Get out there and paint stuff!

by on September 1, 2011

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DeerCreekFallsOff to the wilderness again.  My Etsy shop has a few products now, 24 as I log out today and leave town.  And not even that many, really, since there are duplicates – big prints and small prints of the same original.

So how many items should I have?  Hmmm – let’s say 120!  Sarah of dodeline design, in her great post 500 Etsy Sales: A Re-cap of a Crazy Two Years, confirmed this popular Etsy myth.  “I retook pictures, edited descriptions, and I also tried one of those Etsy myths – that you need 120 items listed to get consistent sales. I will tell you that in my experience that is true! As soon as I increased my shop listings to around that #, I did much better.”

So I have 100 more to go.  No problem.  I love to paint.  I love the imaginative, innovative, lovely items I see featured each day on Etsy treasuries.  I can already feel how my own work is being influenced by this “Etsy-esque” quality, and I have plans.  I’m ready to go.

But first I have to go.  To the southwest, that is.  3 weeks rafting the Grand Canyon.  3 more weeks exploring the pueblo ruins of Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Butler Wash and wherever else the journey leads.

My paints and brushes and watercolor block are coming along.  Got to create those 120 products before I can add them to my Etsy shop.

Oops – we’re packing the car.  Time to let the Blue Otter Shop on Etsy stew for awhile, like a great Boeuf Bourguignon, and go paint stuff!


Illustration “Deer Creek Falls in the Grand Canyon” watercolor © Kim Solga at BlueOtterArt on Etsy

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Nici McCown October 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I can’t wait to see those new paintings! You work is so wonderful and you’re visiting such beautiful places. *yea*


Churt November 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I absolutely love this picture! Thank you so much for all the advice on setting up a shop on ETSY! Getting ready to “take the plunge”, I just created my banner, time to get some photos! Thanks again for all the valuable info…


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