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Question before selling on FM

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:48 pm
by DCOATS
Hello, I am a new artist as well as new to selling my artwork on the Internet. I just had some question about my paintings before putting them on here too sell, and wanted to know others opinions before donig so. I was just wondering, do I need to worry about adding frames to my finished pieces before I upload them to this site/before sending them to the customer, or can and I just add/sell them like they are unframed?

Any help would be great.

Thanks :)

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:15 pm
by Grandaddyearl
Either. Some folks want to pick frames to go interiors (antiqued vs. modern for example) whereas some artist believe the frame controls the esthetics of the piece and with matting possibly augment the artist's intentions. You may wish to use a frame and matting picking up the background color for example making the piece appear larger or dimensional to augment depth and not leave the choice to someone who may not appreciate your intent as much as you do. Pieces sold on line can be sold either way whereas galleries normally have pieces frames as do privately sold pieces. Why take a chance on a frame that detracts from your intent? Grandaddyearl

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:21 pm
by BogStandad
Great answer from Gandaddyearl, encouraged some thinking :D

Shipping questions, like, added weight a frame might gain, dose it help to protect the work, will it need added protection because of a frame?

Shipping effects overall price, added weight is a price issue that might need considering.

All the best anyway, Bog.

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:33 pm
by SharsArt
Some valuable & helpful info has already been offered, I'd like to add that art type, location, space availability, & time restrictions also come into play often. For instance, when displaying art in booths all my originals are framed & strategically placed on display easels to draw attention, but less expensive prints are displayed unframed in glass display cases. I often have a selection of frames available and sold separately. If you are displaying art on commission, ie... a restaurant, business location, etc., it should always be framed. Online sales have the most options & flexibility available, it's usually a matter of buyer/seller preferences. On some pieces I offer separate pricing for framed or unframed. However, while I do not offer frames for prints, I often offer size options which is a lot more appealing to most buyers. When doing a commission, I always defer to the clients wishes regarding both size, & frame, but I am not as flexible with pricing, payment, & shipping methods. I also do not ship out of the U.S.A. My advice is to really determine what your goals, time availability, & limits are... then move ahead in every direction that takes you there comfortably. :D

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:48 am
by freakyfingers
If our art is displayed on this site how long before it becomes public domain? Im not trying to start something Im just wondering since the last time I asked nobody answered.

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:51 pm
by Grandaddyearl
Freaky ringers, there is no limit in time for copyrights. You own the image forever unless you assign rights to another party. The problem comes into play when you have to sue to defends your rights. Big expense normally and to collect money you have to prove the other party made money from your work. You will note perhaps that many folks protect themselves with a printed title or the like printed across the image where as if one sells it it goes away. You may note artstock on foundmyself protects the original images and you can protect yours on your site as well. Even if one files and pays a fee to protect copyright you still would have to prove somebody made money off your work. My concern is always after I sell an original and the buyer used the image to make prints. While I still own the image it creates another and different problem.

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:09 pm
by Grandaddyearl
P.S.Freakyfingers, I assume your images put on this site (not artstock) are 4000-5000 pixels where as an image you would sell is perhaps 10000 pixels or better. While my pieces on this site blur lines the better quality and originals do not. If they want the poor quality images maybe you could just consider it a compliment.

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:46 am
by freakyfingers
I did a cartoon strip for a non-profit newsletter for 2 years. Back in the mid 80's, and when I tried to get it copyrighted a lawyer informed me that since it had been in publication for 2 years it had become public domain. A few years later a famous rap artist used my tile of my strip as a tile for a very successful production. All Im saying is be careful what you put out there for the world to see. It was called Mr. Relapse. :?

Re: Question before selling on FM

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:49 am
by freakyfingers
doh....title my spelling is terrible :roll: