couple of years… as so many have sold!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
It would be great if more artists would try and sell their work on here. The bigger the community, the better. I’m a believer that there are plenty of buyers to go round, funnily enough, as art buyers tend not to restrict themselves to one artist only. Its only 20p to list an item, plus five percent commission, while some other sites want money up-front, plus a thirty percent share. OK, those sites may be perceived to have more kudos, but if an artist wants to pay less commission, it doesn’t mean their work is less worthy – does it? I’ve found the fellow sellers on folksy, and its administrative team, incredibly welcoming and supportive too – which is a huge bonus.
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