One of the surprises this year- and there have been a few- has been the success of my virtual gallery on ETSY. (see the thumbnails next to this post).
Last year, just for fun, I started showing my artwork through ETSY, the "handmade" internet marketplace. I had no expectations. It seemed like a good way to get the new work out there.
A year later, I have sold many paintings and drawings on ETSY, and I'm thrilled every time I get an email for a new sale.
studio/gallery, studio21south, we are content to see a small crowd of art lovers at our openings.
I also realize that, compared with online viewing, standing in front of an actual painting is a totally different experience. I know that I cannot feel the same thing looking at a reproduction of, say, a Sargent at the Clark museum, as when standing 3 feet away from the actual work. When I see somebody looking- really looking- at a painting at one of our shows, I am grateful. After all, that's why an artist makes art- to share the experience.